Kerala Current Affairs

Life expectancy highest in Jammu and Kashmir: RGI Data

According to the data given by the Registrar General of India (RGI), Jammu and Kashmir has the highest life expectancy (i.e. post-60 life expectancy), except life expectancy at birth.

With this, Jammu and Kashmir has surpassed Kerala which used to be the leader in life expectancy in almost all categories of age till 2010.

What is data about?

  • RGI’s Sample Registration System (SRS) had published state level life expectancy data prepared following surveys done between 2010 and 2014.
  • The data was released for different ages: 0 (at birth), 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70. It had defined life expectancy as estimate of average number of additional years that a person of a given age can expect to live.
  • However this statistical system was confined only to 21 bigger states and UTs and it did not produce life expectancy numbers on 15 small states and UTs such as Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep.

Key Facts

  • The data shows that Kerala still has the highest overall life expectancy at birth at 74.9 years. It is 72 for men and 77.8 for women.
  • Delhi is second, with an overall life expectancy at birth at 73.2 years. It is 72 for men and 74.7 for women.
  • Jammu and Kashmir stands at third and it had the second-highest life expectancy at birth. It is behind only Kerala even during 2006-10.


Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan wins Mathrubhumi Literary Award 2016

Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan was selected for the prestigious Mathrubhumi Literary Award for the year 2016.

He was selected by a panel chaired by novelist M Mukundan in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.

About C Radhakrishnan

  • He is a writer and film director in Malayalam language. He was born in February 1939in Ponnani taluk in Malappuram district of Kerala.
  • Currently, he is editor of Malayalam magazine Piravi. Earlier he had served as chief editor of Madhyamam daily from 1999 to 2001.
  • He has directed films like Agni (1978), Kanalattam (1979), Pushyaragam (1979) and Ottayadippaathakal (1990).
  • Awards and Honours: He has been bestowed with National Literary Academy of India (1989), Kerala Literary Academy (1962) etc.

About Mathrubhumi Literary Award

  • Mathrubhumi Literary Award is a literary award bestowed upon writer’s for his overall contribution to the Malayalam literature.
  • The award was instituted in 2001 by leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi. It carries sum of ₹2 lakh, a plaque and citation.


New termite species named Chiraharitae discovered

A new termite species Glyptotermes Chiraharitae was discovered at Kakkayam in the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala.

It has been named ‘Chiraharitae’ after the tropical evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, where it was spotted.

Key Facts

  • Termites are of three types —damp wood, dry wood and subterranean. Glyptotermes Chiraharitae species are of the damp wood category.
  • They infest parts of woods with high moisture content, the decaying or rotting areas in particular. They are exclusively wood dwelling and do not require any contact with soil.
  • The flying adults of this species are approximately 10 mm long, while the soldiers are around 9.5 mm long.
  • Its relatives are known to attack mango, sal, Rhododendron, banyan trees, Artocarpus, silver oak, and jamun trees.

Compared with other insect groups, termites are not a multifarious speciose. In India there 285 species of termites and among them 61 are documented from Kerala.