Monthly Archives: September 2017

Kerala to Create Land Bank of 5,000 Acres to Promote Industries

industryThe Dearth of industrial land has been a major hurdle that kept the investors aloof from the state of Kerala. Now, the Government of Kerala is finding a new way out to sort out the issue.Mr. A.C. Moideen, Minister for Industries, said the state will be rolling out a comprehensive solution for the land scarcity and would create a land bank of 5,000 acres. An Investor Promotion and Facilitation Act is being planned to catalyze the process as well.

Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) will be the nodal agency to eradicate obstacles faced by the industries in the State and Kerala Investment Fund Board (KIFB) would be brought into for the financial support of the programme.

This announcement is against the backdrop of several engagements to turn Kerala the most investor-friendly state in the country.It is anticipated that, using the land bank, integrated manufacturing clusters would be developed at key locations across the Industrial corridors with world class infrastructure, road and rail connectivity for freight movement.

The statement sprinkles hope on the upcoming endeavors which essentially require a considerable area of industrial land. The announcement which is likely to boost up the industrial atmosphere of the state has opened up vast opportunities to those players across sectors such as Petrochemical, IT & Electronics, Power, Infrastructure, Manufacturing & Allied industries.

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Blue Whale Suicides: India Needs to Focus More on Teen Mental Health

bbbb.jpgIn the last few weeks, many of the Indian cities were shaken up and taken aback by a series of teenage suicides that all linked to the deadly blue whale game. The shocking reports have created reasonable alarm among parents as well as authorities. The questions raised by these ill-fated incidents aren’t trivial. The teen suicides point to a carelessly overlooked portion of our public health agenda – teen mental health.

Teenagers generally take up deadly risks because they are vulnerable and prone to seek attention as well as acceptance. Apparently, the teenagers who were addicted to such lethal games might be going through psychological issues like lack of focus, interest, feeling inadequate or incompetent. Such individuals are tempted towards the so called deadly adventures that give them a sense of self-satisfaction. This particular urge for the teens to defy the socially accepted norms might end up in disasters.

Parents and schools have a very vital role play in supporting the disturbed teen minds. If a child is seemingly lost, lonely and depressed, parents and school managements must be potent enough to identify it and discuss it with the child. All possible measures to get them involved socially and divert their mind by providing activities or giving them something new to learn.

World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in 2007 in India revealed that 25 percent of boys and 24 percent of girls between 13 and 15 years of age experience depression. The suicide rate among the age group 15-29 is 35 per 100,000 people. India’s National Mental Health Survey released in 2017 revealed that 150 million Indians including teenagers need mental health services.

All these figures underpin the need of allocating more funds on teen mental health service. Though there are counseling departments working in a few district hospitals and medical colleges, its number has to be considerably increased. Opening more health departments to address adolescent mental health disorders is thus the need of the hour.  The government is suggested to seriously look into teen mental health, a disregarded yet a very important aspect in building up a psychologically healthy country.