First in Kerala – PART VII | Miscellaneous

First in Kerala
This blog lists the final part series of the post 'First in Kerala.' First in Kerala is an important topic in the GK section of various PSC exams and we also tried to include previous year PSC questions related to this topic. 

Miscellaneous

First State in India

  • First Child-friendly State in India  Kerala.
    • First Child-friendly District  Ernakulam.
  • First State in India to complete 100% online electoral enrollment  Kerala.
  • First State in India to build a Gender Park  Kerala (2016).
  • First State in India to have 'Pravasi Kshema Nidhi'  Kerala.
  • First State in India to have Electronic Voting Machine – Kerala.
    • First Constituency of Kerala where Electronic Voting Machine was utilized  North Paravur (by-election, 1982).  
  • First State to provide public telephones in all the villages – Kerala.
  • First State to have fully automated telephone exchanges – Kerala.
  • First State in India which started Lottery – Kerala.  
  • First District in India to electrify all houses with Pvt. help – Thrissur.
  • First District in India with 'Zero Landless Citizens'– Kannur.
  • First District to become Tobacco-free  Kottayam (September 27, 2008).
  • First District in India to achieve 100% family planning  Ernakulam.
  • First Polio Free District in India  Pathanamthitta. 
  • First District to become India's 'Total Electrified District'  Palakkad (2011).
  • First Floating ATM in India is established by SBT at  Kochi. 
  • First Eco-tourism Project in India  Thenmala (Kollam).
  • First State in India to launch Sex Offender Registry,  National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO)  Kerala.
  • First State in India to implement Biometric ID cards for fishermen  Kerala.
    • First in the World as well.
  • First State in India to launch a Pension Scheme for farmers, Kissan Abhiman  Kerala.  
  • First State in India to launch chess tourism  Kerala.

First in Kerala

  • First Electrified Town in Kerala  Thiruvananthapuram (1929).
  • First Districts in Kerala that were connected with STD facility – Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam (1973).
  • First Gymnastics Training Center of India is located at – Kannur.
  • First Government Hospital in Kerala – Thiruvananthapuram. 
    • Who founded the First Government Hospital in Kerala – Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma.  
  • First Railway Service  Thirur-Beppur (March 12, 1861) 
    • First Railway Route in Travancore was constructed between  Punalur & Chenkotta.
  • First Electric Train - Ernakulam  Shornnur.
  • First Airlines Service  Thiruvananthapuram-Mumbai (1935).
  • First Private  Art Gallery  Chitrakootam (by C.N. Karunakaran).
  • First Solar based Airport in the World  Nedumbassery International Airport.  
  • First Wind Farm in Kerala  Kanjikode (Palakkad, 55mW, 1997).
  • First Wind Farm with private participation – Ramakkalmedu.
  • First Rubberized Road  Kottayam-Kumily.  
  • First Malayali to appear on Postal Stamps  Sree Narayana Guru. 
  • First plastic surgeon of Kerala - Dr. P. A. Thomas.
  • First Water Card System was introduced  Kunnamangalam. 
  • First Bakery in Kerala was started at  Thalassery. 
  • First Five-star Hotel in Kerala  Ashoka Beach Resort, Kovalam. 
  • First Ship built at Kochi Shipyard  MV Rani Padmini.
  • First Wave Power Plant working on oscillating water column (OWC) technology  Vizhinjam (150 kW, 1991).
    • First in the World as well.
    • Decommissioned in 2011.
  • First Mineral Water Plant  Kumbalangi.
  • First LNG Terminal in Kerala  Puthuvype (Kochi, August 2013, by Petronet LNG).
  • First Rock Garden in Kerala – Malampuzha.
  • First Post Office  Alappuzha (1857).
  • First Speed Post Center in Kerala  Cochin.
  • First Radio Station  Thiruvananthapuram.
  • First Community Radio in Kerala  – Radio Alakal (May 1, 2006).
  • First Private FM Community Radio Station in Kerala  – Radio DC.
  • First Private FM Station in Kerala – Radio Mango (November 29, 2007; Calicut).
  • First Telephone Exchange in Kerala  – Ernakulam (1923).
  • First Hanging Bridge  Punalur (Kollam, 1877; by Albert Henry).
  • First Concrete Bridge  Karamana (Thiruvananthapuram, 1900).
  • First High Altitude Cricket Stadium in Kerala  Krishnagiri (Wayanad).
  • First ATM in Kerala  Vellayambalam (Thiruvananthapuram, HSBC, 1993).
  • First Biometric ATM in Kerala  Malappuram (Catholic Syrian Bank, 2011).  
  • First Nokkukooli-free place in Kerala  Thiruvananthapuram.
  • First Nokkukooli-free district in Kerala  Malappuram.
  • First Community Tourism program in Kerala  Munroe Island Paravur (Kollam).
  • First Recorded Case of Custodial Death in Kerala  Kayamkulam Kochunni's.
  • First Volvo low floor bus services started in Kerala  Thiruvananthapuram (2009).
  • First district in Kerala to have 100% crop insurance coverage  Kasaragod.
  • First Marine Ambulance in Kerala – Vizhinjam (Thiruvananthapuram).
    • Marine Ambulance Service Name – Pratheeksha.
    •  – Built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) at a cost of Rs. 6.08 crore.
    • Marine Ambulance Service Name in Ernakulam – Pratyasha.
    • Marine Ambulance Service Name in Kozhikode – Karunya.
  • First Ayurveda Resort in the World – Somatheeram.
  • First Public Health Laboratory in Kerala was established at – Thiruvananthapuram (Founder: C.O. Karunakaran)

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