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Fossil presents 'Q GrantHYBRID Smart watch'

~ These classics, look like a watch, but act like a Smart watch! ~
Smart watches for analog lovers!


FOSSIL launched anew variant to its collection of Hybrid Smart watches –Q Grant, a stylish take on wearable technology. The collection is part of the Smart series and effortlessly blends analog design with smart connectivity!

The Q Grant series looks just like its analog counterpart, except for the dial sub-eye. This vintage- inspired timepiece is especially crafted for men who love all things classic. With its latest ‘Smart’range, Fossil brings to you timepieces which are sophisticated and elegance while cleverly weaving technology and fashion in effortless style!

Inspired by the classic appeal of a vintage timepiece, the Q Grant is a simple analog design that blends traditional watchmaking with contemporary functionality. Watch hands have a highlighted red pointer for easy readability making it the perfect discreet tech companion for any activity and personal style.There is a smartwatch function for everyone! Some of the cool features include – Filtered notifications, sleep and activity tracker, selfie button, control your music, custom goal setting to helpreach your step goal, share data, no charging required and more.

The Q Grant series is compatible with both Android and iPhone

Priced at Rs.11,995 &Rs.13,995/- Q GRANT is available across Fossil Retail stores, Watch Station International, select Shoppers Stop, select Lifestyle International, Helios, Ethos, Just in Vogue and other leading watch retail outlets in the country


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High-profile summit to examine opportunities and challenges in Infrastructure Financing

KIIFB national seminar on Saturday will examine emerging trends in infrastructure financing. Industry experts will share their views on models suited to Kerala. 

Representatives of major institutional investors, prominent industry experts, key financial sector regulators and policymakers will come together here on Saturday for a high-profile conclave that will examine an array of pertinent issues and emerging trends in public infrastructure financing. 

Organised by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), the state’s nodal agency for funding major infrastructure projects, the national seminar – titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Public Infrastructure Financing’ – will feature discussions and talks on new avenues and emerging trends in infrastructure financing.

Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the day-long seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn. Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Isaac will preside over the inaugural function. Shri Ajay Tyagi, Chairman, Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI), will present the keynote address. KIIFB CEO and Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Government of Kerala, Dr. K.M Abraham, will deliver the welcome address.

“The career aspirations of today’s educated youth are different from generations past. Keralites now look for their children to be employed in next-generation industries and labour sectors. This requires enormous investment and we can’t resort to the standards used in other states to attract this level of investment. We will not dilute labour rights or environmental laws to bring in investments,” Dr Isaac said.

“We can incentivise investment in Kerala by ensuring infrastructure facilities of global standards. To do this, there needs to be a strong improvement in the State’s financials. KIIFB is working under a mandate to mobilise funds from outside our budget provisions for the creation of infrastructure facilities based on the criteria set by SEBI and RBI. KIIFB is a decisive initiative towards the State’s continued development,” he added.

In the first session that focuses on the challenges faced in large-scale land acquisition for infrastructure projects in India, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation CEO and Managing Director Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma will share his experience in handling the land acquisition process for one of the largest and most ambitious industrial projects.

Shri Srikant Nagulapalli, former Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority, will speak about the unique land pooling model adopted for acquiring the land for Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The second session will see Shri V.S. Senthil, Additional Chief Secretary (Planning and Economic Affairs), Government of Kerala, provide an overview of the role that capital markets can play in attracting a wider audience towards infrastructure financing.

Shri S. Krishnan, Principal Secretary (Planning, Development and Special Initiatives), Government of Tamil Nadu, will share his state’s experience in attracting investments for infrastructure projects through capital markets.

India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) Chairman and Managing Director Shri Sanjeev Kaushik will speak on attracting institutional finance for infrastructure projects, while Shri Prakash Rao, from the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, will speak on the use of sovereign wealth funds.

The concluding session will feature a presentation by Dr. Abraham on land bonds and other new innovative instruments and structures proposed to be employed by KIIFB to raise funds for infrastructure projects. This will be followed by a panel discussion by industry experts on the regulatory framework that governs the issuance of land bonds and other hybrid instruments that are being proposed.


7th Edition of HotelTech Kerala to be held from September 22 to 24 in Cochin

  • HotelTech will provide a unique opportunity for the hospitality sector in the state to identify suppliers related to their sector.

The seventh edition of Kerala’s premier hospitality equipment exhibition, HotelTech Kerala, will be held from September 22 to 24, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, Cochin. The event will provide a unique opportunity for the hospitality sector in the state to identify suppliers related to their sector. The show will also facilitate and provide national and local manufacturers an opportunity to meet with hoteliers, restaurant and resort owners from all over Kerala.

In recent years, Kerala has achieved a reputation of being one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. International tourist arrivals to Kerala stand at over 5 lakhs and that of domestic tourists are more than 60 lakh per year. Tourism generates over Rs. 10,000 crores for the state economy.

Kerala performs very well on all the three categories of indicators including infrastructure, institutions and inputs. In spite of the global meltdown in tourism, many international and local hotel chains are still investing in new hotel properties and upgrading existing ones in the state. A host of reputed hotel chains, including IBIS Kochi, Hyatt Kochi, have over the past year launched their new properties in Kerala.

HotelTech 2017 will showcase the following sectors – hotel supplies, hospitality and technology, equipments for hotels, restaurants and bakery, cleaning equipment & services, hospitality information systems and other services.

The 6th Edition of Kerala Culinary Challenge (KCC) 2017 will also be held from September 21 – 23, 2017 at the same venue in Cochin. Chefs from hotels and resorts across Kerala are invited to take part in the prestigious event and vie for top honours.

Competitions will be held in Display and Live cooking categories in the event. Individual artistic display will be held in Dress the Cake,  Creative Dessert and Fruit and Vegetable Carving. There will be live competitions in three-course set dinner menu, Burger & Pizza and authentic Kerala cuisine.

Besides the display competitions, live cooking competitions will also be held as the 3-day event. “The prime objective of this Culinary Challenge is to provide a professional platform where culinary professionals from across Kerala can display their individual and combined skills, creative talent, learn, share experiences, partner and network in a purely businesslike and competitive environment,” said organizers of the event.

Competitions will be held in the following categories Dress the Cake, Creative Salads, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Hot Cooking– Fish, Hot Cooking–Chicken, Hot Cooking–Chicken, Rice Dish (vegetarian), Creative Kerala Dish-Red Meat, Mocktail Competition, Dessert Class and Three Course Menu.

The event will also give youngsters an opportunity to come up with new and innovative ideas.  The event’s aim is to create awareness about the profession of chefs and felicitate those who have excelled in the profession. While well known chefs from the hospitality fraternity will showcase their flair at the competition, students and apprentices will brainstorm for their eclectic passion for food along with the competing chefs. The general public will have the facility to watch live demonstrations by culinary enthusiasts and the renowned chefs, informed the show organizers.

The culinary challenge is supported and endorsed by Kerala Chapter of South India Culinary Association.

Housekeepers Challenge Kerala will also be presented this year along with HotelTech Kerala and is endorsed and supported by Kerala Professional Housekeeper’s Association(KPHA). This competition is being organised for the 1st time in Kerala and Housekeepers from all over the State are being invited to take part in this prestigious event and vie for top honours. There are 5 Classes for the competition this year including:


  • Mop Race
  • Bed Making Competition
  • Flower Arrangement
  • Towel Art & Folding Competition
  • Vacuum Cleaning Competition


The event is organised by Cruz Expos, Cochin and also organises India Pavilion at trade shows in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Maldives. Some of the industries that Cruz Expos focuses on include food, food processing and packaging, agri-business, hospitality and industrial technology meets.

Cruz is backed by a core team of professionals who provide the foundation to create professionally managed events that exceed client expectations and produce results. The Mission of Cruz is to provide for an adequate trade fair infrastructure and ambience, along with a sound attitude that will enable enterprises to interact with one another, transact business and operate locally, regionally and globally with significant competitive advantages.

Cruz Expos in a short span of 11 years has become one of South India’s foremost professional exhibition organiser.


Garish Oberoi is the new FHRAI President

The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has elected Garish Oberoi as its President for the term September 2017-2018. This was announced during the federation’s 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Le Meridien New Delhi, on Sept 23. A seasoned hotelier, Oberoi has been in the hospitality industry for over three decades. He previously held the post of Vice President & Treasurer, FHRAI. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from IIFT and is a Graduate in Economics from the University of Delhi. Also, Surinder Jaiswal has been elected as the Honorary Secretary of FHRAI.

Speaking on the occasion, Oberoi said, “I am very grateful for this opportunity. I would want to move ahead taking together all stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality fraternity. Key focus would be on getting the GST reduced further to at least 12 per cent. I would also be emphasising on skill development and increasing FHRAI membership base. The next FHRAI Convention will be taking place in the heritage city of Lucknow.”

Oberoi is the former Director of Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Corporation Ltd. He has been a special examiner of Hotel Management & Catering Technology at Rohilkhand University and has been Asst. Governor of Rotary Bareilly. Besides being on the Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University’s Indian subsidiary, Oberoi holds important position in several social and educational organisations of Bareilly. He is a keen golfer as well.

As the President, Oberoi will supervise and guide the administration of the Federation that is run on a day-to-day basis by the Secretary General and the Secretariat.


Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) and Ola come together to promote responsible tourism and offbeat travel

Ola’s campaign #GhoomoResponsibly encourages travelers to be responsible tourists, take the road less travelled, and explore hidden gems with convenient inter-city cabs across India

  • Also flags off a 14-day road trip with famous actress and vlogger, Shenaz Treasury across some unique locations in Kerala and 6 other states in India
  • Shenaz explores Kerala’s breathtaking beaches and backwaters, history and culture

In line with UN’s theme for this year’s World Tourism Day, Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, and Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) have come together to promote and raise awareness about responsible tourism. Other than KTDC, Ola is also working with other key Tourism Corporations of some of the biggest states of the country like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam.

Ola has rolled out an exciting 14-day long campaign, which will see famous actress and vlogger Shenaz Treasury travel to 7 states, re-discovering 21 different lesser-known locations, with Ola Outstation – Ola’s smart mobility solution for inter-city travel. The campaign that was flagged off from Bengaluru, Karnataka on 16th September, has now entered its fifth leg with Shenaz arriving in Kerala state on 23rd September. In Kerala, Shenaz will travel to Fort Kochi, Kodungallur (Muziris), and Kumarakom, before heading to Maharashtra.

Kerala is blessed with diverse beauty like beaches, hills, and lush coffee plantations; making it most suited for road trips across the state. With the aim of promoting the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day (27th September), Ola and KTDC have come together to encourage people to plan road trips and unravel many lesser-known locations in the state that are now easily accessible due to a smart solution like Ola Outstation.

Jafar Malik, Additional Director, Department of Tourism said, “With its beaches, backwaters and tropical greenery, Kerala is  one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India. With people coming to the state throughout the year, from all across the globe, it is important that they have convenient and comfortable way of commuting from one city to another. It is great to see that corporates like Ola are building commuting solutions that are helping the citizens as well as the tourists. We applaud Ola for this latest campaign and are confident that its success will boost the tourism landscape of the state further.”

Vijay Ghadge, VP of Operations at Ola said, “Kerala sees a high influx of tourists almost throughout the year and being home to some of the most popular hill stations and coffee plantations of the country, having commuting solutions for hassle free inter-city commute is extremely necessary. With a solution like Ola Outstation, we are aiming to make outstation travel as convenient and reliable as daily commute; without having to worry about driving themselves or hassle of looking for conventional taxi-tour operators. Moreover, Ola Outstation is available with Ola Play, taking the in-cab experience many notches higher.” He further added“We are thrilled  to have been recognized by KTDC for our efforts and are delighted to be chosen to play a significant role in building the tourism ecosystem of the state through our solutions like Ola Outstation and Rentals.”

Shenaz Treasury, actress and travel vlogger said, “I have travelled across several countries and continents, but India holds a special place in my heart, every single state has something unique to offer. Being a passionate traveller, I strongly feel that the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage across the country is facing a grave threat. There is now a need more than ever for us to travel consciously, respectfully, and responsibly. From avoiding littering to encouraging local economy, there is a lot each one of us can do that will go a long way in keeping the country’s cultural legacy intact. I am thrilled to partner with Ola, be the flag-bearer of this message, and embark on what I am certain, will be an exciting journey of exploring Kerala’s palm-lined beaches and backwaters by road with Ola Outstation. Shenaz further adds, “I encourage people to take the road less travelled, explore the abundant offbeat locations. Take road trips, soak in some breathtaking experiences, and enjoy the scenic landscapes that our country has to offer.”

A large number of these tourists visit popular destinations such as Munnar, Alleppey, Thekkady, Trivandrum, etc. Kerala boasts of several such destinations that are left unexplored due to accessibility issues and lack of awareness. With this campaign, Ola and KTDC hope to bring these places to light.


TiECON Kerala 2017, ‘‘Kerala – The Entrepreneurial Destination’

Kerala’s largest entrepreneurial summit TiECON Kerala 2017 is going to be held at Le Meridien Kochi on 10th, 11th November 2017. This time TiECON Kerala is coming up with a new theme for their convention called ‘Kerala – The Entrepreneurial Destination’ which put forwards a platform for all innovators to meet business enthusiasts. “From the basic themes of encouraging and celebrating entrepreneurship to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, we move this year to ‘Kerala – The Entrepreneurial Destination’ words by Rajesh Nair, President., TiE Kerala.

The event will feature leaders from across geographies.Around 1500 delegates from India and abroad comprising of a large number of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, decision makers, start-up entrepreneurs, student entrepreneurs, etc. are expected to participate. Various business sessions will be addressed by more than 100 speakers from India and abroad will address concurrently 40 plus sessions in two days.

Mr.Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon. CM of Kerala will likely to inaugurate the event on 10th Nov at 09:30am. The speakers who are coming for TiECON Kerala 2017 convention include Dr.Azad Moopan, Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare; R. Natarajan, COO and CFO of RNT Capital Advisers LLP; Ajayya Kumar, Chief Financial Officer at EMIRCOM Abu Dhabi; Elias Goerge IAS, MD –KMRL, Ambareesh Murty, Founder and CEO of; Subroto Bagchi, Co-founder of Mindtree; Hon. Minister of Industries, Chief Secretary and Industry etc.

Other Highlights are:- 


¤ New Ideas

¤ New Tracks

¤ New Events

¤ More number of Keynotes

A Multi track event with Concurrent tracks:

¤ Earth – Environment, Agriculture & Water

¤ Future Technologies – Life sciences& Robotics

¤ Digital (IT)

¤ Seed Funding

¤ Bridge Loans

¤ Banking Support to Entrepreneurs

¤ Sectors – Kerala model of Tourism, Education & Medical Equipment

Special Focus Areas:

¤ Startup Support – Setting up your business KSIDC, KSUM

¤ Mentoring Clinics

¤ Startup Café

¤ Pitch Fest

Don’t be late to book your seats. For registering, click on


National Banana Festival 2018: Papers Invited for National Seminar


A five-day National Banana Festival (NBF -2018), to be organised by the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) at the Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, from February 17 to 21, 2018, has called for papers to be presented at the national seminar that will be held as part of the festival.  Abstract of the papers to be presented are to be submitted before January 15.

According to Dr C K Peethambaran, Chairman, Seminar Committee,

“The NBF aims to provide a platform to disseminate latest knowledge and developments in the Banana sector through the national seminar that will held as part of the National Banana Festival. The focal theme of the festival would be Conserving Diversity, Preserving Identity and Promoting Value Addition”.

The sub themes would be:

Understanding, conserving and using banana genetic diversity; Impact of climate change on banana productivity, pests and diseases; Medicinal and nutritional importance of banana; Biofortification; Value addition of banana and by products; Organic bananas challenges and opportunities; GM  bananas – exciting opportunities or disaster; Crop and pest management; Soil Health Management; Tissue culture banana and quality planting materials; Post-harvest issues, alternative uses, marketing and commercialization; Banana for ornamental purposes; Wild banana species in India; Emerging technologies and mechanization in Banana sector; and Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) in Banana.


Papers can be submitted on any of the focal themes or the sub themes of the festival. Though the presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations, the review committee will decide the mode after review of the abstracts. For details on the festival, fee details and abstract submission log on to The review committee will make the final decision on the mode of presentation. Academicians, scientists, students and others from the related sector can send in their abstracts.

The Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) acknowledged by United Nations University; ICAR-National Centre for Banana, Tiruchirapalli; UNESCO New Delhi, Central and State Government institutions involved in Banana Research and Promotion, as well as NGOs working in this sector, will collaborate with CISSA to organise the mega festival at the  Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat. The Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, which has been adopted by Sri Suresh Gopi, MP, under the Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), has already made a name for its intensive farming of diversified varieties of banana.

Apart from the experts from Kerala, scientists and experts from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, National Research Centre for Banana – Trichy, Indian Institute for Horticulture Research- Bangalore, JNU Delhi, Assam Agricultural University, Gandhigram Rural Institute- Madurai, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization, Maharashtra;  YSR Hoticultural University, Andhra Pradesh; ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Meghalaya, CSIR and APEDA  will be delivering lectures.

The National Banana Festival 2018 would showcase the wide diversity of bananas in India and the varied uses of this unique fruit. The five day festival will include National exhibition, national seminar, farmers meet, training programmes, buyer seller meet, documentary shows, cultural programmes, photography contest and various other competitions.

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India Heritage Walk Festival 2018 Exploring history and art in cosmopolitan Kochi

Throughout its long existence Kochi has had one constant — its cosmopolitanism — acquired through centuries of trade and travel by its welcoming, enterprising communities; and residents of the city will celebrate this vibrant history this month in a series of curated events as part of the ongoing India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF).

Kochi is one among 20 cities hosting the month-long, multi-city IHWF 2018 organised jointly by Sahapedia, the online encyclopedia of Indian arts and culture, and YES Culture, the cultural division of YES Global Institute, a practising think tank of YES BANK, to encourage citizens to explore the tangible and intangible heritage of their cities and towns.

Of the two walks and a baithak (discussion) organized in the city as part of the festival, the first walk on Saturday, February 10, is a look back at Tripunithura to heyday as the seat of power of the Cochin Royal Family.

Mr Balagopal, an entrepreneur whose father belongs to the royal family, will guide participants on a walk along some of the most important sites of the town including Statue Square, Clock Tower (Manimalika), Poornathrayeesa temple, Kalikotta Palace, Iron Bridge, and the elephant stables.

‘Stories of the Throne—Exploring Tripunithura’, as the walk is called, will recall the royal family’s contributions to Kochi’s multiculturalism, public infrastructure, the national movement and conservation of traditional art forms.

On Saturday, February 17, artist Aditi Nayar will lead a walk around the Museum of Kerala History in Edapally, one of the city’s oldest museums housing an extraordinarily rich art collection, including the works of modern masters such as Jamini Roy, Ramkinkar Baij, M.F. Husain, Ram Kumar, K.G. Subramanyan and Bhupen Khakhar.

The walk is being held in partnership with the Madhavan Nayar Foundation in Kochi.

Besides the walks, the IHWF is also organizing a baithak on Friday, February 23 to discuss the History of Jews in Kochi. Elias (Babu) Josephai, the current custodian of the Kadavumbagam Synagogue in Mather Bazaar and one of the last few Jews left in Kerala, will discuss the history and traditions of the Jewish community through his own personal narratives.

Details about the walks and other programmes of IHWF 2018, map routes and registration information are available on


National Banana Festival 2018 Gets Off to a Gala Start

Ø Banana Cultivation Area in Kerala Sees Leap Since 2013-14, Says Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh

Thiruvananthapuram: Efforts rolled out by the Central and State governments have succeeded in adding 21,200 hectares to the total banana cultivable area in Kerala since 2013-14. As per 2013-14 figures, banana was being cultivated in 1,18,697 hectares, and the addition of 21,200 hectares more augurs well for the banana sector, said Sri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture, today.

Speaking after inaugurating the five-day National Banana Festival 2018 at the Vellayani Temple Ground in Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat today, the Union Minister added that the 32 Special Agricultural Zones declared by the Kerala government would help increase the productivity of different crops native to those regions, which in turn would prove to be a major boost to the agri sector of the state. The Thrissur District has been declared as a Special Agricultural Zone for Banana, he added. The National Banana Festival 2018 got off to a start at a gala function presided over by Sri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Devaswoms and Cooperation, Government of Kerala.  Suresh Gopi MP, Organising Committee Chairman, National Banana Festival 2018, inaugurated the Exhibition being organised as part of the Festival.  NBF 2018 is being organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) and the Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat.

Pointing out that the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIHD) scheme initiated by the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre has benefitted banana farmers a lot, Sri Radha Mohan Singh said the Union Government is committed to provide the required assistance to farmers for all horticulture crops. “The Centre has been providing financial assistance of about Rs 50 crore per year for the past four years under the MIHD scheme and Rs 200 crore per year under the RKVY scheme for the promotion of various horticulture crops in the state,” the Union Minister said.

Talking of urbanisation and erosion of wild bananas in their natural habitat, Sri Radha Mohan Singh called for the need to conserve the available genetic diversity. “Musa wild species and its allied species form an important source of resistant genes for biotic and abiotic stresses. Biotic and abiotic stresses are the main constraints that reduce productivity considerably. Production constraints also vary from region to region. The complexity of problems calls for basic, strategic, and adaptive research to maximise productivity of banana crops,” the Union Minister said.

Though banana and plantain breeding has its inherent complex issues, he said the latest biotechnology tools and approaches have been helpful in achieving projected results, he said, adding that the real impact of these approaches will be visible in the near future. With a production target of 60 million tonnes being projected for 2020, constraints, such as increasing input costs related to fertilisers, irrigation and management of pests and diseases, are being addressed to maximise production, the Union Minister pointed out.

India is the largest producer of banana in the word with 29.7 million tonnes from an area of 0.88 million hectares with a productivity of 37 MT/ha. Although India accounts for only 15.5 per cent in area, its contribution in the world’s production is 25.58 per cent. Thus, banana has emerged as one of the important fruit crops, which is easily available to common man. It is predicted that with ever- increasing demand, 60 million tonnes of banana will be needed to meet the domestic demand in 2050. There is also a considerable scope for export of banana and its products, which further enhances the demand, the Minister said.

Assuring that new initiatives are being taken to give a fillip to areas like genetic engineering, molecular breeding, organic farming, integrated pest and disease management, physiological, bio-chemical and genetic basis for biotic and abiotic stress management, adoption of post-harvest technology, use of ripening chamber and value addition from waste to wealth, Sri Singh said deliberations made at NBF 2018 will form the base for strengthening research and opening up new opportunities to fulfill its mandate in banana research and address the future challenges for higher growth and development, so that farmers’ income could be doubled.

Dr C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA welcomed the gathering for the event presided over by Sri Kadakampally Surendran, Hon. Minister for Tourism, Devaswom & Cooperation, Kerala. During the presidential address minister said that Kerala, in various sectors, is emerging as a role model for the rest of the Indian states and for the whole world. Recalling the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he attended an event in Kerala, where PM said that Kerala is standing ahead of all the states in India in education, agriculture and various other sectors.

Raising concerns about the increase in lifestyle diseases in Kerala, Sri Kadakamapally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms, Government of Kerala, said that it is high time that people reach back to their culture where farming is given importance. Pointing out that Vellayani is a place where people are still following the indigenous farming methods, the Minister said, the National Banana Festival 2018 will help educate farmers in adopting modern day agricultural methods.

Sri Suresh Gopi, MP, who inaugurated the Exhibition that is being held as part of NBF 2018, said foreign countries such as Canada host many of their events in villages in order to promote the villages. But when we look at the events happening here, most of them are held in towns instead of the villages. He expressed happiness over the fact that the National Banana Festival is the first such event being held in a village.

Smt R Jayalakshmi, President, Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, honoured the ministers with the Kerala traditional ‘ponnada’ and also presented them with a basketful each of various banana varieties. Renowned Agricultural Scientist, Sri R Haly was honored at the event by the Union Minister.

Sri O Rajagopal MLA; Sri V K Madhu, President, District Panchayat, Thiruvananthapuram;  Sri G Chandra Mouli, Member, South Zone, KVIC; Adv S Suresh, District President, BJP; Sri G R Anil;  Dr G G Gangadharan, President CISSA; Smt G S Sreekala, President, Venganoor Grama Panchayat; Smt V Lathakumari, Member, Thiruvananthapuram District Panchayat; Sri Vilappil Radhakrishnan, Vice President, Nemom Block Panchayat; Smt S Jayanthi, Chairperson, Health & Education Standing Committee, Kalliyoor Panchayat; Sri M Vinu, Member, Nemom Block Panchayat; Sri M R Gopan, Councilor, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation; Smt S Safeera Beegam, Councilor, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation  were among those present.

Earlier in the day, the National Seminar Technical Sessions as part of NBF 2018 also got off to a start at a function presided over by Dr GG Gangadharan, President, CISSA. Dr Ram Boojh, National Programme Officer, Ecological Sciences, UNESCO, New Delhi, was the guest of honour.


Malabar Group's Mall of Travancore to go on stream - Hon. Kerala Chief Minister to open on March 23

‘Mall of Travancore’ the largest shopping mall of the capital city is all set to open its door to the people of Trivandrum,adding colors to their life. This state-of-the-art Mall is designed to give a world-class shopping experience and is positioned as a preferred shopping destination.  On March 23rd, at 3 pm, Hon.chief Minister Sri.Pinarayi Vijayan will dedicate the Mall of Travancore to the public.

The genesis of setting up a mall under Malabar Group was born in the year 2005.  For this, Malabar Group representatives had visited over 1,000 malls in India and abroad to learn and get a hands-on experience about the functioning of malls.  With this regards, a detailed marketing study was conducted in Kerala. Based on these studies, it was decided to set up a Mall in Trivandrum District . In 2006, Malabar Group had started the process of acquiring seven acres of land in Enjakkal near Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The land acquisition was completed by buying plots measuring from four cents to 2 acres from 27 different landlords. The management had decided to go green and to have a complete eco friendly and nature friendly construction.  The height of the mall was limited to three floors since the property is adjacent to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.  On November 27, 2014 the then Chief Minister Sri. Oommen Chandy laid the foundation stone of the mall.

It was after studying the peculiarities of Thiruvananthapuram, the management had decided to set the mall there. Thiruvananthapuram not only enjoys the specialty of being the capital city of the state and the headquarters of the government, but is known for its century old cultural heritage, and economic prosperity.  It has also shown the way for development to other parts of the state.  Being the capital city, it is home for numerous Central and State PSUs and establishments including ISRO, private firms, and several techno parks.  The total population of the city is 12 lakhs.  Every day, around four lakh people commute to and fro from the city for various purposes.   The city population consist of highly educated, secular, cultured, and economically well-to-do people.  In tourism, the district has a leading position. A lot of foreign tourists visit the internationally renowned Kovalam beach every year.

74 Air crafts operates everyday from the modern International airport of Thiruvananthapuram.Around 8,000 people transit through the airport daily. Around 70 trains originate or pass through the Thiruvananthapuram railway station every day and almost one lakh people depend on it. Around One lakh people commute everyday through the bus station operating more than 1,000 buses daily. This shows the dynamic nature of the place. Trade is also very vibrant here. Business worth around Rs 40 crore is transacted here every day.  Purchasing power of the people is also high here. These are the positive factors that insisted Malabar Group to set up the mall here. Compared to other districts, Thiruvananthapuram did not have a convenient umbrella shopping center. Mall of Travancore will solve this problem.

Spread over 6.5 lakh sq ft in three floors, there are large collection of world class branded items to offer. Along with shopping, there are facilities for entertainment with in the Mall ,both for Kids and Grown ups .A hypermarket offering products that fits the requirements of all kinds of people who can select products as per their choice, a vast jewelry showroom to satisfy ornament lovers, electronics & home appliances showroom, life style products, gaming zone, food plaza, seven multiplex theaters from Carnival Group, and other entertainment facilities makes the Mall a true Shopping Destination.  Around 300 brands including international brands like Adidas, Allen Solly, Apple, Arrow, Baskin Robbins, Bata, Delsey, Jockey, KFC, Life Style, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Pantaloons, Park Avenue, Louis Philippe, Titan, Van Heusen, VIP, Woodland will be available in More than 160 showrooms within the mall. Besides, the mall will also have showrooms of prominent retailers like Eham Digital, and Kalyan Silks.

Parking facility for around 1,000 cars and 1,200 two-wheelers at the same time is also available. Mall of Travancore is the result of meticulous planning and efforts of thousands of people including the management team.

There are huge employment opportunity offered in Mall of Travancore.  Currently, the mall will give direct employment for 2,000 people and indirect employment for 1,000 people.

Besides people from Kerala, people hailing from the nearby districts of Tamil Nadu such as Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, and Kanyakumari can easily reach and shop from Mall of Travancore. Malabar Developers, the real estate wing of Malabar Group of Companies is behind the world class  structure and has completed its work in the given time.

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