Fetal Echo: A window to the unborn heart

Fetal Echo: A window to the unborn heartKochi, Dec 18 : One in every 120 children in India are born with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious defects.

Congenital heart defects or birth defects of hearts have emerged a major cause of infant mortality, with other causes like diarrhea and pneumonia having been contained. With advances in ultrasound technology, it is now feasible to diagnose defects of heart during early pregnancy.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni backs his mediocre bowlers, says they did a decent job

Mahendra Singh DhoniKochi: Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener here.

India paid the price for some mediocre bowling as the Caribbeans, who were on the verge of boycotting the ODI, rode on Marlon Samuels' career-best equalling 126 not out to post a mammoth 321 for six at the Nehru Stadium yesterday.

West Indies sets 322 run for India to win in first ODI

Marlon SamuelsKochi, Oct 8 : West Indies have set India a stiff 322-run target in the first one day international (ODI) of the ongoing five-match series.

Riding high on the 165 runs partnership between Marlon Samuels, who remained not out on 126, and Denesh Ramdin 's 61, the Caribbean team, in their allotted 50 overs, scored 321 runs at a loss of six wickets.

Losing the toss to India and invited to bat first, the West Indies was slow to pick up runs and openers Darren Bravo and Dwayne Smith lost their wickets when their team were below the three figure mark.

1st ODI: India vs West Indies - Preview

India West IndiesKochi: India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy in the shorter version of the game as they go into a five-match ODI series against an under-strength West Indies here on Wednesday with the prime focus of preparing for the upcoming cricket World Cup.

With five series victories against the Caribbean side, including three away series since 2006-07 under their belt, India would be looking to keep their winning record intact as they start the series as clear favourites.

BCCI chief curator visits Kochi stadium

Kochi - BCCI's chief curator Taposh Chatterjii on Sunday inspected the pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, venue of the first India-West Indies One-day International on October 8, and hoped it would have something for both batsmen and bowlers.

"Basically, the one-day pitch is bat dominating one. But something should be there for bowlers also and we will try to balance everything," he told reporters after inspecting the pitch.

Meanwhile, ticket counters for the ODI opened at the stadium. The counters will operate from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm till Tuesday. On the match day, tickets would be available only at the Palarivattom branch of Federal bank.

Kerala-based AIMS achieves first successful pancreas transplant

pancreas-transplantKochi, Aug 30  : Kochi has acquired some fame in the wake of it recording the first combined instance of a pancreas kidney transplant.

This landmark surgery was successfully carried out at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) here.

This highly complex surgery was done on 35-year-old civil engineer S. Syed Yunus Shahi, who hails from Palakkad.

Syed's family is thankful to the family of a 38-year-old donor, who was declared brain dead.

Union Bank targeting 9-10 % deposit growth

Union BankKochi: Union Bank of India is targeting 9-10 percent growth in deposits and 11-12 percent in its advances over last year, a top official said on Saturday.

"The bank's deposits are expected to grow by 9-10 percent and advances by 11-12 percent this fiscal," Chairman and Managing Director, Arun Tiwari, told reporters here.

The bank has a total branch strength of 3900 pan India, and will be adding 200 more branches this year of which 15 would be in Kerala.

He said 3000 employees were recruited this year and were undergoing training.

South Indian Bank Q1 Net up 10.28% at Rs 126 crore

South-Indian-BankKochi: Kerala-headquartered South Indian Bank has recorded the highest first quarter profit of Rs 126.65 crore profit in the first quarter ended June 30, registering a 10.28 percent growth on a year-on-year basis.

Announcing the first quarter results here, V A Joseph, Managing Director and CEO, said the bank's strategy of focusing on core deposits has yielded excellent results as the core deposits and CASA deposits registered impressive growth of 21.05 percent and 14.42 percent, respectively.

Total business increased by Rs 6,058 crore from Rs 75,123 crore to Rs 81,181 crore, registering a growth of 8.06 percent.

Suspended Kerala Congress leader sticks to remarks against Rahul Gandhi

Rahul GandhiKochi: Unremorseful over his controversial 'joker' remarks against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi despite his suspension, former Kerala Minister TH Mustafa on Tuesday said he had not committed anything wrong.

Mustafa, suspended from the party for his May 28 remarks, told reporters here that he had not called Gandhi a 'Joker', but only said he was 'acting like a joker' and "there is nothing wrong in saying so."

His remarks (in the backdrop of Congress' debacle in Lok Sabha polls) had triggered a debate in the party with several others also airing their views against Gandhi, Mustafa said.

Govt to follow constitution, Governors should 'follow conscience': Javadekar

Prakash-JavadekarKochi: The BJP-led NDA government will follow the Constitution on change of state Governors, but Governors and other political appointees should 'follow their conscience,'Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent charge), Prakash Javadekar said here today.

"I expect that government will follow the Constitution and Governors and other appointees should follow their conscience," he said, responding to media reports over the Centre seeking the resignation of some state governors appointed by the previous Congress led UPA governemnt.

Indian spice exports increase

Indian spice exports increaseKochi, March 27 : Boosted by the significant export of mint, chilli and seeds, the Indian spice industry has achieved a growth of 41 percent during the period of April-December 2013.

This period witnessed a total export of 571,680 tonnes of spices and spice products valued at Rs. 9,433 crore as against 449,926 tonnes valued at Rs. 6,696 crore ($1,232 million) during April-December 2012.

India's spices exports rise by 32 percent

India's spices exports rise by 32 percentKochi, Jan 27 : India's spices exports jumped by 32 percent to $1.39 billion in the April-November period of the current financial year, according to data released by the Spices Board of India.

In terms of US dollar value spices exports rose by 32 percent in the first eight months of the current fiscal while in rupee term the jump was 46 percent. This was due to a sharp depreciation in the value of rupee.

Volume of spices exports rose by 28 percent in April-November period year-on-year.

Dhoni inaugurates Tendulkar Pavilion at Kochi stadium

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniKochi, Nov 20 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wednesday inaugurated the Sachin Tendulkar Pavilion at the Jawaharlal Nehru SDtadium here.

This dedication is a joint venture between the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) and the Greater Cochin Development Corporation (GCDC), who own the stadium.

Dhoni inaugurated the pavilion, earlier the VIP box, and went around the 1000 sq. ft. area of space which has numerous pictures of the cricketing legend who retired last week.

Indian Navy gets first indigenous aircraft carrier 'Vikrant'

ins-vikrantKochi, Aug 12 : India Monday launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) "Vikrant", joining the select group of three other nations having naval platforms of such complexity and size.

The warship was launched by Elizabeth Antony, wife of Defence Minister A. K. Antony, after the chanting of mantras. She broke a coconut before launching it down the slipway and into water.

Speaking on the occasion, the defence minister described the launch of the aircraft carrier as a "momentous day" for the navy and the country.

Hand-painted Nano sold for Rs.13 lakh

Hand-painted-NanoKochi, July 31: A hand-painted Tata Nano car was sold for over Rs. 13 lakh at an online auction here.

The Nano, painted by artist Bose Krishnamachari, fetched Rs. 13,01,402 ($22,438) at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in a 24-hour online bidding organised by Saffronart at www. saffronart. com.

The online bidding ended 8.00 p. m. Tuesday, bringing down the curtains on the country's debut art car auction, said a statement from the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF).

A Nano costs around Rs. 1.20 lakh.

Microsoft challenge at Kochi Startup Village from May 29

Startup-Village-MicrosoftKochi, May 27 : Startup Village, country's first telecom technology incubator, here is set to host from May 29 the regional round of the prestigious BizSpark India Startup Challenge held by Microsoft, an organiser said Monday.

The event is aimed at searching for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in cloud computing, mobile applications and Windows 8 business applications.

This is the first time that Kochi has been selected as one of 10 cities to host the challenge, said an organiser.

Ayurveda experts develop online personalised health regimen

Cybele-Herbal-LaboratoriesKochi, May 16 : A group of ayurveda experts have launched a medical treatment package in cyberspace.

'NaturWell', which guarantees overall wellness to subscribers of the year-long programme being rolled out through homilies over the internet and medicines at doorstep, is essentially founded on the tenets mentioned in ancient texts of ayurveda, according to the conceivers, Cybele Herbal Laboratories.

Now, mobile phone to tell if your drive will be smooth

Blockout-TrafficKochi, April 11 : Start-up firm AmidRay Technologies, based here, has launched a community Android application "Blockout Traffic", which informs people of choked traffic within a 25-30 km radius, the creators of the programme said Thursday.

This is being billed as the country's "first free-and-easy traffic mobile application" for those on the move.

AmidRay Technologies is a start-up firm incubated at Technopark and Startup Village, Kochi, by four youngsters.

The application will display the name of the roads and locations in the users' area, indicating where there is a traffic block.

Virtual office @Kochi for just Rs.500

Spacelance-com1Kochi, April 9 : You can open a virtual office in Kerala's commercial capital Kochi paying just Rs. 500 a month, thanks to Spacelance. com.

"With the intention of providing affordable office space solution for freelancers, start-ups, home-based businesses, NRIs and student entrepreneurs to show their business presence here, we came up with this idea. We offer service at affordable cost without compromising the quality," said Boby Thomas, founder and chief executive of the company which launched this cost-effective service here Tuesday.

Suryanelli rape case: Kerala HC adjourns bail plea hearings till March 4

P-J-Kurien-01Kochi (Kerala), Feb 25 : The Kerala High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the bail pleas of 17 accused in the Suryanelli rape case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien till March 4.

Justices K T Shankaran and M L Joseph Francis said the appeal and records about the case had not been received from the Supreme Court and it cannot proceed without perusing them, even though the accused wanted their pleas to be taken up today.

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