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SHOWING their displeasure against the Central Government's motive, the Tamil Nadu fishermen on Thursday unanimously rejected the proposed Coastal Zone Management draft notification-2008 by terming it as a move to evict them from their coastal area and allow tourist resorts and industries backed by multinationals to launch their business there.

THE Madras High Court has upheld an order dated November 3, 2006, of the Industries Department, acquiring 395.87 hectares of land in Oragadam and Sennakuppam villages in Kancheepuram district for setting up special economic zones (SEZs). In their writ petitions, M Haridoss and 15 others had challenged the acquisition proceedings on various grounds. Dismissing the petitions, Justice P Jyothimani observed that there had been compliance of service of notice and hearing of petitioners' grievances.

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Monday urged Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to take steps to prevent the Andhra Pradesh government from going ahead with its plans to construct 10 checkdams across the Ponnaiyaru. In a statement here Ms Jayalalithaa said the Ponnaiyaru was the source of drinking water for Vellore, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Thiruvannamalai districts and construction of check dams would deprive these districts of their drinking water supply. The Ponnaiyaru originates in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh and confluences with the Palar in Thiruvalam near Vellore.

Even as the Kancheepuram district administration expects to complete land acquisition in a month to allow the airport expansion project to start in June, for the residents in the affected areas, many questions remain unanswered.

Cormorants and darters have completed the second round of breeding at the Vedanthangal birds sanctuary, near Chengalpattu. Wildlife authorities say there is no recent record of second cycle of breeding carried out by these two bird species at the sanctuary. They attribute two factors, which made the avifauna go for the second cycle of breeding: availability of food and the rain in March.

Water being a good solvent, is prone to physico chemical and microbial contamination. Municipal sewage, both treated and untreated is often released into the receiving water bodies, which influence water quality.

The rate at which indigenous Rice varieties are getting depleted is extremely alarming. It is becoming increasingly clear that to maintain biodiversity in farmers

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