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Global Thiyya Initiative (GTI), a new organisation of Thiyyas of Northern Kerala, will be formed shortly at its first convention to be held in Kozhikode early 2012. The objective of the GTI is to unite the Thiyyas all over the world bringing them under a unified platform.
History has it that after the British had left the country and also during the colonial era, several families had settled abroad, mostly in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, France, Mauritius, the UK and the USA.
The organisers say they were getting enthusiastic response from …
The Union of UK Malayalee Association (UKMA) is set to host its second national cultural festival at Southend-on-Sea on November 5, 2011.
The event, jointly hosted by UKMA East Anglia region and Southend Malayalee Association, would be held at Westcliff School.The organisers have made elaborate arragements to make the cultural fete a huge success. Southend-on-Sea’s popular Indian restaurant Dosa Palace would put up its food courts at the venue.
Southend Malayalee Association president Kanesius Athippozhi, secetary Sabu Kuriakose and coordinator Pradeep Kuruvila, East Anglian regional president Kunjumon Job, UKMA national committee member …
A 16-member team from Gravesend Grammar School, Kent, UK, has arrived at Bhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, Thrikkakkara, Kochi as part of a cultural exchange programme. The team comprises 13 students and three teachers.
Students of the host school received the guests by giving a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the country and the state.
Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Thiruvathirakkali and yoga exercises offered a rare treat to the UK team who are staying with the students and teachers of the Bhavan’s school. The high school and higher secondary students from Kent are aged …
Balamurali Namboodiri of Edamana Illam is the new ‘melsanthi’ (head priest) of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.
T K Eswaran Namboodiri of Attukal has been selected as the head priest of the adjoining Malikappuram Devi temple.
Both the priests would continue for one year after taking over on November 16, when the two-month long pilgrim season
of the hillshrine begins.
The priests, who will have to stay at the hillshrine for the entire year, were chosen by drawing lot from a list of
candidates shortlisted by the Travancore Deveswom Board (TDB).
The list was prepared by interviewing …
The proposed Kochi metro rail is likely to be extended up to Kakkanad by establishing an alignment towards the IT hub from Palarivattom.
Land would be made available near the Nehru International Stadium for the metro trains to take a turn towards Palarivattom Junction along the existing one-way road. The trains can then proceed to Kakkanad through the Palarivattom Bypass Junction.
The distance up to the Kakkanad Smart City site from Palarivattom would be over 8 km. The extension work would be carried out along with work on the proposed Aluva-Pettah …
Three Technopark companies, MobME Wireless, Innoz Technologies and Flytxt, have featured in the NASSCOM’s list of 50 most emerging IT companies in the country for 2011. MobME Wireless and Flytxt have been chosen in the Emerge Innovation category and Innoz Technologies in the Emerge Start-ups Category.
NASSCOM Emerge Leaders Awards is an initiative, which has been started exclusively for the emerging start-up IT companies to showcase their unique value proposition and create a distinct niche for them.
MobME Wireless CEO Sanjay Vijayakumar, on winning this recognition, said that it is …
Muthoot Finanace UK Ltd, the British arm of India’s multi-billion-dollar financial giant Muthoot Group, opened its second retail outlet in East Ham Friday.
Mr M G George Muthoot, Chairman, Muthoot Group, formally opened the new branch. Ms Sara George, Director, Muthoot Group, inaugurated the branch operations by lighting a traditional lamp.
Sharing the Group’s interests in the UK, Mr George Muthoot said the Group is keen on the country’s highly potential hospitality industry. `Of course, Tata has a hotel in London. But that doesn’t stop us from coming in’, he said. The …
Sinai Marthoma Church in North London is holding ‘Fusion Fest 2011′on Saturday,October 22. The venue is St Georges Hall, 98A, Pinner View, Harrow – HA1 4RJ.
It is an evening entertainment and a social gathering followed by dinner.
Doors open at 5:00 pm for a prompt start at 6pm.
Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the event representatives Mr. Dileep Cheriyan (07503942112) or Mr Sharlay Varghese (07760242469) or myself, Aju Alexander (07788585305).
Adult ticket is £ 10, Child (below 10) is £5 and a family ticket for 4 members is £30.
In a bid to attract investments, Kerala government would host a meet titled ‘Emerging Kerala’ in April next year.
A high-power committee, headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as chairman, has been set up to make the event a grand success. The meet is planned in Kochi on April 19, 20 and 21 next.
Chief Minister would hold talks with prospective investors in the country and also in abroad. Stating that the industrial climate in the state has improved, Mr. Kunhalikutty, Industries Ministers said the Videocon Industries has decided to invest Rs. …
Indian banks in the UK must get themselves ready to face the challenges that the Europe’s banking sector would witness in the next five to ten years, banking experts said at the Indo European Business Forum.
A slew of international banking regulations are in the pipeline. Some of the regulations are quite heavy. If the Indian banks are ready transform themselves according to the changing times, great opportunities would come in their way, the panellists said at a symposium on the `Changing face of Indian banking sector in the UK` held …
Kollam born Mr.Raveendranath Pillai, locally known as Nathan, passed away following a heart attack yesterday. He was 60 years old.
Mr Pillai, who recently moved from Bristol to Kent, was on his way to register with a local GP.
Mr Pillai’s wife Salila Kumari lives in Kerala with their two daughters.
Mr. Pillai was a petty officer in the Indian Navy. After his arrival in the UK, about eight years ago, he was employed by the Kerala Group of Restaurants at Croydon and Bristol. Just three days ago he started a new job at the …
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has invited entrepreneurs from the neighbouring states to invest in Kerala and take part in various public private partnership projects (PPP) assuring them of all necessary support.
Addressing the Suminfra 2011 meet hosted by the CII Southern region in Hyderabad, Mr Chandy said Kerala Government has already initiated a few definitive steps to foster investment promotion, which has been carried out in the 100 days programme of the Government.
The State is planning to conduct an “Emerging Kerala Investor Meet at Kochi in April 2012 and is …
The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is set to develop a new international terminal with a higher passenger-handling capacity.
CIAL has worked out a proposal that would be presented before the company Director Board when it meet on September 24, 2011.
The estimated Rs.250 crore terminals will have the capacity to handle about 2,000 passengers an hour as against the 1,200-passengers capacity of the existing international terminal.
After the launch of the new terminal, the existing international terminal will be converted into a domestic terminal while the present domestic terminal will be converted …
The Muthoot Securities, with the support of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) will launch a series of programmes aimed at educating the investing public about the advantages of investing through Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
ETFs, generally known as complex financial products, are popular investment vehicles in the developed world, particularly in the US. Though they have been around for many years in India, it is only recently that investors are waking up to their benefits.
With the recent launch of a scheme called “Loan against Gold ETFs” by Muthoot Finance, Muthoot Securities …
Tension mounted further at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church at Kolenchery and St George Chapel, Kottoor, on Sunday with the heads of Jacobite and Orthodox factions resorting to indefinite fast near the Chapel.
Jacobite Church Catholicos Thomas I who had ended his indefinite fast and prayers in the evening following the declaration of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC, resumed the fast at 7 pm when the Catholicos of the Orthodox faction resorted to hunger strike and started prayers.
Both the Catholicos were supported by strong faithful of respective factions. …
Captain Krishnan Nair, Chairman of the Leela Group and M G George, Chairman of the Muthoot Group and Joy Alukkas of Joyalukka group, are among the 11 persons who have been selected for the Federal Bank Kerala Business Awards 201, instituted by the World Malayalee Council (WMC).
While George Muthoot has been selected for the award in the Indian Businessman of the Decade category, Captain Krishnan Nair has been selected for his contributions to hospitality industry.
The awards will be presented by Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, at a function in Kochi.
Entrepreneurial spirit, …
UK-Kerala Business Forum is to celebrate Onam with an informal networking session on Thursday 15th September. Kerala based Relcon Group is the sponsor of the meeting.
Members and associates of the forum or those who are interested in joining or finding out more about the activities of the Forum are invited to attend the event.
The venue is Malabar Junction, 107 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NA. Nearest underground is Tottenham Court Road.
The event will start with a welcome drink and networking from 6.30pm. Mr Virendra Sharma MP who is just back from his …
A new four star facility to cater to business and leisure class has opened near the Cochin International Airport Limited at Nedumbasserry recently.
Flora Airport Hotel is located just opposite to the international terminal at the Kochi airport premises. The unit, from one of the Dubai-based Flora hotels group, is the first among the series of hospitality ventures planned in the country, the promoters said.
The company had entered into the customer oriented venture in 2008 by opening the Oberon — the first ever multi level shopping mall in Kochi.
Flora Airport Hotel …
Mr. M.O.H. Farook was sworn in as Governor of Kerala on Thursday.
Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court J. Chelameswar administered the oath of office to Mr. Farook who has moved into Kerala after serving as Governor of Jharkhand. He replaces R. S. Gavai whose term has ended. Mr. Farook is the 16th Governor to hold full charge of the State.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and a galaxy of prominent persons from different walks of life were present at the Raj Bhavan to witness the swearing-in ceremony. Among them was Speaker …
The Association of Kottayam Medical Alumni-UK will host a music night and gala dinner at Birmingham on September 17, 2011.
Noted Malayalam playback singers G Venugopal and Gayathri Varma will perform together with Dr Ajeet Nair.
The venue is 171-173, High Street¸ Dudley, DY1 1QD, Birmingham. The event would be marked by cultural competitions, children’s programme, dance and face painting.