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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Kerala is a small state, tucked away in the south west corner of India.  It represents only 1.18 percent of the total area of India but 3.43% of the total population of the country is in Kerala.

The State has developed commercial agriculture more than food crops.  Kerala accounts for 92% of India’s rubber, 70% of coconut, 60% of tapioca, and almost 100% of lemon grass oil.  Kerala is the single largest producer of a number of other crops like banana and ginger, besides tea and coffee in abundance.  Coir and cashew are two large industries.  Handloom and bamboo-based industries are well developed.  Kerala accounts for about a third of India’s marine exports.

Cochin International Airport Ltd. (Nedumbassery), India’s first private airport, was opened in June, ’99. Kerala is the first state to have public telephones in all its villages, with long-distance call facilities.  Kottayam, in April ’98, became the first district in India to complete computerization of all taluk offices connecting them to the district headquarters.

Kerala has the highest life expectancy, literacy, and the lowest infant mortality among Indian States.  According to a study, 8 of the 10 socially most advanced districts of India are in Kerala.


Kerala is a land of rivers and backwaters.  The backwaters form a specially attractive and economically valuable feature of Kerala.  They include lakes ocean inlets which stretch irregularly along the coast.  The biggest backwater is the Vembanad lake, some 200 sq km in area, which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port.  The Periyar, Pamba, Manimala, Achenkovi, Meenachil and Moovattupuzha rivers drain into this lake.  The other important backwaters are Veli, Kadhinamkulam, Anjengo (Anju Thengu), Edava, Nadayara, paravoor, Ashtamudi (Quilon), Kayamkulam, Kodungallur (Cranganore) and Chetuva.  

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady and hill station Munnar are other attractions.  Sabarimala, abode of Lord Ayyappan, is a famous pilgrim centre in Pathanamthitta Dist.  Kalady is the birthplace of Sri Sankaracharya.  Guruvayur (Thrissur) has the famous Lord Krishna shrine. Kalamandalam, the renowned Kathakali Centre in is Thrissur Dist. 
Kochi (Cochin) - the major port of Kerala is known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.  The beautiful Willington Island with the adjoining port is a great attraction. 

The pantomime dance-drama Kathakali performed by men, “the dance of the enchantress” Mohiniyattam performed by women and Thullal, the solo dance exposition are among the classical dance forms of Kerala.

A National Geographic Society publication has listed Kerala among the world’s 50 greatest name in the list being Taj Mahal.
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This ancient landmark of south Travancore now lies in ruins (Royal Remnant, Hindu, SOMA BASU, Nov 08, 2007)

BJP president Rajnath Singh believes that direct intervention by the US in the form of negotiations with Indian political parties over the civilian nuclear agreement proves the UPA did not bother to do its homework and take Opposition. . . (Upa Has Ignored Opp On N-Deal , Pioneer, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

Democracy without the liberty to choose the form of participation in public affairs - even if it be a bandh, hartal, dharmaghat or strike by the people - is meaningless. (Not What People Want, Times of India, SHIKHA MUKERJEE, Nov 07, 2007)

An amnesty and regularisation scheme the United Arab Emirates launched in June to address the problem of an unacceptably high number of expatriate workers staying on in violation of its residency laws was a salutary initiative. (A Clean-Up In The Uae, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 07, 2007)

Asked whether the question of stable government has figured in the report, Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur remarked that various issues including the stability factor have found mention in it. "It is now for the President to decide.", he said. (Governor Doubts Stability Factor, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

It appears it is the Americans who most fear that the proposed civil nuclear cooperation deal will collapse, if you look at their recent actions. (Us Needs Deal More Than Us, Pioneer, Rajeev Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s declaration that “every reference from every quarter” on corruption issues would be taken cognizance of and the necessary probes carried out, is in keeping with his character. (Transparency Pays, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T. R. Baalu has approved Rs.635.10 lakh for road improvement works on National Highway 208 in Tamil Nadu. (Rs.635 Lakh Approved For Road Works , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

BJP-JD (S) combine presents 125 legislators before President I have consulted legal luminaries: Governor Delay is ‘mala fide’, says JD(S)-BJP memorandum (Thakur Submits Final Report, Hindu, P. Sunderarajan , Nov 07, 2007)

When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

TRUCKERS on National Highway 47, long used to greasing the palms of officials for easy passage through the checkpost at Walayar, are now offered an interesting alternative by the Government of Kerala. (Kerala's Check On Corruption, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

AFTER a trial that lasted more than five years, the Coimbatore serial bomb blasts case came to an end in late October with the sentencing of the key accused by the Special Court (bomb blasts case). (Life Term For S.A. Basha, Frontline, T.S. Subramanian, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

The latest issue of People’s Democracy has an editorial on the Gujarat riots in the wake of Tehelka’s sting operation. (No Closure, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today submitted to the Centre his "final" report on the BJP-JD(S) demand for invitation to form the government in the state as the combine, upset over not being called, paraded its MLAs before President Pratibha Patil. (Karnataka Government Submits Report To Centre, Bjp-Jd(s) Mlas Before President., OutLook, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

THE conventional wisdom on development is premised on growth theories. According to traditional dogmas, the basic function of economic theory is to create such conditions that help the business elite to accumulate profits at the highest possible rates. (Development: Expansion Of Freedoms, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 07, 2007)

Mr Karunakaran’s re-admission into the Congress is not on the high command’s agenda. We came to know the issue via media reports. (Cong Not Keen On Karunakaran , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Karnataka governor Rameshwar Thakur left for New Delhi on Monday evening carrying his final report on the political situation in the state and the BJP-Janata Dal (S) combine’s claim to power. (Bjp, Jd-S Mlas To Parade In Front Of President, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

As the President summoned the Winter session of Parliament for November 15 on Monday, the Opposition BJP gave notices for a discussion on the Indo-US nuclear deal under rules 184 and 193. While rule 184 warrants voting, rule 193 entails just a discussion. (Bjp Gives Notice For Vote, Debate On N-Deal In Winter Session, Indian Express, Pradeep Kaushal, Nov 06, 2007)


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