Kerala to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre

News: Kerala has announced the setting up of India’s first international women’s trade centre(WTC) in consonance with the United Nations sustainable development goals(SDGs). Facts: Aim: The centre aims to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity while providing women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses set up or expand and… Continue reading Kerala to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre

Kerala’s ‘Namath Basai’ programme brings tribal children back to school

Facts: Namath Basai: It is a Kerala government’s unique programme of teaching tribal children in their mother tongue. Implementation: It is implemented by the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK). Significance: The SSK has distributed some 50 laptops exclusively for Namath Basai.Hence,it has succeeded in retaining hundreds of tribal children in their online classes by making them… Continue reading Kerala’s ‘Namath Basai’ programme brings tribal children back to school

6.5-km two-lane tunnel road to Wayanad gets the nod

News:The Union government has given the nod for a two-lane tunnel road in the Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor. Facts: The Anakkampoyil-Kalladi-Meppadi corridor will run parallel to the Thamarassery pass that links Kozhikode to Wayanad. On completion, the 6.5-km tunnel will be the third longest in the country after Chenani-Nashri tunnel (9.2 km) and Banihal-Qazigund tunnel (8.5km) from… Continue reading 6.5-km two-lane tunnel road to Wayanad gets the nod

Senna spectabilis

News:The Kerala Government is planning to stop the rampant growth of Senna spectabilis in the forest areas of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve(NBR). Facts: About Senna Spectabilis: Senna spectabilis is a plant species of the legume family (Fabaceae) native to South and Central America. The plant has become an invasive alien species in parts of Africa,… Continue reading Senna spectabilis

Rarely seen strawberry finch spotted at Akkulam Lake

News:Recently,the strawberry finch,a bird has been spotted in the vicinity of Akkulam Lake in Kerala. Facts: About Strawberry Finch: Strawberry finch is also known as red avadavat (Amandava amandava) or red munia. It is a sparrow-sized bird of the family Estrildidae.It is listed as Least Concern by IUCN. It is usually found in the open… Continue reading Rarely seen strawberry finch spotted at Akkulam Lake

Kerala to host global meet on climate change, ocean health

News:Kerala will be hosting a three-day international conference called ClimFishCon 2020. Facts: About the conference: Aim:To study the impact of climate change on the Hydrological cycle, ecosystem, fisheries and food security. It is organised jointly by the CUSAT School of Industrial Fisheries and the Department of Fisheries,Kerala. Theme:Climate Change-Effective Adaptation for a Secure Future.

Explained:The Silver Line Project

News:The Ministry of Railways has granted in-principle approval for the ‘Silver Line’ project,a proposal of the Kerala government. Facts: About Silver line project The Silver line project involves laying the 532 km long railway lines from Kasaragod in the north of Kerala to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. This will connect the major districts and towns… Continue reading Explained:The Silver Line Project

India Hypertension Control Initiative(IHCI) yields results

News:The India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) launched in four districts of Kerala has been able to control hypertension in about 35% of the people covered under the initiative. Facts: About IHCI: The IHCI was launched in Kerala in 2018 as a multi-partner five-year initiative with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council… Continue reading India Hypertension Control Initiative(IHCI) yields results

New signal fish discovered off Kerala coast

News:Scientists have discovered a new species of signal fish named Pteropsaron indicum off Kerala coast. Facts: About the species: The Pteropsaron indicum species was collected by trawlers at a depth of 70 metres during a marine biodiversity survey. This is the first species of the genus signal fish to be discovered in the Indian waters.Pteropsaron… Continue reading New signal fish discovered off Kerala coast

Kerala CM launches capacity development programme for women entrepreneurs

News:Kerala Chief Minister has launched the Kerala edition of WING-Women Rise Together. Facts: WING is an initiative by Startup India,Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT). The programme aims to identify and support aspiring and established women entrepreneurs by providing them access to incubation, investors and various business support services.  Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM) along… Continue reading Kerala CM launches capacity development programme for women entrepreneurs