SALEM: Small-scale mine owners are in a fix as the Madras High Court has dismissed a case against the State government

Although symbolic, the protest is a sign that the selfsufficient Malayali tribals are turning restive due to modernisation in the hill station
CLAIMING ancestral ownership to the land at Pagoda Point tourist spot in Yercaud where Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) has developed resort-type individual dwellings for sale, tribals in Yercaud tried to occupy the unsold houses today and werearrested.

They urge

G Rajasekaran | ENS Salem, July 25

FOREST RIGHTS ACT
WHILE the poor and marginalised tribal community is yet to benefit out of the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006, thanks to procedural and legal hurdles, the hill and forest areas in Salem are getting swept by yet another wave of illegal encroachments.

IN spite of the death of a patient and over 50 others suffering due to suspected cholera, sanitary conditions and drinking water quality continue to be in a very poor quality, the people of Muthampatti, a village in Salem district, complained to the Collector (in-charge) Kalaiarasi on Monday.

THE Samuga Samathuva Padai (SSP) led by former bureaucrat P Sivakami will petition Gover nor Surjit Singh Barnala to get the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) areas in Tamil Nadu to be declared as scheduled areas, which would bestow special protection to the tribals.

The Tamil Nadu Government will frame a policy for the sustainable exploitation of mineral resources, announced the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr M.K. Stalin, in the Assembly today.

This was part of a number of initiatives in his reply to the debate in the Assembly on the demand for grants to the Industry Department.

SALEM: The villagers of Kattukottai near Thammampati detained the officials of the Department of Forest inside their office for nearly an hour on Sunday evening till the officials yielded to their demand of granting permission to hunt down rabbits, which the villagers claimed, was a part of the temple ritual.

Package of measures chalked out to prevent fires

YERCAUD: Officials in the Department of Forest here are facing a daunting task this year.

With the sun crossing the bearable limits with scanty rain, the flora and fauna in the Shevaroyan Hills are facing the nightmare of forest fires. The Yercaud hills already suffered from two rounds of fires.

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