Development schemes for the plantation sector are waiting for cabinet approval for implementation by the commodity boards and other stakeholders, a top official said here Tuesday.

The District Forest Officer, the Nilgiris North, S.Ramasubramanian said here on Tuesday that a wild animal census in the North division would be conducted on May 2 and 3.

About 70 volunteers including students of the Government Arts College and forest staff would participate in the census operations to be conducted by the department in association with the Nilgiris Wildlife and Environment Association.

ELEPHANT THREAT Our nearly 650 acres of tea, coffee and spices plantations have been in existence for over a century without elephants' threat as this was not their corridor. But, now, elephants were frequenting us and destroying crops
ENDANGERED by frequenting wild elephants, planters here have urged the government to provide adequate safety to life and property.

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Farmers unable to take flowers to Udhagamandalam.

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The fire had spread from Lampsrock and Dolphin Nose, around noon as tourists arrived in buses for sight- seeing in the Coonoor forest range
ABOUT 200 tourists who were caught in a forest fire near Coonoor have been rescued, official sources said on Monday.

The forest department has suspended tourism activities following the incident, the sources said.

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The improved solar heating system at the Glendale Tea Factory in Runneymede, near Coonoor.

With 15 states and several union territories voicing their concern about the severe shortage of vaccines following the closure of public sector manufacturing units by the Health Ministry in January, the Government is now looking towards private players to meet the demands of the affected states.