If you are consuming power beyond the approved connected load, you may soon be held responsible for power theft.

The Kerala State Electricity Board has plans to conduct surprise checks on residences and commercial establishments to ensure that power consumption is within the approved limit. Though these inspections are already being carried out, the board is planning to intensify the checks. The board, however, has given consumers time till February 28 to intimate the nearest KSEB office about any additional plug points installed without approval.

Kochi: The wait of the public for quality food and hygiene in restaurants and eateries will continue with the deadline for registering them under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 extended by a year.

Following a request from the state government, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has extended the last date of registration to February 4, 2014. The deadline set for the same had expired on February 4. The authority had given a six-month transitory period for the act to come into force from the earlier Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, which expired in August 2012.

Pilot Project To Be Implemented In 2,400 Schools Across State

Thiruvananthapuram: A comprehensive action plan, for tobacco control sensitization (TCS) programme at schools, homes and public places, has been finalized jointly by the health, education and police departments. A meeting of senior officials from these departments held here on Thursday gave a final shape to the plan which ensures stricter implementation of existing anti-tobacco laws and setting up of student protection committees in schools

Directorate Of Health Services Admits More Deaths In Reply To Paediatrician’s RTI

The directorate of health services (DHS), which has been defending the administration of the pentavalent vaccine, has admitted that four infants had died within a week of administering the vaccine in the state till June 2012. The admission came in a reply to a right to information (RTI) application filed by paediatric physician Dr Jacob Puliyel, dated July 27, 2012.

ALAPPUZHA: Poor rainfall, increase in the salinity of Vembanad lake and oil leak from houseboats and government service boats have adversely affected the 'puncha' cultivation in Kuttanad.

Two Four-Lane Highways Connecting Karimugal & MC Road Planned

Kochi:With work on the longdelayed SmartCity gathering steam, areas east of Kochi, including Kizhakkambalam, Muvattupuzha, Perumbavoor, Kolenchery and Kothamangalam, among others, will get a huge development push. Three four-lane highways have been proposed by the public works department (PWD) from the project site to ensure smooth access to SmartCity. Two of these have been proposed on the eastern side of the project area.

Kochi: The Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) will focus on addressing transport issues in the upcoming budget.

Briefing the media on pre-budget discussions in Kochi on Monday, GCDA chairman N Venugopal said that various transport projects, including the ring road and water transport projects, would be given importance in the budget. GCDA will send a letter to the state government requesting that the development body be made the nodal agency for coordinating various water transport proejcts in Kochi.

As summer sets in the next few weeks and many districts are staring at a severe drought, the slogan for World Wetlands Day this year -- Wetlands take care of water -- is a portent for the future.

Kochi: The workshop organised by SmartCity authorities for incorporating the views of various government departments and agencies, including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Kerala Water Authority (KWA), came a cropper on Wednesday as they remained clueless about the master plan.

Though the authorities of the IT project invited representatives of various departments, they were kept in the dark about SmartCity’s needs and requirements at the workshop on Thursday.

Thiruvananthapuram: The principal bench of the National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to place the report of Kasturirangan committee, which is reviewing the Western Ghats Expert Ecology Panel (WGEEP) report, by March 1.

The green tribunal has also directed the chief secretaries of all states to cooperate with the Kastrurirangan expert committee. The order came on apublic interest litigation filed by Goa Foundation with regard to the conservation of Western Ghats and implementation of the WGEEP report.