26-11-2015, CM's Quotes
26-11-2015, Malayala Manorama
26-11-2015, Malayala Manorama
A Start-Up Success Story
Rohildev, the one who took the initiative to form Fin Robotics and his friends Famees, Charls, Jithesh and Suneesh, initially pitched their tent at Start-up Village in Kochi and from there they worked on concepts and technologies, which finally gave them 'Neyya'. It is a ring that can be worn and by just tapping or swiping on it, one can activate various functions in the mobile phone.
In a meeting with Chief Minister they expressed their gratitude for providing them a platform through the Start-Up programme of the government. The chief minister was also given a live demonstration of their product 'Neyya', at the beginning of his media briefing following the Cabinet meeting.
Fin Robotics is currently based in KINFRA Park. During the course of the company's journey towards the realization of 'Neyya' they received several recognitions and support from various quarters. The first one was, when the team emerged as the 2nd runner up in the regional finals of Microsoft BizSpark India Start-Up Challenge 2013, which was followed by their selection as one of the Top 50 Start-Ups in the world among 2000 start-ups in the Pioneers Festival 2013. The company also received investment worth 3 million dollars from Kalaari capital.
Cabinet Decisions 25-11-2015
Sanction for Malayalam Language Bill
The Cabinet has given its approval to the final draft Bill on Malayalam Language. Briefing the media, the chief minister said: "It is the decision of the government to make Malayalam the official language and to expand and enrich its use." The Cabinet gave its approval for the Bill after holding extensive discussions and preparations.
As per the Kerala Official Languages Act, Malayalam and English are the official languages of the State. The aim is to give shape to a comprehensive Malayalam language law. A memorandum in this regard was initially given to the Law department. The draft bill prepared by the department was vetted by a committee comprising Perumpadavom Sreedharan, R Gopalakrishnan, Dr M R Thampan and former chief secretary Dr K Jayakumar. Following this, an amended Bill was submitted by the Law department, after taking into account the inputs received from the departments of General Education, Higher Education and Registrar of High Court. Part three of the Bill was amended by the Law department after obtaining the consent of the Chief Minister and later presented for the Cabinet's approval.
Earlier, the need for a comprehensive official language law was put before the government by the Legislative committee dealing with the subject. The high-level committee headed by the Chief Minister had also taken a decision in favour of that.
A NRI Commission with quasi-judicial powers will be formed for the expatriates. The responsibility of the Commission includes protection of rights, interests and properties of NRIs, interactions with State and Central governments for protecting their interests, prevention of fake overseas recruitments and taking up issues of inappropriate actions against expatriates.
The objectives of the Commission are to ensure that the NRIs, without any discrimination receive the services of various government departments and agencies that have different guidelines and laws for functioning and to make sure that issues pertaining to the lives of NRIs are given equal consideration.
It was with great enthusiasm that the expatriate Malayalees received the announcement of the formation of NRI Commission at the 2015 Global NRK Meet. It was also announced in the policy announcement by the governor in March 2015.
The Chairman of the commission will be a retired High Court judge. A retired IAS officer and two NRIs will be the members. A person of joint secretary's rank will be the secretary. The Commission will be based in Thiruvananthapuram. The Commission will have its sitting once in thee months.
The Commission can initiate enquiry on its own, based on complaints received by it and based on the request of the government. The Commission can submit its report to the government with recommendations for action.
66 teaching posts in 18 government colleges
Sanction has been accorded for the creation of 66 teaching posts and 105 guest lecture posts in 18 government colleges for various subjects. Government will have to bear the extra burden of Rs 5.57 crores per year in this regard.
100 posts out of the 245 sanctioned earlier in the newly sanctioned 13 government arts and science colleges were cancelled as it was found that it was needed only in the second and third academic year.
The list of colleges and posts are as follows:
Tanur- 3, Mankada- 6, Kondotti- 3, Koduvalli- 4, Balussery- 3, Chelakkara, Thrissur- 1, Thritthala, Palakkad- 2, Malayankeezhu, Kattakada- 3, Neyyatinkara- 1, Thalassery- 2, Payyanur- 1, Nadapuram, Kozhikode- 2, Ilanthoor, Pathanamthitta- 6+1 (Principal), Uduma, Kuniya- 6+1 (Principal), Thavanur-Malappuram- 1+1 (Principal), Ollur-Thrissur- 7+1 (Principal), Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode 6+1 (Principal), Kongadu- 3+1( Principal).
41 Posts in Audit Department
Decision has been taken to crate the posts of Joint Director, Deputy Director, two Audit Officers, and 37 Auditor posts in the Kerala State Audit Department. It has also been decided to elevate the post of Senior Deputy Director to Joint Director at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode district offices.
Cyber City Sub-Division
A new police sub-division will be formed at Kazhakoottam. It will be known as Cyber City Sub- Division and will have Kazhakoottam-Technopark circle and Medical College circle under it. 15 new posts will be created for the purpose.
Subsidy for Inland Water Transport
Below mentioned norms are also included in the recommendation for giving subsidy at the rate of Rs 1 for a tone per kilometer for the movement of goods via inland water ways. The minimum distance to avail the subsidy will be 20 kms. The subsidy will be given as and when transportation via national waterways, State water way and feeder canals are initiated. Mechanized boats with a capacity of minimum 50 tons that are registered will be eligible for subsidy. Chief engineer will be in charge of executing the project.
One Acre for Electricity Board
One acre of land with the Water Resources department at Muttam village in Idukki district will be given for the Electricity board, free of cost, for the construction of a sub-station. This will be for a period of 30 years.
Land for Engineering College
5.4 acres of land with Mundathikode grama panchayat at Thalapally taluk in Thrissur district will be given for the construction of an engineering college of Co-operative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE).
Administrative sanction has been given for projects worth Rs 10 crores and 20 crores respectively. The first one is for the construction of a new dormitory block in Kerala House compound at New Delhi and the second one is for the comprehensive development of Kapurthala Plot.
Benefits of ex-service men and dependants increased
Thiruvananthapuram 25-11-2015: The meeting of Sainik Board and Armed Force Flag Day Fund presided over by the CM has sanctioned a budget amount of Rs 4.72 crores for 2015-16. CM also released Kerala Sainik souvenir at the function. Benefits of ex-service men and dependants given through sainik welfare department have also been increased.
Medical after care grant has been increased to Rs 1500 from Rs 1000. Financial assistance for marriage has been increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 and yearly income limit has been increased from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakhs. Ex gratio grant has also been increased from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 and PDC/ MRC grants have also been increased to Rs 15000 from Rs 1000. Financial help for renovation of huts has also been increased to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000 and the yearly income ceiling has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakhs. It has been decided to give cash award of Rs 5000 to children who secure A+/ top grades in plus two exams. It has also been decided to give 45 sewing machines and 5 embroidery machines to find self employment in these fields.
Chief Secretary and other high ranking officials were also present.
വിമുക്തഭടന്മാരുടെ ആശ്രിതരുടെയും ആനുകൂല്യങ്ങള് വര്ദ്ധിപ്പിച്ചു
രാജ്യസൈനിക ബോര്ഡിന്റെയും സായുധസേനാ പതാകദിന ഫണ്ടിന്റെയും സംയുക്തയോഗം മുഖ്യന്ത്രിയുടെ ആദ്ധ്യക്ഷതയില് 2015-16 ലേയ്ക്ക് നാല് കോടി 72 ലക്ഷത്തി അറുപതിനായിരിം രൂപയുടെ ബഡ്ജറ്റ് യോഗത്തില് അംഗീകരിച്ചു. കേരള സൈനിക സ്മരണിക 2015 മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ചടങ്ങില് പ്രകാശനം ചെയ്തു. വിമുക്തഭടന്മാര്ക്കും, ആശ്രിതര്ക്കും സൈനികക്ഷേമ വകുപ്പു വഴി നല്കി വരുന്ന ആനുകൂല്യങ്ങള് വര്ദ്ധിപ്പിച്ചു.
മെഡിക്കല് ആഫ്റ്റര് കെയര് ഗ്രാന്റ് 1000 രൂപയില് നിന്നും 1500 രൂപയായി വര്ദ്ധിപ്പിച്ചു. വിവാഹധനസഹായം 10,000 രൂപയില് നിന്നും 15,000 രൂപയായും വാര്ഷിക വരുമാനപരിധി ഒന്നര ലക്ഷത്തില് നിന്നും നാല് ലക്ഷമായും ഉയര്ത്തി. എക്സ്-ഗ്രേഷ്യാ ഗ്രാന്റ് 3,000 രൂപയില് നിന്നും 5,000 രൂപയായി ഉയര്ത്തി. ശാരീരിക/മാനസിക വൈകല്യമുള്ള കുട്ടികള്ക്ക് നല്കി വരുന്ന പി.ഡി.സി/എം.ആര്.സി. ഗ്രാന്റുകള് 1,000 രൂപയില് നിന്നും 1,500 രൂപയായി ഉയര്ത്തി. ജീര്ണിച്ച കുടിലുകളുടെ അറ്റകുറ്റ പണികള്ക്കു വേണ്ടി നല്കിവരുന്ന സാമ്പത്തിക സഹായം 10,000 രൂപയില് നിന്ന് 20,000 രൂപയായും വാര്ഷിക വരുമാനപരിധി ഒരു ലക്ഷത്തില് നിന്ന് രണ്ട് ലക്ഷം രൂപയായും ഉയര്ത്തി. പ്ലസ്ടു/പന്ത്രണ്ടാം ക്ലാസ് പരീക്ഷയില് എല്ലാ വിഷയത്തിലും എപ്ലസ്/ടോപ്പ് ഗ്രേഡിംഗ് ലഭിക്കുന്ന കുട്ടികള്ക്ക് 5,000 രൂപ ക്യാഷ് അവാരഡ് നല്കുവാന് തീരുമാനിച്ചു. തയ്യല്/എംപ്രോയിഡറി മേഖലയില് സ്വയംതൊഴില് കണ്ടെത്തുന്നതിന് 45 തയ്യല് മെഷീനുകളും അഞ്ച് എംപ്രോയിഡറി മെഷീനുകളും നല്കുവാന് തീരുമാനമായി. യോഗത്തില് ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറി ജിജി തോംസണ്, മേജര് ജനറല് എ.കെ.സിങ്, ബ്രിഗേഡിയര് ജെ.കെ.തിവാരി എസ്.സി, സംസ്ഥാന സൈനികക്ഷേമ ഡയറക്ടര് കെ.കെ.ഗോവിന്ദന് നായര് മറ്റ് ഉന്നത സൈനിക/സിവില് ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്, ബോര്ഡ് മെമ്പര്മാര് എന്നിവര് സന്നിഹിതരായിരുന്നു.
25-11-2015, CM's Quotes
24-11-2015, CM's Quotes
Investigation should be scientific and timely
Thiruvananthapuram 23-11-2015: CM has today said that when crimes adopt modern means of execution, investigation that are of outdated types will not yield proper results. He was speaking after inaugurating National University for Police Science Studies and Securities Office here. Studies and research at Police University should enable to carry out investigation in a scientific and modern way. “Let this institution also be a model to emulate, “said the CM. CM also gave assurance that land needed for the university will soon be identified and handed over.
Minister Ramesh Chennithala, VS Sivakumar and high ranking officials were also present.
23-11-2015, CM's Quotes
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21-11-2015, CM's Quotes
21-11-2015, Malayala Manorama
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20-11-2015, CM's Quotes
20-11-2015, The New Indian Express
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20-11-2015, Malayala Manorama
20-11-2015, Malayala Manorama
Policy of the Government is to go forward by resolving the shortcomings in development of basic infrastructure
Kochi 19-011-2015: CM has today said that the policy of the Government is to go forward by resolving the shortcomings in development of basic infrastructure facilities. The PWD in Kerala is undertaking several works that the state could not even dream of a few years back. CM also added that the motto of 100 bridges in 400 days will be made a reality and the inauguration of the same will take place in the month of January and February.
He was speaking after inaugurating the head quarters building complex of PWD department of Kalamassery constituency here today, the foundation stone of which was laid by the CM himself on January 1, 2013. PWD is undertaking works that are well beyond the amount sanctioned to them in the budget. As we concentrated more on education and health sectors we failed to bring in our attention to developing basic infrastructure. The department is taking up works to resolve this lag. The CM also added that the Government would give all support to the works taken up by the department.
Earlier the construction works could only be completed in a time of at least 10 years. But now the scenario has changed and the minister concerned is completing the works in a time bound manner and that the minister is to be specially appreciated for that, the CM said.
Minister VK Ibrahimkunju, MLAs and others were also present.