Kerala Woman Succumbed To Chickungunya

Kerala Woman Succumbed To ChickungunyaThe deadly viral fever Chickungunya, which had taken lives of about 100 people in the year 2006, struck again with the death of a woman from South Aryad in Kerala.

According to sources, the woman was taken to the Medical College hospital.

Though cases of other viral fevers such as swine flu were being reported since the beginning of monsoon, this was the first case of chickungunya reported in Alappuzha region, the sources said.

Kerala’s IBS Software Inks Deal With JetBlue Airways

Kerala’s IBS Software Inks Deal With JetBlue AirwaysKerala-based IBS Software Services has entered into an agreement with JetBlue Airways under which it will offer up web-based solution to the American low-priced airline to manage its cargo processes.

Set up on new generation technology, IBS's iCargo solution is made to handle the cargo movement of freighters, passenger and cargo carriers, ground handling agents and airports in the regions of cargo sales, reservations and cargo revenue accounting.

Rise in swine flu cases Kerala

Rise in swine flu cases KeralaSwine Flu which supposedly is not being paid enough heed by the authorities is slowly taking a toll on Indian states.

The recent reports state that six more individuals were tested positive with the swine flu, where the total population rose above thirty six in Kerala alone, according to a Health department official.

Oil Companies Plan To Invest Rs 1,000 Crore In Kerala

Oil Companies Plan To Invest Rs 1,000 Crore In KeralaUnion Petroleum and Natural Ministry Secretary S Sundareshan announced that the oil marketing companies would be making an investment of more than Rs 1,000 crore in Kerala to strengthen the marketing of petroleum products in the State.

While addressing media persons, Mr. Sundareshan stated that the sum, to be invested by the next 3-4 years, would be utilized for growth of LPG facilities and storage tanks and to establish a new bottling facilityin Kozhikode.

Videocon Plans Rs 400 Crore Investment In Kerala

VideoconVideocon, which rolled out its GSM mobile services in Kerala, has decided to make an investment of Rs 400 crore in the state with more than 1500 signal towers or BTS during the initial phase.

Mr. Aravind Santhanam, Company's Chief Operating Officer, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, stated that India's leading business conglomerate has already invested around Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore in Kerala.

Mr. Aravind also said that the services have been commenced with a network of 1500 BTS at the time of launch, which is likely to hit 2500 by the end of this year.

HCL Info To Establish R&D Unit At Technopark

HCL Info To Establish R&D Unit At TechnoparkHCL Infosystems will establish its first unit in Kerala at the Technopark campus in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mervin Alexander, Technopark Chief Executive stated that the company will set up a research and development centre, which will cover up a two-acre plot in the Technopark campus.

The third stage of the Technopark, dedicated to IT ventures, is coming up in a region of 92 acres, out of which 22 acres would be given out to those who want their own campuses.

Wipro plans to expand in Kerala

Wipro plans to expand in KeralaWipro Chairman Azim Premji has said that he is interested in expanding the company in Kerala, especially Kochi. This statement comes ahead of the Karnataka Investors' summit that is going to take place this month.

It is important since the investor summit is just one of the very few which are done on an international scale. And with that, Premji's plans hold even more worth since he is trying to tap a relatively untapped potential.

Monsoon likely to set in on 30th May

Monsoon-KeralaThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the monsoon is expected to start in 30th of May. It has predicted that southwest monsoon may set in over Kerala on end of this month itself. They have also said that the tolerance of this forecast may be plus or minus four days.

The IMD said announced this, in a recent press release. It has also said that the flow of monsoon is expected to appear over the Andaman Sea by coming week. It is also likely to cover the entire sea by 20th of this month.

Kerala's HIV Positive Bency Passes Away

Kerala's HIV Positive Bency Passes AwayThe 15-year-old Bency, one of the two HIV positive children who fought a gritty fight against educational institutions in Kerala for banning them, passed away on Thursday.

Her grandmother stated that Bency's funeral is likely to be held on Saturday.

Bency was admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital last week after her condition turned worse and her body weight had fell to as low as 16 kg from 29 kg.

Malayalam actor Sreenath found dead in hotel room

Kothamangalam (Kerala), April 23 (IANS) Popular Malayalam film and TV actor Sreenath was found dead in a hotel room in this Kerala town Friday morning, police said.

His body was discovered by the hotel staff at about 8.30 a. m., a police official said.

Police have not ruled out the possibility of suicide as his wrist was found slashed, he added.

Sreenath had been in Kothamangalam in Ernakulam district, around 250 km from Thiruvananthapuram, for the past two days and was shooting for Malayalam film "Shikar" starring superstar Mohanlal.

Kochi was preferred as the first venue for Commonwealth Games National Awareness campaign

Kochi was preferred as the first venue for Commonwealth Games National Awareness campaignCommonwealth Games are scheduled at Delhi from October 3 to 14. In order to create awareness for these games, first national awareness campaign was inaugurated in Kerala.

Nasscom lists Kerala IT company as top innovator of 2009

Nasscom lists Kerala IT company as top innovator of 2009Nasscom lists Kerala IT company as top innovator of 2009Thiruvananthapuram, April 5 - Trade forum National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has listed Kerala-based IBS Software as one of the top 50 innovators in India for the year 2009.

Members within CPM against Amitabh Bachchan becoming brand ambassador for Kerala

Amitabh BachchanA few members within the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) have protested the tourism minister Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's decision to ask the Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan to be the brand ambassaodor of Kerala tourism.

Around fifteen days back, Balakrishnan gave an offer to Big B, in written, to endorse brand Kerala as a hot tourism destination.

The iconic film star accepted this offer by the state, almost seven days ago. But now, a section in the CPM is opposing the minister's decision.

BSNL continues its 3G spree, rolls out network in Kochi

BSNL-3GThe government owned Telecom Company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is going great guns in its 3G spree. The company's latest 3G spot is Kochi. It has rolled out its 3G services in Kochi (Kerala) today.

The service will be available in the areas that come under the Ernakulam SSA of Kerala telecom circle. This will include urban areas like Tripunithura, Kalamassery, Aluva, Angamaly, Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Thodupuzha and Idukki.

Bachchan To Become Brand Ambassador Of Kerala

Amitabh BachchanBollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has responded positively to Kerala's request to become the state's brand ambassador to endorse tourism.

Kerala's Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan made the announcement.

As Mr. Bachchan showed his eagerness to become a brand ambassador to boost Kerala tourism in Feb 2010, a letter to this effect was written to him, Balakrishnan told.

Aligarh Muslim University to open centre in Kerala

Aligarh Muslim UniversityThe Aligarh Muslim University moved one more step closer to set up a special centre at Malappuram. The Kerala Government has transferred 122 acres of land at a public meeting held at Mini-Civil Station, Perinthalmanna.

Addressing the gathering, Kerala minister for local self government and rural development affairs, Mr Paloli Mohamed Kutty made a firm commitment to hand over the remaining 270 acres of the land to AMU by the end of May

AMU Centre will enable Malappuram district will move forward in the sphere of education, he said.

Attukal Pongala Begins in Thiruvananthapuram

The Attukal pongala festival got off to a rapturous beginning on Sunday morning with the temple’s chief priest, T. M. Muralidharan Namboodiripadu, highlighting the conventional hearth in the presence of hundreds of worshippers.

Hundreds of thousands of women devotees lit the small hearths along the roadsides and cooked rice and jiggery, which they would offer as a sacrament later in the afternoon to appease the presiding deity of the ancient Attukal Devi temple.

The flame from the sacred heart inside the temple precincts was passed on quickly in several directions.

As per the tradition, the ritual is performed by women, seeking the blessings of Goddess Bhagavathi for peace, plenty and prosperity.

TBGRI To Roll Out ‘Desi Viagra’ By Next Two Years

TBGRI To Roll Out ‘Desi Viagra’ By Next Two YearsKerala's Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI) is likely to introduce a plant-based 'desi viagra' within next two years.

TBGRI director A. Subramonian, principal researcher of the project undertaken for the last three years, stated that they were ready to apply for the exclusive rights.

Mr. Subramoniam said, "In another three weeks, we will file the patent and then only I can give you the exact details because if I say the name of the study, then the name of the plant would be known."

More Than 55,000 Cases Of HIV In Kerala

More Than 55,000 Cases Of HIV In KeralaAccording to the Kerala State Aids Control Society (KSACS), the number of people infected with HIV has reached 55,167.

While addressing media, Health Secretary Manoj Joshi stated that as of October last year, around 11,024 HIV positive people had registered with the Anti Retroviral Therapy centres lead by KSACS.

"Of these 4,016 people are undergoing the ART treatment and 950 people have passed away. HIV prevalence rate in the general population is 0.26 percent, which is less than the national average of 0.34 percent," said Mr. Joshi.

Big B set to feature in Malayalam film 'Kandahar'

Big B set to feature in Malayalam film 'Kandahar'Kochi, Feb 8 - Director Major Ravi says that Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has given his nod for his Malayalam film "Kandahar", a film about plane hijacking that will also star veteran Mohanlal.

The news came when Big B had made a short visit to the city Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, Ravi, a former NSG commando who had directed two films featuring Mohanlal, said that he is just trying to imagine how the two greats would come in one single frame. "It is great feeling when I think of that," he said.

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