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Alappuzha backwaters to get India’s first solar ferry

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A 75-seater solar-powered passenger ferry, the first of its kind in the country, is quietly taking shape at Aroor in Alappuzha district. The boat is expected to be commissioned within the next three months.The boat is being built by NavAlt, a Kochi-based joint venture, in collaboration with a French company. “Construction of the hull has been completed and the superstructure ... Read More »

With Onam round the corner, demand for flowers on rise

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Thiruvananthapuram: Though Keralites seem to prefer home grown and organic vegetables this Onam, their dependence on flowers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka continues despite skyrocketing prices. Kerala sources major chunk of flowers from farms in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to meet its festival demands during Onam to decorate homes with floral carpets. With this year’s Onam just days ahead, ... Read More »

Kerala govt to borrow Rs 24,000cr for Onam

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Government of Kerala is preparing to borrow an unprecedented Rs 24,000 crore for development activities after Onam, raising the state’s total debt to Rs 1.59 lakh crore.This translates to a liability of Rs 46,700 for each person in the 3.4 crore populace in the state. For a family of four, the share in the public debt would balloon ... Read More »

D-company to add flavour to backwater cruise

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Interested in watching dolphins in estuaries of Kerala? Pack your bags for a cruise along the estuaries of Kochi, Ashtamudi and Munambam estuaries when the monsoon makes a retreat. The best time to watch the gentle giants is between December and April, observed a scientist who studied the behavioral specialties of dolphins.Though dolphin sighting has not developed as an event ... Read More »

Operation success: Sharma’s heart now beats for Mathew

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Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: The heart of a brain-dead lawyer in Thiruvananthapuram was flown to Kochi and successfully transplanted on a patient from Chalakkudy, a first in Kerala’s medical history. S Neelakanda Sharma’s heart now beats within Mathew Achadan, an auto driver from Chalakkudy. Sharma was declared brain dead on Friday morning. Indian Navy’s Dornier aircraft carrying a team of doctors from Kochi ... Read More »

Maharaja’s not among UGC’s select 19

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The 140-year-old Maharaja’s College has missed the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) heritage tag status. The autonomous Maharaja’s was among 60 institutions across the country that had entered the final race for the unique tag under the UGC heritage college scheme.But the UGC finally selected 19, which included Government Brennen College, Thalassery, and CMS College, Kottayam, in Kerala. The select colleges ... Read More »

Maharaja’s College to be reopened after two months of Protest

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The stalemate at Ernakulam Maharaja’s College over the autonomy issue has ended after the agitating teachers and students decided to call off their 54-day-long strike following talks with government representatives in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Efforts to resolve the nearly two-month deadlock had hit a snag after the first round of talks on Saturday, but it got eased out quickly after ... Read More »

Idukki dam set for renovation

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Thodupuzha: The first-ever renovation works on Idukki dam will start next month. The Kerala State Electricity Board is perusing the tenders it received for the first works since the reservoir’s commissioning in 1976.The work is expected to cost Rs 25 crore. Electricity generation will not be affected during the renovation. Apart from Idukki, 52 hydel power and irrigation reservoirs in ... Read More »

All set for Run Kerala Run; Sachin to participate

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  Thiruvananthapuram, 19 Jan 2015: The stage is set for the ‘Run Kerala Run‘. This unique mass run, the first of its kind in the world will bring together people from all walks of life all across the state. The event will be held on January 20th at 10.30 am ‘Run Kerala Run’ is a curtain raiser event for the ... Read More »

Kochi to turn a Wi-Fi hub from April

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Ten major city centres will have public Wi-Fi shortly. Kochi Corporation, in association with the public sector telecom company, BSNL, will offer the facility at Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Marine Drive, High Court, Subash Park, Main Office of the Kochi Corporation, Jos Junction, Vyttila Mobility Hub, Edappally Junction and Kaloor in the first phase. The facility will be available free for ... Read More »