March 15th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Drive to Make Ernakulam Tobacco Advertisement-Free District in Full Swing

The Ernakulam District Administration is sparing no effort to ensure that the district becomes a tobacco advertisement-free one by March 31. It recently carried out raids on various establishments, especially in areas near educational institutions. The raids, conducted by 21 squads, also slapped a penalty of Rs. 5,200 on various establishments, including a school for not displaying a board against tobacco use on its premises.

District Collector M .G. Rajamanickam had ordered that anti-tobacco information boards should come up at all establishments by March 16.

Source: The Hindu

March 14th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Model Safety Corridor Will Be Ready this Year: Says Governor

Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam said that the ‘Model Safety Corridor,’ which will connect Kazhakkoottam in Trivandrum to Adoor in Pathanamthitta, will be implemented this year. The Governor was delivering his policy address at the State Assembly.

The project will be undertaken as part of second phase of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). KSTP Phase II, aided by the World Bank, has already begun and the construction of seven separate ‘packages’ is in progress.

The remaining works under the first phase of the Trivandrum City Road Improvement Project (TCRIP) also will be completed this year. The proposed Light Metro Project for Trivandrum and Kozhikode would be implemented by the SPV Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Limited (KRTL).

 Source: The New Indian Express

March 13th, 2015
Team @ Kerala IT

Ninth Edition of Technopreneur on March 14

The 9th edition of Technopreneur, the annual flagship event of the Government Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at IMA House.

The event aims at fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among students. It will feature successful entrepreneurs like V. A. Shrikumar Menon, Managing Director, Push Integrated Communications Limited; James Joseph, Founder, Jackfruit 365; Sheela Kochouseph; Founder, V-Star Creations; Ambika Pillai, Hairstylist and Makeup Artist; and Arunachalam Muruganantham, Founder, Jayashree Industries.

The theme of this year’s edition is ‘Emerge. Endure. Evolve.’

Source: The Hindu

March 13th, 2015
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Kerala State Human Rights Commission Chairperson Asks That Kazhakkoottom Circle Should Be Bifurcated

Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) Chairperson Justice J. B. Koshy has observed that bifurcating the Kazhakkoottam police circle inspector office can reduce the incidence of human rights violations. He also said that it would be better to form a new circle centred in Pothencode. He was settling the cases that the Commission registered suo moto.

To take further action, the settlement was sent to Chief Secretary and Home Department Additional Chief Secretary.

 Source: The New Indian Express

March 13th, 2015
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Kochi Hopes for Development Funds

With the state budget presentation on the anvil, Kochi has high hopes for funds that it hopes to utilize to realise its infrastructure development and urban transport dreams.

Cancer institute and the suburban rail project feature top on Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany’s wish list. He also said the city needed funds for acquiring land for the Thammanam and Pullepady projects.

Deputy Major B. Bhadra suggests that Kochi should be given preferential treatment, considering 60 percent of the commercial tax is generated from the city. From development of roads to improving city facilities like installing high mast lamps, the city is looking up to the state government for support.

There is pressure on the civic administration to implement projects, which are beyond the means of the local body. Though the local body had initiated projects for making the city safe for women, such projects need the support of the state government for successful completion.

 Source: The Hindu