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Old September 26th, 2011, 04:29 AM   #81
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Any updates reg.this project sakrishna?
I don't have much info about this project. Will wait and see. My wild guess is it might be from 'Mini Muthoottu'. Not sure.
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Movie featuring Pathanamthitta-Gavi bus

After churning out two hits with 'Sevenes' and 'Doctor Love' this month, Kunchacko Boban has established himself as a bankable regular in movies with an ensemble cast.

The versatile actor has started filming for his latest venture Ordinary, which narrates the experiences of a young KSRTC conductor working in the only bus in the Pathanamthitta-Gavi route.

Interestingly, this is the third time a major star has played the role of a conductor after Mohanlal in Varavelppu and Mammootty in 'Bus Conductor.'

The movie is being directed by debutant Sugeeth who was the associate director to Kamal in movies like 'Gramaphone' and 'Aagathan,' and is scripted by newcomers Nishad K Koya and Manu Prasad.

Kunchacko's character's name is Iravikuttan Pillai who prefers to be known as E Ravi Kuttan. E Ravi is a lazy unemployed youth who wants to take up only a government job due to the "less work pressure involved."

He then takes charge as a conductor in the KSRTC bus driven by Biju Menon's character. The humorous experiences between the driver, the conductor and the passengers form the rest of the story.

The movie, which is being shot at the beautiful locations in Pathanamthitta and Gavi, has Ann Augustine playing a postwoman and Asif Ali in a new getup doing a prominent "suspense-filled" role.

In addition to the second coming of actor Jishnu (Nammal), who plays a schoolteacher, the movie will also mark the debut of Vaiga and model-turned-actress Shretha Shivdas, who plays the role of a girl willing to do any job for her livelihood.
Unni Mukundan, Salim Kumar, Lalu Alex and Baburaj form the rest of the cast for this movie produced by N Sudhish and Rajeev Nair.

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Project to make Pathanamthitta plastic-free

The district administration has chalked a novel scheme to make Pathanamthitta plastic-free from November 14, according to District Collector, P.Venugopal.

An official meeting convened by the Collector here the other day has resolved to make necessary arrangements to supply eco-friendly carry bags made of cloth, priced at Rs 1 and Rs 2, to all shops and other commercial establishments in the district during October 2 to November 14.

Mr Venugopal said Kudumbasree units in the district have been producing cloth bags for supplying it to various commercial establishments. He said the district administration would purchase eco-friendly carry bags from various other agencies too, if needed, to meet its growing requirement during the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season.

Plastic menace at Sabarimala


Mr Venugopal said the Divisional Forest Officer at Ranni, R.Kamalahar, has prepared a project named `Harita-poonkavanom' with a view to reduce the plastic menace at Sabarimala and surrounding forest areas, especially during the annual pilgrimage season.

Littering of plastic waste has been a major source of environment pollution at Sabarimala situated in the Periyar Tiger Reserve during the Mandalam-Makaravilakku festival when as many as double the population of the State congregate in a short span of two months.

Mr Kamalahar has prepared a project to make Pampa and surrounding reserve forests pollution-free with the help of school-college students, local population and Vana Samrakshana Samiti (VSS) workers. The project stresses the need to make people well aware of the need to make their surroundings clean and litter-free, upholding the slogan of environment conservation.

Adequate publicity would be given through television channels and newspapers in Kerala and neighbouring States on the alarming pollution menace posed by the plastic waste at Sabarimala.

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The collector said special check-posts would be set up at Kanamala, Laha, Plappally, Elavumkal and Angamozhy on the main trunk roads leading to Sabarimala to collect plastic carry bags brought by devotees and replace it with eco-friendly cloth bags on the spot itself.

Mr Venugopal said arrangements would also be made to remove empty pet bottles from Sabarimala, Pampa and surrounding forest areas.

He said six workers would be posted at Pampa Manalpuram round the clock to remove the waste accumulated along the iron fence erected across river Pampa during the annual pilgrimage season. Solid waste would be segregated and degradable waste would be disposed in earthen pits in the forest area itself and the non-degradable waste would be taken outside the forests for recycling, Mr Venugopal said.

Vana Samrakshana Samiti members would deployed at the proposed Pilgrim Service Centres at Vadasserikkara, Laha, Plappally, Angamoozhy, Nilackal and Pampa. This is besides a 24-hour mobile rescue force headed by Forest officials.

The Collector has also sought active support and participation of the general public, traders and all other sections of the society in the administration's efforts to make the district plastic-free and ensure effective environment conservation.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2509176.ece
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Old October 9th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #84
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I was wondering, why don't the state Govt. persuade the centre to establish an off-campus centre of 'Banaras Hindu University' in Pathanamthitta district? It'll be a perfect tribute to the 'Land of Sabarimala'. it'll also have an Institute of Technology as well as an 'Institute of Medical Science' attached to it. Finding suitable land won't be much difficult in Pathanamthitta, because of the low density of population. It'll help Pathanamthitta earn a prominent place in the country.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #85
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No politicians so no developments,no dreams so no hopes.
So always happy or elz wot to say!!

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Development plans for towns getting ready


Detailed development plans are getting ready for 32 urban areas in the State.

The plans are being prepared as the first phase of preparation of master plans for cities and towns.

The government has approved the development plans for Paravur, Vaikom, and Thalassery. Draft plans have been published for Pala, Pathanamthitta, Changanassery, and Guruvayur. These will be finalised after receiving objections and suggestions from the public. Work on the draft development plans for Kochi, Thiruvalla, Kollam, Malappuram, and Perumbavoor has been completed. These will be published shortly. The draft plans for other towns are targeted to be published by March next year.

Steps for preparation of master plans will be taken in consultation with town planning experts of international standing.

A unified law for town and country planning is under consideration. The draft Bill for this has been drawn up. Architects from outside government will be involved in the implementation of the master plans.

The government is planning to introduce legislation for country and town planning.

The government is also looking at freeing towns of slums using funds under the Rajiv Awas Yojana.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article2544511.ece
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Sabarimala roads to be repaired by October 30


: The repair and maintenance of various roads in the five districts of Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki leading to Sabarimala would be completed by October 30, said Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahimkunju.

The Minister was addressing a meeting of officials and people's representatives in Tiruvalla to review the progress of road repair works on Saturday.

According to him, the heavy maintenance of the major roads leading to Sabarimala would begin as soon as the culmination of the forthcoming Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage in January, 2012.

A total of five roads have been included in the proposed heavy maintenance scheme and Rs 56.45 crore has already been sanctioned for the same. The five roads included in the scheme are Mannarakulanji-Pampa Road (Rs. 21 crore), Plappally-Chalakkayam Road (Rs.14 crore), Kanamala Bridge (Rs.7 crore), Kanamala-Elavumkal Road (Rs.8.60 crore) and Kanjirappally-Erumely Road (Rs. 7.75 crore).

The Minister said Rs.63 crore had been allotted for the pre-pilgrimage season road repair and maintenance work in five districts.

He said the vegetation clearing drive on either side of the Mannarakulanji-Chalakkayam stretch of the main trunk road too was fast progressing.

Mathew T. Thomas, MLA; T. Baburaj, PWD Chief Engineer; S. Satheesh, Superintending Engineer; P.K. Rajeev, John J. Elamkulam, Executive Engineers; and officials from all the five districts also attended the meeting.

The Minister, accompanied by the MLA and PWD officials, also visited the new bridge under construction across the Manimala at Vallamkulam on the Tiruvalla-Kumbazha Road to assess the progress of work there.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2542520.ece
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Improvement of Pathanamthitta Ring Road is in progress



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New Dental College at Pathanamthitta


Govt has given permission for starting a new private dental college at Pathanamthitta.Malayalapuzha based Sunshine Educational Trust is behind the project.At present Thiruvalla Pushpagiri is having the only dental college at Pathanamthitta district

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Modern Cricket Academy

Construction of modern Cricket Academy started at Thiruvalla

This indoor cricket academy is claimed to be the first of its kind in Kerala.



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The foundation stone for "Sabarimala transit yard" at Pathanamthitta will be laid on Non 11th.

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Govt sanctioned 11.5 Crores to the "Sabarimala transit yard"



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Pathanamthitta to become plastic-free district

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Last Updated : 07 Nov 2011 10:29:57 AM IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pathanamthitta, which is piloting many a health projects such as prevention of lifestyle diseases and care for the aged, is now going to be a plastic-free district from November 14, just before the onset of the Sabarimala pilgrimage.

While the idea of ‘Plastic-free Pathanamthitta’ has been conceived by district collector P Venugopal, it is being implemented by a whole lot of organisations spearheaded by the ‘Suchitwa Mission’. Funds are being released to buy back plastic bags from homes, plastic shredders are being set up in Kudumbashree units and moves are on to set up machines that can manufacture alternatives to plastic bags, which the authorities claim is bio-degradable.

The municipality has already started the war against plastic by conducting a raid on traders to seize plastic carry bags less than 40 microns in thickness. The shop-keepers have been fined Rs 5,000 each. “On November 10, we have a one-day campaign with the participation of Kudumbashree, Asha workers, NGOs and even students who will remove all visible plastic from the district,” said P A Mohammed Salim, assistant district co-ordinator of Suchitwa Mission, Pathanamthitta. Three plastic shredder units are being set up at three Kudumbashree centres in Perunadu, Pampa and Pandalam. All the 54 community development societies of Kudumbashree have been given funds to buyback plastic bags from homes at the rate of Rs 10 a kg of plastic.

The block panchayats will be given a subsidy of 50 per cent to set up manufacturing units of alternative bags. The societies are being formed and it will be through these societies that the alternative bags will be sold. Sabarimala pilgrims who carry plastic bags will be asked to hand them back by Vana Samrakshana Samithi volunteers.

Vehicles of pilgrims from outside the state will be stopped at eight check-posts and if plastic bags are found, they will be taken away. However, the pilgrims will be given an alternative GSM bag, which is said to be biodegradable.

The VSS volunteers will check vehicles coming into the state at Plappilly, Ranni, Perunad, Pandalam, Aranmula, Thiruvalla, Enath and Vadasserikkara. They will also monitor all the main roads from neighbouring states.

However, plastic bottles, will be allowed entry as no other alternative is currently in sight.

The authorities feel that even the State Government’s initiative of Sabari will not be able to meet the humongous demand. The production of Sabari mineral water, the bottles of which are taken back for Re 1,is yet to be scaled up to meet the demands of the pilgrims.

http://expressbuzz.com/cities/thiruv...ct/330716.html
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Pathanamthitta to kickstart cancer detection

KOCHI: Pathanamthitta is all set to become the first district in the state to kickstart the national-level cancer detection and control programme. The cancer programme, part of the National Non-communicable Diseases programme (NCD), will be inaugurated at the Pathanamthitta General Hospital in November. Under the first phase, the programme will be launched in four more districts, including Alappuzha, Idukki, Kozhikode and Thrissur. The other districts in the state will be covered under the 13th Five Year Plan.

The programme, part of the centrally-sponsored NCD programme, looks at a comprehensive awareness and control of cancer at the district. “One hospital in the district, the general hospital or the district hospital, will be the nodal centre. The programme will then be executed via various hospitals, sub-centres, primary health Centres and community health centres,” said director, Directorate of Health Services, Dr P K Jameela. The programme will include setting up of early cancer detection centres, setting up of clinics with provisions for chemotherapy, lab facilities, appointment of an oncologist or physicians trained in oncology in every district, provision for free or subsidies supply cancer drugs to patients, conducting grassroots level awareness camps on cancer detection at sub-centres etc. “The systems especially those looking at cure will work in coordination with the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and the Malabar Cancer Centre. The medications of a lower order can be referred to the district-level cancer centres,” Dr S Hafiz, State Nodal Officer for the NCD programme, said.

The NCD programme looks at four diseases, including stroke, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and cancer.

“Pathanamthitta district has received `1.6 crore under the programme. The funds will be released further according to the programmes taken up. The grassroots work under the program has already begun in the district. In the case of diabetes, the distribution of glucometres, strips etc has been done. The testing will begin in the first week of November,” Hafiz said.

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Cleaning drive begins near Sabarimala temple

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SABARIMALA (Kerala): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Monday oversaw a massive cleaning operation at the foothills of the famed Hindu temple in Sabarimala.

Close to 6,000 volunteers, of which 3,000 are from the Amritanandamayi Mutt and another 3,000 from various organisations, joined the drive to make the temple town spick and span.

The project aims at cleaning Sabarimala, Pamba and the traditional forest path to Sabarimala and maintaining them as a zero-waste zone.

Sabarimala temple is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 914 metres above sea level, four kilometres uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala.

The temple, on the top of the hill, is accessible only on foot from Pamba.

It was the Sabarimala high-power committee which submitted a proposal to the government for implementing a zero-waste project.

Chandy after going through the proposal sanctioned Rs.5 crore for it.

Speaking to IANS, local legislator Raju Abraham said: "The 3,000 volunteers from the mutt have been at the temple top for the past four days and have been engaged in the cleaning operation. They would now be replaced by another 3,000 who have already started to work at the foothills."

This massive programme is being organised ahead of the next Sabarimala temple festival beginning Nov 17.

Even though the temple is open throughout the year, the peak pilgrimage season begins on the first day of the Malayalam month in November and ends in January.

http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala...le/330814.html
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Sabarimala Sannidhanam regaining its serene ambience



The holy hillock of Sabarimala Sannidhanam is fast attaining a clean look. Thanks to the intensive pre-pilgrimage cleaning operation undertaken by the Mata Amrutanandamayi Math at the Sannidhanam from Saturday.

`Amala Bharathom’ extended

Meanwhile, Swami Amritaswaroopananda Puri, Mata Amritanandamayi Math vice-president, said the popular cleaning project, `Amala Bharathom’, has been extended to Sabarimala too, considering its importance as the largest pilgrimage centre in the whole South India.

The shabby look of the temple pond `Bhasmakkulam’ has been changed for the better. The committed volunteer force of the Math have cleared the entire filth from the pond as well as its surroundings by Saturday afternoon itself.

Similarily, the Lower Tirumuttom, Malikappuram area and Pandithavalom where thousands of pilgrims used to camp on a daily basis during the annual pilgrim season have also been thoroughly cleaned by Sunday afternoon, regaining the serene ambience of the holy hillock.

Raju Swami, Math spokesman at Sabarimala, told The Hindu that the Urakkuzhi area would be cleaned on Monday.

According to him, as many as 4700 volunteers took part in the massive cleaning operation at the Sannidhanam on the first two days. Besides the inmates of the Mata Amritanandamayi Ashrams at Vallikkavu in Kollam and elsewhere, a large number of followers of the spiritual guru, Mata Amrutanandamayi, as well as students and staff attached to various educational institutions of the Math are taking part in the cleaning drive at Sabarimala.

25,000 bags of waste


The Math volunteers have already removed as many as 25,000 bags of waste collected from different parts of the Sannidhanam to the incinerator yard at Paandithavalom as on Sunday forenoon.

The Math spokesman said the volunteers would thoroughly wash the cemented grounds and floors of the Valiya Nadappanthal, premises of the temple and various other shrines, fly-overs, etc, at the Sannidhanam on Monday. The Math is planning to complete the cleaning drive at the Sannidhanam by Monday afternoon. Another batch of 500 volunteers from Coimbatore and Bangalore would be joining the sanitation team at the Sannidhanam on Monday morning, Math sources said.

The plastic, soft plastics, rags of colthes, pet bottles and other solid wastes, have been removed in separate bags, they said.

Gurudas Chaitanya and Tapasyamritha Chaitanya of the Math are co-ordinating the cleaning drive at Sabarimala and Pampa.

The Travancore Devaswom Board has provided food and accommodation to the volunteers at the Sannidhanam.

At Pampa

The Math sources said the cleaning drive at Pampa would be held on Monday.

As many as 1500 volunteers, including women inmates of the Math as well as various Ashrams and girls attached to the educational institutions of the Math, would take part in the programme.

The volunteers would also extend their cleaning programme to the trekking path. The Math is planning to complete the cleaning drive at Pampa too by Monday evening so that the work will not affect the classes and office work of various volunteers participating in it, sources said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2604020.ece
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Chandy opens Bailey Bridge, exit road



Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the newly constructed Bailey Bridge and diversion road linking the Sannidhanam with Chandranandan Road at Sabarimala on Monday.

The Madras Engineer Group of the Indian Army constructed the 40-metre-long, 3.3-metre-wide Bailey Bridge within 25 days with iron girders and other components brought from Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

The Kerala Police Housing Construct Corporation (KPHCC) constructed the 428-metre-long, 5-metre-wide diversion road at a cost of Rs.1.22 crore. The construction work was carried out by

Rajagiri Constructions Ltd.

As envisaged in the Sabarimala Master Plan, the new road will be utilised as the exit route for pilgrims returning from Sabarimala during the festival season.

The Chief Minister said the bridge was built within such a short span of time due to the initiative taken by Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

Mr Chandy presented a ‘Ponnada' to senior architect G.Mahesh of the Chennai-based Pithavadian and Partners, who has designed the new road as a combination of steps and ramps.

Maj. Gen. Subrato Mitra of the Indian Army; K.S.Jangpangi, KPHCC managing director; and Rajagopal, contractor of the civil works; were also felicitated at the function.

Devaswom Minister V.S. Sivakumar presided over the inaugural function. Finance Minister K.M. Mani; Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan; M. Rajgopalan Nair, TDB president; and K.Jayakumar, Additional Chief Secretary; also spoke.

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New exit route at Sabarimala, a landmark achievement for HPC



The High Power Committee for implementation of Sabarimala Master Plan has completed the work on the Bailey Bridge-cum-diversion road linking Sabarimala Sannidhanam with the Chandranandan Road, making it a landmark achievement materialised in a short span of 90 days.

The work on the road project began in August after a series of technical studies and deliberations. The 425 metre-long five-metre wide new road has been constructed through the forests in the otherwise difficult terrains of Sabarimala.

The Chennai-based Pithavadian and Partners Limited has prepared the detailed design and project report. The road work estimated at Rs 1.22 crore was executed by the Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation.

The architect has designed the road as a combination of ramps and steps superbly blending with the contours of the forest terrain.

Mr K.Jayakumar, HPC chairman, told The Hindu that the new road would be utilised as the exit route for pilgrims returning from the Sannidhanam after the holy darshan with a view to ease congestion on the trekking path during the pilgrim season.

Mr Jayakumar said this exit route was a major recommendation in the Sabarimala Master Plan prepared by the Delhi-based Ecosmart India attached to IL & FS Limited.

Bailey Bridge

The Madras Engineer Group of Indian Army has constructed a Bailey Bridge across the check dam near at a cost of Rs 75 lakhs.

It took only 25 days for the Army men led by Col. Muraleedharan to construct the 40-metre long, 3.3-metre wide bridge. It was an arduous task for the team to bring the giant iron girders required for the bridge from Pampa to Sannidhanam with the help of tractors.

The concreting of the road has also been completed the other day and the curing process is under way.

A technical committee comprising the Travancore Devaswom board Chief Engineer, K.Ravikumar, Executive Engineer, Jolly Ullas, Shyam Prasad, Assistant Engineer, and Architect Mahesh of Pithavadian Partners Limited has been continuously monitoring the progress of work.

Mr Jayakumar said installation of solar lamps and other beautification along the new road would also be carried out in a time-bound fashion.

Queue complex

Meanwhile, incessant rains in the forests have affected the progress of work on the two queue under way at Sabaripeedhom and Saramkuthi.

To all indications, the queue complex at Saramkuthi is quite unlikely to complete before the beginning of the pilgrim season on November 16.

However, official sources told The Hindu that one among the three units attached to the Sabaripeedhom Queue Complex will be completed while the HPC would be forced to stop the work on the other two units till the pilgrim season was over in mid-January, 2012.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle2601093.ece
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