Air quality too, to be monitored at five spots, during Deepavali

It’s a busy time of year for officials of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). A week head of Deepavali, they have begun measuring levels of noise and ambient air quality at five places in the city. Monitoring stations have been established in thickly-populated areas like Besant Nagar, T. Nagar, Sowcarpet, Nungambakkam and Triplicane to collect dust samples before, during and after the festival. According to an official, noise levels will be recorded for six hours every evening and pollution levels, every 24 hours from 6 a.m.

Granite quarries which have not violated the norms should be allowed to carry on mining, said Madurai Granite Manufacturers’ and Processors’ Association here on Sunday.

The association members employed as many as 4000 workers in the granite polishing units situated along the Madurai-Sivaganga Road, near here. Apart from this, the industry provided employment opportunities to around 3000 persons in the locality.

Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) expressed its apprehensions over dengue-related deaths in Madurai district.

However, State Government has to relax policies on third party sales

India had the potential to exploit solar power to a large extent that would enable industries to reduce its dependency on an unreliable grid supply and diesel-powered generators, which are fast becoming expensive as the Government begins to withdraw subsidies, according to M. Srinivas Ramprasad, Chief Executive Officer of Persept Solar, a Bangalore-based solar firm with German technology.

Efforts of Jairam and Jyotiraditya to talk them out of it fail

Thousands from all over India set to march to Delhi to demand their own land

On Tuesday, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and Union Minister of State for Commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia flew into Gwalior in a last-ditch effort to convince the padayatra organisers — a land reform people’s movement called Ekta Parishad — to call off the march and accept the Government’s promises that a draft National Land Reform Policy will be prepared within six months.

A proposal to make all higher education institutions in Tamil Nadu become solar energised by 2017 has been submitted to the Government of Tamil Nadu.

P. Kandaswamy, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Department of Science and Technology, has submitted a proposal on “Green Energy for Higher Education Institutes in Tamil Nadu”, the implementation of which suggests that from 2017 all higher education institutions will shed their dependence on conventional energy.

Says he is enquiring into the matter uninfluenced by political or corporate clout of the accused

Collector Anshul Mishra has vehemently opposed the plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the granite scam in the district on the ground that the State government was better equipped to handle the problem of illegal mining as per recommendations of the Tandon Committee constituted by the Centre in 1988.

Industries wonder whether TANGEDCO has a contingency plan in place

With power generation from windmills steadily declining over the last few days, load shedding in southern districts has increased significantly. While the pattern of volatile wind production is a recurring one, industries say the difference this time is that wind season is drawing to a close and power generation cannot be expected to increase again consistently to peak levels.

Madurai district police have registered over 20 cases and arrested 45 persons so far

The Tamil Nadu Government has posted John Louis as Special Officer, in the rank of District Revenue Officer, to oversee the survey and assessment of granite quarries, now under way, in Madurai district. District Collector Anshul Mishra, who is heading the revenue team in inspecting the quarries and monitoring the progress on a daily basis, said on Tuesday that Mr. Louis, who was earlier serving in Villupuram district, would primarily oversee the surveys being carried out in the granite quarries and the assessments being made by the team members.

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