Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 7 : An exclusive online shopping portal is being created for the South Indian Bank Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) for the first time to give participating businesses a place on the world's fastest growing sales platform and consumers the ease of finding the perfect gift for their loved ones this Christmas season.
All merchant establishments registering in the premium Gold and Silver categories for Season 6 of GKSF, which begins on December 15, will have a presence in the online shop where they can offer redeemable gift vouchers, a press release said here today. The process is simple; buyers will be able to choose their shops based on product category and location. They can then buy coupons of the desired amount within the given range for each category. For Gold category shops, the gift voucher range is between Rs. 3000 and Rs 30,000; for Silver category shops it is between Rs. 1,000 and Rs 10,000.
Individual buyers can specify their recipient for their gift vouchers, and purchase them by making online payment through net banking or using any debit/credit card via the payment gateway provided. The IBC 2012 will be witness to speakers of eminence, including Dr Madhav Gadgil, Chairman WGEEP, Dr. V.B. Mathur of Wildlife Institute of India, Dr Michel Danino, Prof. M.P. Nayar, former Director, Botanical Survey of India, Dr. R.R. Rao, INSA Honorary Scientist, Dr. Om Rajora of Canada, Dr. Ganesiah, Dr. Sanjay Molur, Director, Zoo Outreach Organisation, Dr. Venugopal, Director, National Museum of Natural History, Dr V.S. Vijayan, former Chairman, Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Prof, M.K. Prasad and Sri Kalyan Varma will be among those who would participate in the deliberations. The focal session will also critically analyse the points forwarded by various governments against the report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel and the UNESCO Heritage status to the Western Ghats.
It may be noted that the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee had already named the Western Ghats of India as a world heritage site on 1st July 2012. The decision will ensure the mountain range, spread across seven states, gets international support for its conservation. The Western Ghats extend from Dang in Maharashtra-Gujarat to a place near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, along the western coast; and is spread over 7,953 sq km.