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Thiruvananthapuram: There have been a surge in non-resident Indian (NRI) deposits in Kerala banks which have touched Rs.121,619 crore in September 2015, up from Rs.80,809 crore as on September 2013, according to banking statistics.

These figures were revealed at the 117th meeting of the State Level Bankers Committee held here on Friday.

The total deposits of the commercial banks in Kerala as of September touched Rs.338,902 crore, up from Rs.252,338 crore in September 2013, while total advances during the same period went up to Rs.222,791 crore, up from Rs.181,166 crore in September 2013.

The statistics also pointed out that in the first six months of the current fiscal, commercial banks in the state have disbursed Rs.38,816 crore in the priority sector, which is 37 percent of the total disbursement target of Rs.104,937 crore for priority sector for 2015-2016. (IANS), (image courtesy: fxweek.com)

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Is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?

Former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies, co-organised by PFI faces youth's protest.

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New Delhi, September 25, 2017: The youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out to protest against the University and former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies.
The event was co-organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India to mark the international conference on “the role of women to make a humane society”. It has also been alleged that an Islamic fundamentalist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI) was also part of the organizing committee.
According to the reports, the criminal of radical outfit PFI was accused of cutting the hands of Professor Joseph for being offensive to the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. It has also been accused of accusing National Investigative Agency over controversial ‘Love Jihad’ cases.
The university however claim that they have received letters from certain organizations, though not being part of the event but were collaborating in it.
BJP now demand an apology from the former vice president for attending the event that was organized by the organization who has also been responsible for recruiting youngsters for the Islamic state.
The question arises what prompted the Vice President of India for 10 years to attend an event organized by a radical Islamic people of Popular Front of India?
Is he being supportive of their agenda? Or is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?
– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

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Kerala Government to Introduce 15,000 Schools under SchoolWiki on Kerala Formation Day

SchoolWiki has been designed in such a way that schools can register into the portal using their school codes and upload their contents

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Kerala, October 30, 2016: The IT@School Project of the Kerala government will introduce a revamped SchoolWiki to foster a culture of collaborative content deployment in 15,000 schools on November 1, the Kerala Formation Day.

SchoolWiki, which was first launched in 2009 on the lines of Wikipedia, had gone into oblivion two years later without any updates.

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“This prompted IT@School to revive the portal with much-needed modifications, amply supported by Wikipedia members. Teachers and students were given specific training for using SchoolWiki and to identify and assign district level admins for data accuracy and modifications,” IT@School Project Executive Director K. Anvar Sadath said.

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The revamped portal, www.schoolwiki.in, is in Malayalam and features content collection jointly undertaken by the students, teachers, alumni, and public.

The schools would be able to key-in and update their basic details such as infrastructure data, renowned alumni, school websites, school map, blogs, various clubs and forums, class magazines, supporting images and videos.

SchoolWiki has been prepared using Wikimedia Foundation’s MediaWiki software and has been designed in such a way that schools can register into the portal using their school codes and upload their contents.

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“Awards would be given to those schools that make use of and maintain SchoolWiki in the most effective manner,” said State Education Minister C. Raveendranath. (IANS)

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India’s first genetic disease identification centre in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s leading healthcare provider, KIMS Hospital, today announced the launch of the first genetic disease identification centre in collaboration with MedGenome India.

MI Sahadulla, chairman, KIMS Healthcare Group said their mission was to help patients and families with various genetic conditions through expert counselling and state of the art genetic testing facilities, in complete confidentiality.

This new collaboration envisages genetic counselling and testing for rare and common genetic, hereditary diseases that includes various types of cancers, cardiovascular, neurological and gastrointestinal diseases, Sahadulla said.

In the first phase of the collaboration, the specialists at KIMS hospital will help identify patients at possible risk of a genetic condition and refer them to a counsellor who are specialised in gathering and analysing family history and inheritance patterns of the disease.

They will provide information about genetic testing and related procedures for further investigations and treatment.

In the second phase, statistical incidence, data collection and a community-based studies will be initiated.

“MedGenome will also partner with the clinicians in gaining underlying genetics insights into several human diseases and thereby address the pressing health problems of the common man,” said Girish Mehta, CEO, MedGenome India.

Today congenital and hereditary genetic diseases are becoming a significant health burden in India, and hence, there is a need for adequate and effective genetic testing and counselling services and in Kerala, this new partnership is certainly going to help such patients. (IANS)