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.

They will come up at the rear of shopping complexes

The multi-level parking lots the Coimbatore Corporation has planned across the city will form part of shopping complexes. At least that is what the civic body is thinking of. Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy told The Hindu that the Corporation had asked a designing company to prepare the design in such a way that the front portion of the multi-level car parking building was a shopping complex and the rear parking lot. The design would be applicable to all the parking lots in the city.

Vellalore chosen for reconstruction of the 144 dwelling units

For the reconstruction of the 144 dwelling units at Ammankulam, found structurally unstable, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has identified a new site —Vellalore. Sources in the district administration and the Board say that after a formal approval and go ahead from the latter's headquarters in the Chennai, tenders will be floated for construction.

Urban local bodies (ULBs) have drawn up an action plan for revival, rehabilitation and maintenance of rain water harvesting (RWH) structures, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister K.P. Munusamy said on Monday.

Initiating a debate on the demands for grants of his departments, Mr. Munusamy said that the ULBs had taken up various measures for the rehabilitation of the structures. Wherever they were under repair, the ULBs had been asked to restore them. The awareness programme on RWH was being continued in all ULBs.

"India needs to develop nuclear energy in addition to all other forms of energy to meet its ever-growing demand. With a large pool of talented engineers and scientists, India can confidently manage a large nuclear energy programme safely and efficiently," M.R. Srinivasan, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, and expert committee member on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), said in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

Use of plastic bags for several years has made it an inseparable part of one's life. To shun it, there is need for a strong will and concern for environment, said S. Shanthakumar, Revenue Divisional Officer, Coimbatore on Thursday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a workshop on ‘Ill-effects of the usage of use-and-throw plastics' organised by Care Globe Foundation, an NGO in association with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and District Administration.

Chennai-B’lore-Coimbatore- Ernakulam route will also cover Mysore

The Indian Railways has given a go ahead for conducting a feasibility study on its most ambitious plan to introduce high speed train on the Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore- Ernakulam route.

CHENNAI: In a bid to make the state slum-free, the Tamil Nadu government has selected nine urban agglomerations under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for preparing proper rehabilitation plans.

Official sources told Express that the likely nine cities are Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruppur, Tiruchy, Tirunelveli, Salem and Vellore.

Officials sensitise owners, vendors to Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006

Power cuts leave traffic constables in the “red”

With the power cut duration stretching for nearly eight hours in the last couple of days, the City Police have asked the sponsors of all traffic signals in the city to power them with solar energy. Conversion of these signals to solar powered ones is expected to happen by the first week of March.