Fincare Small Finance Bank strengthens presence in Kerala Opens first branch in Thiruvananthapuram; 4th in the State
Launches first Banking Outlet in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala
Aims to offer secure, seamless and paperless banking experience to customers
Fincare Small Finance Bank opened its first branch in Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram, taking the count in Kerala market to 4. With a network of 659 outlets across the country, the bank has built a deep connect with the Southern States.
Inaugurating the Banking outlet, Mr Ashish Misra, Chief Operating Officer – Retail Banking, said, “As customers transition from conventional modes to digital modes for accessing banking services, Fincare Small Finance Bank aims to be a front-runner in assisting this transition. The bank is a well-respected provider of deposit and loan products at attractive rates, doorstep service through experienced relationship managers, besides digital services that provide customer experience par excellence. We trust that the combination of high tech and high touch is something that the savvy customers would appreciate. The launch of Trivandrum branch fits well with our strategic intent to evangelize such customers”.
The Banking outlet at Thiruvananthapuram will offer a wide suite of products, including Savings and Current account with Sweep in–Sweep out facility, deposit products with attractive interest rates as well as loan against gold. The bank also offers other loan products such as loan against property, affordable housing loan, two-wheeler loans etc. which will be introduced after studying customer demand.
The Bank also offers modern banking services such as cash denomination of choice at all ATMs, UPI-enabled transactions, WhatsApp banking, mobile banking in 11 languages, ATM and Toll-Free Call Center in 7 languages, Internet Banking in two language options viz. English and Hindi. All these services are aimed at providing a ‘Smart’ banking experience to our customers and will be available toour esteemed customers at Thiruvananthapuram as well.
Dr C.V. Chandrasekhar to be conferred with Nishagandhi Puraskaram
The seven-day Nishagandhi Dance Festival will begin on January 20 at the sprawling Kanakakunnu Palace grounds here, enlivening the evenings of the city with the rhythmic chime of anklets of leading exponents as well as upcoming artistes of diverse Indian choreographic traditions.
Hon. Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the annual event at Nishagandhi Auditorium, at 6 pm, and present the prestigious Nishagandhi Puraskaram to eminent Bharatanatyam exponent and choreographer Dr C.V. Chandrasekhar.
The coveted honour, bestowed on top-notch choreographers in recognition of their outstanding contributions, carries a purse of Rs 1.5 lakh, a bronze statuette of Bharathamuni and citation, Hon. Minister for Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswoms Shri Kadakampally Surendran told a press conference here today.
“Nishagandhi Dance Festival is an attractive and valued product showcased every year by Kerala Tourism. The event also promises days of happiness to visitors as well as the residents of the state capital, “Shri Surendran said.
Dr Chandrasekhar has been selected for the Nishagandhi Puraskaram in view of his invaluable contributions as a dancer, scholar and teacher, the Minister added.
The awardee and the dancers of the fest were selected by an eminent jury consisting of Shri C.P. Nair, former Chief Secretary of Kerala, and writer; Dr V.R. Prabodhachandran Nair, Linguist; Smt Methil Devika, Dancer and choreographer; Smt Rani George, Secretary, Tourism; and Shri P Bala Kiran, Director, Tourism.
Octogenarian Dr Chandrasekhar has a PG Diploma in Bharatanatyam, besides undergoing training at Kalakshethra, Chennai, under the tutelage of legendary Bharatanatyam exponents like Rukminidevi Arundale, Karaikal Saradambal, and K.N. Dhandaipani Pillai. He is also a mentee of Carnatic musicians Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastri and MD Ramanathan.
Dr Chandrasekhar has performed on stages along with his danseuse wife Smt Jaya Chandrasekhar and daughters Chithra and Manjari. He embraced dance as his profession and later joined Banaras Hindu University.
In 1992, he retired as the Head of Performing Arts and Dean from MS University, Baroda. At present, Dr Chandrasekhar is running a dance institution, ‘Nrithyasree’, in Chennai. A Padma Bhushan awardee, he was conferred with Sangeet Natak Academi Award in 1993, and Kalidas Samman in 2008.
“Dr Chandrasekhar is not just a brilliant performer and choreographer but also a highly revered guru who has moulded many doyens in the domain of dance,” said Smt Devika. On the selection of performers for the festival, she said the list includes highly dedicated upcoming artistes as well.
Besides the members of the jury, Tourism Secretary Smt Rani George, Director Shri P Bala Kiran and Additional Director Shri Krishna Teja were also present at the press meet.
This edition of the festival will feature performances of P. Praveen Kumar, Arun Sankar, Mansia. P.V, Arjun. S. Kulathingal, N. Srikanth, Aswathy Srikanth, Devika Sajeevan and Jyothsna Jaganathan (Bharatanatyam); Kalamandalam Veena Warrier, Dr RLV Ramakrishnan& group, Madhavi Chandran, and Dr Sumitha Nair. N (Mohiniyattam); Kavitha Dwibedi& group (Odissi); Bimbavathi Devi (Manipuri); Navin. R. Hegde, and Rohini Prabhath (Kathak); and Geetha Padmakumar&group, Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant and Reshma. U. Raj (Kuchipudi).
On the inaugural day, ‘Nrithya Dhara’, a fusion of Odissi, Chhau, Mohiniyattam, Kathak and Manipuri, will be staged. Padma Shri Ranjana Guhar and Utsav Repertory, Guru Santhosh Nair, Sandhya, Guru Jayaprabha Menon, Guru Vidya Lal and Guru Mangoljao Singh.
As the nation is commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a specially choreographed production on the life and message of the Father of the Nation will be staged on January 26.
Eminent artistes, including Shri Kalamandalam Gopi will perform in the “Kathakali Mela”to be held in parallel to the dance festival on all the seven days.
Shri Kadakampally Surendran will preside over the inaugural ceremony, which will be attended by Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP, Shri V K Prashanth, MLA, Shri K Sreekumar, Mayor, Shri V K Madhu, District Panchayat President, Shri Palayam Rajan, Councillor, and Shri M Vijayakumar, Chairman, KTDC. Smt Rani George, Secretary, Tourism, will welcome the gathering and Shri P Bala Kiran, Tourism Director, will propose a vote of thanks0
Attractions are currently the third largest and fastest growing sector within the travel and tourism industry, representing approximately US$180 billion in global travel spend annually
Arival Dubai@ ATM to showcase next-gen of in-destination trends and innovations as part of Middle East’s largest gathering of hospitality professionals
Travel, tourism and hospitality professionals from around the world will have an opportunity to explore the next generation of in-destination trends and innovations at the Middle East’s first ever edition of Arival Dubai @ ATM, which will take place alongside Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre from 19 – 22 April 2020. The dedicated forum, which will take place on Sunday 19th April, will enable vendors, agents and operators of tours, activities and attractions to gain invaluable insights into the latest trends and challenges impacting the in-destination industry, as well as improving customer experience and business development throughout the Middle East market.
Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said, “According to the latest data from research firm Phocus wright, tours, activities and attractions are currently the third largest and fastest growing sector within the travel and tourism industry, representing approximately US$180 billion in global travel spend annually. Addto this, one third of tours, activities and attractions are booked online at present with the Middle East representing one of the world’s fastest growing online travel experience markets and we can see a pattern forming.”
Given their competitive edge, it is clear that professionals within the tours and attractions segment in the Middle East as well as associated travel brands, need to invest in the latest technology and innovative online booking tools in order to capitalise on this rapidly expanding travel experiences sector.
Delegates at the inaugural Arival Dubai@ ATM forum will have access to a packed conference agenda featuring high-profile keynote speakers, with Arival Co-Founder and CEO Douglas Quinby, kicking-off proceedings with a session on the current and future in-destination trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the Middle East sector.
The forum will also feature ‘Ask Me Anything Interviews’ with a range of senior executives from leading attractions and online agencies within the region.There will also be severalround-table discussions on innovations and distributions impacting the in-destination industry and changing consumer behavior, as well as providing insights into the key technological trends in online booking, connectivity, mobile ticketing, revenue management, and digital marketing best practices designed specifically for tour and attraction operators.
The original edition of Arival was launched in Las Vegas in 2017, with conferences now taking place across Europe, Asia and the United States. Owing to the success of Arival events to date, Arabian Travel Market organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, partnered with Arival to bring the very first event of its kind to the Middle East.
Douglas Quinby, Co-Founder and CEO, Arival, said: “The Middle East has become a rising star in the travel and tourism industry with tours, activities, attractions and experiences becoming one of the fastest growing sectors. However, cutting-edge technologies and innovations as well as the rapidly evolving demands of travellers today are presenting various distinct challenges for all stakeholders involved in tours, activities and attractions.
Through our partnership with ATM, the leading global trade fair for the region, we are bringing Arival’s signature conference programming, research and insights to the Middle East travel and tourism arena to enable industry professionals in the region to capitalise on the various opportunities that the in-destination sector presents.”
Arival Dubai @ ATM will form part of this year’s Arabian Travel Week, an umbrella brand comprising several co-located shows including Arabian Travel Market 2020; ILTM Arabia; the inaugural Travel Forward – a new tech and hospitality innovation event; dedicated conference summits and buyer forums for key source markets India, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China and ATM Speed Networking Events.
Running from 16 – 23 April2020, this week-long festival of events for travel professionals invites the international travel community to Dubai to shape the next 12 months of tourism through exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches, parties and more0
The proposed anointment as Digital University is eventually a double delight for Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management–Kerala (IIITM-K) that has introduced learning and research in a number of revolutionary information technology courses in the country. Established in 2000 by the State government, IIITM-K is a premier institution of excellence in science, technology and management located at Technopark here. The honour is conferred on IIITM-K at a time when it is all set to shift to its new world-class campus in Technocity at Pallipuram in the capital city. Following the proposed university status, it is set to be known as “The Kerala University of Digital Sciences Innovation and Technology.”
The ‘green campus’ will have world-class facilities including an auditorium, administrative and academic blocks, students hostel, library and laboratory wing, faculty and non- faculty residences, director’s residence, and community centre. The new campus will have learner-centric environment, facilitated by state-of-the-art infrastructure in cutting-edge areas in fast-paced technology domains. IIITM-K, affiliated to Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), currently has four MSc Programmes in Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Ecological Informatics, Data Analytics and Geospatial Analytics. It also has two MPhil programmes in Computer Science and Ecological Informatics, besides doctoral programmes in Computer Science.
The sole hardware incubator Maker Village, Kochi, is functioning under IIITM-K, and the varsity status will be a boon for Maker Village. A team of researchers led by scientists of IIITM-K had successfully integrated Crop Simulation Model (CSM) on a cloud platform. CSMs are decision-making frameworks that provide plot-level advisory to cultivators and take into consideration the dynamics in factors that affect crop productivity.
It admits students for PhD programmes in IT related topics in the areas of Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, advanced computing areas like High Performance Computing, Grid and Cloud Computing, Security, Computer Networks etc.
India’s first Blockchain academy, Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), was set up by the government under IIITM-K.
KBA has become the first official Hyperledger training partner in India after it was chosen by the US-based Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project as a feature member organization for offering training courses. KBA is also a General Partner of R3 consortium of Corda Blockchain. IIITM-K has expertise in Cognitive Technologies, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and Fintech, Cyber Security and it also has proven research potential in Geospatial analytics that leverage Space Technologies. Apart from education-related projects, it hosts centres for data engineering, cyber security, software engineering, and KBA0
The International Biodiversity Congress (IBC), the largest get together of researchers, academicians and civil society held biannually to discuss the current strategies and future directions to conserve, sustainably use and equitably share biodiversity, and to create ecological civilizations by working on awareness and education platforms, will make its come back to Thiruvananthapuram, the city of its origin. IBC 202 will be held at the University of Kerala Karyavattam campus from November 25 to 27, 2020.
Dr Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya, Delhi, announced the return of IBC to Thiruvananthapuram at a Press Conference held in the city. The general objectives of IBC are: To facilitate a shift towards ecological civilization that value, cherish and conserve biodiversity to achieve sustainable development goals, both at national and international platforms; To strengthen capacity and to promote networking in order to popularise the philosophy of biodiversity for ecological civilization; To provide an interdisciplinary platform on matters related to the status, conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity; and To showcase the rich biodiversity heritage of the planet and the linkage between biodiversity, economy, ecosystem services, aesthetics, and cultural evolution.
Speaking to the media here, Dr Vandana Shiva said biodiversity in India currently faces two threats. In an era where agriculture is facing challenges, organic farming offers hope. However, fake foods are flooding the marketplace. They have been taking over the markets in the name of farm-free food, dairy-free milk et al. These fake foods have triggered serious health concerns. There are also wide spread attempts to develop new seed varieties through generic mapping under the veil of seed research. Those behind such attempts are also trying to secure patents for cropssuch developed. This is a serious concern, she added.
The IBC 2020 will have the theme “BIODIVERSITY TARGETS 2020 AND BEYOND: Status and Aspirations”. This theme topic has been selected, since the UN General Assembly declared theperiod2011-2020 as “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity” to promote the implementation of astrategic plan on biodiversity and its overall visionof living in harmony with nature. It is also a periodin which the governments have to take concertedefforts to achieve “Aichi Target” or the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for addressing the underlyingcauses of biodiversity loss, reduce the pressureson biodiversity, safeguard biodiversity at all levels,enhance the benefits provided by biodiversity.
Theimportance of biodiversity and ecosystems is alsoreflected in many of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. Towards the end of 2020 nations throughout the world are in the process to assess how much progress they have made in halting biodiversity loss and to conserve biodiversity. IBC will discuss this aspect and forward the suggestions and aspirations to improve the activities, especially in the context of: (i) increasing population and consumption; (ii) increasing pressure from development, and (iii) changing climate and decreasing resilience of natural ecosystems.
IBC 2020 also will have a special symposium on “Biodiversity, Development and Eco-restoration”, in the context of increasing biodiversity loss (especially in agricultural sector) under developmental pressures and in the perspective of speeding up eco-restoration activities as the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 proclaimed by the United Nations General. Assembly (UNGA).
This year, IBC expects representatives from United Nations bodies attending the meeting, including those from CBD, UNEP and IUCN. Participants will include Academicians, researchers, students, citizen scientists, Farmers, Farmer Representatives, Social Activists, Community Representatives etc.
Dr.A.G.Pandurangan, Former Director, KSCSTE-JNTBGRI; Dr C Sureshkumar, General Secretary, CISSA; Dr. P Krishnan, Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanic Garden; Prof.A Biju Kumar, University of Kerala; AjithVenniyoor (CISSA) were among those who participated in the press conference.
TheFirst IBC was launched under the auspices of CISSA and Navdanyain the International Year of Biodiversity in the year 2010. Subsequently bi-annual IBCs were held at Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science), Chennai (SRM University), Pondicherry (Central University) and Dehradun (Forestry Research Institute).