A U.K. government-sponsored urban planning strategy for Mysore and Madurai promises to significantly cut the carbon footprint of the two growing cities.

Upcoming neighbourhoods in Mysore, for instance, can enjoy around 36 per cent energy benefits and 13 per cent lower commuting time, among others, by adopting certain low-carbon techniques, it was said at a workshop on low-cost master-planning organised by the British High Commission on Thursday.

Make use of 150 to 200 tonnes of waste generated in Madurai

There is a huge potential for converting waste into biogas, according to S.P. Kale, Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He had interaction with the district administration officials at the Collectorate here on Monday as part of a BARC initiative, AKRUTI (Advance Knowledge and Rural Technology Implementation), through which it offers expertise in the areas of water, land, agriculture, tissue culture, food processing and waste management.

Are the mineral water cans you are buying for drinking purpose really safe? Is the packaged water meeting the standard guidelines of Food Safety Act?

The answers are coming in negative as at least 25 Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in Madurai district are yet to obtain the mandatory licence from Government food safety wing. These drinking water plants are, however, continuing to supply water cans to homes. Officials are going to step up raids against violators and they have appealed to the public to remember that the water need not be safe just because it is supplied in a can.

The city generated over 1,700 tonnes of garbage during the three-day Pongal festival, with an average of 550 tonnes per day, in all the 100 wards.

Taking the lead in tapping alternative sources of electricity, the Madurai city corporation has decided to power all the parks in the city with solar energy.

“Cleanliness of kitchens in marriage halls is a top priority”

The scope of Food Safety and Standards Act has been extended to marriage halls and caterers also. It is mandatory for every ‘kalyana mandapam’ and those who are engaged in food catering business to register and get proper licence from the food safety wing. At the same time, the cooks employed by catering units should obtain medical fitness certificate to ensure hygiene.

An awareness meeting about the need to get food safety licence was conducted here on Sunday for the owners of marriage halls in the city.

The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday ordered notice, returnable by three weeks, to the State Government seeking its reply to a public interest litigation petition filed by an individual with a plea to establish a special court for exclusive and expeditious trial of a number of criminal cases registered by Madurai district police in connection with the multi-crore granite quarry scam.

A Division Bench of Justice K.N. Basha and Justice P. Devadass directed a government counsel to take notice in the PIL filed by P. Somasundaram (54), a resident of Nondikovilpatti in Melur Taluk near here.

The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) will tap solar energy in its quest for alternative energy sources. Hospital authorities are working on putting in place solar panels in a phased manner at key points on the premises.

The Dean, N. Mohan, said on Tuesday that the hospital was falling in line with the government’s push for an exclusive Solar Energy Policy 2012, unveiled in October. “We will start by installing solar water heaters in some wards. The plan is ready and will be implemented soon,” he added. The heaters will be put in wards such as obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatric wards and in the intensive care units. After seeing the results, the proposal will be extended to general medicine and other departments where the in-patient strength is greater.

This paper examines the emergence of specific commodity complexes and transactional forms in eight interior districts in Tamil Nadu focusing on gherkins, marigold, broiler, cotton and papaya. Their growing importance is a response to the structural changes in the larger economy and the contextual constraints on agriculture in the region. It posits that this phenomenon represents an inflection in the trajectory of agricultural growth in the region because of three distinct features. First, the new commodity complexes have strong links to agribusinesses and global markets.

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa said today the government has initiated action to attach properties worth over Rs.9,700 crore in cases of illegal mining of granite in the state and secure

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