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Indian Kalarippayattu Federation recognised as RSF

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By Kanika Rangray

New Delhi: The Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) was recognised as a Regional Sports Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports today. This move comes as a means of promoting and giving due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread.

The recognition places a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the IKF for the promotion and development of Kalarippayattu sport in India.

Kalarippayattu

Kalaraippayattu is a martial art style originated in Kerala during 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD. It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting system in existence. Originally it was practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunada region of Karnataka. Now it is practiced in Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu.

The rejuvenation of public interest in Kalarippayattu began in the 1920s in Thalassery, a commercial town on the Malabar District in Kerala, in a bid to recoup traditional arts throughout south India. It continued through the 1970s with a surge in the general worldwide interest in various martial arts.

In popular culture, Kalarippayattu martial art form was picturised in various movies. This gave the art form a new lease of life as it took off from a tiny region of India to the international cinema, watched by a big population across nations. Some of the movies that included the ancient art form include – Indian (1996), Asoka (2001), Ondanondu Kaladalli (Kannada), The Myth (2005), Commando (2013), and The Last Legion (2007).

Here is a video about Kalaripayuttu from Kerala Toursim:

 

 

 

 

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UAE Expats Worry Over Resurfacing of Nipah Virus in Kerala

A total of 311 people from Thrissur, Paravur in Ernakulam district, and Thodupuzha in Idukki were also under observation

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UAE, Expats, Nipah Virus, Kerala
A fruit and vegetable vendor in the UAE, on the other hand, decided to stop importing produce from Kerala until the scare subsides. VOA

UAE-based Malayalis have expressed concern for their loved ones back home, as a Kerala youth tested positive for the Nipah virus, leading to a number of traders and travellers taking precautionary measures, the media reported.

Besides a Kerala youth being treated for testing positive for the Nipah virus (NiV), state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja on Wednesday revealed that three nurses who treated him, a friend and another person have been kept in isolation.

A total of 311 people from Thrissur, Paravur in Ernakulam district, and Thodupuzha in Idukki were also under observation.

Sharjah resident Sridevi Rajendran, who is from the same town as the infected victim, told the Khaleej Times: “He was in the same school as my son. We are very worried about the situation back home, and my son is there as well. Since there is no clarity as to where the virus has originated, people are generally tensed.”

UAE, Expats, Nipah Virus, Kerala
UAE-based Malayalis have expressed concern for their loved ones back home. Wikimedia Commons

The Nipah virus is transmitted from animals to humans; through contaminated food; or directly between people. It infects a wide range of animals and causes severe disease and death in people, making it a public health concern, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In 2018, a Nipah scare resulted in a temporary ban on Kerala fruits and vegetables in the United Arab Emirates, and a travel advisory to the South Indian state was also issued.

A fruit and vegetable vendor in the UAE, on the other hand, decided to stop importing produce from Kerala until the scare subsides. However, no official ban has been implemented yet.

“We have temporarily stopped the import of fruits and vegetables from Kerala, which make up 25 per cent of our total produce,” said PC Kabeer, founder and CEO of FarmChimp, a company that sells source-traceable produce.

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Kerala-bound travellers told the Khaleej Times that their trips would go as planned, but they would be taking “extra precaution”.

Marketing professional Anand Rajiv, who is flying to Kochi, said: “As long as I am not having local water or food from outside, I should be okay. Of course, I am worried about my health as it is not a joke.” (IANS)