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Jul 32019
As the grand old College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, (CET), turns 80 on Wednesday, one could go down memory lane to reminisce its contributions in producing numerous scientists, technocrats
A film festival organised in connection with the ninth death anniversary of music director and singer M.G. Radhakrishnan got under way at Bharat Bhavan on Tuesday. Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the remembrance function, organised under the aegis of the Bharat Bhavan. Actor Nedumudi Venu delivered the keynote address. Singer Kallara Gopan, Pandalam Balan, former Mayor K. Chandrika, Radhakrishnan’s sister K. Omanakutty and wife Padmaja Radhakrishnan, and Jeevan Sathyan spoke.
A short film encapsulating the life and works of cultural activist Soorya Krishnamoorthy will be screened at Tagore Theatre. The 45-minute film, which has been produced by some of Soorya Krishnamoorthy’s mentors, colleagues and disciples, is unique in that its central subject does not make an on-screen appearance and it moves forward through narratives by people who have worked with him closely.
Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun), directed by Bijukumar Damodaran, won the award for ‘Outstanding Artistic Achievement’ at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to win a major award at the festival. The film was one among the 3,964 entries submitted from 112 countries in the prestigious Golden Goblet Award competition.
The Kerala State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET) is becoming a model for other State institutes of educational technology. In the past two years, the SIET here has produced 400-odd videos and animation. Audio lessons for visually challenged students are under preparation. It has also conducted programmes ranging from talent development to mobile learning application.
A common framework for disaster mitigation, response and recovery that can be applied across different scenarios can reduce losses significantly and also prove to be cost-effective, Himanshu Grover, co-director, Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, says.
Being rendered outdated and useless is a looming threat for practically millions of working people, in the face of the onward march of technology. Many fall on the wayside, blinded by the speed at which it is happening, while some learn to cope. Singaporean filmmaker Wei Tin Tan’s short film ‘Cash’, screened at the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), is about four middle-aged women who are about to lose their jobs as cashiers in a supermarket, which is about to implement a cashless system.
The Government is supporting sportspersons through National Sports Federations for their training, foreign exposures and competitions to enable them to obtain maximum quota for participation in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) customized training and allied facilities are also being made available to medal prospects and high achievers. Besides, ‘out of pocket allowance’ @ Rs. 50,000/- per month is given to the sportspersons included in TOPS for meeting their contingent and miscellaneous expenses.
Kalam hosts an acting workshop led by actor and writer Jayaprakash Kulur. He is an actor and writer, known for Aidondla Aidu (2011), Aidu Ondala Aidu (2010) and Basmati Blues (2017). Open to those aged 14 and above. Venue: Kalam, Kannammoola, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Date: June 24 to 27, 2019. Time: 6 pm to 9 pm. Contact: 8593033111.
Deliverance 2019 a scene dominated by music from the movies. A gathering to celebrate the work of hardworking independent bands around the country. The second edition of the much-acclaimed music festival will happen on the 30th of June 2019.  The lineup for 2019 includes OLAM (Fort Kochi). Primal Abuse (Hyderabad). SteelRush (Mumbai). DIRGE (Mumbai). Ticketed event. Entry - 500/-
The project to improve the infrastructure and long-term sustainability of the iconic Taj Mahal proposed by the Uttar Pradesh government. It is to construct a barrage across the Yamuna, a kilometre and a half away from the Taj Mahal, is stuck between two expert committees of the Union Environment Ministry.  Each committee, consisting of eminent experts, thinks that it’s the other panel that should be taking a call on the future of the project, a perusal of the public records of meetings and discussions in the Ministry shows.

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