Environmental organisations have come out against the reported move to revive a proposal to set up a mineral water-bottling plant in the buffer zone of the Silent Valley National Park.

When the proposal was made two years ago, the State government and the district administration had objected to it, with the District Collector submitting a report that the plant, planned on the banks of the Karuvarathode, a tributary of the Bhavani, near Mukkali, would affect the water table and cause serious ecological imbalance.

Melanism can be seen more in the evergreen habitat of the Western Ghats where the interiors of the forests are dark

Melanism found in some animals at the Parambikulam forests in Palakkad district of Kerala has caught the imagination of wildlife enthusiasts. Recently, managers of the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve obtained photographic evidence of a pseudo-melanistic leopard. Earlier, a melanistic spotted deer was photographed. Though no photographic evidence has been obtained, black panthers too are said to have been spotted.

Forest officials warn State of an environmental catastrophe in Nelliampathy

The Forest Department has warned the State government of an environmental catastrophe in Nelliampathy, leading to disasters such as landslips, from destruction of forests by people and ecological factors. Giving the warning, a report, titled “Environmental catastrophes await Nelliampathy,” sent to the State government by the Additional Chief Conservator of Forest, Kozhikode, on June 25, 2011, said: “Last year, the Nelliampathy Hills suffered more than 10 landslips over a stretch of 1,000 metres. During 2007, there were more than three landslips over a stretch of 500 metres,

Local resistance against converting agriculture land as small plots for real estate business has started yielding results in some parts of the district of late.

In many places, local environmental groups and farm workers have come forward to resist the conversion of paddy fields and other agricultural land. The Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KSKTU) took up the issue of farm-land conversion with District Collector P.M. Ali Asgar Pasha on July 2, 2012 and actions were initiated against conversion of farm land in many parts of the district.

The environmental and social organizations here have come out strongly against alleged attempts by some top functionaries of the Government in sabotaging the take over of lease expired and violated forest land in Nelliampathy Hills.

In a joint statement in Palakkad on Tuesday they have said that “there was a consensus by both the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and Opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) that all lease expired and lease violated forest land in Nelliampathy will be taken over by the Government.”

The UNICEF in association with the Amala Institute of Medical Science will implement a model community action programme at Adattu panchayat in the district to improve child health. Millions of children die from preventable causes before reaching their fifth birthday, many of them during the first year of life, according to health statistics. It is estimated that seven out of 10 childhood deaths are from just five causes - pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition. This is when the capacity to prevent and treat these diseases exists.

Members of Kadar tribe to be relocated to Vazhachal

The settlement of the Kadar tribe at Kuriyarkutty, 8 km inside the core area of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, will now be shifted to Vazhachal as per the wishes of the majority of this primitive tribal group. The authorities had been trying to shift them for long but only 72 of the 78 families had agreed to the resettlement scheme. “Unless all the 78 families consented to the relocation, the project cannot be implemented,” said K. Vijayanandan, the Wildlife Warden of the reserve.

Work on dam across Siruvani river was stopped in 1989

Kerala proposed to revive work on a dam across the Siruvani river in Palakkad district to draw the water the State was eligible to take from the Bhavani basin under the Kaveri Tribunal award, Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph told the Assembly on Thursday. He stated this in reply to a submission from Congress MLA Ramesh Chennithala. He said a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister recently took the decision to build the dam across the Siruvani river for the Attappady Irrigation Scheme, which was conceived way back in the 1970s.

The steep rise in the prices of phospatic and potassic fertilisers has hit the farmers in the state, especially the paddy cultivators, hard.

Ever since the Centre introduced the nutrient-based subsidy policy on decontrolled phospatic and potassic fertilisers in February 2011, there has been an unprecedented price rise, Desiya Karshaka Samajam general secretary Muthalamthode Mani said. He said that a bag (50 kilogram) of 10:26:26 (nitrogen ,phosphorous and potash)

Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash on Sunday directed District Collector P.M. Ali Asgar Pasha to take stern action against illegal sand-mining from the Bharathapuzha in Shoranur.

Besides illegal sand-mining, hundreds of acres of the riverbed, dried up during the summer, has been converted into vegetable farms. The authorities have not yet taken any action against this.

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