KOLLAM: District Collector A. Shajahan has directed the Kollam Municipal Corporation authorities to stop the construction activities of the bus stand at Tangasseri utilising the MLA fund. He has forwarded a copy of the directive issued by the Additional Chief Secretary to the Corporation secretary on Thursday evening.

KOLLAM: Tusker Gopalakrishnan, which was killed in a road accident, was cremated on Friday evening in the presence of thousands of grief-stricken devotees and elephant-lovers. The poojaris and devotees of Asramam Sree Krishnaswamy Temple lit the pyre around 5.45 p.m. on the temple premises. It will take three days for the pyre to extinguish.

KOLLAM: The 40-year-old tusker Gopalakrishnan of Asramam Sree Krishnaswamy Temple here, sustained serious injuries when a sand-laden lorry knocked it down in the wee hours of Tuesday. The tusker suffered fractures on both its hind legs.

KOLLAM: The Physics Department of Fathima Mata National College here will organise a seminar on Nanoscience and Technology from March 23 to 25. Seminar convener Prof E.P. Wilson said that the objective of the seminar was to provide an opportunity for the delegates to learn, exchange and interact with new ideas in the areas of synthesis of nanomaterials and their characterisations.

KOLLAM: ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair has said that the country will be able to develop its own earth observation satellite within two years.

KOLLAM: Ombudsman for Local Self-Government Institutions M.R.Hariharan has ordered the Kollam Corporation not to fell the remaining 42 trees that had been left after large-scale felling of trees by the Corporation for the widening of the Kappalandimukku-Asramam Muneeswarankoil road here.

KOLLAM: Kollam is getting ready to have a full-fledged observatory with international standards, in the International Year of Astronomy (2009). It will be set up at the initiative of the All-Kerala Astro Sciences Society (AKAS).

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB), a State Government undertaking, is starting a technical consultancy targeting grassroot level dairy farmers as well as prospective big investors in the State

KOLLAM: Pravasi Bharatheeya Puraskar winner and industrialist B. Ravi Pillai said that the global economic crisis would start affecting India from 2009.

KOLLAM: Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran said that selling drinking water was not the policy of the Government.