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Conjoined Twins

Conjoined twins were born to a 22-year old woman in Malappuram district of Kerala. This is a one in one lakh delivery. The babies are under observation and await separation as staying conjoined can be troublesome. The last instance of a pair of Siamese twins born in Kerala dates back to 2005, but the infants died within a few days of birth.

The most famous pair of conjoined twins was Chang and Eng Bunker  (1811–1874), brothers born in Siam, now Thailand. They travelled with Barnum’s circus for many years and were billed as the Siamese Twins. The duo Chang and Eng were joined at the torso. Due to the brothers’ fame and the rarity of the condition, the term “Siamese twins” came to be used as a synonym for conjoined twins.

Monorail project

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [DMRC] will execute the monorail system in Kerala. The chief consultant of DMRC agreed that the first phase of the Kerala project would be completed in three years and the second stage within five years if the land were acquired by the government in the stipulated time. The Monorail project would use the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling system and this monorail is more suitable than metro rail in Kerala capital as the land has undulations.


World Economic Forum meet

The World economic forum annual meet was held in New Delhi 27 times and once in Mumbai, in the past 28 years. This is the first time the meet was being held in Kerala. WEF has been monitoring the changes in the field of investments in Kerala and this is an indication that the changes in Kerala were being noted by economically strong nations and the reason why they have decided to conduct the meet in Kerala.

WEF was invited to India by Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 and has since been conducting annual meetings.

The annual meets of World Economic Forum is being conducted at 6 regions, South America, Africa, Middle East, China, East Asia and India.


Champakulam boat race

Steady monsoonal rains notwithstanding; the Champakulam Boat Race will kick off this year as well. This is amongst the oldest boat races in Kerala. 29 boats, including nine snake boats, will be competing in the race and Kerala Governor Nikhil Kumar would be the chief guest. This wonderful tradition, imbibing the best of Kerala’s fabled religious amity, has continued uninterrupted for 500 plus year.  The race will be held on the River Pambaon Moolam day of the Malayalam month Midhunam, the day of the installation of the deity at the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple.


Kerala transport project

In order to upgrade the state highways and road safety in Kerala, the World Bank is offering a loan of $216 million. The World Bank, the Indian government and Kerala signed the tripartite agreement with the objective to improve road conditions, traffic flow and road safety with a focus on vulnerable road users on selected roads in Kerala.

The project will be implemented over a period of six years and will have three components – road network upgrading and safety improvement, road safety management and institutional strengthening. It includes upgrading 363 km of strategically important state highways to complete network connectivity in the state with the objective of reducing travel time between key socio-economic centers.



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