KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Kochi Corporation to file an affidavit regarding the steps taken by it for the collection and disposal of garbage in the city.

The affidavit should specifically state as to whether or not the Corporation has been deputing staff for collection of garbage from each household.

PALAKKAD: The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Limited has in a statement said that the allegations of excessive usage of groundwater by the company is baseless. This has been substantiated by studies conducted by all expert bodies, it added.

In an official statement by the company, it said that the plant at Plachimada in Kerala has not been operational since March 9,2004.

KOCHI: K V Thomas MLA urged the Chief Minister to call a meeting of political parties and fishermen organisations to discuss the draft of the proposed Coastal Zone Management Act.

In a statement issued here on Monday, Thomas said that the Act would adversely affect the fishermen and the coastal belt in the state.

Sajimon P S: HOW many cell phones have you used till today? Know where all those old phones you sold have gone? Any idea what happened to the lead, the plastic and the antimony in those phones you happily got rid of ? The bad news is that they are going to come right back to bite you.

Pradeep Pillai I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While the Government is gleefully choking new SEZ applicants, the State

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Elephant owners in the State have been given a temporary reprieve. The Forest Department, through a recent Government Order, has extended the last date for the implant of microchips in captive elephants to November 15. The original deadline had expired on June 30.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 2008 edition of the South-West monsoon was weak over Kerala with 22 percent less rainfall than normal. The State received only 168 cm of rain from June to September, against the normal 214 cm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

PALAKKAD: The government has decided to raise the compensation to the dependants of the people killed in attacks by wild elephants from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, according to Forest Minister Benoy Viswom.

The Minister said this while speaking to mediapersons at Olavakkode on Friday.

PALAKKAD: As part of the Food Security Mission

KOCHI: As the World Animal Welfare Day on Oct 4 approaches, this website's newspaper came across a good Samaritan who saved a monitor lizard found nearly dead from a five-day old cleaver-wound on its neck.