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Full Emergency at Kochi Airport Briefly After Flight From Sharjah Reports Suspected Hydraulic Failure

There were no diversion or runway blockages and airport operations were declared normal post the withdrawal of the emergency

News18 30 Jan 2023 8:36 am

Full emergency at Kochi airport over suspected Hydraulic snag in Air India Express FlightfromSharjah

After the emergency was called off, the airport resumed regular operations without any disruptions such as runway closures or detours.

DNA India 30 Jan 2023 7:42 am

Beeyar Smrithi Sandhya at Changampuzha Parkon January 30

Cochin Durbar is organising the event with the cooperation of the Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram and Unilumina Concepts.

The New Indian Express 30 Jan 2023 5:49 am

CMFRI bags Kshetriya Rajbhasha Award in Kochi

CMFRI won the award instituted for the Central government organisations located in the south and south-west regions.

The New Indian Express 30 Jan 2023 5:46 am

Air India Expressfrom Sharjah makes emergency landing at Cochin International Airport

Full emergency was declared at 2004 hours (8:04 pm), said a communication from the Kochi airport. Everyone heaved a sigh of relief after the aircraft landed safely at 8:26 pm.

The New Indian Express 30 Jan 2023 5:44 am

Thuthiyoor youth held with MDMA and ganja

The excise on Sunday arrested a youth for peddling drugs at his rented house at Thuthiyoor. He has been identified as Lyon Reji, 23, of Nilampathinjamugal.

The New Indian Express 30 Jan 2023 5:39 am

200 tribal youths from five states get a slice of Kerala

In our village, people dont go for higher studies. After schooling, they join their family members in farming. So there is no need for colleges, said Ranjan.

The New Indian Express 30 Jan 2023 5:30 am

Kochi Corporation in need of handlers to vaccinate street dogs

Though 80 persons were trained by the Corporation in sterilising animals, none came forward to take up the job; Opposition says civic body has failed to effectively implement ABC programme

The Hindu 29 Jan 2023 11:48 pm

Police intensify checks on vehicles in city

The Hindu 29 Jan 2023 10:38 pm

Start-up hackathon in Kochi from Monday

The Hindu 29 Jan 2023 10:26 pm

AI Express from Sharjah makes emergency landing in Kochi after `hydraulic failure'

Everyone heaved a sigh of relief after the aircraft landed safely at 8:26 pm.

The New Indian Express 29 Jan 2023 10:12 pm

Scrutiny of complaints on structures missing from satellite survey of ESZs soon

Nearly 63,000 of 68,000 complaints received uploaded into mobile app; data and maps generated for 23 protected areas to be submitted to Supreme Court

The Hindu 29 Jan 2023 7:53 pm

ISL 2022-23: Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC Live Scores and Latest Updates: KBFC vs NEUFC

ISL 2022-23, KBFC vs NEUFC Live Scores and Updates: Kerala Blasters FC take on NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi

News18 29 Jan 2023 6:32 pm

Small industries hopeful of solution to land ownership issue in industrial estates

Unit owners demand that title deeds be transferred to those who have fulfilled hire-purchase conditions and made full payment

The Hindu 29 Jan 2023 6:20 pm

'Why don't you call me Hindu?': Kerala Gov Arif Mohammad Khan

Kochi: Former Union Minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government, Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammed Khan often remains in headlines due to his outspoken statements. Arif Mohammad on Saturday (January 28) quoted social reformer-educationist and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, saying that he too called himself a Hindu. In a program organized by the Kerala Hindu of North America, he said that 'you can call me a Hindu too'. Arif Mohammad was addressing the members of Arya Samaj. During this, he said that I have a serious complaint with you. Why don't you call me Hindu? Quoting Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the Governor of Kerala said, 'Anyone, who is born in India, eats food here and drinks water here, can be called a Hindu. You should also call me a Hindu.' Arif Mohammad said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was also invited by the Arya Samaj Mandir. When he completed his legislative term during the colonial period, he was also given a formal reception. Arif Mohammad further said that during the British period, the British tried to divide the people into Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh to deprive them of their rights. He said it is a kind of conspiracy that a wrong message is being given on being called a Hindu. Even before the independence of the country, there were such kings who believed that Sanatan Dharma welcomeseveryone with an open heart and acceptseveryone. Even regarding the propaganda documentary of BBC, Arif Mohammad said that, why didn't they make any documentary regarding the British state? When the hands of the artist were chopped off, why was there no documentary on it? He said some people were predicting that India would break up and fight among themselves, and they are very disappointed. Arif Mohammad Khan said that today India is doing good work all over the world. What saddens me is that many people are trusting a documentary rather than a court verdict. This is the time when India has taken over the presidency of the G20 countries. That is why this documentary has been released on this special occasion. At the time of independence, those people had said that India would not be able to handle democracy, but today India is the largest democracy in the world. Congress' plan changed for 3rd time, finally Rahul Gandhi will hoist national flag at 'Lal Chowk' Jaishankar showed mirror to Rahul Gandhi on China issue, know what he said? 'Ram temple is being built in Ayodhya, but...', This leader's big statement

News Track 29 Jan 2023 11:24 am

Cash-for-verdict scam: Kochi police file report with DGP seeking detailed probe

The two are alleged to have paid Saiby `50 lakh for obtaining a favourable verdict.

The New Indian Express 29 Jan 2023 10:59 am

Kochi: Man held for murdering wife in Kalady

The police have registered a case for murder.

The New Indian Express 29 Jan 2023 7:50 am

Stray dog menace continuesasattacks in Kochi post sharp rise

Mayor M Anilkumar said the ABC programme has been implemented effectively, but conceded that it has its limitations.

The New Indian Express 29 Jan 2023 7:48 am

ISL match in Kochi: City policeimposes traffic regulations

The vehicles should be parked along the Container Road, Marine Drive, and Palarivattom bypass.

The New Indian Express 29 Jan 2023 7:42 am

ISL game: traffic regulations in Kochi on Sunday

Spectators advised to use public transport, including metro, as much as possible, since parking remains banned at stadium

The Hindu 28 Jan 2023 10:54 pm

Travel Tips: Visit Kerala during winter holidays, see these 5 cities

Instead of summer, people prefer to travel during winter holidays. In this season, people plan to visit countries full of natural views and beauty. Kerala is considered one of the best tourist destinations in India, that's why today we are going to tell you about some of the beautiful countries of Kerala. Along with natural views, you can also see a wonderful combination of culture and traditions in the countries here. So let's know about such places in Kerala where you can enjoy yourself a lot with your family. * Alleppey Known as the 'Venice of the East', you can visit Ambalapuksha Sri Krishna Temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Marari Beach, and Arthunkal Church along the beach in this city of Kerala. * Munnar This hill station full of beautiful views is the favorite of tourists. Tea farms are spread over 80,000 miles on the slopes of the hills of this beautiful country. * Thekkady Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala is a popular wildlife conservation site for many different species including elephants, tigers, and gaurs. Apart from this, you can also enjoy boating in the beautiful lake here. *Kochi The Natural Harbor in Kochi, located in central Kerala, is one of the most beautiful tourist places to visit. Here you can see a wonderful combination of British, Portuguese, and Dutch cultures. * Varkala Kerala's Varkala Beach attracts the attention of tourists with its beauty and natural views. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, boating, surfing, and Ayurvedic massage.

Kalam Times 28 Jan 2023 8:28 pm

KCA invites expression of interest for setting up cricket stadium in Ernakulam

The body is looking for an alternative site since the plot in its possession at Edakochi is ecologically sensitive

The Hindu 28 Jan 2023 8:14 pm

Air India Express gets new tail art, thanks to Kochi biennale

Kochi Biennale The unveiling took place at Air India Engineering Services Limiteds hangar at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, on the occasion of Republic day. IANS PC/Insta The Air India Express has unveiled a new tail art designed at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and installed on Boeing 737-800 aircraft VT-AXN. The 25-foot-long tail art is an adaptation of an acrylic painting by artist GS Smitha. It portrays parallels in time through the planes of memory, recreating colorful landscapes filled with chameleons, grasshoppers, microorganisms, and aquatic creatures. The surreal painting simultaneously reveals the enigma of tiny creatures and the enormity of hills and flowerbeds. The unveiling took place at Air India Engineering Services Limiteds hangar at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, on the occasion of Republic day. PA Mohamed Riyas, Kerala State Minister of Public Works and Tourism who unveiled it said that back in 1935, Mr Tata's first plane landed at the same Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, recalling that Kerala has seen many such milestones. The vibrant tail art that carries the culture of India, and this unique partnership between Air India Express and Kochi Biennale shows their commitment to art and culture, said Riyas. The 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale festival, which began in December 2022, will continue till April 2023. It's Asia's largest contemporary art festival and Air India and Air India Express are the official travel partners for the festival. Aloke Singh, CEO of Air India Express said, Kochi - Muziriz Biennale has emerged as a one of its kind art event in the country, and by placing a piece of art developed by Biennale on our aircraft, we take the spirit of Biennale to the overseas. I am sure this will go a long way in strengthening the tourism potential of this art event. Watch Let Me Explain: Why the Modi government wants to change how judges are appointed

The News Minute 28 Jan 2023 7:16 pm

Why Didnt They Make One On British Atrocities?: Kerala Guv On BBC Documentary Row

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan stated that he feels sorry for the ones who trust a documentary over the Judiciary verdicts Kochi: The BBC Documentary on Gujarat Riots is currently a hot topic in the political world. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan questioned the makers why they did not make... The post Why Didnt They Make One On British Atrocities?: Kerala Guv On BBC Documentary Row appeared first on HW News English .

News View 28 Jan 2023 3:25 pm

Will tap water transports vast potential: Antony Raju

Dredging of backwaters for Rs 6,500-crore Kovalam-Bekal project progressing fast: Raju

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:45 am

Kochi entry of private buses from Vypeen soon

A meeting with the stakeholders will be held on January 31.

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:45 am

Cyber team set to makeMohiniyattam debut today

It is a unique debut. Two performers are coming to Kochi from the UK for their arangetram.

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:44 am

Ex-India Tourism official gets three-year jail term in bribery case, fined Rs 3 lakh

N Velmurugan, the first accused and then assistant director of India Tourism (Kochi), was acquitted.

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:42 am

Arabian nights by the Arabian Sea

From baba ghanoush to baklava, the food festival at Grand Hyatt features the authentic flavours of the Middle East

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:38 am

Unique Siva-Vishnu temple & an amusing dog tale

The Thirunayathode Siva-Narayana Temple is a historical marvel located at Nayathode, a village about 3km from the Kochi international airport.

The New Indian Express 28 Jan 2023 6:35 am

Pros garden of life in Kochi

One Zero Eight, featuring 35 fashion brands, now has a permanent address in a Portuguese villa in the port city

The Hindu 28 Jan 2023 2:45 am

24 women daily wage workers from Kerala go on first flight with a years savings

Kerala The women, who are daily wage workers employed through MGNREGA, belong to a wide age group, the youngest being 45 and the eldest, 77. They are planning another trip to Delhi next year. Haritha John An early morning flight that took off from Kochi to Bengaluru on Thursday, January 26, carried 24 women who were first time fliers. The women, who are daily wage workers employed through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Kottayams Panachikkad, had been saving up for their dream of travelling on an aeroplane. While engaged in cleaning roads, construction work under the Panchayat, or any other routine work, they would look at aeroplanes flying past like children full of desire. Their long-term dream of flying finally materialised on Thursday. The women saved for the trip from their daily earnings. We earn Rs 311 per day. Out of this, we started saving up for our dreams of travelling on an aeroplane and in an air conditioned train. After a year of saving, we got in touch with our Panchayat ward member Abyson Abraham. He extended full support, helped us book tickets, and even joined us on the trip, 55-year-old Geetha Unnikrishnan told TNM. The group reached Bengaluru on Thursday morning. They also got a chance to visit Vidhana Soudha, Karnatakas legislative house, which added to their joy. We had contacted former MLA Ivan Nigli and it was he who arranged a visit to Vidhana Soudha. We also took a metro train in Bengaluru. The return journey is on an AC train, Abyson said, adding that helping the women fulfil their dream was one of the happiest experiences he has had. The women, who hail from the 12th ward of Panachikkad Panchayat, belong to a wide age group, the youngest being 45 and the eldest, 77. It was my good fortune that I got to fly, and I am really happy. None of us had ever travelled on an aeroplane, Chellamma (77) said. Geethas words too reflect the same joy as Chellamma. Calling the flight one of the happiest moments of her life, Geetha said, We would have loved to have some more time on the flight. All of us enjoyed the day so much. The women are planning another trip to Delhi next year. We want to go to Delhi on Independence Day to see the Prime Minister hoist the flag. We are not sure if it will be possible, but we will try, Geetha said.

The News Minute 27 Jan 2023 2:54 pm

How footprint helped police crack womans murder

The police nabbed him after three days from Ambasamudram with the help of their Tamil Nadu counterpart.

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:32 am

Rape accused secures bail after he agreesto marrycomplainant

The complainant approached the police after she could not contact him over his mobile phone for a long period.

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:31 am

Historical heritage sites in Kochi geotagged

Feedback of the Historical Research Council and the Department of Archeology will also be sought before the projects published.

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:29 am

Filipino woman, jailed in drug case, acquitted

NCB failed to prove the trolley bag from which 4.8kg of cocaine was seized belonged to accused | The incident happened in 2018

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:27 am

Kaloor-Kadavanthra Road to get a major facelift

The 3.2 km stretch will be upgraded to international standard at Rs 17 crore.

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:27 am

Celebrating 25 years of bonhomie with books

A residence association in Tripunithura is holding a two-day book fest as part ofits silver jubilee celebrations

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:22 am

Guru dakshina ofa different kind

Kalamandalam Vishnu has written and choreographed a tribute to his teacher, the late ottanthullal maestro Geethanandan

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:22 am

PM of kochifor a day

TNIE discusses with some commonfolk on what their first surgical strikes would be if they are made the prime minister for 24 hours

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:21 am

Joy of ferry rides cheaper than therapy!

She said this stepmotherly treatment from the officials has had many islanders abandon the very idea of seeking public transport for their daily commute.

The New Indian Express 26 Jan 2023 6:21 am

Meet Thomas Berly who played hero in 1953 Mollywood film, Mexican roles in Hollywood

Interview The 90-year-old starred in Malayalam film Thiramaala, directed two others, worked in Hollywood, is a published author, and more. Cris Thomas Berly at his house While we were looking for his house in the lanes of Fort Kochi, he was trying to hide a dead body under a couch, 90-year-old Thomas Berly (Burleigh) Kurishingal says, cooking up a story as he speaks. He is trying to explain time splicing to us, a film-making technique where time is edited instead of film, something he learnt many decades ago in the United States of America. Thomas, who started off as an actor in Malayalam cinema in 1953, went off to the US and worked in Hollywood with the likes of Frank Sinatra before coming back to Kerala and making a couple of films. His seafood business had kept him away from the movies, but he is once again ready with seven little stories to be made into films. My Name is Maria is the first of these, the second is called Duppatta, and the third is a COVID-19 story called Malaaka, Thomas says. He has used time splicing in all of these, as he did in the first film he made Ithu Manushyanano back in 1973. It is about a man who marries for money. He marries a woman and kills her (or thinks he does), then he marries her sister and kills her too, but then the first woman comes back, Thomas says. Thinking of the story he had earlier made up hiding a body under the couch it is apparent that he has a taste for morbid crime stories. Ithu Manushyanano starring the likes of Sheela and Ummar came out 20 years after Thomas made his debut in acting. He was not yet 20 when he became the hero of Thiramaala, a film directed by Vimal Kumar alias Thomas. Vimal Kumar knew my father and had visited us once. I was home for vacation after completing my intermediate from Loyola College in Madras. He saw me and asked if I would like to act in a film. I needed to do a makeup test for the role in Thiruvananthapuram at Merryland Studio, which was then under construction. During that time, a friend of a friend came to visit me, trying to sell a camera, one of those old box cameras. That was Ramu Kariat (who would go on to become a legendary filmmaker, directing Chemmeen), who was then working as a journalist. He couldnt sell the camera but accompanied me to Thiruvananthapuram in a kari bus (coal bus). I passed the makeup test and became the hero while Ramu became an assistant director to Vimal Kumar, Thomas says. Sathyan was the villain in Thiramaala, which came a year before the iconic Neelakkuyil that sealed it for the actor. Thomas says that Thiramaala, which was a typical love story, ran only on account of its 12 wonderful songs. He worked in a Tamil film called Inba Vilakku with BS Saroja that could not be completed before his US adventures began. After Thiramaala, I decided to study films. I had heard of Hollywoods Academy of Motion Picture Arts and wrote them a letter. They replied (good thing about Americans is that they always reply) saying that it is an Academy that gives away awards (the Oscars no less!) but there is the University of California quite close by, where I could study motion pictures as a craft and art. Thomas applied, adding some clips from his film. And to his surprise, he got in. Mrs Reagan (Nancy Reagan, actor and First Lady of the US between 1981 and 1989) taught us acting. For my course fee, I had to pay US$ 650 and someone suggested that I should try acting. So I met an agent who said that I dont look like an Indian but a Mexican and that he could find me Mexican roles. So thats what I did. I played the villain and got shot and killed, I dont know how many times! But I got pally with the people in the studio, and theyd call me Senor Thomas. They couldnt believe I was from India with a name like Thomas. They were surprised to know we had Christians. Those were the days he came in contact with American legend Frank Sinatra and Italian actor Gina Lollobrigida. Thomas was acting in a film called Never So Few with them, after working in a number of television series. Sinatra was a funny guy. He first spoke to me in Spanish thinking I am Mexican. Gina, on learning that I am from India, asked if I can read palms. I had no idea but I said yes and cooked up things, he says, laughing. In those years, he shared rooms with a man called Aslam Khan. Aslam happened to be the brother of legendary Indian actor Dileep Kumar. It was Aslam Khan who was instrumental in Thomas starting a seafood business. They partnered with a third man, an American, and expanded the business to multiple places including Vietnam. Aslam also became responsible for Thomass story about an elephant getting adapted into a film called Maya in Hollywood. #ThomasBerly, a 90 year old living in Fort Kochi, acted as the hero of a Malayalam film Thiramaala in 1953, went to the US and worked in Hollywood with the likes of #FrankSinatra, directed two Malayalam films. Seafood business kept him too busy for more films. pic.twitter.com/IKnuETDUnz Cris (@cristweets) January 25, 2023 But Thomas interest had shifted by then to his seafood business and he stayed away from films for long. It took 12 years for him to direct a second film called Vellarikkappatanam. He brushes the film off as a comedy, made for the laughs. Prem Nazir played the lead role and stayed in Thomas house in Fort Kochi, where this interview was conducted. It was also in this house (in the very same couch you are sitting in now) that director Lijo Jose Pellissery came to meet him for a character in his film Double Barrel, which released in 2015. Call it irony, but once again Thomas played a Mexican man, a ganglord much like the gun-wielding gangster roles he did in Hollywood. Thomas has quite a few other interests and has spent time on all of these he has written books, painted pictures (including beautiful ones of his children), and made music. Among his books, he had trouble getting Sacred Savage published because it spoke bluntly about caste in Kerala, he says. Another book he has now written is set in 16th century India, titled Shadow of the Night.

The News Minute 25 Jan 2023 5:15 pm

Man slits womans throat over failure to get money paid for visa

He was frequently visiting the agency to get his money back and was enraged.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:58 am

Youths duped of lakhs promising jobs in Saudi Arabia

Another victim in the case, Sasikumar A, an Alappuzha native, said he paid Rs 1 lakh to a person as directed by Sooraj.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:58 am

Chutty tales

The world of imagination is boundless and so was Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar passion for creativity.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:55 am

Spellbinding art show draws over 2.4 lakh visitors

According to Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), so far more than 2.4 lakh people have visited the fifth edition of the art event.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:49 am

Small, phat weddings

TNIE does a quick scan of emerging trends in this marriage season

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:49 am

Arrested were cognizant of meats rotten state

While the former ran the illegal meat supply unit, Nisab was its manager.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:38 am

Police yet to makemove against Kerala HC lawyerSaiby Jose Kidangoor

Kochi city police commissioner K Sethu Raman said the probe team was collecting details from the lawyers who levelled allegations against Saiby.

The New Indian Express 25 Jan 2023 6:32 am

Two Kerala students contract norovirus, school shut down

Health The children who are students of Classes 1 and 2 are in a stable health condition, according to the Kochi District Medical Officer. PTI Representative Image: PTI Two school students have contracted the norovirus in Kerala. The students of Class 1 and 2 of a school in Kakkanad near Kochi were found infected, and three children are now under treatment. A senior medical officer of the district said 62 students and a few parents of the school exhibited symptoms following which two samples were sent for testing at the State Public Laboratory. As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), norovirus infection is a viral illness that is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis globally, with symptoms including acute onset diarrhoea and vomiting. The health condition of the children is stable. The Health Department personnel inspected the school which is now temporarily closed. We are holding online awareness sessions to the children and parents. The classrooms and the toilets have now been sanitised, the District Medical Officer said in a statement. Last year, two children were found infected with the same virus at Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram. As many as 42 students of the school said they felt ill after consuming midday meals at the school, and after they were admitted to hospital and tested, it was found that two among them had contracted norovirus. All the children belonged to a school in Uchakada in Vizhinjam. The virus spreads through contaminated water and food. The department said that it is highly contagious and urged the people to maintain hygiene. Norovirus can be transmitted through contaminated food, water, and surfaces, the Health Department said, adding that the initial symptoms are vomiting and/or diarrhoea, head and body aches. Read: Two Kerala students contract norovirus after midday meal, officials on alert

The News Minute 24 Jan 2023 10:25 am

A home for the aged

Joseph Alex left his corporate job behind to start a care home and provide dignified treatment to the elderly and the disabled

The New Indian Express 24 Jan 2023 6:41 am

Dangling cables claim a third victim, Maradu resident seriously injured

This is the third accident reported due to dangling cables in the last one month in the city.

The New Indian Express 24 Jan 2023 6:03 am

Cops suspect quotation gangs role in businessman's kidnap

The New Indian Express 24 Jan 2023 6:01 am

India Boat and Marine Showin Kochi from January 27

All these factors fuelled the growth of Kochi as a maritime hub.

The New Indian Express 24 Jan 2023 6:00 am

Norovirus detected among students in Kochi school, 3 under treatment

The school is shut for the next 2-3 days following the detection of norovirus.

The New Indian Express 23 Jan 2023 3:47 pm

Hoteliers body to move Kerala HC over list of stale meat users

The association said many of the names in the list had stopped procuring meat from the accused distributor two to three years back.

The New Indian Express 23 Jan 2023 7:25 am

Closure of sole footbridge at Ernakulam North station causing hardships

Maintenance work on structure linking platforms 1 and 2 has been on for more than a week

The New Indian Express 23 Jan 2023 7:25 am

Sharp increase in cases reveals Kerala district is in vice grip of drug pushers

Ernakulam witnessed a sharp rise in the number of narcotic cases in 2022.

The New Indian Express 23 Jan 2023 7:24 am

Human sacrifice: Chargesheet filed in Rosily murder case

The chargesheet in the Rosily murder was prepared under the supervision of Ernakulam rural police chief Vivek Kumar.

The New Indian Express 22 Jan 2023 7:13 am

Rs 3.3 crore project for tech researchers

The design of the houseboats will be in such a way that solar energy can also be used.

The New Indian Express 22 Jan 2023 7:12 am

Lifeline Hospitaldoctor Cyriac Pappachan enters record book

The surgery took six hours, including specimen retrieval through four keyhole incisions.

The New Indian Express 22 Jan 2023 7:12 am

Chain-snatching incidents: Same persons involvement suspected

Targeted elderly women who were out for morning walk on Wednesday and Thursday

The New Indian Express 22 Jan 2023 7:11 am

Cusat faculty bags Rs 76 lakh research funds

For his project that aims to solve problems in the early detection of autism in children using computer technology, Kumar was awarded Rs 12 lakh for 3 years.

The New Indian Express 22 Jan 2023 7:11 am

Foe-turned-friend: Proposal for tiger culling brings ecologistGadgil closer to Kerala Church

The Catholic church, whichhad held protests and burned Madhav Gadgils effigy across Kerala in 2013, now hails him for his support andproposal to cull tigers that stray into human habitations.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 3:52 pm

Church in Kochithat stunned Shaktan Thampuran, Tipu Sultan

According to legends, St Thomas, who arrived in India in 52 AD, propagated Christianity and founded seven churches in Kerala.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:42 am

We were soldiers', recounts Sainik Vihar residents from Kochi

TNIE reporter Mahima Anna Jacob and lensmanA Sanesh spend a day at Sainik Vihar, a unique shelter home for military veterans

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:42 am

A handful of goodness, dry fruit snackoptions for healthier diet

TNIE reporter Arya U R takes a look at how dry fruits and nuts are emerging as a healthy snacking option, especially for people leading hectic lives.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:41 am

Online fraudsters dupe woman in Keralaby offering teaching job

Based on the complaint lodged by the woman, a resident of Alathoor in Palakkad, the Cyber Police have registered a case and started to collect digital evidence.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:09 am

Cusat inks MoU with Maldives National University for academic collaboration

Discussions were held on initiating future academic exchanges and collab- orations and mutually beneficial programmes and projects in the field of marine sciences.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:05 am

Footwear-making unit gutted in Kochi, owner alleges neighbours involvement

Police officials at Ernakulam North police station said that they are checking the CCTV cameras in the area.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:03 am

Thrikkakara civic body courts fresh controversy

Adding fuel to the fire, reports suggest that a few UDF members will abstain from the council meeting, on January 25, which has been convened to pass a resolution seeking the transfer of the secretary

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 8:01 am

Kerala governmentkeen on more floating bridges to boost beach tourism

We have also identified two more beaches ideal for the project - Fort Kochi in Ernakulam and Kasaragod.

The New Indian Express 21 Jan 2023 7:58 am

Living in the margins: Why Keralas fisherfolk lag behind in higher education

Equality Neither the occupation of fishing nor the community of fisherfolk find any mention in the curricula taught in schools. This omission is striking, given that farming is extensively covered in our textbooks. Saritha S Balan I come from a society where the number of people who go on to do graduation in any subject is low, wrote Ibin Nayakam, a first generation graduate from the coastal community of Poovar in Keralas Thiruvananthapuram. Ibin was discussing how various circumstances push marginalised persons like himself into low-paying physical jobs in his article How Ravish Kumars become popular while indigenous journalists are left behind published in Round Table India. He wrote about how higher education is hardly accessible or affordable for Keralas fishing community and how marginalised communities everywhere continue to be deprived of basic rights. [The oppressors] want us to waste our calibre by always worrying about survival until the next day, by creating problems for us and perpetrating injustices in our lives, wrote Ibin, who has a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Jammu. Ibins words reveal how the states fishing community is yet to fully benefit from the benchmarks set by Kerala in literacy and living standards. The paper Changing Profile of Poverty among Kerala's Marine Fishing Communities: Are They Still Outliers? (2020) noted, A decade ago, an analysis was made of the process whereby the fisherfolk in Kerala (particularly the marine communities) were left out from the much-acclaimed benefits of Kerala's 'high quality of life' development experience. In terms of income, land holdings, housing quality, health conditions, and literacy levels, the fishing community were clearly 'outliers'. They stood far behind the all-Kerala averages. Authored by John Kurien of Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, the paper stated that the tempo of socio-economic change in the fishing communities of the state was maintained only for two decades between 1956 and 1975. The community has since been withheld from attaining growth at par with the rest of the state. TNM spoke to fisherfolk on the issue, who cited several reasons for their educational backwardness, despite living in urban areas in close proximity to communities with better exposure. They include financial compulsions of families, the lack of an environment conducive for studies, and absence of a system that encourages them to pursue it further. Their educational backwardness is also linked to the backwardness of the community in general, whose main occupation remains fishing. A curriculum that never reflects fisherfolk Official data by Keralas Fisheries Department states that around eight lakh people earn their livelihood from fishing and allied activities. Kerala has a coastline of 589.5 km, with 222 fishing villages situated along the coastline of the state. The total population of fisherfolk in Kerala is 10 lakh, of which marine fisherfolk make up seven lakh. The Christians among the fisherfolk mostly belong to the Latin Catholic rite. Arayans, Velans, Mukkuvas, and Marakkans constitute the Hindu fisherfolk, while Muslim fisherfolk are comparatively less in number. Members of all religions in the community fall under Other Backward Classes. However, neither the occupation nor the community find any mention in the curricula taught in schools. This omission is striking, given that farming is extensively covered in our textbooks. When asked about this absence, Sindhu Maria Napoleon, a member of the fishing community in Thiruvananthapurams Vizhinjam, said, I don't have an answer if asked whether a curriculum can be inclusive of the scores of communities of a state. But there are certain areas in which the community could be included. For example, environmental protection has always been linked to forest in the curriculum, never with the sea. Born and raised in the fishing community, Sindhu holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Hyderabad and is an independent researcher and journalist. In the last four years, we, the members of Coastal Students Cultural Forum (CSCF), included sea conservation as part of World Environment Day celebrations in the schools in coastal regions and also suggested Ocean Day too be observed. But there have been no such attempts from the government or academia, she said, explaining the efforts to make school curricula inclusive. Sindhu Maria Napoleon Johnson Jament, who has a PhD in Education, echoed Sindhus view that the community is not reflected in any form in the curricula. A member of the coastal community in Thiruvananthapuram, Johnson said, Fisherfolk live very near to urban areas. As an educationist and academic, I have observed that we dont exist in curricula, and are nothing in pedagogy. We wont reach anywhere in an education system that has a perspective that we, the fishing community, is born to fail. Teachers would even tell students that they would become fishermen just like their fathers. He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Global Studies and faculty of Anthropology University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Johnsons analysis of the current curriculum documentation used in the coastal regions of Kerala revealed that there was limited understanding of the history, culture, and traditions which are significant to the local communities. He studied curriculum documentation as a means of identifying contents and pedagogical approaches that exclude the opportunity for children to engage with their immediate living contexts and the history of their people. He explained how being denied a mention in curricula causes low self-concept in the younger generation. Johnson said, Which textbook carries a mention of the coastal community? There is no representation of the environment we represent in curriculathe natural, productive, and dynamic environment. The education system teaches us about farming, but not about fishing, which would indirectly tell us that I am not worthy, so are my people. Sindhu added to this, saying, There are certain things that should be treated differently as the students from the fishing community speak a different language (dialect, diction), come from a different environment, and their life depends on a particular occupation. The curriculum has no real life situations that fisherfolk can relate to. The need for a support system within the community Ibin believes that illiteracy of parents is one of the reasons why the younger generation is not attracted to studies. Ibins father is a fisherman, and both his parents are uneducated. However, he benefited from the mentoring system in schools in coastal areas, where students are mentored by teachers. Children receive no mentoring or guidance at homes as parents are not educated. The only support they can provide is financial. I was able to continue studying because I was guided by a teacher. But my siblings did not get any particular support and that extra push was not there. I was part of the National Service Scheme (NSS) during Plus Two, which helped in my grooming, he said. But Johnson, who like the other educated people in the community had to fight all odds to complete his PhD from the University of Northampton, said that the teachers would mentor only those who are talented and wouldnt make an extra effort to lend a hand to everyone alike. Ibin Naykam Not only at home, but even in the community at large, there is a lack of proper guidance for students. In Ibins view, support groups within the community are also important. The support comes from groups (like the CSCF) formed by educated people within the community. This is done with a sense of social commitment from them. Libraries too have been set up for the purpose. Without support from such groups, hardly any student from the community will opt for higher studies, he said. The Church has set up coaching facilities to crack competitive examinations like the Public Service Commission (PSC) and civil service examinations. However, Sindhu said, such initiatives only benefit those who have been able to successfully complete school or graduation. At one time, there was huge investment in PSC coaching, as though the problems of the community would be solved if some of us got government jobs. Later, the focus was on civil service examinations. Here again, the problem was that such efforts did not focus on school dropouts. One needs to have some basic qualification to get a government job or become a civil servant, Sindhu pointed out. Students have no role models from within the community. There are many who are educated but unemployed in the community. What they see are school dropouts earning the same salary as postgraduates employed in the state, said Kumar Sahayaraju who hails from coastal Thiruvananthapuram. Kumar did his Masters in the United Kingdom and is now pursuing PhD in Bangalore. People my age (those not well-educated or professionally qualified) have financially settled by doing whatever jobs they could find. It is tough for us to stay unemployed and continue studies as the financial compulsions of the families are huge. I have been able to convince my parents to let me stick to education. But it is not easy for everyone to convince their families that immediate changes won't come with education. There is no atmosphere (at home or in the community) to set a goal for the future, he added. Boys have to earn from a young age Kumar explained how children are often forced to carry the financial burdens of their families. Most families have two daughters and a son; or a daughter and a son. Daughters are married off at a young age, with the son having to take care of the wedding expenses. This means that both boys and girls stop their studies mostly after Plus Two, he said. Kumar used to work between his studies to meet the financial requirements of his family. Men in the community start working at a young age. Most boys join their fathers in fishing. Johnson, Sindhu, and Ibin shared similar thoughts on this. Boys drop out because many of them work with their fathers during school vacation or during seasons of good catch. The money they get lures them to fishing, as immediate financial needs are met. In due course, this will make them discontinue studies, Ibin said. Earning from a young age makes them confident, gradually distancing them from studies. The money would seem big at that age. But the pay from fishing would still be Rs 2,000 or Rs 3,000 even after years. There is a limit for the money that fishing can provide, he added. Low number of institutions forces students to discontinue The fishing community has by now recognised the need for basic education and instances of children not getting primary education are rare. In Sindhus opinion, I won't say there is 100% school education in the community. There are students who drop out in high school or in Plus One. I have classmates who dropped out in class 4 and class 7. When I met them later in life, they had become fishermen. Some of them had gone to the Gulf countries. The ones that dropped out were mostly those categorised by teachers as students who couldnt understand a thing. Some of them work as fishermen even now, indicating that they have excelled in the work. Joy Sebastian, an entrepreneur and the son of a fisherman from Cherthala in Alappuzha district, said that the schooling they receive doesnt equip them to compete with students from privileged backgrounds. The schools in the fishing villages, whether aided or government-run, are not up to the mark and fail to produce students who can compete with the rest. Some of them may excel in school, but once they step out, they are made to compete with students who have got better exposure, he said. Joy added that the reason for many discontinuing studies after Plus Two can be attributed to the lack of educational institutions in proportion to the population. For example, there is only one college under the Alappuzha diocese. In that, students from other communities too should be admitted as per the norms and hence, the number of students that can be admitted from the community is low, he said. A 2022 study conducted by the Kerala Region Latin Catholic Council (KRLCC) highlighted the case of insufficient number of higher education institutions in coastal regions. It compared data on education among the fishing community in Alappuzha with that from across the state. The report of the study has not been published yet. It is to be noted that the Latin Catholic Church has built fewer educational institutions when compared to other churches in the state that have more resources. Coastal Alappuzha has only two government high schools, no government-aided schools, and no higher secondary school attached to the high schools. There is a distance of 40 km between the two government high schools, a source who was part of the study told TNM. In the last 10 years, there was 100% pass for Pallithode High School in Alappuzha in class 10. Yet, there is no higher secondary school (neither government nor government-aided) in the vicinity to accommodate these students for higher secondary education. Not all students can go to places like Chengannur (which is two hours away) for higher studies.This is the case in most regions, the source informed. Similarly, in coastal Ernakulam, there is only one government higher secondary school on the 21 km from Arthunkal to Chellanam. The pass percentage of students in Plus Two and class 10 in Kerala is generally high. But the number of seats in the higher secondary or the higher education level are limited. The situation is such that even those students who secure A-plus in all subjects have to worry about getting college admission. There are quotas for the Latin Catholics in two colleges (St Xaviers, Thumba, and All Saints) in Thiruvananthapuram, which is reflective of the general picture in the state. Even if a student scores 85%, they may not get college admissions for reasons like insufficient seats or a missed allotment date. Students from the community have to compete with those coming from privileged backgrounds, with highly-qualified parents, and personal contacts at universities and colleges. They will have better access to information, WiFi connections at homes, and will have been groomed to become professionals from a young age. At the same time, students from the fishing community would get to know about many professional courses or other opportunities only if they ever get a chance to graduate, Sindhu said. In a region in Alappuzha with 534 fisher families, there was no lawyer, doctor, surveyor, or health inspector, the source associated with the KRLCC study said. They attributed this to the low number of professional colleges that are sufficiently close by for day scholars. In the coastal regions of Alappuzha, there is only one Arts and Science college for men, which does not offer many courses and students do not get their preferred courses, forcing many to discontinue studies after Plus Two. The only other institution is an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Arthunkal, which is 21 km from Alappuzha and 40 kilometres from Kochi. It is the only ITI in an 81-km stretch of the coastline. No institutions offering paramedical courses are there. The only engineering college is 35 km away in Ambalapuzha. Even if the students manage to get admission, they tend to struggle in studies due to their disadvantageous background. Many tend to drop out. The educated and employed people of the community generally have a tendency to live away from the coast, hence failing to become role models for the community, the source further added. It is said that the KRLCC has decided to focus on education, to make teachers from the community work for children among them, and to set aside a share of Church income for education. Kumar Sahayaraju A majority of the students who studied fisheries science at the higher secondary level do not go to college. According to Kumar, marine-related courses are few in the country in general. Kerala offers very few college courses for those who studied Fisheries Science in vocational higher secondary schools. Those available are Bachelors in Fisheries Science and a few diploma courses at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) in Kochi, which offers only a limited number of seats. The admission process involves an entrance examination, which requires students from the fishing community to compete with others. In Kumars opinion, a criteria that is inclusive of students from the community should be devised in the KUFOS admission process.

The News Minute 20 Jan 2023 7:25 pm

Kerala law student, who misbehaved with actress Aparna, suspended

Kerala law student, who misbehaved with actress Aparna, suspended Ernakulam Law College student, who had misbehaved with National Award-winning actress Aparna Balamurali during her campus visit to promote her upcoming film, was suspended for a week on Friday. Kochi: Ernakulam Law College student, who had misbehaved with National Award-winning actress Aparna Balamurali during her [] The post Kerala law student, who misbehaved with actress Aparna, suspended appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 20 Jan 2023 3:27 pm

CBI registers case against 31 personnel in Kerala for bogus I-T refund

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:17 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:17 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:08 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:06 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:04 am

INTERVIEW | We will speed up pending projects

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 8:04 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 7:49 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 7:44 am

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The New Indian Express 20 Jan 2023 7:42 am

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The Hindu 19 Jan 2023 10:33 am

Never thought of acting before: 86-yr-old Devi on her role in Saudi Vellakka

Interview Despite having little to do with acting, 86-year-old Devi garnered much praise for her understated role as an old woman in Tharun Moorthys Saudi Vellakka. Cris Devi Varma in Saudi Vellakka Devi Varma had not watched a film for 15 years when she was offered the leading character of an aged woman in a film in 2022 . She was 85 years old, not at all keen to act, but she not averse to the idea when filmmaker Tharun Moorthy came to tell her about Saudi Vellakka, his new film. He had by then surprised Malayalam movie audiences with Operation Java, his debut, which did wonderfully well. Devi Varma heard him out and only expressed one concern: she might have health issues. They brushed it off that could be managed, they said. Saudi Vellakka was made and Aisha Rawuthar, Devis character, was warmly received. I had no tension, no difficulties because I had to think of nothing. I knew nothing about cinema, so I was not nervous. They tell me what to do, and I do it, Devi Varma, now 86, says in a short interview from her house in Tripunithura. She had never thought of acting or even been interested in films all that much. Devi, originally from Palakkad, had worked in a government dairy farm in Tamil Nadu for years before shifting to Tripunithura. The only vague connection she had to acting was watching her grandson Siddharth go to act in theatre. All I thought of was that if thats what they wanted to do, let them do it. I never thought of it for myself, she says. Tharun got the idea when he saw pictures of Devi on her grandsons phone. He asked Siddharth if she would act. The grandson told him to ask Devi in person. Tharuns protagonist is a Muslim woman in a small locality of Kochi, fighting a case for many years. She had, without meaning to, hurt a little boy while slapping him for a mishit vellakka (baby coconut). A vengeful neighbour prods the boys parents to file a case against the old woman. The whole incident takes a toll on her, mellows her down, changes her to a regretful woman who nevertheless learns to take her life into her hands and live it through. Alone, fearless, but wanting forgiveness for the day that had gone so awfully wrong. Read: Saudi Vellakka review: An old woman leads this sweet film that celebrates the ordinary Devi put on a mostly impassive face to show Aishas journey through the years. Her anger, sorrow, and even joy were barely visible on the face, but came through in the slowness of her stride, the tiredness of her body, the consistency of her silence. Only, she did not dub for the character. It was actor Pauly Valsans familiar voice as Aisha. I did not think much of my performance when I watched the film on the screen for the first time, when they took it to Goa (for the International Film Festival of India). But I was happy to hear from others that I did well, Devi says. She has already won a few awards for her role, including a special jury mention from the Prem Nazir Suhurth Samithi Thiruvananthapuram, and another instituted in the name of Kalabhavan Mani. She had found no similarities between her and Aisha. The religious and social backgrounds were different. Aishas is not the kind of reaction that Devi would have in similar situations, she says. There is no question of liking or not liking a character once you agree to do it. You just do it well, Devi says like a professional. She says she has no plans to act any further, neither has she decided never to act again.

The News Minute 19 Jan 2023 9:39 am

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The New Indian Express 19 Jan 2023 9:15 am