Coming April 12th, the sky at the Shankumugham beach will come alive with flying kites of myriad colours and shapes.
International Centre for Intellectual Training and Empowerment (INCITE), is hosting a mega carnival called ‘INCITE Travancore Carnival’ from April 12th to 17th at the beautiful sands of Shankumugham Beach, Trivandrum. The 6 day carnival aims to create awareness on the needs of the differently-abled and disadvantaged sections of the society and provide them with the means to lead a quality life.
The kite festival which is a part of the ‘INCITE Travancore Carnival’ will have 1 Lakh kites of all shapes and colours flown by the participants. These kites are not just ordinary kites, they are special in that they carry slogans and messages on themes like national integration, communal harmony, gender security, prevention of cancer, alcoholism, smoking, and many social and moral values.
Apart from kite flying, there are many more interesting segments in the carnival. For the gourmets, a treat awaits from Raj Kalesh’s Kerala Food Festival featuring ethnic dishes from Malabar to Kanyakumari.
Creative minds can compete and participate in events relating to Fine Arts, Applied Arts, and other creative areas. The visitors can also look forward to visual treats in the form of sand sculptures and performances of traditional performing arts. For the job seekers and students in trivandrum, there will also be educational and job fares.
So come to Shankumugham and relive your childhood among the kites in the skies.
Defence Department express interest in Vizhinjam port project
Thiruvananthapuram: In a boost to Kerala's proposed Vizhinjam International Container Terminal project here, the Defence Ministry has expressed interest to participate in the project seeking one berth each for Navy and Indian Coast Guard, considering the port's strategic location.
This was stated by Minister for Ports K Babu in the Assembly while replying to a calling attention to take urgent steps to materialise Vizhinjam International Seaport.
In response to the request of Navy and Coast Guard to have 500 mt and 120 mt berths each for these two defence wings of the country, the state government has agreed to provide these facilities on cost sharing basis, Babu said.
Defence Minister A K Antony and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had already held discussion on it. Defence Ministry Joint Secretary has been asked to examine the matter, it was learnt, Babu added.
Facilities for Navy and Coast Guard would be offered in such a manner that it would not in any way affect the commercial activities of the port, Babu said.
Amphibious brigade of the Army is stationed here and so the Vizhinjam port once completed could be used for joint operations of Army and Navy, he pointed out.
'With the co-operation and participation of Indian Navy and Coast Guard, Kerala's dream Vizhinjam project has reached a new scale', Babu said.
On the environment impact study report, he said it would be published for public hearing later this month.
Tenders inviting EPC and to select Port Operator of the project, to be implemented on Land Lord Model route, would be made after getting the Environment clearance, Babu added.
In the master-plan it was proposed to have facility to berth 18,000 TEU capacity mother vessels and also there would be a Fish Landing Centre.
Referring to the steps on land acquisition, he said 42 families, whose land had been acquired, have been rehabilitated.