Tiny Bytes: 102-years-old-runner, Iron Age cave, and more


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102-year-old marathoner gets set for another race


Centenarian E P Parameswaran is fit as a fiddle and many from the younger generation would pale in comparison. At the age of 102, Parameswaran is gearing up with great enthusiasm to participate in the 8-km family run, along with his grandson Sreejith, in the Spice Coast Marathon, 2018. The centenarian, who worked with the Ernakulam Shiva temple for close to 80 years, trains for an hour daily for the upcoming marathon, which is organised by IDBI Federal Life Insurance and Soles of Kochi. Parameswaran, who also took part in last year's marathon, walks for four hours daily to keep himself fit.

Cave dating back to Iron Age found at Chelannur


The chances of unearthing more relics or other structural remains from the laterite rock-cut cave found at a private property adjacent to Echannur AUP School, near Chelannur, are bleak, according to officials attached to the Department of Archaeology. A possible Iron Age structure, the cave was believed to be used by local people until at least fifty years ago after discovering it during the last century. The discovery, however, was archaeologically significant as the rock-cut architecture date backs to the Iron Age, the experts said.

Keralite wins $2.7mn jackpot in UAE


An Indian man has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping USD 2.72 million in a monthly raffle in the UAE, a media report said on Sunday. Britty Markose, who works as a draughtsman in the capital Abu Dhabi, has said that he was expecting to win the jackpot. Markose, who is from Kerala and has been in Dubai since 2004, takes part in the Big Ticket for a couple of years but is not a regular, Gulf News reported.

Govt offices to shun plastic as they go green


Government offices are saying no to plastic. A green protocol has taken effect in all government offices and establishments across the state from Thursday, the 62nd foundation day of Kerala. The project will be carried out under the aegis of Haritha Keralam mission and Swachchata Mission. The green protocol comes into effect in 83 government departments, 90 public sector establishments, 33 commissions, 33 welfare boards, 160 governments companies and 399 other establishments. At district levels, 1,114 offices have adopted the green protocol. Apart from these, 1,224 government offices will soon adopt the protocol.