Kappaphycus Alvarezii is a source of livelihood in the Gulf of Mannar region, but with speculation that it might be bio-invasive, the onus lies with the Government of TamilNadu to strike the right balance.

Kalliammal is busy gathering harvested gingerly seed crops and piling them up in a heap and does not notice us as we enter the village. A quick glance around, will tell you that many of her neighbours are in a hurry as well. It

A small village called Thangammalpuram, in Vilathikulam Block, Tutucorin District received a national award recently from the President of India, Pratibha Patil, for attaining full sanitation coverage in households, schools, Angawadis, etc., and for outstanding contribution in the promotion of rural sanitation for the year 2008.