CHENNAI: Charging Karnataka with "unjustly utilising" Cauvery water for summer irrigation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked Prime Minister Manmhohan Singh to convene a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority to discuss the issue.

Karnataka has been unjustly utilising the water for summer irrigation from February to May by depleting storage in its four major reservoirs, she said in a letter to Singh.

P.M.Natarajan, Working Group member, Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu, and a noted geologist, has welcomed the proposed Rs.1,560 crore-project to refurbish old tail-end sluices and con

Demand for freshwater fish caught at Mayanur increases

The blanket ban on deep sea fishing along in the State, to facilitate breeding, has jacked up inland and sea-fish prices in the district where people relish sea food delicacies. Karur being an industrial town has people from regions including the northern states. Not just during weekends but also during the week demand for meat and seafood is high.

The State government has planned to carry out six projects of inter-linking of rivers in the State at a total cost of Rs. 9,015 crore as part of its efforts to achieve optimal utilisation of water resources.

Stating this while initiating a debate in the Assembly on the demands for grants of the Public Works Department, PWD Minister K.V. Ramalingam explained the rationale behind the formulation of the projects.

Is Tamil Nadu heading for a major standoff with Karnataka on the Cauvery river water issue this summer? Perhaps, yes should be the answer if one were to go by the water level in reservoirs in the Cauvery basin of both states.

Add to that the statements of Karnataka leaders who do not want a single drop of water to be given to Tamil Nadu this summer.

CHENNAI: With the Cauvery water sharing row escalating, Tamil Nadu government today made it clear that it would not allow construction of a new dam by Karnataka at Mekedhatu across the river under "any circumstances."

Replying to a special mention on the water dispute in the Assembly, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa accused Karnataka of not honouring the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award.

Unable to take up mechanisation due to water, power shortage'

Expressing concern over the “bleak prospects” for agriculture sector on account of various factors, the Tiruchi District Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association has appealed to the government to amend the Land Ceiling Act and encourage cooperative and corporate farming in the State.

Overcoming the present power crisis in the State hinges upon the speedy completion of key power projects, including the North Chennai Thermal Power Station that could fetch 4,576 MW of power to Tamil Nadu, many of which were to have been operational by now but have been delayed.

NTPS: 1,200 MW

The works for the North Chennai Thermal Power Station with a capacity of 1,200 MW (Stage-II, 2 x 60

The sluice gates of the Mettur Dam will be thrown open for irrigation on June 6 and the uniform system of school education sought to be introduced by the previous regime will not be implemented in the current academic year.

These were the major decisions taken at the first Cabinet meeting of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, chaired by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa here on

BANGALORE, MYSORE: Even as the Kartanataka government turned down Tamil Nadu