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Nikhil Pradeep is a journalist based in Thiruvananthapuram, India.
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Stray dog in distress for days in a well; Fire brigade withdraws, locals hold on to hope

11 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
A stray dog has been trapped in a 50-foot deep well in Thiruvananthapuram for a week. Despite locals' efforts to feed and rescue the dog, the fire brigade has refused to intervene, citing safety concerns. The incident has drawn criticism towards the fire brigade, while locals, including Krishnakumar, continue to provide food to the dog using a rope. The well, located on private property, has been a point of contention as locals have previously requested it to be covered for safety.

Shanu can now chase her dreams; Pathanamthitta couple provides electric wheelchair

07 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Shanu Varghese, a 26-year-old woman from Thiruvananthapuram, who has been bedridden for 12 years following a severe accident, received an electric wheelchair from an anonymous couple from Pathanamthitta. The couple, moved by Shanu's story, provided the wheelchair worth around 60,000 INR to help her pursue her dreams. Shanu, who earns through crocheting, aspires to learn graphic designing and support her family. The article highlights the community support and assistance Shanu received after her story was featured on Asianet News Online.

Hands of Kindness for a Four-Year-Old; Students' Biryani Challenge at Varkala Vettur School

02 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Students at Varkala Vettur Government Higher Secondary School organized a biryani challenge to raise funds for the medical treatment of a four-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer. The event, supported by teachers, locals, and parents, exceeded expectations by selling over 2200 biryani packets, raising significant funds. The initiative was led by the school's NSS unit, with additional sponsorships contributing to the cause. The proceeds will be handed over for the child's treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai.

Complaint that organs were donated to a private hospital in violation of government norms

01 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
A complaint has been raised alleging that organs were donated to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram in violation of government norms, which mandate that at least one organ from a brain-dead donor in a private hospital should be given to a government hospital patient. The controversy arose when the liver of a brain-dead patient was allocated to two patients in the same private hospital. Authorities explained that the decision was made due to the critical condition of the recipients and the lack of suitable recipients in other hospitals. The KNOS and State Health Department's guidelines and the role of Dr. Noble Gracious in the allocation process were highlighted.

Young Achievement: One-and-a-half-year-old Recognizes 201 Items, Enters India Book of Records

01 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Madhav Vivek, a one-and-a-half-year-old from Thiruvananthapuram, has been recognized by the India Book of Records for identifying 201 items, including celebrations, vehicles, animals, body parts, flowers, and English alphabets. His parents, Vivek and Sreerama, both educators, noticed his keen interest in books and pictures from a young age and supported his learning. Madhav's achievement has brought pride to his family and community.

Aid flows to poor family; received ration card and water connection; electricity will arrive, and a new house soon

01 Oct 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
A poor family in Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram, struggling with poverty and illness, has received significant community aid. They have been provided with a ration card and water connection, and steps are being taken to provide electricity. The Philokalia Foundation is set to build them a new house, with construction expected to start soon. The Venganoor Grama Panchayat is assisting with necessary documentation, including Aadhaar cards, to ensure they receive all welfare benefits. The community's response has brought immense relief and joy to the family.

Gopinathan creates coir from old sarees and plastic sacks! How?

18 Feb 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Gopinathan and his wife Santha from Thiruvananthapuram have gained attention for creating strong coir from old sarees and plastic sacks. They have been using this homemade coir for all household needs for the past 15 years, eliminating the need to purchase coir from outside. Gopinathan, who started this innovative recycling method after falling ill, claims the coir is so strong that he offers a reward to anyone who can break it. The couple continues to experiment with new methods, demonstrating that age is no barrier to innovation.

A break from the hardships of illness; They embark on a 'Sneha Yatra' on the bus

12 Feb 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Around 80 secondary palliative care patients and their companions from the Kallara Social Health Centre and Palode Family Health Centre participated in a joyful excursion called 'Sneha Yatra' organized by the Vamanapuram Block Panchayat. The group, including stroke victims, individuals with spinal and neck injuries, and children with congenital disabilities, enjoyed a day out on the bus, visiting places like Veli, Vettucaud, and Shanghumugham. The trip included boat rides and sightseeing, providing a temporary respite from their ailments. The event was flagged off by D.K. Murali MLA, and health department staff, including Dr. Ajith and Dr. Sajikumar, supervised the patients' health throughout the day.

Creating Wonders in Sea Sand: Harshan; Waiting to Meet Prithviraj in Person

28 Jan 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Harshan, a 40-year-old artist from Thiruvananthapuram, has created over 500 sand paintings, starting his journey nine years ago at Kovalam beach. Encouraged by friends and supported by his wife Sujitha Lakshmi, Harshan began drawing in sand, initially creating a portrait of his wife. His works include portraits of notable figures like Prithviraj, Ayyankali, Sree Narayana Guru, and Indrans. Harshan's unique art has garnered attention and orders through social media, providing him with a source of income. He now operates from a rented room near Kovalam Lighthouse Beach, with a dream to personally present his portrait of Prithviraj to the actor.

Paralyzed Below the Waist Due to Polio; Selling Fish in a Wheelchair; Suma Says She Won't Give Up

25 Jan 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Suma, a 33-year-old woman from Thiruvananthapuram, paralyzed below the waist due to polio, has taken to selling fish from her wheelchair to support her family. Despite her physical limitations and the financial struggles of her household, she remains determined and resilient. Her husband Shankar's income is insufficient, prompting Suma to start this business. She faces challenges such as finding someone to drive her vehicle and managing with limited financial resources, but she continues to persevere.

Entertainment during COVID-19 earns Rahsana the India Book of Records Award

21 Jan 2023  |  www.asianetnews.com
Rahsana, a student from Thiruvananthapuram, earned the India Book of Records Award for creating leaf art of 22 renowned Indian women within 24 hours. Her work, which includes portraits of figures like Indira Gandhi and Mary Kom, was developed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Rahsana's artistic journey, supported by her college community, has also garnered attention from the Asia Book of Records. She emphasizes the importance of financial independence for women and continues to create commissioned leaf art.

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A grand Christmas carnival in the capital, along with a giant 50-foot Santa Claus; Celebrate the New Year too!

26 Dec 2022  |  asianetnews.com
Thiruvananthapuram is hosting a grand Christmas and New Year carnival, highlighted by a giant 50-foot Santa Claus in Varkala. The Santa Claus, which took 19 days to construct using bamboo and screw pine, is the centerpiece of the celebrations organized by a group of youngsters under the leadership of the Sree Sankara Narayana Cultural Center. The event, inspired by the Cochin Carnival, is free to enter and includes cultural programs, attracting visitors from various places. The display of Santa Claus will be available until January 1, allowing for New Year celebrations as well.

Ponmudi reopens after four months to a good crowd and plenty of work

18 Dec 2022  |  asianetnews.com
Ponmudi, a tourist center in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has reopened after four months following a landslide closure. The area is experiencing a good amount of visitors, especially during holidays, despite ongoing road renovation work from Kallar to Hilltop. The road conditions are still partially incomplete, with some areas having scattered metal pieces and unfinished concrete work, posing risks to travelers. KSRTC has announced bus service schedules to Ponmudi, and travelers are advised to follow the instructions of eco-tourism guides and authorities during their visit.

Complaint of illegal appointment to the post of organ transplant coordinator at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College

14 Nov 2022  |  asianetnews.com
A complaint has been filed against Thiruvananthapuram Medical College for allegedly bypassing government directives and making an unauthorized appointment to the post of organ transplant coordinator. The complaint, lodged by Dr. Ganapathi from Kollam Shakthikulangara, claims that the appointment was made without following the proper procedures, which require finding suitable candidates through the Employment Exchange or conducting interviews if such candidates are not available. The controversy surrounds the appointment of an individual who allegedly secured a position in the Nephrology department through unauthorized means. There are demands for the current notification to be canceled and for the appointment to be made through the Employment Exchange.

Organ donation is done by government expense, but information is with private agency

19 Oct 2022  |  www.asianetnews.com
The Kerala State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (KSOTTO) has been managing an organ donation registry, which is still controlled by a private agency based in Chennai despite the government's decision to handle it through the National Informatics Centre. Concerns have been raised due to the private agency's continued control over the registry containing information of individuals willing to donate organs post-mortem and those awaiting transplants. The government aims to eliminate commercial interests in organ donation and ensure transparency and efficiency through a government-controlled online registry. Dr. Noble Gracious, Executive Director of KSOTTO, assured that the new website, which was delayed, will be launched without further delay.

Struggling to Make Ends Meet, Manju Studies by Kerosene Lamp; Needs Help

11 Dec 2021  |  www.asianetnews.com
Manju, a tenth-grade student from Trivandrum, Kerala, studies by a kerosene lamp due to the lack of electricity in her home. Her father, Thangappan, passed away four years ago, leaving the family with only a widow's pension as income. Her mother, Rathnamma, is bedridden following a stroke. The family struggles to pay daily expenses and the outstanding electricity bill, which led to the disconnection of their power supply by KSEB. Despite these challenges, Manju remains determined to become a teacher, relying on a borrowed mobile phone for online classes and charging it at a neighbor's house.

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