The Left Government in Kerala seems to be bracing for another war on softdrink giants Pepsico and Coca-Cola. An Assembly panel, constituted to look into the ground water exploitation by the Pepsico bottling plant at Pudussery in Palakkad on Wednesday submitted the report in the House, suggesting that drawing of water should be cut drastically from seven lakh litres a day to 2.34 lakh litres.

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PALAKKAD: As the sand from the Malampuzha and Chulliyar dams were quoted at Rs 2,300 per cubic metre by the highest bidder, the public at large will in effect be denied sand at reasonable price.

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Read the summary of high-level panel report on environmental damages caused by Coca Cola plant at Plachimada, Palakkad district. The panel has asked for Rs. 216.26 crores as compensation and has recommended setting up a tribunal for seeking damages.

THRISSUR: The prospects for allocation of funds for the rail coach factory in Palakkad in the ensuing Railway Budget were dim following the delay in acquisition of the required land for the factory by the State Government, said P C Chacko MP.

Union Minister for Environment & Forests Jairam Ramesh will declare the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala as Parambikulam Tiger Reserve on Friday. According to Kerala Forest Department estimates, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, contiguous to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve of Tamil Nadu, is home to about 30 tigers.

PALAKKAD: A mild tremor was experienced in and around Kollengode near here around 8.45 a.m. and 9 a.m. The quake measured 2.2 on the Richter scale as recorded by the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi.

KOCHI: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom on Monday said the government would ban the practice of nailing advertisement boards on wayside trees.

PALAKKAD: The State Government should initiate urgent measures to solve the drinking water problem in Plachimada, said Gandhian and Kerala Sarvodaya Mandalam president M P Mathai.