Kerala state will start using robots to clean sewer holes, in a move that aims to end the practice of manual scavenging. The robot, ‘Bandicoot’, is developed by a startup firm Genrobotics. It will be deployed for the first time during the Attukal Pongala, a major Hindu festival in the...
At least 8 people have have been killed as heavy rains due to Cyclone Ockhi ravaged coastal Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The cyclone was formed from a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal. It is now headed north-west towards Lakshadweep, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD said that Ocki...
Kerala has launched a first-of-its-kind scheme in India, ‘She Pad’, under which it will provide sanitary napkins for free in about 300 government schools across the state. Provision for napkin storage spaces and incinerators at the schools will be done under the programme. While this was done as pilot project in...
The Kerala government plans to expand digital learning to 45,000 classrooms of government run schools in the state, officials have said. The initiative will allow students to submit their assignments and appear for exams using digital methods, K. Anvar Sadath, vice-chairman and executive director of Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for...
In a unique initiative, groups of student volunteers from engineering colleges in Kerala are helping to fix faulty and damaged equipments at government hospitals and medical colleges across the state. Under a programme named Punarjani, designed by technical cell of National Service Scheme, trained student volunteers visit hospitals and repair...
Kerala government has announced that it will soon set up special clinics for transgenders in all government medical colleges in the state, to get medical help for issues specific to the community. This follows a pilot initiative at Kottayam medical college, where an OP wing is opened once in every...
A cooperative society, formed nine decades ago as an association of lower caste manual labourers in Malabar region of Kerala, is now a business conglomerate worth hudreds of crores, and runs an IT park, the first the world by a labour cooperative. Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS), the largest...
Despite the declining number students as a result of a shrinking birth rate and the  the number of private schooling nearly doubling in a decade, the number students enrolled in class 1 of government or government aided schools in Kerala has increased from 2,49,533 in the 2016-17 academic year...
The Ernakulam district administration is to launch a programme to support meritorious students from financially backward families to pursue higher education. Puthuyugam, a unique programme to support such students, is run fully with the support of donations by private companies under their corporate social responsibility initiatives. The district administration has selected,...
To observe clouds and rain processes in the region, a High Altitude Cloud Physics Observatory has been established at Munnar in Kerala. The observatory will help understand rainfall distribution and rainfall processes in a way useful for  prediction of monsoon rainfall, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth...

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