Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the year-long centenary programmes of Kerala Kaumudi newspaper at a function to be held at Kanakakunnu Palace on Saturday.

Managing editor Deepu Ravi and executive editor B.C. Jojo told mediapersons here on Wednesday that a series of workshops and seminars titled ‘Keralam-2025' will be organised to formulate a vision statement on the State's development during the next 15 years. Experts, visionaries and opinion leaders from different sectors will take part. The conclusions and recommendations will be compiled and released in due course. It had been proposed to honour outstanding personalities and budding talents in different realms of life with centenary awards.

The history of the newspaper will be released in three volumes along with the selected editorials by the founder, C.V. Kunhiraman. The management had decided to enter into television and new media. All nine units of the newspaper will conduct separate programmes as part of the celebrations. The Kollam unit will organise an all-India exhibition.

The Kollam Corporation Council had decided to set up a statue of C.V. Kunhiraman in Kollam.

Governor R.S. Gavai, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Union Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust president Swami Prakasananda, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan will attend the inaugural function. Dr. Singh will release the first volume of the newspaper's history by handing over a copy to Mr. Antony. He will release the title of Kaumudi television channel by handing it over to managing director M.S. Ravi.

Mr. Deepu Ravi will welcome the gathering and joint managing director Anju Sreenivasan will propose a vote of thanks. Ms. Srenivasan, Darshan Ravi, director, and Thiruvananthapuram unit chief P.P. James were also present at the news conference.