Musical gala by Rekha Surya

rsRenowned Hindustani light Classical singer Rekha Surya will render her songs today at Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum at 6.30pm. The event is organised by Bharat Bhavan , Thanjavur South Zone Culture Centre and  Kerala Tourism Department. Being trained from maestros like Begum Akhtar, Bashir Khan and Girija Devi, Rekha Surya has created a mark in the musical scenario. Rekha has performed at umpteen events, and her performances have been appreciated worldwide. She sings Ghazal in the traditional style of Lucknow Gharana and Sufi poetry in a light-classical style. Rekha Surya hails from Lucknow, and is currently based in New Delhi.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 07:47

Girls dominate Kerala science scholars’ list

scienceGirls outshined boys in a talent search conducted by a Kerala Government agency to find out the scientific temperament and aptitude among students.  Seventy five out of 82 students selected for the Pratibha merit scholarships are girls.

The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) has instituted Pratibha Scholarship to identify and nurture students to pursue higher studies in basic and natural sciences at universities or institutions in India. Students of Indian origin, with not less than 90 per cent marks or equivalent grade in higher secondary examination were deemed eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Rosmi Abraham, student at Sacred Heart College, Thevara in Kochi, has topped the list of scholarship winners securing 100 per cent marks in the qualifier examination (higher secondary). The full rank list is available on www.kscste.kerala.gov.in. To mark the contribution of women in science, KSCSTE is also celebrating the occasion as International Women’s Day, in tune with the United Nations’  theme ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.’

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 05:22

International Women’s day celebrated

International-Womens-DayOn the occasion of Women's day, a slew of programmes to celebrate gender equality and empowerment were organized across Kerala. Government departments, self-help groups and voluntary organisations in Kerala joined hands to make International Women's Day this year truly memorable.
A leading mobile phone company opened a new retail outlet at Aluva near Kochi, with an all-women staff to mark Women's Day celebrations.
To celebrate the spirit of womanhood, on International Women’s Day 2013, HLL made its premium non-steroidal oral contraceptive pill- ‘Saheli’- available online, to enable easier access of the pill for women.
Renowned dancer and social activist Mallika Sarabhai and Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart presented a special performance ‘Women with Broken Wings’ in memory of the billion women tortured, raped and killed across the world.
In Kochi, a group of women activists reached a hotel run by a man called Kuttetan. They conveyed their appreciation to the man for closing his toddy (local liquor) shop and opening a hotel in its place.
Seminars, street plays, processions and meetings by various organisations marked the International Women’s Day across Kerala. The idea of the celebrations was to convey message of unity and solidarity to end crimes against women and girls.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 09:05

Saraswati Samman for Sugathakumari


Poetess Sugathakumari has been chosen for the esteemed 22nd Saraswati Samman by the K K Birla Foundation for her poetry collection Manalezhuthu (Writing on Sand), a collection of 27 poems published in 2006. A 13-member jury headed by former Chief Justice of India R. C. Lahoti went through the works published in 22 languages during 2002-11, and adjudged Sugathakumari as the frontrunner. Saraswati Samman is awarded annually for outstanding literary work in any Indian language in past 10 years. The award is constituted by K. K. Birla Foundation. Sugathakumari has to her credit 15 volumes of poetry and six collections of prose during a literary career spanning five decades. The 79 year old poetess is an avid environmentalist and also chaired Kerala’s State Women’s Commission. The other two Keralites who have won this award were Balamani Amma for her poetry collection ‘Nivedyam’ in 1995 and Ayyappa Panicker for ‘Ayyappa Panikkarude Kritikal’ in 2005.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 09:06

Women Guest houses to come up in three cities

krla womenGuest houses for travelling women will come up in three major cities in the state, as a part of the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation’s initiative to lower the woes of women who find it difficult to find a safe and affordable place for overnight stay.
Initially the guest house will be set up in Kochi, where a suitable structure is sorted out which is already functioning as a working women’s hostel. The working women’s hostel at Gandhi Nagar will be revamped and a new floor will be set up above the existing structure.
After the allocation of funds by the state government, Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra will be given the work order for the erection of guest houses. Nirmithi Kendra has given an estimate of Rs 78 lakh for a 5,000-sq.ft facility.

KSWDC is on the lookout for suitable land for similar guesthouses in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. The organisation does not have a single women’s hostel within these city ambits.

The upcoming women guest houses will surely be a boon for women, who reach the cities for exams, interviews and other purposes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 05:45

Announcement of new banks only for women


The country’s Finance Minister   Sri.  P. Chidambaram  had announced  a  plan for starting new banks solely  for  women in a meeting  with a initial   capital of Rs 1000 crore. According to him, there will be "no problem in getting a license" for the all-women bank as it will be 100 per cent owned by the government of India. India’s all women bank will start its   operation from  November   onwards with six branches initially  across the  country  ie east, west, north, south, centre  and north east zones.
 When asked  whether the idea of a women's bank had been suggested by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chidambaram said, "It is part of the Jaipur Declaration that we should consider setting up a bank for women. It is completely consistent with my own instincts and leanings. Therefore, I accepted the idea and announced a national bank for women." He also said that he is going  to assemble  the best brains  from the industry  to   chalk out the blue print of the banks . When asked whether there  are  exclusive  schemes  offered to women ,he said that he will announce  it to the public  once  the blueprint is finalised and hopefully we may clear this at the end of March 2013.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:28

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