KOCHI: Kerala's initiative, to become the first to fully implement the Bacchat Lamp Yojana (BLY) in the country, has been recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Two-wheeler riders, traffic policemen among worst affected by vehicle emission
KOCHI: Automobiles and industries cause the maximum damage to air quality.

Making the Kochi Metro rail project a reality is the one common promise made by all political formations in Kerala - be it the Congress-led UDF, the CPM-centric LDF and even the BJP.

KOCHI: After Palakkad and Thrissur, it is the turn of Ernakulam to become a totally electrified district. The state government will declare Ernakulam district totally electrified on February 19.

Almost all the Assembly constituencies in the district have become totally electrified. As of now, there are around 14,000 households which are yet to be electrified.

The district is inching closer to the achievement of total sanitation with all its grama panchayats ensured of Nirmal Gram Puraskar instituted by the Union Ministry for Rural Development. The award is given for achievements in the field of sanitation.

Since its institution four years ago, the grama panchayats and block panchayats in the district have been winning the award one after another.

KOCHI: As a part of line doubling, the Railways has floated tenders to conduct soil testing on the Ernakulam-Kumbalam stretch, Railway sources said.

The agency to conduct soil testing will be selected this month itself.

KOCHI: Various developmental projects costing `4.53 crore will be taken up in the coastal areas of Ernakulam district, Fisheries Minister S Sarma has said.

The government has already given its nod for the project, which will be completed during the financial year, Sarma said while presiding over a meeting here on Friday.

Puthenvelikkara, Ezhikkara, Vadakkekara, Pallipuram, Chittattukara, Che

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned an amount of Rs 40.12 crore from its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund to the state government.

The loan is intended for the implementation of the eight drainage and flood prevention projects in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kollam and Thrissur districts.

KOCHI: The hardships faced by the public due to the leakage of biogas plant at the Ernakulam Market continued on Wednesday as the civic body failed to take any adequate measures to remove the decayed waste that gushed into the market pond.

KOCHI: The Ernakulam district is set to become the country's first tobacco-free tourism destination with the action plan, towards achieving the feat, on the anvil. The plan aims at making public places in the district totally free of tobacco by June 2011.