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Boby Chemmanur -Universal Peace Ambassador

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) have honored with the prestigious award of Ambassadors for Peace for charity activities for social cause.
This can be counted as one of the lifetime achievements, as he has now created his international identity amongst many other countries..
UPF Launched in 2001, Ambassadors for Peace is the largest and most diverse network of peace leaders. They come from all walks of life representing many races, religions, nationalities, and cultures, and commit to: Stand on the common ground of universal moral principles, promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers, and building peace. Form a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor. Promote cooperation beyond boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, and nationality. Practice living for the sake of others as the guiding principle for building a global community.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) promotes the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and encourages people to work for peace through serving their communities without .
People from all strata of life, more than 50,000 diplomats, clergy, civic leaders, current and former heads of state have been appointed as Ambassadors for Peace.

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Kerala features in India’s Best in girls’ education

Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are India’s best-ranked States in terms of gender-related education indicators, new data from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and UNICEF, shows.

Using district-level indicators of girls’ education, health and social disadvantages, the government aims to identify the most backward pockets of the country, requiring the most attention.

“Earlier, we used to look at the gender gap in indicators, and this is narrowing. However this, it was felt, was no longer adequate,” Vrinda Sarup, secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, told reporters on Monday. The new data from the Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls’ Education will help States better channelise their resources to the areas that need it most, Ms. Sarup said.

While the atlas uses data earlier collected by other government agencies, it also creates a new composite index using 21 indicators to do with girls’ education, along four axes — access, infrastructure, teachers and outcomes. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Punjab are in the top 25% of the index’s range for elementary education, and the two Southern states and Delhi make the top quarter of the index for secondary education as well. Central and northern States, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, are among the worst performers.

However, the data shows that pockets of backwardness exist in better-off States too. Ramanathapuram, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts in Tamil Nadu do as badly on the composite girls’ education indicator as Barabanki, Bahraich and Shrawasti in Uttar Pradesh. Bangalore’s urban and rural districts do as well as Mumbai or Pune, but the neighbouring district of Tumkur is among India’s worst off districts.

The atlas also creates a Vulnerability Index of factors which impinge on girls’ education, including the likelihood of joining the workforce early and early marriage.

The two southern States, along with Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, are the best performers here, with Gujarat, Rajasthan and the central and northern States among the worst.

Source: The Hindu


Inviting Nominations for A.P.Aslam Award-2015

Press release 2015


The Kshema Foundation has invited nominations for A P Aslam Memorial Awards for the year 2015. The awards are instituted in memory of late A P Aslam, who was the administrator of Sabeel Palace, Dubai.
Report by: Syam Lal.G.S

General Secretary

Kshema Foundation




Noted Malayalam actor Mala Aravindan passed away


Mala Aravindan, a noted  theater and film actor passed away. He was 76. Mala Aravindan was admitted to a private hospital (Kovai Medical Centre)   in Coimbatore on 20 January 2015, following a massive heart attack and passed away on 28 January 2015 at 6.27 am.

Aravindan is married to Geetha. The couple have two Children, Muthu and Kala. Muthu is married to Deepthi and they have a son. Kala is married to Surendran and they have two children.

He was born at Vadavucode, Ernakulam district of Kerala state as the eldest son of Ayyappan, an Excise department employee and Ponnamma, a school teacher.Later when his mother got transferred, his family relocated to Mala and he started using the place name as a prefix to his name.

Aravindan started his career as a Tabla artist. He joined stage plays and started playing Tabla as a background artist. Later, he moved into acting and started acting in professional stage plays of Kottayam National Theaters, Nadakashala, Suryasoma Theatres etc. He has won Kerala State Nataka Academy’s Best Actor award for his role in Sooryasoma’s play Nidhi.

Aravindan started his film career with the 1968 movie Sindhooram, directed by Balakrishnan. Since then he has acted in over 400 films and established his own style which became his trademark. During the initial stages of his career, the Mala-Pappu-Jagathy trio was a guaranteed crowd-puller among Malayalam film audiences.

Our heart felt condolences to the sorrowing family. – Team




Indian American Malayalee Chamber of Commerce (IAMCC) Business Meetings in Kerala


IAMCC office bearers




Indian American Malayalee Chamber of Commerce (IAMCC) is organizing Business Meetings in  Kerala


Kerala is all set for the National Games 2015

The Indian Olympic Association has declared that Kerala is all set for the Games, after reviewing status of arrangements at all the venues. K. Murugan, GTCC chairman, congratulated the NGOC for getting ready the infrastructure and equipments in record time.

Governor Shri P Sathasivam flagged off Run Kerala Run organised to express solidarity with National Games Kerala 2015.

Billed as the biggest mass run ever held in the country, thousands of people drawn from different walks of life joined the “Run Kerala Run”, flagged off by Governor P Sathasivam in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in Trivandrum.

Hon.CM Oommen Chandy Inaugurated renovated Thrissur Corporation Stadium and VKN Menon Indoor Stadium, for the national games.


Emulating the Olympic torch relay that symbolises solidarity, unity, peace and the sporting spirit, the National Games torch relay too is expected to reach out to every Keralite and make them participate and endorse their support for the biggest sporting event in the country.
The torch relay have started from Kasargode . The torch would pass through all the 14 districts of the State and cover a total distance of 850 km over a period of seven days.


The Greenfield Stadium at Karyavattom is newly built by National Games Secretariat and I&LFS on the Public-Private-Partnership Model. The Stadium is constructed to conform to International Standards in Football and Cricket prescribed by FIFA and ICC.
The Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 35th National Games are scheduled at this Stadium on 31st January and 14th February, 2015 respectively.

Visit and like the Official National Games Kerala 2015 Facebook page: 

Report by: WNN


INA-3 Logo released



Report by: Rajeev Joseph

President, Global Indian Association (GIA)

Mob: 09818342949. 08606027461



Kerala showcases mega projects to NRKs

In order to boost infrastructure development, the Kerala government Saturday threw open three of its major projects – Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), Kannur International Airport and Startup Village – for non-resident Keralites (NRKs) for investments.

Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam called upon the NRKs to follow the rules and laws of the central and state governments while bringing in money to the state and wisely invest the money in infrastructure projects of the state.

“I request the NRKs to follow the rules of the government while sending money. Then only it will be possible to safeguard your money. The NRKs should also invest their money in various developmental projects of the state,” said Sathasivam while inaugurating the valedictory function of the two-day Global NRK Meet here.

KMRL managing director Elias George, Kannur International Airport Ltd chief G.Chandramouli and Startup Village chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar made detailed presentation on the respective projects before the NRKs in the session titled “Setting the Stage-Investment, Opportunities and Infrastructure Development” at the meet, which ended Saturday.

“We are not just attempting to set up a metro system, but make Kochi a city with seamless transport system. We want the NRKs to make investment in two major township projects of KMRL at Muttom and Kakkanad. While we are looking at an investment of Rs.20 crore for the 18-acre Kakkanad project, the investment for the 215 acre Muttom project is pegged at Rs.230 crore. Both these projects will soon be opened up for investment from NRKs,” said George.

Chandramouli said that the nearly Rs.1,900 crore Kannur airport project was on the right track and they would be able conduct the trial run by December this year.

“We have been able to get considerable investment from Airport Authority of India. Of the 16 percent stake open to public, we have been able to get investment up to 14 percent and we want the NRKs to investment in the remaining two percent,” he said.

Vijayakumar, in his presentation, highlighted the different investment options available for the NRKs at the Startup Village which has created a revolutionary ecosystem for start-ups in the state.

“In the last three years of our operation, we have been able to support 900 start-ups and are targeting to support 10,000 start-ups by 2025. To fuel this growth, we are targeting a total investment of Rs.750 crore to set up a million square feet world class infrastructure incubation facility and an angel fund to finance the start-ups,” he added.

The event also witnessed Kerala State Health secretary K.S.Elangovan highlighting the achievement of the state’s health sector and the various welfare programmes rolled out by it for the benefit of the people. He sought the support of the NRKs in “Karunyam Kerala Project” which offers free cancer treatment to the patients in the state. (IANS)


Kerala Tourism

Kerala witnessed an increase in tourist arrivals, revenue and the number of rooms during 2014.

Final figures for the calendar year 2014 are being finalised, Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar told the media while outlining the tourism department’s plans for 2015.

“The figures for the first three quarters of 2014 showed a jump in both arrivals and revenue, though the industry suffered a setback for a while in the last quarter on account of the bird flu scare. But, on the whole, for the year, there has been an increase and very shortly we will be releasing the complete figures,” Anil Kumar said.

Kerala Tourism is readying a new plan for boosting tourism in the fiscal starting April 1.

“We will concentrate on markets like China, and Middle East. These are the areas where there is a huge market waiting for us to tap. Already we have made inroads into the Middle East. China is one market where we will be holding road shows,” Anil Kumar said.

The peak Kerala tourist season starts towards the last quarter in the calendar year and tails off around the first week of February.

“Over the years, investment in the tourism industry has been growing at a good pace with the total number of rooms in the state growing from 40,000 in 2010 to 75,000 in 2014. But we need more rooms and this where there is a business opportunity for people to turn their homes into home stays. We will see that the certification process for home stays is done quickly,” said Kumar.

On the much-talked about seaplane operations, he said that talks are going on to resolve whatever issues are there as this is one area which offers a lot of scope.

“We are now all set to announce promotional schemes for the benefit of tourists as we are confident that the private sector will also come forward to give special offers for all tourists visiting the state in the one year campaign that begins in April. The government sector has already cleared this proposal. Competition is there for us from Sri Lanka and we are also speaking with airline companies to give special fares to tourists. Already two private airlines are doing it,” added Kumar. (IANS)



‘Run Kerala Run’

‘Run Kerala Run’, the curtain raiser to the 35th National Games, ‘ran’ into history when every third Keralite took part in the race held all across the state


All eyes were rooted to the front of the state secretariat with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar as the chief guest.

Right from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to Governor P. Sathasivam found it difficult to rub shoulders with the cricket legend as thousands were in waiting to have a glimpse of the icon and to run alongside him.

At 10.30 a.m. (local time), Sathasivam read out a pledge in English and soon after raised the flag signalling the start of the run.

Chandy and his cabinet colleagues turned up in track suits while Tendulkar stood out in a red T-shirt with sunglasses.

Due to security reasons and huge crowd, the emminent personalities, including Chandy and Tendulkar, found it impossible to run and instead walked 200 metres and had to hop into a car to reach the Central Stadium nearby.

Addressing the public meeting, state Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said this was a world record — more than a crore people took part in the run that took place in more than 10,000 locations all across the state.

Chandy said with this, Kerala has written itself into the record books and this showed that nothing is impossible for the southern state to achieve.

“If Kerala stands united as we did in this event, there is nothing that Kerala cannot achieve. We should stand united in all our efforts,” said Chandy.

However, the biggest cheer was reserved for Tendulkar who is also the goodwill ambassador for the upcoming 35th National Games that begin here Jan 31.

“I am not at all surprised with this response from Kerala. Kerala has always given me lots of love and respect. This run is a pre-cursor to the National Games. I will be back shortly,” said Tendulkar.

He also obliged by taking a selfie with others and soon he was whisked away by the security guards, signalling the end of the event.

At Kochi, thousands of people took part in the main venue where cinestar Mohanlal read out the pledge.

Likewise, in all other 12 districts a similar run was conducted. Kozhikode witnessed a massive turnout, so did Malappuram and all other districts.

This event was mainly done to promote the National Games to be held from Jan 31 to Feb 14 at 30 venues across seven districts of the state.

The Kerala government gave an hour’s break to its employees to take part in the run and so did all the schools so that students could participate.

The event, however, left a section of the media disgruntled after it was learnt that the event management company was a sister concern of Malayala Manorama, the leading regional daily in the state.

On a few occasions, the press meetings conducted by the National Games committee were boycotted by a section of the media but Tuesday morning, all the TV channels did a live telecast of the main event from the state secretariat. (IANS)


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