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"MARCH" IN KERALA HISTORY




 
     
1957 MARCH 16
First Kerala Legislative Assembly constituted with 127 members including a nominated member. (Photo: Old Legislative Assembly hall when former Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan visited)
  1957 MARCH 31
Kerala State Electricity Board started functioning. It had five members with Sri. K. P. Sreedharan Nair as Chairman. The 'Board' consisting of the Chairman and the Members is the Supreme Governing Body..
     
 
     
1958 MARCH 13
Vallathol Narayana Menon passed away. Born in 1878. Vallathol Narayana Menon was a celebrated poet in Malayalam language. He wrote many
poems including Maha Kayams. His works include Chitrayogam, and the narrative poems Magdalena Marchiyam and Kochu Sita, as well as 11 volumes containing his collected romantic poems entitled Sahityamanjari. Many of his poems were translated to Hindi and many foreign languages. Kerala is highly indebted to Vallathol for his outstanding contributions for the revival of Kath Kali and to attract national and international attention. He played a prominent role in setting up the Kerala  Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy

  1963 MARCH 06
Foundation stone laid for the Medical College, Alappuzha General Elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly. No party won absolute majority to form government. Hence the Assembly was not constituted, but imposed President’s rule in the state.
     
 
     
1965 MARCH 27
Kerala Governor V.V.Giri resigned. A.P.Jain assumed charge as the Kerala Governor
     
 
     
1968 MARCH 06
Sahodaran Ayyappan passed away. He was a social reformer, thinker, journalist, politician and an ardent follower of Sree Narayana Guru
  1969 MARCH 19
Parur T.K.Narayana Pillai passed away. He was a freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin at the time of its formation in 1949.
     
   
     
1970 MARCH 06
Coalition Government (consisting of seven parties - CPM, SOCIALIST PARTY, CPI, MUSLIM LEAGUE, RSP, KTP, KSP) led by EMS Namboodirippad sworn in. Smt. K.R. Gouri (Revenue), Shri. E.K. Imbichi Bava (Transport), Shri. M.K. Krishnan (Forest and Harijan Welfare), Shri. P.R. Kurup (Irrigation and Co-operation), Shri. P.K. Kunju (Finance), Shri. C.H. Mohammed Koya (Education), Shri. M.P.M. Ahamed Kurikkal (Panchayat and CommunityDevelopment ), Shri. M.N. Govindan Nair (Agriculture and Electricity), Shri. T.V. Thomas (Industries), and Shri. B. Wellington (Health), Shri. T.K. Divakaran (Works), and Shri. Mathai Manjooran (Labour) were the ministers. The ministry continued only up to 1st November, 1969
  1971 MARCH 10
10th All India Census began in Kerala
     
 
     
1973 MARCH 03
Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai passed away. He was a historian and scholar who added a new dimension to historiography in Kerala
  1973 MARCH 22
AKG passed away. AKG was a national leader who was loved by the people all over India and one of the prominent leaders of the Communist Party (Marxist) of India. He was the Member of Parliament from 1952 to 1977 and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament for several years. He was the volunteer captain of Guruvayoor Sathyagraha. He led innumerable struggles against Central Government as well as State Government to get just and legitimate rights of the public protected.
     
 
     
1977 MARCH 25
Achutha Menon ministry resigned. This was the first government in Kerala that completed 5 year tenure. Consequentially, K.Karunakaran sown in charge as the Chief Minister of Kerala. He could continue in office only for one month as he had to resign following references by the Kerala High Court in the Rajan case.
  1977 MARCH 26
T.V.Thomas passed away. Born on July 2, 1910, T.V. Thomas was a veteran Communist leader who stood always in the forefront of agitations for fair deal and justice. He was the Minister for Labour & Transport in the first EMS ministry, Minister for Industries in the 4th EMS ministry and in the Achutha Menon ministry.
     
   
     
1982 MARCH 17
K.Karunakaran resigned from the post of Chief Minister consequent on the withdrawal of support by Lonappan Nambadan and thereby lost his majority in the Legislative Assembly.
  1986 MARCH 09
Kerala won overall championship of the 24th National Athletic Meet held at Agarthala
     
 
     
1986 MARCH 23
General Elections to VIII Kerala Legislative Assembly held. The elections recorded 78 per cent polling.
  1987 MARCH 26
E.K.Nayanar sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Kerala. Baby John (Irrigation), K. Chandrasekharan (Education & Law), E. Chandrasekharan Nair (Food and Civil Supplies), K.R. Gouri Amma (Industries and Social Welfare), T.K. Hamza (Works), Lonappan Nambadan (Housing), A. Neelalohithadasan Nadar (Sports and Youth Affairs), K. Pankajakshan (Labour), P.K. Raghavan (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development), V.V. Raghavan (Agriculture), T.K. Ramakrishnan (Co-operation and Fisheries), K. Sankaranarayana Pillai (Transport), A.C. Shanmugha Das (Health), T. Sivadasa Menon (Electricity and Rural Development), P.S. Sreenivasan (Revenue & Tourism), V.J. Thankappan (Local Administration), V. Viswanatha Menon (Finance), Shri. N.M. Joseph (Forests) were his cabinet collegues. 
     
 
1988 MARCH 24
26 died in fire accident at Poruvazhy Malanada Temple festival. Poruvazhy Malanada temple is dedicated to Duryodhana, the Kuru Prince of Mahabharatha. Till 1990, the temple festival was noted for the fireworks. The fire accident put an end to the fireworks. (Photo: Poruvazhy Malanada temple)
  1988 MARCH 30
First Legislative Council/Assembly in Kerala (in erstwhile Travancore) completes 100 year (Photo: VJT Hall at Thiruvananthapuram where the old legislative council of Travancore-Cochin met regularly)
     
     
 
     
1990 MARCH 29
Adoor Bhasi passed away. Adoor Bhasi,(K.Bhaskaran Nair), son of E.V. Krishna Pillai (great literature and satirist in Malayalam)
was a comedian in Malayalam films 1950s to 1980s.
  1991 MARCH 16
G. Aravindan passed away. Born in 1935 Aravindan was an internationally celebrated film director of Malayalam and cartoonist. He bagged several national and international awards for his films and brought much fame to the country and Malayalam. Uttarayanam, Kanchana Seetha, Thambu, Chidambaram, Oridathu, Vasthuhara etc. are some of his best films.)
     
 
     
1995 MARCH 16
Chief Minister K.Karunakaran resigned as it was alleged that he involved in the ISRO spy scandal case. One week later Sri.A.K.Antony was elected as his successor.
  1996 MARCH 13
State Women’s Commission constituted. Smt. Sugatha Kumari, renowned poet and human right activist nominated as the first Chairperson of the Commission.
     
 
     
1998 MARCH 19
E.M.S. (E.M.Sankaran Namboodirippad) passed away. E. M. S. was Communist leader, Socialist-Marchxist theorist, revolutionary, author, historian, social commentator and the first Chief Minister of Kerala state. He was again assumed charge as the Chief Minister of Kerala for a second term in 1967.
  2001 MARCH 11
40 persons charred to death when a private bus collided with a car, caught fire and exploded at Pookiparambu, near Kottakkal, in Malappuram district.
     
 
     
2006 MARCH 26
Poet Kunjunni passed away. He was considered as the children's poet and his poems were short like him.
  2006 MARCH 23
Private Bus overturned after hitting an electric post and fell into Meenachil River at Thazhathangadi claimed 11 lives.
     
 
     
Two MEMU (Main Line Electrical Multiple Unit) rail services between Ernakulam and Kayamkulam sector has been started for the first time in Kerala. MEMU trains are designed for semi-urban and rural areas. One MEMU is via Alappuzha and the other via Kottayam.   2011 MARCH 23
CPI leader and State Secretary C.K.Chandrappan passed away. He was a member of the Lok Sabha representing the Kannur (1977 to 1980 and Thrissur from 2004 to 2010. Chandrappan also served as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala from 1991 to 1996 representing the Chertala Assembly Constituency
     
 
     
2011 MARCH 24
7 Grama Panchayats (Vandiperiyar, Munnar, Neendoor, Puthussery, Kodumon, Pallickal, Idava), 11 Block Panchayats (Edappally, Palluruthy, Idukky, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Manjeswaram, Nileswaram, Lalam, Pampady, Thrissur, NenMarcha), and 2 District Panchayats (Ernakulam and Kasaragod) have been awarded Nirmal Puraskar Award for 2011. (Photo: Niramal Puraskar being received by Sri.Vijayan of Kottayam from Smt. Prathibha Patil, the then President of India)
  2015 MARCH 07
G. Karthikeyan, Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly passed away.
     
 
     
2015 MARCH 11
N. Sakthan (Congress) has been elected as the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly defeating his rival P. Aysha Potty of the CPI (M) by 74 to 66 votes. He replaces G. Karthikeyan, who died on March 07. 
 

2015 MARCH 13

Amidst unprecedented violence and unruly scenes within and outside Kerala Assembly, Finance Minister K M Mani tabled the budget for 2015-16.  It was his 13th budget as the Finance Minister of Kerala. The CPI (M)-led Opposition had threatened that Mani, who is facing bribery charges in the bar license scandal, would not be allowed to present the budget. However, Mani managed to table the budget after reading out it for a few minutes without mike. Scuffle continued among the legislators of the ruling and the opposition benches.

     
 
     

2015 MARCH 21

Yusafali Kecheri, a famous poet and  film lyricist passed away

 

2016 MARCH 22

Agasthya Hills (a mountain named after sage Agasthya), a unique and highly divers ecosystem in the Western Ghats, has been recognised by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. Agasthya Hills covers the Shendurney and Peppara wildlife sanctuaries and parts of the Neyyar sanctuary in Kerala and the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve of Tamil Nadu. Agasthya Hills biosphere reserve includes peaks reaching 1,868 metres above sea level. Consisting mostly of tropical forests, the site is having 2,254 species of higher plants including about 400 that are endemic.
(Image: A view of Agasthya Hills)