Nagercoil: The officials of Department of Public Health have been geared up to monitor the outbreak of vector-borne diseases, particularly in the coastal areas of Kanyakumari district.

S Mahesh | ENS

Sufficient equipment and laboratories are not available in rural government hospitals for testing cases
FIFTEEN suspected swine flu cases have been reported at the Kanyakumari M Medical College Hospital since January and of them on only three cases tested positive.

S M Arun | ENS

Tuticorin: The Indian Coast Guard Station, Tuticorin, has organised a

Nagercoil: Fifty-seven elephants, including 13 calves, were found in Kanyakumari district during a two-day elephant census conducted by the Forest Department, a senior official said on Monday.

Nagercoil: The Department of Forest has formed 40 groups

Encourage farmers to use bio-fertilisers, organic pesticides, report urges State government

J. Praveen Paul Joseph

Tuticorin: Seaweed cultivation reduces impact of global warming, as it has the ability to absorb carbon dioxide, according to M. Sakthivel, president, Aquaculture Foundation of India, Chennai.

Seaweeds containing 62 minerals and having medicinal values is a wonder plant of the sea.

An attempt has been made to identify folklore medicinally important plants frequently used by rural communities of sacred groves and it environs of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. A total of 34 medicinal plants from 33 genera under 29 families were enumerated. Most of the plants are used for curing earache, skin diseases, fever, cold, headache, cough, urinary disorder, ulcer, etc.

A RECENT survey conducted in saltpans and other water bodies in Kanyakumari district by the Department of Forest confirmed the presence of 6,051 birds from 42 species.

The avian monitoring was undertaken with an objective of ascertaining the number of birds in the water bodies and protecting rare species in the district.