To commence in Anamalai from January 4

Use of Ketoprofen to be discontinued in Erode, Coimbatore, The Nilgiris

After a ban on multi-vial drugs of Diclofenac by the Centre, now the State government has withdrawn Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used extensively for veterinary purposes

40 organisations have committed themselves to be part of federation.

The State Traffic Planning Cell of the Tamil Nadu Police is planning to identify most accident-prone stretches in the State and bring in foreign collaboration to reduce the number of accidents.

Officials are gearing up for the conduct of a census by the National Tiger Conservation Authority scheduled to begin on December 16.

Field Director of Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Rajiv K. Srivasatava, told The Hindu that more than 400 people, including 180 forest staff, would be involved in the census works covering 958 sq km of forest area spread over Valparai, Manomboly, Udumalpet, Pollachi, and Amaravathy.

Net Present Value was not realised from user agencies in seven cases

Tamil Nadu has its share of adverse comment in the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) relating to diversion of vast tracts of forest lands for development and industrial projects, mismanagement in realisation of Net Present Value (NPV) from user agencies and in managing compensatory and penal funds for afforestation.

Officials from the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) and the Department of Geology and Mining have completed the physical survey of 17 major mineral quarries and five granite quarries,

Inadequate fund allocation is hampering the ambitious Noyyal river system revival or restoration project and the meagre allocation of Rs. 30 lakh per annum is just proving to be insufficient even for carrying out emergency repairs to the channels and tanks.

Noyyal that originates in Western Ghats near Poondi and runs through Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode, to become a tributary for Cauvery, is the lifeline of these districts. It runs for 65 km in Coimbatore, 34 in Tirupur and 39 in Erode before joining river Cauvery in Kodumudi. The system was once catering to the irrigation needs of over 36,000 acres.

Nearly 100 people to be involved in the exercise

The five-day census to enumerate the wildlife population is all set to begin in the 958 sq km area spread over six ranges of Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) from Wednesday. Talking to The Hindu , Field Director of ATR Rajiv K. Srivasatava said that nearly 100 people including Forest Department staff, NGO volunteers, nature enthusiasts and environmentalists will be involved in the exercise. The staff and other volunteers will be divided into teams of three or four and will be involved in carrying out the census in Amaravathy, Udumalpet, Pollachi, Valparai, Manomboly and Valparai ranges.