UAE 46th National Day: Celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram led by UAE Consul General

UAE Consul General H.E. Jamal Husein Alzaabi at UAE 46th National Day Celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram

As the United Arab Emirates marks its 46th National Day tomorrow, celebrations in the capital city today reaffirmed the long-standing friendship and the strong economic and cultural ties between the Gulf nation and Kerala.

UAE Consul General H.E. Jamal Husein Alzaabi hosted a colorful reception on December 1st 2017 attended by dignitaries from the state government including Hon’ble  Minister for Tourism, Devaswom and Cooperation Shri Kadakampally Surendran who wished the Emirati people on behalf of citizens of Kerala and the significant Malayali diaspora in the Emirates.

The Consul General, in his speech, outlined the significant achievements of his country since the formation of the union in 1971, and the strong bilateral ties it has established with India.

These relations found their roots in the principles of cooperation and mutual respect and evolved into a strategic partnership between the two countries and peoples over recent years. The mutual visits of the leaders of the two countries and the ever-growing volume of commercial, economic and cultural exchanges bear witness to the strong bilateral ties our countries share in various fields,” he said.

He hailed the vision of UAE leaders including President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of Emirates, in transforming the country into a model nation in the region and establishing strong international ties.

Cake being cut by dignitaries of UAE counsel and Kerala Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran.

A cake was cut to mark the occasion and the highlight of the ceremony was a raffle drawing sponsored by the UAE’s four national carriers: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia, with prizes including holiday vouchers and flight tickets to the UAE.

Major renovation going in and around padmanabhaswamy temple

Major developments taking place around Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum for which an amount of Rs 78 crore has been sanctioned by the government. Out of major developments prominent ones being a system to book darshan time in advance, multi-level parking facility for devotees etc.

The parking facility which is being built in Sree Chithira park near to the Temple will serve the needs of devotees coming from outside Kerala. A system to book the darshan time in advance will also be helpful for those who are visiting the Temple especially from the northern part of India.

Currently, the work of removing the overhead wires and cables and make those connections live via underneath earth is going on. Once this work is completed there will be no cables or connection wires, which are heading towards the temple, will be running over head., as the temple is in special security zone this work is a much-needed one.

New cameras are being installed in and around Temple premises in order to tighten the security. A couple of weeks back there was a News that the number of security personals who were deployed has been drastically reduced. With new surveillance cameras in place, it will help to clearly monitor the activities taking place in and around the Temple and will definitely rectify the service gap created by the lack of security personals.

But according to common belief especially with regard to people living in Trivandrum, there is no need to have security for Padmanabha Swamy as the diety itself has the power to protect the Temple and the city as well.

The pathways leading to the Temple currently seems to be ploughed as the tarred roads are to be replaced with paving tiles in a week., this work is actually causing some difficulties for the people living around the Temple and they are happy that the government is doing something that is good for the Temple.

The developments are being done as part of central governments initiative to modify and improve the infrastructure of temples and cultural heritage sites across India.

The biggest menace faces by the people of Trivandrum is the improper Waste management, likewise, the other parts of Trivandrum, the Temple is facing the same issue. In order to permanently solve the issue regarding waste management, a biogas plant is also set up as part of the on-going renovation works.

50 ideas to get funded on Idea Day event in December






Starting up is now more easy with Kerala government being successfully implementing the IDEA DAY to promote innovation in the state. Being rolled over 1 crore funds Kerala Startup Mission comes up with the Next Big Idea Day with funding 50 innovative, socially relevant and scalable idea from different sectors.

Students, startups, and innovators, who are working on their ideas or trying to productize their concept or scale up their existing products, can apply.  Applications from outside Kerala will also be considered.

Persons having their own primary model and idea of a product and startups registered in Kerala or incubators can apply for innovation grant through Idea Day. A grant of up to Rs 12 lakh will be provided for a product that has the potential for global marketing and development.

The Idea Day has so far released grants to more than 25 startups, students and individuals. The 25 idea grants were selected from the 700 applications received.

Those who are working on their startups with their product having strong solutions in different sectors, including hardware, IoT, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), Platforms and Aggregators, Blockchain, AR/VR and Artificial Intelligence (AI),  may also apply for the Idea Day.

Commenting on the Idea Day, Vimal, G, CEO, Genrobotics, who got support when he was a student at the IEDC MES Kuttippuram, said: “The Idea Day has really helped us to take our project to the next level. It was with the help of the State government, we could complete the Robotics project and pitch to Taipei University, Taiwan.”

Aathira, a student of Vidya Academy, said, “The Idea Day is a unique platform for innovators to present their ideas, which get a good exposure, guidance and financial support. The KSUM is able to understand our passion for entrepreneurship better than anyone else.”

The deadline for the application is December 12. For more details, visit: