2021, in brief from Kerala – The New Indian Express
Covid delays adoption of children
The state’s 1,017 prospective adoptive parents continued their heartbreaking expectation of a child as the pandemic slowed down the adoption process in Kerala. Containment interrupted him for nearly three months. Couples who applied in 2018 were still on the waiting list.
Green signal for the renovation of Ernakulam Junction station
A long-pending redevelopment project by Indian Railways for Ernakulam Junction, the focal point of Kochi rail connectivity, has been launched. The multi-crore project will bring the station up to airport-type standards
Kerala man sets up secular wedding platform
Unswerving follower of the principle “all humans are equal”, Manu Manushyajaathi (humanity), a native of Thrissur, has set up a “secular marriage” community service on Facebook, as a platform for people who wish to marry in outside the caste barriers. and religion under the Special Marriage Act.
Gas-insulated substation inaugurated at Kaloor
Overcoming many obstacles, KSEB’s long-awaited 220 kV gas-insulated substation in Kaloor was dedicated to the city by Electricity Minister MM Mani. This one-of-a-kind facility provides continuous power to five city substations
CIAL has reopened, brilliantly
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) recently handed over I133.49 crore in dividend to the state government and managed to restart 70% of its internal services. The airport also has plans in place to further diversify its activities.
IFFK gets a warm response in Kochi
Due to the pandemic, the state government decided to hold the Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) in four different areas and therefore returned to Kochi after 22 years. City moviegoers deserve a permanent film festival, Mayor M Anilkumar says
Skating wonder Janaki Anand goes viral
On March 11, Instagram account @skatekochi posted a reel of the little girl shredding the stairs at the premises of JLN Stadium in Kaloor, Kochi, a skateboarder’s paradise. The short film went viral in less than 24 hours
Vaccination goes mobile
As part of its efforts to ensure immunization of the elderly in state retirement homes, the health authorities have partnered with the Kerala Social Security Mission and the Ministry of Social Justice to deploy mobile units that will cover more than 20,000 people in 169 government affiliates. retirement homes across the state
When Varsha fought with Rahul Gandhi
Varsha Venugopal, a second-year bachelor’s degree student in English literature at St Teresa’s College and a second-degree black belt in karate, had a fight with former Congress President and MP Rahul Gandhi during his visit to the college.
Covid 2.0: PVS becomes Covid care center again
As the second wave of the pandemic hit the city hard, the National Health Mission (NHM) informed that it was in the process of converting the PVS hospital in Kaloor into a full-fledged Covid hospital.
First foster home for transgender people in Ernakulam
As part of mainstreaming transgender people into the mainstream, the state government has deployed its first shelter in the district designed exclusively for the community. This is the second such government shelter to appear in the state.
100 years of amateur radio
2021 marked the 100th anniversary of amateur radio in India. City Express has tune in to some of the active radio amateurs across the state to find out how their lives have changed after tuning their frequencies with amateur radios.
First smart police kiosk in Kadavanthra
India’s first complaints registration kiosk started operating near Kadavanthra metro station as part of the “Smart Policing” project. It was virtually inaugurated by DGP Lokanath Behera on April 30
Kochi Corporation finances aid to Covid
On April 23, with the electoral protocol still in place, the Kochi Corporation took a bold step to seek funds from its staff to provide immediate support to families affected by Covid. By the time the government authorized fundraising on behalf of the secretary, the civic body had already provided nearly 50,000 food packages to families affected by Covid
Tribal hamlets get vaccinated against Covid
Driving through bumpy mud roads, the 60-member vaccination team called Tribvax Ekm launched by the Ernakulam District Administration vaccinated around 3,000 tribal people living outside the digital network vaccinated against Covid.
Kerala chocolate brand to receive international award
Paul and Mike, a grain-to-bar artisanal chocolate company located in Kerala, relishes the taste of success. This Kerala chocolatier won the silver medal for his “vegan chocolate with 64% dark Sichuan pepper and orange peel” at the International Chocolate Awards 2021
Clubhouse – the new way to socialize
Clubhouse, although launched in March 2020, was not available to Android users until May 2021. As of June 2, the app had over one million Android downloads in India, and Malayalis had found its new virtual spell!
A caring French teacher helps the animals
Fadette Badie d’Arcis, a 46-year-old French teacher at St Theresa’s College, regularly gives cookies and cooked meals to the stray people in High Court Junction. We also found her helping people in need and giving them food and essentials.
The historic Woodlands hotel comes to an end
Woodlands Hotel, the historic restaurant has been struggling with growing debt made worse by the pandemic. In July, the City Union Bank sent a notice to its partners for defaulting on the I2 crore loans they had taken out with the establishment.
Jafar Malik is the new collector of Ernakulam
Jafar Malik, the new Ernakulam district collector, took office in July. He took charge of the outgoing collector S Suhas. After taking over, Jafar said the district administration would unveil measures for the well-being of marginalized sections of society
Ananya’s death sparks discussion about trans lives
Ananya Kumari Alex, the state’s first transgender radio jockey, committed suicide after drawing attention to her heart-wrenching experiences undergoing gender reassignment surgery (SRS) at a hospital in Kochi town. Demonstration and debates followed
Ernakulam vaccinates the largest number of migrant workers
According to the district labor official, PM Firoz, the campaign called Guest Vax vaccinated 10,916 migrant workers in the district. Palakkad was in second place after vaccinating 3,200 workers
Green signal for the I344 crore Save Chellanam project
The state government has given administrative sanction to the H344.20 crore Coastal Protection Project at Chellanam, the state’s 630 km coastline that constantly combats marine erosion.
First trans couple agree to donate body after death
Thripthi Shetty, a trans woman, and her husband Hrithik M, a trans man, became the first trans people to donate their bodies after their death for medical research. Previously, laws only allowed a biological man or woman to do this
Demonstration of a lonely woman against the rise in LPG prices
Highlighting the problems caused by the rising price of cooking gas, a 57-year-old woman named Suma, from Anchumana in Kochi, participated in a dawn-to-dusk protest.
NFT takes over the digital domain
The non-fungible token, a digital asset that belongs only to the digital space and cannot be tampered with, became common around the world earlier this year. In Kerala, the market saturated at one point in September, with local digital artists starting trading on Indian and international NFT platforms.
Praveen Nath becomes first trans Mr. Kerala Praveen Nath, a 24 year old from Palakkad, became the first trans bodybuilder from Kerala to make history by winning the Mr. Kerala title in the special category
Pattanam excavations resume
Work on No. 67 Trench in Pattanam resumed after the Delhi High Court suspended the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) decision withdrawing the approval given to Dr PJ Cherian for excavation at the Pattanam sites in Ernakulam.
Error 404: Social networks not found
People around the world got a taste of a “disconnected” world on October 5, when data giant Facebook Inc went offline for about six hours, taking its Instagram and WhatsApp engagements with it. Services were restored to India early in the morning the next day
Koottikkal Landslide: Need Mental Help
A team of psychologists led by Dr Henna NN, Clinical Director, Mental and Behavioral Health of the Peacevalley Foundation, based in Kothamangalam, began providing mental health assistance to victims of the Koottikkal landslide, initiating conversations about the need for psychological first aid in the face of natural disasters.
Schools reopen, attendance high
Attendance at state-sponsored schools increased by more than 25,000 statewide on the third day after schools reopened on November 1. From 12.08 lakh of students on the day of the reopening, the number rose to 12.33 lakh on 3 November.
CBSE schools launch unique campaign against dowry
The National Council of Schools CBSE (NCCS) has announced that students in lycées, lycées and vocational lycées, colleges and other educational establishments will undertake not to receive or give dowry as part of the observance of the Day. of the dowry ban.
Kerala women’s football returns
After a seven-year hiatus, the Kerala Women’s Football League returned this year to provide a professional platform for female footballers. Eight professional clubs across the state participated in the league
Fashion design student at 77
We met Ammini KN, in her seventies in a diligent uniform, a second year student at the Pampady Government Fashion and Clothing Design Technical High School in Kottayam District.
Murali – an international phenomenon Minnal Murali, directed by Basil Joseph, tells the story of an ordinary man – the tailor Jaison – from a small town called Kurukkanmoola in Kerala. Netflix’s release quickly became the most famous superhero movie not only in Kerala, but all over the world.
Shehreen Aman gets help from several
Shehreen, 14, was selling FASTags after school to support her family which includes her mother, a temporary staff member at Ernakulam Medical College and a sick 10-year-old brother. City Express has put his family’s plight in the spotlight, giving them the help they deserve