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Sharing the spirit of new beginnings

Sharing the spirit of new beginnings

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Revellers flock to tourist destinations as hotels celebrate with a variety of programmes The State capital pulled out all the stops on Monday to ring in the New Year and put behind the scars caused by the recent floods. Revellers flocked to the famed tourist destinations to party hard until the turn of midnight and beyond. Along expected lines, Kovalam and Varkala, the hot spots of the festivities, witnessed huge crowds with many thronging the beaches as early as afternoon. Lavish fare at hotels Hotels and resorts lined up a variety of programmes aimed at catering to various cross-sections with varying budgets. While hotels, including those in the city, offered gala dinners, there were also a wide variety of accompanying entertainment, includ
Water Metro to start sailing in December this year

Water Metro to start sailing in December this year

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Fleet of 78 air-conditioned ferries to be operated on solar power by 2021; special card planned to encourage tourists to use Water Metro A total of 23 air-conditioned ferries that can carry 100 passengers will commence operation in December 2019 under the Rs. 750-crore Water Metro project, linking 19 boat terminals in the Greater Kochi area, Kochi Metro Rail Limited managing director A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said. The rest of the 55 ferries, each with a passenger capacity of 50, will be introduced by 2020-end under the project which is the first of its kind in Asia. The ferries will thus traverse over 76 km, covering 16 routes in the backwaters surrounding Kochi, primarily benefiting people residing in islands and the coastal belt with
The old man and the mountain: 99-year-old man trekked in the Himalayas for the 29th time

The old man and the mountain: 99-year-old man trekked in the Himalayas for the 29th time

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Updates from :  The Hindu : At 99, Kerala resident Chitran Namboodirippad trekked in the Himalayas for the 29th time this month Age is just a number for P. Chitran Namboodirippad, who turned 99 on December 19. The former Additional Director of the Kerala Education Department made his 29th trip to the Himalayas earlier this month. He wants to make his 30th pilgrimage to the mountains in 2019, the year he completes a century. “My ambition is to do 30 trips,” says the National Award-winning educationist. He completed his 29th trip to the holy shrines in the Himalayan ranges, including Badrinath and Kedarnath, in the first week of December as part of a 118-member group from Thiruvananthapuram. Mr. Namboodirippad’s relationship with the Himalayas started in 1952, when he was in hi
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