Nellore, Dec. 19: The number of migratory birds arriving in the Nelapattu bird sanctuary has come down in the recent past because of the decline of biodiversity in the Pulicat Lake. The birds are drawn to these sanctuaries mainly because the Pulicat Lake used to be an inexhaustible source of food.

Nellore, Nov. 25: In a bid to stop tuberculosis from becoming multi drug resistant, a charitable organisation has been roping in the services of locals to monitor the TB patients in Nellore. The organisation, Damien Foundation India Trust (DFIT) has been entrusting the job of administering the drugs for the patients to the locals.

G.V.R. Subba Rao

MACHILIPATNAM: Heavy downpour accompanied by strong winds and gales hit the district headquarters following concentration of cyclone in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday. An alert was sounded in coastal Andhra as cyclone over the Bay of Bengal threatened to hit the coast by night.

Vijayawada, Nov. 12: The Krishna district administration is geared up to crack a whip on indiscriminate aqua farming. The district collector, Mr N. Sridhar, issued orders to check the illegal fish tanks which are flouting norms of Coastal Aqua Culture Authority Act 2005. Under the Act, every farmer should register his land which is under aqua cultivation and has to pay a nominal fee.

Kakinada, Nov. 9: The action of the state government in withdrawing the GO on the coastal corridor was termed as a political gimmick by Opposition parties, but was welcomed by several fishermen

Nellore, Oct. 20: The Prime Minister

Kakinada, Sept. 10: There has been a sharp decline in the number of sea turtles in the coastal areas and there are fears that proposed coastal corridor may drive them to extinction. As such, the rapid industrialisation along the coast, poaching and consumption of eggs and meat are posing a huge threat to the sea turtles, including the rare Olive Ridley species. A large number of turtles also die after being trapped in the nets of fishing trawlers and big mechanised boats.

Nellore, Sept. 8: Poor and downtrodden people living in Nelatoor, Krishnapatnam, Sembunithopu, Nakkalamitta and Ayyavarikandriga in Muthhukur mandal are struggling for survival after 4,500 acre land in the area was handed over to Reliance Power and AP Genco for setting up thermal power plants.

While alternative arrangements are being made to shift people from small habitations like Nakkalamitta, Ayyavarikandriga and Sembunithopu in the wake of acquisition of villages apart from lands, there is no word from authorities with regard to major villages like Nelatoor and Krishnapatnam.

Visakhapatnam, Sept. 7: An expert study has revealed that groundwater in the coastal areas of the state is slowly turning salty. Unless urgent remedial action is taken, the farmers of the area would face crop failure and attendant financial crisis. The hydro geochemistry study was conducted by a group from the environmental science department of the Gitam University.

Nellore, July 22: Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore district is not only famous for rice but also for mosquitoes. In fact, the hea-dquarters town, Nellore can be termed as a breeding centre for mosquitoes thanks to more than 10 irrigation canals and scores of open drains passing through it.