Thursday, March 28, 2013


Congrats to General Secretary and State President

Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013


His Excellency Shri. Nikhil Kumar

Shri. Nikhil Kumar has assumed the office of Kerala Governor on March 23, 2013. 
Shri. Nikhil Kumar was the Governor of Nagaland, prior to his present appointment. Being a retired Indian Police Service Officer, he served as the Commissioner of Police, New Delhi. He has also served as the Chief of National Security Guards. 
H. E. Shri. Nikhil Kumar was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Justice Dr. Manjula Chellur.  The ceremony took place at Kerala Raj Bhavan and was attended by the Chief Minister Shri. Oommen Chandy, Speaker Shri. G. Karthikeyan, cabinet members Shri. Adoor Prakash, Shri. P. K. Kunhalikutty, Shri. K. B. Ganesh Kumar, Shri. Shibu Baby John, Shri. K. C. Joseph, Shri. V. S. SivaKumar, Shri. C. N. Balakrishnan, Shri.Aryadan Mohammed, Kumari. P. K. Jayalakshmi, Opposition Leader Shri. V. S. Achuthanandan, Deputy Speaker Shri. N. Sakthan, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary Shri. K. Jose Cyriac and other senior officials.
Earth Hour 2013 - Official Video


Monday, March 18, 2013

Malayalathinte Swantham Teacher
Smt. Sugathakumari

Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent Malayalam poetess and social activist Sugathakumari, chosen for this year's prestigious Saraswati Samman, Monday dedicated the award in memory of her parents, who instilled in her the love for the mother tongue. "I dedicate this award to my parents who taught me to love Malayalam. I also remember with respect renowned writer N V Krishna Warrier, who gave me the courage to write," she told reporters here after hearing about the honour bestowed on her. The 79-year-old author, whose collection of poems 'Manalezhuthu' (The Writing on the Sand), was selected for the award, said she was not sure whether it would inspire her to continue writing. "I cannot say whether this (the award) will inspire me to write more poems. I consider this honour as a blessing for whatever I have done to the world of literature," she said. The poet said people are living in a callous world where imagination is drying up. "I really do not know whether I can write again with the same passion which I had in the past," she said. Sugathakumari, who has to her credit 10 collections of poems, has won several honours,including the Kendra and Kerala Sahitya academy awards. She has also received the Kerala government's 'Ezhuthachan' award, Vayalar Ramavarma award, Odakkuzhal award and Vallathol award for her works. As a social activist, she has been been at the forefront of environmental and feminist movements in Kerala. She played a big role in the Silent Valley movement which led to the declaration of the Valley as a national park. She also runs the Abhayagramam trust which runs Athani, a home for destitute women and a day-care centre for the mentally ill. She was a former chairperson of the Kerala State Women's Commission. She is the third recipient of Saraswati Samman from Kerala. Balamani Amma had received the award in 1995 for her poetry collection 'Nivedyam' while K Ayyappa Panicker was honoured with the Samman in 2005 for the collection of all his poems.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Petrol price slashed by Rs 2 per litre

New Delhi: Oil marketing companies decided to cut petrol price by Rs 2 per litre, effective from midnight, the steepest reduction in rates in nine months. While petrol price has been cut by Rs 2 per litre, excluding local sales tax or VAT, there will be no change in diesel rates. After including VAT, the reduction in price of petrol in Delhi comes to Rs 2.40 per litre and the fuel will from midnight tonight cost Rs 68.34 per litre as against Rs 70.74 currently.
It was expected that oil firms will also effect the monthly hike of 40-50 paise per litre in diesel rates but they deferred the decision apparently to save the government from trouble in Parliament. When oil firms had last hiked petrol price on March 2, the Opposition parties had disrupted one full day's proceedings. The cut in petrol price follows two rounds of hike in rates since February. Petrol price was hiked by Rs 1.50 a litre on February 16 and then by Rs 1.40 per litre from March 2. Both the increases were excluding local VAT.

Pension age made 60 for those 
entering service from April 2013
Welfare, farming take centrestage in Mani's budget

Thiruvananthapuram: The pension age of Kerala government employees has been made 60 for those who enter service from April 1, 2013 onwards. This was announced by Finance minister K M Mani in the budget. This is to bring into effect the National Pension Scheme.
This decision will not affect the youth as the pension age of present government employees would not be hiked. But at the same time this would prove beneficial in the future, according to the budget. The finance minister has not elaborated on this point in the budget speech.

  • Special burn treatment centres in medical colleges
  • Free generic medicine project in all taluk hospitals
  • Research Centre at Thiruvananthapuram Engineering College
  • Rs 55 Cr for Kollam, Alappuzha bypasses
  • Chemical toilets in boats of water Department
  • Rs 117 Cr for Vallarpadom-Kozhikode coastal Highway
  • Rs 100 Cr aid for KSRTC to tide over difficult situation
  • Roads to build cycle path with Private-Public participation
  • Rs 10 Cr for modern parking facility in towns
  • Rs 25 Cr Kumarakom-Nedumbassery State Highway
  • Aid to those who get patents
  • Research and inventions will be encouraged
  • Rs 20 Cr for young entrepreneurs
  • Agricultural product insurance scheme to cover all farm products
  • 10 district to have units for producing Neera from coconut tree
  • Rs 50 Cr for new dam at Mullaperiyar
  • Rs 400 Cr for constructing check dams to solve water shortage
  • Fish malls in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode
  • Rs 10 Cr for fish-processing centers
  • Plastic to be collected for processing; Interest free loan up to Rs 20 lakhs for societies
  • Rs 35 Cr meat processing plant in Chalakkudy
  • Housing loan subsidy for journalists raised to Rs 1 lakh
  • Journalist pension raised to Rs 7000
  • Erattupetta Panchayat to become Municipality
  • Permanent steel bridge for Aluva Manalppuram; Rs 5 Cr allotted
  • KSFE to implement employment scheme for diaspora
  • Mangalya Nidhi for marriage of poor people; Rs 20,000 as aid
  • Integrated Insurance programme for all families
  • Vytilla model Mobility Hubs in important towns
  • 'Thripty fair price food stalls to sell food packets for Rs 20
  • Solar power generation will be extended
  • Coastal ship transport will be encouraged; 5 ports to be developed
  • Rs 100 Cr for 50 modern fish markets
  • Rs 3 Cr for protection of fishermen
  • Tax rebate for houses with rain water harvest facility
  • Punishment to people who employ children as beggars
  • Shelter homes to accommodate beggars
  • Education loan interest discount for APL families too
  • Old age and farmer's pension increased
  • Rs 25 crore allocated for agri malls in important cities
  • Risk insurance for agriculture loans; confiscation to be banned
  • Permission to begin 10,000 integrated hi-tech agriculture centers
  • Individuals excluded from agriculture taxes
  • Rs 14 crore allocated for Supplyco to start two rice mills
  • Interest free loan assured to small scale farmers
  • 14 hi-tech agriculture villages to be started. Rs 3 crore financial assistance for a village
  • Small scale farmers loan waived with immediate effect
  • Progress in the Growth sector, Rs 8,000 crore to be invested in Capital sector
  • Reduction in exports affects agriculture negatively
  • Revenue willl increase by imposing taxes to more sectors
  • Growth rate at 9.5%

Monday, March 11, 2013

Proficiency in Malayalam 
must for Govt jobs in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant decision, the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Kerala Monday approved a government proposal to make proficiency in Malayalam compulsory for getting state government jobs. 
A meeting of PSC members presided over by its Chairman K S Radhakrishnan cleared the proposal submitted by the Administrative Reforms Department of the state government, a PSC spokesperson said. 
This would mean those candidates who have done studies in non-Malayalam medium will have to qualify a proficiency test in Malayalam during their probation period after joining.  Those who had studied in Malayalam medium upto 10th standard would be exempted from such examination.  According to PSC sources, the examination would test the reading and writing ability of the candidate in Malayalam.  Cultural leaders and academics in Kerala have been pressing for this decision for quite some time, especially after proliferation of English medium schools in the state with people increasingly preferring to send their children to such schools.  Some recent studies have shown that the number of children who cannot read and write Malayalam have increased sharply in recent times.  Welcoming the PSC's decision, eminent writer Akbar Kakkattil said, "This is most appropriate, though it came a bit late."  "This is not just a decision that has come as a boost to Malayalam but also a major step forward in further democratising the governance," Kakkattil, also vice president of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, told PTI.  "Even after five-and-a-half decades of formation of the Kerala state on the basis of language, there are government offices where files are prepared in English," he added.

Friday, March 8, 2013


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sri. J.SASI (President, GSTU) 
elected as the Organising Secretary of AIFTO