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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

GKSF 2011: Road Show On Road To Promote Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

Trivandrum: A road show, arranged in connection with the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF), commenced its journey from Kanakakunnu palace grounds today. The road show was inaugurated by M P Anil Kumar, Minister for Tourism.

Having begun its journey from Trivandrum, the vehicle will travel through all the fourteen districts within the state, to finally culminate its journey at Kannur on January 15. The road show is being organised by the media partners of Grand Kerala Shopping Festival. Shoppers and shops will have chances at winning exciting prizes in the road show.

The Fifth Season of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in a grand function tomorrow at at 5 p.m. at the Marine Drive in Kochi. This year’s Shopping Festival will offer scratch ‘n’ win coupons, gift prizes and a mega prize of 1 kg of gold. Grand Kerala Shopping Festival will also give 100% VAT refund for the consumers from outside Kerala.

K G Girish Babu appointed as CEO of Technopark Trivandrum

Veteran IT administrator, K G Girish Babu, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Technopark, Trivandrum. He will assume charge on December 01, 2011. Presently, he heads the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd. (KSITIL) as its Managing Director and also holds the additional charge as the CEO of Cyberpark, Kozhikode. Girish Babu was the founder CEO of Infopark Kochi.

Girish Babu was a member of the formative team of Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) when the IT Mission was started in 1999. He has also worked as the Chief Operating Officer - IT Parks during 2002-2003. As the CEO of Infopark, Kochi during 2002-2006, he brought up Kochi as a prominent IT destination in south India. In 2009-10, he was the CEO of UL Cyberpark which is coming up in Kozhikode.
Girish started his career with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) in 1981. He had played a key role with the erstwhile Kerala Hi-Tec Industries (KELTEC), now Brahmos Aerospace, Thiruvananthapuram. During 2000-2001, he was the President & CEO of a US based IT company, iORMYX, where he learned the skills of international marketing of IT products and services. He was primarily responsible for conceptualising the SmartCity project and bringing Tecom as an investor. Girish Babu hails from Punnayurkulam in Thrissur District.
Girish takes charge from Mervin Alexander whose tenure completed on November 30. Mervin, a 1987 batch Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer, was at the helm of Technopark from June 2009, on deputation with the Government of Kerala.

Xmas celebration at Alliance Francaise

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:� Alliance Fran├žaise de Trivandrum will organise a Christmas celebration with French carols and Buche de Noel on December 3 at 5 pm. On this occasion, Alliance Fran├žaise de Trivandrum will also present ‘Metaphor Shots: An exhibition of photographs by Sophia Laouari’.
� Sophia, an amateur photographer who is also passionate about film-making, studied photography in Paris. For Sophia, camera became the producer of the images locked in her head which no words could describe.
She considered it easier to capture the images rather than inventing a new language. Her work focuses on people, as she is fascinated by identity, universality and humanity in its simplest representation. Her first work was on the anti-globalisation protests that took place against the G8 summit in Rostock, Germany.
A few years later, she focused on the Cambodian’s face, it was her way of saying that Cambodia does not rhyme with mines, or Khmer Rouge only.
�This time, she has decided to mix French expressions or French sayings with Indian images. It seems interesting to combine two cultures deeply rooted in the collective unconscious. ‘’I think that proverbs reflect a culture as well as the formulation reveals a way of thinking. However, it remains something deeply human and therefore universal. That’s why I wanted to bring French language and visual India to widen the mind and that is not confined to stereotypes. I would like to attract also attention to daily life, the intensity of what is happening in front of our eyes every day and we end up not seeing out of habit. The answers to our existential questions are mostly all around us, we just have to be careful and look beyond what appears,” Sophia says.

e-toilet facility in Trivandrum

Trivandrum: The e-toilet facility installed in the Museum premises will be installed in several busy areas of the city. Using the District Innovation Fund (DIF) and MP fund 13 e-toilets are currently to be installed in various locations.

The e-toilet in the Museum and Kanakakunnu premises has a portable design using stainless steel to withstand environmental decaying issues. There is an automatic payment module attached to the toilet. Once payment is made, the door will be opened using electromagnetic controls. The upgraded version of this will be introduced in the 13 new  e-toilets.

The new locations are, Kowdiar, Vellayambalam, Gandhi Park, Kovalam, Government Secretariat, Shanghumughom Eve’s Beach and Asoka Beach, Saphalyam Complex in Palayam and Putharikandam Maidan in East Fort. The tourist beach areas will get two such facilities and the other locations get one unit each. It will be useful for Sabarimala pilgrims too, who face difficulties due to the lack of toilet facilities in the city.

DhaneW makes a mark with classic games for Android market

DhaneW Software Research, a Trivandrum based start-up, has released a series of mobile games based on the Android platform. ‘Tic Tac Toe NeO’ and ‘Little Octo Tic Tac Toe’ are the games launched in November, 2011. Founded in 2009, DhaneW Research operates in digital gaming and software usability domains and had earlier released the traditional board game, KavidiKali in 2010. The company has lined up two new Android games for launch in December.
Talking to Kerala IT News, Dhanan Sekhar Edathara, MD, DhaneW Research said, “Tic Tac Toe NeO is an attempt to create an innovative game combining the classic Tic Tac Toe game play with dozens of new creative board designs and a very simple game package. Since its launch on November 21, it received several thousand page views from 40 countries on the very first day and has been going from strength to strength ever since. The game features 48 levels, creative board designs and neon glow graphics.”
Little Octo Tic Tac Toe is the first Tic Tac Toe game built on DhaneW Flexible Tic Tac Toe Engine, the same game engine used in Tic Tac Toe NeO. It has different boards than that of Tic Tac Toe NeO, and the graphics caters to an entirely different set of users. The game features 60 levels, very simple graphics and two cute characters. Tic Tac Toe NeO and Little Octo Tic Tac Toe’s combined page views have crossed the 1,00,000 mark. The user base is distributed around almost hundred countries across the world.
KavidiKali was the very first game launched by DhaneW Research and was a hot favourite during the 2011 Onam season. “Being the only web site of its kind, serves the larger purpose of preserving a piece of our tradition for the future generations. More important these days because the new generation has not even heard about traditional games like KavidiKali”, adds Dhanan.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Awareness on blood donation on December 1

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With an objective to promote regular blood donation and to increase awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation, Terumo Penpol Limited in association with the members of ‘Club 25’ of All Saints’ College, here, is organising extensive programmes at the college on the World AIDS day that falls on December 1.���
Dr P V Sulochana, Blood Transfusion Officer of Sree Chitra Blood Bank will inaugurate the activities followed by a presentation on voluntary blood donation. C Padmakumar, executive director of Terumo Penpol Limited will make a presentation on ‘Club 25’ after that.���
Talk on prevention care and counselling of HIV/AIDS will be led by Dr Amar Fettle, faculty, Health Services, Transfusion Medicine Department of Medical College, Trivandrum.
�� Quiz competition, blood donation, a stage show by BIG FM, and a rally to create awareness on Safe Blood Donation will be followed after that.
�� Exploring the potential of low-risk blood donors, ‘Club 25’, the blood donation club was launched by Terumo Penpol in 11 colleges in the capital city in 2005-06. Intended to motivate youth for making voluntary blood donation for a minimum of 25 times before the age of 25, the club is maintained in colleges in collaboration with the National Service Scheme.
�� The College of Engineering Trivandrum, Govt Engineering College, Barton Hill, College of Pharmacy, Medical College, Mohandas College of Engineering, LBS College of Engineering, Sree Chitra College of Engineering, Govt College, Kanjiramkulam, Poly Technique, Neyyatinkara, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Central Polytechnic and Govt Women’s Polytechnic are members of Club 25 at present.


Flytxt partners Mara-Ison for mobile advertising business in Africa

Flytxt, the Technopark, Trivandrum based provider of global advertising solutions, has partnered with Mara-Ison to offer its services throughout Africa, the world's fastest-growing mobile market. Flytxt will aim to support mobile operators as well as brands and advertisers in reaching out to their target audience in a continent that already has over 600 Million mobile subscribers.
In a release, Dr. Vinod Vasudevan, CEO, Flytxt said, “Our solutions will help mobile operators as well as advertisers carry out high ROI mobile advertising campaigns with zero spam and without invading privacy. To date, Flytxt has enabled more than 50,000 mobile marketing campaigns across three continents, including Asia and Europe. Africa represents a huge opportunity for advertisers, who are constantly searching for innovative and more accurate ways of identifying and marketing to their audiences. Flytxt, brings such proven technology to the market”.
Mara-Ison's network in Africa will augment Flytxt’s service delivery capabilities that, among other things, include converting mobile operators' subscriber touch-points into premium ad media opportunities.
Bill Crawley, Managing Director, Mara-Ison said, “Flytxt’s has a unique and innovative offering for the Mobile Marketing and Advertising space. We see significant demand for this type of leading edge solution and we are thrilled to be partnering with Flytxt”. The tie-up will enable the mutual development of the partners across mobile operators and brands alike.

Flytxt is a leading Mobile Advertising Solution provider for Operators, Brands and Agencies and is currently deployed in Asia, Africa & Europe and running 2,000+ campaigns per month across multiple operators.

Mara-Ison is Africa’s leading IT managed service provider with presence in 20 countries. Their operations and services include the supply of Hardware, Software, IT Managed Services and System Integration projects.