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Emirates to hire over 11,000 new staff in 2015

Emirates to hire over 11,000 new staff in 2015

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 11 : Emirates Group, comprising Emirates airline and dnata, plans to hire over 11,000 new staff in the coming year across its business in line with its projected growth across six continents.

This would increase its staff size by six percent by March 2016. Approximately half of the new recruits will comprise Dubai-based cabin crew for Emirates airline. As the airline gears up to receive over 20 new aircraft this year, it is also actively recruiting talent in areas such as flight operations, engineering, airport services and corporate functions.

Emirates unveils 'specially-dressed' A380 aircraft to celebrate WC with fans across the world

Emirates A380 for wc 2015Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 02 : With just two weeks left until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that would feature the tournament's logo.

The Emirates Airbus A380 recently set off to Australia and New Zealand, and is the first of a number of specially-dressed Emirates aircraft that would fly around the globe, celebrating this major event with cricket-lovers and uniting fans around the world.

Fetal Echo: A window to the unborn heart

Fetal Echo: A window to the unborn heartKochi, Dec 18 : One in every 120 children in India are born with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious defects.

Congenital heart defects or birth defects of hearts have emerged a major cause of infant mortality, with other causes like diarrhea and pneumonia having been contained. With advances in ultrasound technology, it is now feasible to diagnose defects of heart during early pregnancy.

Emirates introduces special fares from India

EmiratesThiruvananthapuram, Nov 26 :Emirates has announced a limited period sale starting from November 25 to December 4, 2014. Discounts are available on all economy class and business class fares to US and Europe from any of the 10 Indian destinations Emirates flies from.

The discounted fares are valid for travel between December 25, 2014 and March 31, 2015 to any of its nineUS destinations such as New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and 37 European destinations, including the most recent additions of Oslo, Brussels and Budapest, amongst many others.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni backs his mediocre bowlers, says they did a decent job

Mahendra Singh DhoniKochi: Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener here.

India paid the price for some mediocre bowling as the Caribbeans, who were on the verge of boycotting the ODI, rode on Marlon Samuels' career-best equalling 126 not out to post a mammoth 321 for six at the Nehru Stadium yesterday.

1st ODI: India vs West Indies - Preview

India West IndiesKochi: India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy in the shorter version of the game as they go into a five-match ODI series against an under-strength West Indies here on Wednesday with the prime focus of preparing for the upcoming cricket World Cup.

With five series victories against the Caribbean side, including three away series since 2006-07 under their belt, India would be looking to keep their winning record intact as they start the series as clear favourites.

BCCI chief curator visits Kochi stadium

Kochi - BCCI's chief curator Taposh Chatterjii on Sunday inspected the pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, venue of the first India-West Indies One-day International on October 8, and hoped it would have something for both batsmen and bowlers.

"Basically, the one-day pitch is bat dominating one. But something should be there for bowlers also and we will try to balance everything," he told reporters after inspecting the pitch.

Meanwhile, ticket counters for the ODI opened at the stadium. The counters will operate from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm till Tuesday. On the match day, tickets would be available only at the Palarivattom branch of Federal bank.

Suicide prevention a health priority: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh VardhanThrissur (Kerala), Sept21 : Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has expressed grief over the national loss in valuable human resources which is owed to the rising tendency of young people to commit suicide when facing seemingly unconquerable adversity.

Kerala-based AIMS achieves first successful pancreas transplant

pancreas-transplantKochi, Aug 30  : Kochi has acquired some fame in the wake of it recording the first combined instance of a pancreas kidney transplant.

This landmark surgery was successfully carried out at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) here.

This highly complex surgery was done on 35-year-old civil engineer S. Syed Yunus Shahi, who hails from Palakkad.

Syed's family is thankful to the family of a 38-year-old donor, who was declared brain dead.

Union Bank targeting 9-10 % deposit growth

Union BankKochi: Union Bank of India is targeting 9-10 percent growth in deposits and 11-12 percent in its advances over last year, a top official said on Saturday.

"The bank's deposits are expected to grow by 9-10 percent and advances by 11-12 percent this fiscal," Chairman and Managing Director, Arun Tiwari, told reporters here.

The bank has a total branch strength of 3900 pan India, and will be adding 200 more branches this year of which 15 would be in Kerala.

He said 3000 employees were recruited this year and were undergoing training.

Indian scientist generates power from jumbo urine

M G GireeshanKayamkulam (Kerela), Aug16 - A young Indian scientist, Doctor M. G. Gireeshan, who explored the formula of generating power in Kayamkulam in southern Kerela, said on Friday (August 15) that the urine of one elephant can produce enough electricity to serve a single household for four to five days.

Gireeshan, who did his post-graduation in electronics, is working as a scientist at Bharat University in Chennai. He discovered that by using microbial fuel cell technology (MFCT), power can be generated from urine of elephant.

Sonia Gandhi attacks BJP Government for spurt in communal violence

Sonia-GandhiThiruvananthapuram, Aug 12 : Congress President Sonia Gandhi said here today that the number of incidents of communal violence across the country has steadily increased since the formation of the BJP Government at the Centre.

Speaking at a Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) rally, Gandhi said that occurrence of communal violence has vastly increased since the new government came to power, something she claimed was of "great worry" to the Congress.

Need novel steps to address lack of quality teachers: President

Pranab-MukherjeeKasaragod: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that vacancies at universities was a concern and stressed on the need to adopt innovative measures to deal with the lack of quality teachers in the country.

"The challenge before us is vacancies in universities. Innovative measures like appointing eminent resources on short -term basis from research institutions, industry or abroad have to be adopted to reduce vacancies without dilution of standards," Mukherjee said at the first convocation of the Central University of Kerala here.

South Indian Bank Q1 Net up 10.28% at Rs 126 crore

South-Indian-BankKochi: Kerala-headquartered South Indian Bank has recorded the highest first quarter profit of Rs 126.65 crore profit in the first quarter ended June 30, registering a 10.28 percent growth on a year-on-year basis.

Announcing the first quarter results here, V A Joseph, Managing Director and CEO, said the bank's strategy of focusing on core deposits has yielded excellent results as the core deposits and CASA deposits registered impressive growth of 21.05 percent and 14.42 percent, respectively.

Total business increased by Rs 6,058 crore from Rs 75,123 crore to Rs 81,181 crore, registering a growth of 8.06 percent.

Suspended Kerala Congress leader sticks to remarks against Rahul Gandhi

Rahul GandhiKochi: Unremorseful over his controversial 'joker' remarks against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi despite his suspension, former Kerala Minister TH Mustafa on Tuesday said he had not committed anything wrong.

Mustafa, suspended from the party for his May 28 remarks, told reporters here that he had not called Gandhi a 'Joker', but only said he was 'acting like a joker' and "there is nothing wrong in saying so."

His remarks (in the backdrop of Congress' debacle in Lok Sabha polls) had triggered a debate in the party with several others also airing their views against Gandhi, Mustafa said.

Govt to follow constitution, Governors should 'follow conscience': Javadekar

Prakash-JavadekarKochi: The BJP-led NDA government will follow the Constitution on change of state Governors, but Governors and other political appointees should 'follow their conscience,'Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent charge), Prakash Javadekar said here today.

"I expect that government will follow the Constitution and Governors and other appointees should follow their conscience," he said, responding to media reports over the Centre seeking the resignation of some state governors appointed by the previous Congress led UPA governemnt.

Modi attacks Congress over governance in Kerala

narendra-modiKasaragod (Kerala), April 8 : BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi Tuesday said the Congress has done nothing for Kerala, which has now become the "nursery of terrorism".

Taking a dig at the Congress-led United Democratic Front alliance in Kerala, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that despite having the potential to become a tourism hub, the state has fallen prey to terrorism.

"The life of tourism has become the nursery of tourism. Kerala had the potential to become a tourist hub, but its potential has stagnated," Modi said at a rally here.

Defeat 'forces of darkness', Sonia urges voters

Sonia-GandhiThrissur (Kerala), April 7 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday appealed to voters to defeat the "forces of darkness" while slamming the BJP for being divisive and the CPI-M for pursuing a redundant ideology.

At an election rally in Thrissur, Gandhi said the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were crucial for India and it was up to the voters to choose between a divisive Bharatiya Janata Party and a unifying Congress.

"We should fight to defeat the forces of darkness and we will make the forces of light come alive in our country, as we have always done," she said.

Voting for CPI-M means helping BJP: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiKasargode (Kerala), April 5 : Voting for the CPI-M means "helping the BJP", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who Saturday began a day-long whirlwind trip of Kerala.

Gandhi criticised the CPI-M, the main opposition in Kerala.

"The CPI-M has no role in national politics, so a vote here for the CPI-M means it would be helping the BJP," said Gandhi.

Gandhi arrived here from Mangalore in a helicopter.

Despite the heat, over 10,000 people waited for him for a few hours.

KFC registers 50 percent growth in loan disbursement

Kerala-Financial-CorporationThiruvananthapuram, April 3 : State-owned Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) registered a record growth in critical operational areas like sanction, disbursement and recovery for the 2013-14 financial year.

The year-end figures show that KFC has sanctioned Rs. 989.48 crore as loans to MSME (micro-small-medium enterprises) sectors of the state with a growth of 49 percent over the previous fiscal.

The loan disbursed stood at Rs. 754.73 crore during the fiscal ended 2013-14.

The total recovery during the period stood at Rs. 568.61 crore.

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