With thousands of people from various parts of the country and abroad flocking to The Nilgiris to enjoy the season which is on the verge of entering its peak period, the district administration has

There is a proposal to form a Rapid Response Team to deal with situations arising from man-wild animal conflicts, said The Nilgiris Collector P. Sankar here on Wednesday.

The campaign by the Forest Department and conservationists to protect vultures in The Nilgiris got a boost on Sunday, with the gram sabhas in the district resolving to back the cause.

A photo exhibition on the Nilgiris, now under way in the Horticulture Complex here as part of the 2014 Annual Summer Festival, focuses on the flora and fauna of the hilly district.

A prolonged dry spell, dwindling storage in most of the drinking water reservoirs, a steady increase in the inflow of visitors and the fast approaching summer tourist season has forced the civic ad

Apprehensions of various sections must be allayed: M.S. Swaminathan

In matters relating to genetically modified (GM) food crops, the government should ‘hasten cautiously,’ said eminent agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan. He was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the Wheat Breeding Research Station of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Wellington, near here, on Tuesday.

Even as complaints relating to wild animals straying into human habitations and posing a threat to life and property is mounting in various parts of the district.

Discarded waste damages ecology of the hills

Long considered by many as the best time of the year to visit this hill station, summer is also viewed as the worst from the environment and pollution point of view. The reason: Many among the tourists coming to ‘enjoy’ the season here leave behind their mark — in one form or the other — on the ecology of the place and their vehicles considerably increase air pollution while many of hawkers from the plains trading in a variety of items including cheap musical instruments, add to the noise pollution.

Built to prevent flooding, channel is now a garbage dump

Work on tackling a chronic problem relating to the pollution of the Ooty Lake, which has been defying a solution for long, started on Saturday with workers of the Public Works Department — Water Resources Organisation (PWD-WRO) getting into the Kodappamund channel. The channel, extending over about 2.9 kilometres, from Kodappamund at one end of the town to the Ooty Lake at the other end, has been identified as the main reason for the lake getting polluted.

Tiger sighted after it was thrown open on Tuesday

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) was thrown open to tourists on Tuesday. The ad hoc committee, constituted on the recommendations of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in accordance with a recent directive of the Supreme Court, had reviewed the situation at the reserve at a meeting held here a few days ago.