PALAKKAD: A meeting of the river management committee should be convened to sort out the problems in issuing passes for river sand mining.

This was decided at a meeting of the district development committee held here on Saturday. The meeting of the river management committee was being convened in the context of the river sand mafia misusing the passes being issued to the public.

G. Prabhakaran

Twentyfive years after Kerala

A Satish and R Ayyappan


Tuskers made to walk from place to place.

Lorries not used to transport them.

Made to stand in the hot sun.

No thought given to their fatigue and injury.


Kalpathy Kesavan, who succumbed to injuries in Palakkad on November 17, is the fourth captive elephant to die of human torture in the last one-and-a-half months.

PALAKKAD: The Dam Safety Authority will submit its report to State Government on the causes for the breach of Moolathara regulator-cumbridge within a week, according to Dam safety Authority chairman Justice Rajendra Babu.

He was speaking to mediapersons after visiting the Moolathara regulator-cumbridge here on Tuesday.

Electricity Minister A K Balan visiting the Moolathara dam site in Palakkad on Sunday.

PALAKKAD: The right bank of the Moolathara dam (regulator-cum-bridge) in Palakkad district was breached following the release of water from the Aliyar dam by Tamil Nadu.

However, no casualties have been reported following the incident which occurred around 9 a.m. on Sunday.

PALAKKAD: The right bank protection structures of the Moolathara dam, a weir and regulator-cum-bridge in Chittur taluk, breached on Sunday morning in the heavy inflow of water released from the Aliyar dam in Tamil Nadu, flooding the Chitturpuzha and the Bharathapuzha.

R Ayyappan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Muduga tribals of the Vettilachola colony spread over 60-odd acres across the Siruvani and Kanjirapuzha forests in Palakkad have gone on the rampage clearing nearly 100 acres of evergreen forest in the catchment area of Kanjirapuzha dam. There is a growing fear that these tribals are being misled into action by extremist outfits.

A Satish

PALAKKAD: Indiscriminate sand mining has been the bane of the Bharathapuzha.

But, now a new trend has been spreading like cancer in the rural areas of Palakkad. The plummeting prices of coconuts and the lucrative returns from illegal sand mining vis-a-vis tapping of coconut palms have seen farmers cut down coconut palms and indulge in sand mining.

Kerala: Windmills threaten environment in Nilgiri biosphere reserve

Southern Railways plans to prune its train services and further reduce their speed to check increasing incidents of wild elephants being overrun by trains passing through the reserve forest area in the Coimbatore-Palakkad section.