KOCHI: Tribal people encroached the Devikulam divisional forest office premises on Saturday morning. A group of people, including women and children trespassed into the area. The police had stopped another attempt to encroach the forest land at Perinjamkutty on Friday.

The tribal people, who were given land at Chinnakkanal as part of the rehabilitation scheme, encroached into the area, said the officials.The encroachment attempt was made alleging that the given land was not suitable for residential purposes due to disturbance from wild elephants.

KOCHI: Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR), the first wildlife sanctuary in Kerala, has turned 75. The year-long platinum jubilee celebrations of the sanctuary will begin with a two-day national seminar on ``People and Tigers - Shifting Trajectories of Ecology and Co-existence

The harvesting of organic paddy cultivated by the Vadakkencherry Padashekhara Samithi was performed here on Thursday.

The Vadakkencherry Padashekhara Samithi consisting of 40 farmers had grown paddy in a 75 acre area. This was the second harvest festival being held here. Last year organic paddy cultivation was experimented in the paddy fields here with the co-operation of the Vadakkencherry grama panchayat and the Department of Agriculture.

PALAKKAD: The Government will initiate steps to declare the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary as the second tiger reserve in the State by the end of the current financial year, according to Forest Minister Benoy Viswom.

The Minister was speaking after flagging off the four safari buses to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary at a function held in Aanapady on Tuesday.

He said that the first reserve was the Periyar sanctuary.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The systematic and scientific disposal of plastic and biodegradable waste by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation was the cream of all surprises gifted by the Corporation to Kochi Mayor Mercy Williams.

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to take appropriate action to stop quarrying operations in all forest areas in the state as expeditiously as possible, at any rate, within three months.

PALAKKAD: The two-day Salem zonal-level mines Safety Week celebrations-2008 held under the auspices of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala Mines Safety Association and the Malabar Cements Limited (MCL) concluded at the MCL Community Hall here on Tuesday.

PALAKKAD: Subash Palekar, an advocate of natural farming popularly known as

KOCHI: The All-Kerala River Protection Council has demanded the Constitution of River Protection Authority to save the rivers and water resources in the state where different lobbies were engaged in activities causing harm to most of the rivers.

The council alleged that most of the rivers in the state were being misused by the agents of building industry, sand mafia and river encroachers.