Some are trapped in fishing nets lowered into the water and others are killed by boys with catapults

Visitors to the city have been killed. They have been targets for quite a while now. And their killings have not drawn the attention of the authorities concerned because they happen to be birds. Nature enthusiasts say black cormorant, little grebe, little cormorant, darter, egret, heron and other migratory birds that frequent the city’s tanks or wet lands are being killed, trapped, sold for meat for both fun and commercial gain.

Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangam has convened a meeting on July 22 at Periyanaickenpalayam to plan a massive demonstration to oppose land acquisition for the proposed alignment of the Kangeyampalayam – Neelambur – Mettupalayam bypass road and the proposed toll plaza.

Talking to reporters, president of the Sangam, M.R. Sivasamy said that the alignment of the proposed bypass road would only affect agriculture and buildings. The alignment would also increase the distance between Coimbatore and Mettupalayam as well as travelling time.

British High Commission-supported project to promote use of renewable energy

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), an international organisation offering technical consultation, training, and information services for capacity building and support to local governments in the implementation of sustainable development will soon come out with an action plan to reduce carbon emissions in the city.

Residents of Bharathi Park complain of unbearable stench

The bags containing waste paper and plastics that the ITC has collected from the city’s residents are worth about Rs. 40 lakh. The company collected the waste, as part of its Wealth Out of Waste (WOW) project, in a bid to recycle them. But that has not happened. The bags are found dumped at the Coimbatore Corporation’s High Level Reservoir compound on Bharathi Park Road.

Taking strong exception to Kerala government's plan to construct a dam across Siruvani River at Attapadi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday asked the Centre not to accord it technical clearance as it 'violates' the final order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she asked him to advise Kerala not to proceed with the proposed Attapadi irrigation scheme or any other scheme on the river Siruvani in violation of the Tribunal's final order.

The Coimbatore Corporation has not submitted Form II to the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), in which it has to mention details about its solid waste management project.

The TNPCB has said this in response to a Right To Information query filed by V. Eswaran, the district secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Submission of Form II, according to the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, is mandatory.

Roping in the services of cargo head load workers, porters and call taxi drivers along with the conservancy staff, the railway authorities on Wednesday launched a total sanitation drive as well as a campaign to generate awareness among the rail users.

The drive was led by Salem Railway Divisional Superintendent K. Mohan and Assistant Health Officer A.K. Rajagopalan. The drive led by Station Master Chinnarasu and Commercial Inspector R.V. Ramnath and Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee Member Jameel Ahmed was carried out by 20 conservancy workers, call taxi drivers, loading and unloading workers in the parcel section besides porters.

Chennai to get 250, including 100 mini-buses, says Transport Minister

Three thousand new buses will be introduced this year at a cost of Rs.548 crore for the State, and the city will get 250 buses, including 100 mini-buses, Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji informed the Assembly on Tuesday The mini-buses will act as a transit transport facility between the residential locality of the commuter and bus stops/train stations.

The unit can be expanded to accommodate more vehicles

In a city that has a burgeoning vehicle population and shortage of parking space, the need for multi-level parking facilities is felt more now than ever. VEA Parking Solutions, a venture of Coimbatore-based Visual Education Aids, has come out with multi-level and automated parking solutions. It has launched two-tier parking solutions for sedans, multiple vehicles, and Sport Utility Vehicles.

Fruits should be thoroughly washed with fresh/salt water to remove pesticides and other chemicals

Consuming seasonal fruits is one of the best ways to stay healthy when braving scorching summer days. Doctors and dieticians say that fruits provided necessary nutrients while keeping diseases away. But, there is concern over carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents being used to ripen the fruits quickly for higher volume of sales.

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