December 26, 2004. The day began with the sun gleaming in through her window while she was busy with her daily chores. By the time the sun went down, Nirmala Martin

KOLLAM: The Vegetable & Fruit Promotion Council Kerala (VFPCK) under the Agriculture Department has launched vegetable cultivation in the Laksham Veedu colonies.

The project, christened as

Thiruvananthapuram: The People

KOLLAM: The Kerala Mineral Research Institute will be established at Chavara in Kollam.

KOLLAM: A society for the conservation of Sasthamcotta lake will be constituted with the District Panchayat president as chairman and the District Collector as convener.

Heads of various government departments in the district and activists of environmental organisations will also be included in the society.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The first general body meeting and association formation of Thengamom micro watershed under the Peringanadu watershed project in the district, which comes under the National Watershed Development Plan of 2007-12, will be held at Thuttuva Bharanikavu Devi temple auditorium in Pallickal panchayat at 2 pm on Tuesday.

KOLLAM: The Kollam district committee of the Paristhithi-Samrakshana Ekopana Samithi will organise a convention for the protection of Sasthamcotta fresh water lake on May 31 at West Kallada.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Rural Health Mission (Arogya Keralam) has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the Ayurarogyam project which envisages comprehensive geriatric care focussing on one block of Primary Health Centres.

KOLLAM: Unauthorised sand mining from the Ithikkara river has been intensified in the areas of Chathannoor and Pallimon.

The mechanised sand mining by employing workers from other states is posing danger to the environment and the bridges across the river at Ithikkara, Kummallur and Kundumon.

KOLLAM: Poet Sugathakumari will inaugurate the Campus Green Project at Member Sree Narayana Pillai Institute of Management and Technology at Sasthamcotta on Wednesday by planting a sapling. The students of the college have undertaken the project as the first phase of converting Mukundapuram into a `green village.