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Thiruvananthapuram: As the state’s IT hub, Technopark celebrates its silver jubilee, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday announced a Rs.997.65 crore development project to assist it in infrastructure development, land acquisition, and marketing in the next five years.

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Chandy made the announcement after inaugurating a function held at Technopark campus.

“The huge development scheme combined with the large scale investments will mark a big leap in Kerala’s IT industry,” he said.

He also said the proposed Rs.1,500 crore investment project by IT giant Taurus in Technopark’s phase-III campus has been approved and construction activities would commence immediately.

The silver jubilee celebrations of Technopark come at a time when IT exports in Kerala for the last fiscal touched Rs.10,000 crore and the total direct employment in the IT industry has touched one lakh employees with 45,000 at Technopark, 25,000 at Kochi Infopark and the rest at various IT companies spread across the state.

Addressing the concerns raised by several stakeholders of Technopark, IT and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikkutty announced the decision to roll-back the rent hike in Technopark.

“Technopark’s development model, which is the biggest and the brightest success story of Kerala, could be replicated in several other fields,” he said.

At the function, Prathidwani, a forum of Technopark employees, handed over a letter of consent signed by 1,000 employees to Chandy for volunteering for organ donation.

“The forum began their campaign just few days back and the number of volunteers is expected to touch 3,000 in the next two days,” said Technopark CEO K.G. Girish Babu.

(IANS)

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A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

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Two Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneurs have pledged to support the two children of a Kerala nurse who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in the Indian state.

A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

Santhi Pramot and Jyothi Pallat, executive directors of Avitis Institute of Medical Sciences in Palghat in Kerala, told the Khaleej Times they have pledged to sponsor the education of Puthussery’s two sons, aged 2 and 7.

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Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything. Pixabay

Hailing her dedication, Santhi Pramot, who lives with her family in Abu Dhabi, said: “What she did is a heroic sacrifice in the line of duty. We want to take a small step to honour her devotion to the nursing profession and also support the family in their grief.
“We have contacted the family and informed them that their sons’ education till they are self-reliant is our responsibility.

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“We are in the healthcare profession and are aware of the sacrifices and hardships of medical nurses. It was indeed a heart-breaking incident that she died while attending to her patients,” Pramot said.
Meanwhile, Puthussery’s brother-in-law Jayakumar Velom, a Sharjah resident, said Lini aspired to work in the Gulf.

“Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything,” Velom told the daily.
In a final note that Puthussery scribbled for her husband in a hospital isolation unit, she urged him to take care of their children and take them to the Gulf. (IANS)

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