Kerala Current Affairs

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala HC

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court as per Article 219 of the Constitution.

He was administered oath to office by the Governor Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam at a function held at Raj Bhavan. Prior to this appointment he was serving as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court.

About Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar

  • He was born on 5 May 1958 in Chikkerur, Haveri District, Karnataka.
  • Initially, he had practiced at the Karnataka High Court as an advocate, later appointed as the Additional Judge in 2003.
  • He was elevated as a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court in September 2004. He was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court in August 2016.

Justice Rakesh Ranjan appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court

  • Besides, acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad was sworn-in as Chief Justice of the High Court.
  • He was administered oath of office by State Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan in Imphal.


Kerala Government launches first ever Water Metro project in the country

Kerala Government has launched Kochi Water Metro project, the first ever Water Metro project in the country. It was launched by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Kochi.

The project aims to provide water connectivity to people living between islands in the Kochi agglomeration area and the city.

Key Facts

  • Kochi Water Metro project is an integrated water transport project developed as feeder service to the Kochi Metro Rail. It will become operational in two years.
  • The project will implemented by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL). It will be built at an estimated cost of seven hundred and forty seven crores Rupees.
  • The project is funded by German Development Bank (Kfw). In this regard KMRL has signed agreement with Kfw.
  • The Water Metro will connect the islands spread across Kochi backwaters to main city.
  • The project involves construction of jetties, roads and other basic facilities apart from boat services. It would make the urban water transport network in the city modern and safer.


Nimi Sunilkumar wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award

Cookbook author and food blogger Nimi Sunilkumar has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for 2015-16.

She was bestowed with this award for her cookbook “4 o’clock Temptations of Kerala”. It was chosen for the award in the ‘Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook’ section.

The cookbook is enriched with photos and details of 54 recipes from Kerala and each of these recipes are said to be specific to each district.

Nimi Sunilkumar has won award for the second time and earlier in 2013, her Lip-smacking Dishes of Kerala was selected third ‘Best Local Cuisine Book in the World’ category.

About Nimi Sunilkumar

  • She is a culinary teacher and dietician at Tata High Range School, Munnar.
  • She had started her food blog ‘Nimi’s Culinary Ventures’ in 2009.
  • She began offering ‘Lip-smacking cooking classes,’ on traditional Kerala cooking to tourists in 2012. She has taught traditional Kerala cooking to her students from US, Australia, and UK.

Gourmand World Cookbook Award: It is famously known as the Oscar award in the field of cookery. This is the only international award in this particular field. The award is organized to honour the best food and wine books either printed or digital.