The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has chosen Palakkad as a high priority district,followedby Wayanad and Malappuram in the state, to implement its Call to Action plan to addresschild mort

On 28 MAY, as the rest of Kerala was eagerly waiting for the monsoon rains, a distraught Veera Swami performed the last rites of his four-month- old son in Pagalayur village.

There Is A Rise In Number Of Jaundice Cases Reported In The Tribal Block

One confirmed, nine suspected dengue cases

Nine suspected cases of dengue fever and one confirmed case were reported from the district on Friday.

Fewer fever cases reported on Sunday

Fever cases seemed to show a decline on Sunday with 9,289 people reporting with fever in various outpatient clinics in government hospitals across the State, as against Saturday’s figure of 14,631.

A simple initiative to recharge the open wells using rainwater harvesting techniques seems to be yielding dividends in enhancing ground water levels in several parts of Thrissur district.

About 8,110 wells of households and institutions have been recharged under the project, with the support of the government, ever since it was launched in 2008. But another nearly 10,000 private wells have also been recharged by their owners using the same methodology, but without government aid.

Kerala has dominated the National Plant Genome Saviour Awards for the second successive year by grabbing the community award as well as the newly-introduced individual awards.

While the Plant Genome saviour Community Award for 2012 was bagged by Palakkad Rice Farming Community, Ciby Kallingal of Pattikkad, Thrissur, and N Vasavan of Pachapoika in Kannur, have won the individual awards for plant genome conservation.

Restoration of lost land to tribes remains a mirage, says NGO study

Despite epochal laws and Supreme Court orders, restoration of tribal land remains a mirage, a study has said.
In Attappady alone, over 10,796.19 acres had been alienated from tribespeople between 1960 and 80, reportedly the highest in the State, a study on the topic by L.K. Ananthakrishna Iyer International Centre for Anthropological Studies (AICAS), a non-governmental organisation, published recently, said.

CAG sees weak political will, highlights failure of scheme

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has charged the State with a lack of political will in providing land to landless tribal people in the State.
The Audit Report (General and Social Sector) of the CAG for the financial year 2011-12 accuses the government of tardy implementation of a Rs. 175-crore scheme for the resettlement of landless tribal people launched in 2001.

192 ponds to be restored in Palakkad

Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph has said that schemes have been drawn up to renovate 192 ponds in the district on a war footing.
He was addressing a review meeting, attended by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on drought-relief measures in the district at the Collectorate conference hall here on Friday.

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