Kerala Current Affairs

Kerala wins 61st National School Athletics championship

Kerala has won the 61st National School Athletics championship which concluded in Kozhikode.

With this, Kerala (host) become champions in the event for the 19th consecutive time. The state also has won 10 meet records out of 20 records which were reported in the meet.

In this edition of National School Athletics championship, Kerala got 306 points winning 39 gold, 29 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Tamil Nadu came second and got 116 points winning 11 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals.  Maharashtra gained the third position with 101 points.

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DIPP gives nod to set up India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of Union Government has given its final approval to Kerala Government’s approval to set up India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam.

Proposal in this regard was forwarded by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), a Kerala government owned Public Sector Company.

Key facts

  • The proposed defence park will be established as part of Union Government’s flagship Make in India programme and state government’s Make in Kerala project.
  • It will have modern common infrastructure facilities aimed at attracting component manufacturers in the defence industry.
  • Union government also has agreed to bring the park under the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS).
  • The park would be established in 60 acres of land at cost of Rs. 231 crore with the financial help of Central and State government.
  • Union government will invest Rs 50 crore in it while the rest of the amount would be met by the State government.

Ottappalam was selected for the defence park keeling in view its strategic location in terms connectivity and other common facilities such as dedicated power and water supply along with infrastructure for the research and development centre.

Implications: This defence park will play important role bridging the gap related to defence components manufacturing sector. This sector has demand estimated at 700 million dollars a year from India and other countries having friendly relationship with it. It will also provide platform for export of products related to defence from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMSEs).

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HRD Ministry inaugurates permanent campus of IISER in Thiruvananthapuram

Union Government has inaugurated the first phase of permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) at Vithura in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

It was inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani in presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

The IISER Thiruvananthapuram is dedicated to scientific research and science education of international standards. It had started functioning in the state in August 2008 with a transit campus at the College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram (CET).

About Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER)

  • IISERs are a group of most premier statutory science education and research institutes in India of national importance and are intended to be the IITs of basic sciences.
  • The institutes were created under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (an amendment of the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007).
  • Presently there are six IISERs in operational namely IISER Kolkata (West Bengal), IISER Pune (Maharashtra), IISER Mohali (Punjab), IISER Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), IISER Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and IISER Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh).
  • In 2015 Union Budget, two new IISERs one at Brahmapur (Odisha) and other one in Nagaland have been announced.

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