Kochi: Kerala has asked Tamil Nadu to stop the latter’s plans to lay tiles along the gallery of the Mullaperiyar dam, and to carry out only routine annual maintenance work.

Kerala on Tuesday submitted before the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that the report of the Empowered Committee (EC) on the safety of Mullaperiyar dam has to be relooked in the light of t

Finds Study On Dam Safety Unreliable

Kochi: Members of the Supreme Court constitution bench hearing the Mullaperiyar dam case on Wednesday raised doubts over the reliability of the finding of a team from IIT Delhi that the dam is unsafe.

Kerala on Tuesday argued before the Supreme Court that the Mullaperiyar water agreement has become legally unsustainable after the state legislature passed the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservat

National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has selected Kerala as an incubator for a proposal to weave in local level biodiversity registry in the curriculum from the primary school level.

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has already taken up the proposal with the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), which is currently in the process of revising the school curriculum.

A simple initiative to recharge the open wells using rainwater harvesting techniques seems to be yielding dividends in enhancing ground water levels in several parts of Thrissur district.

About 8,110 wells of households and institutions have been recharged under the project, with the support of the government, ever since it was launched in 2008. But another nearly 10,000 private wells have also been recharged by their owners using the same methodology, but without government aid.

Kochi: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India has shown willingness to collaborate with Kerala to evolve and execute an integrated river basin programme for the state to address its twin requirements of making water available throughout the year and conserving the rivers and nature.

WWF India CEO Ravi Singh and other senior officials already held talks with the top officials of the State Planning Board and other departments early this week. “Our input will be primarily in terms of the expertise we have acquired during the implementation of similar programmes in India and abroad. We don’t want to involve in the programmes as consultants or funding agency,’’ Ravi Singh told TOI here over phone from New Delhi.

Bill Will Be Reintroduced In Parliament In Budget Session, Says MoS K V Thomas

Kochi: The Centre is in broad agreement with the suggestions of the parliamentary panel on food, which has just submitted its report on the much-debated food security bill, said minister of state for food and civil supplies K V Thomas. “The panel has come up with a near unanimous report, barring a dissent from the CPM member. Many of the suggestions made by the panel were already there in the ‘plan B’, being considered by the government to proceed with the bill,” the minister told TOI here.