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.

State has sanctioned fund to drill new bore wells

Virudhunagar worst hit; funds for other districts after getting report

CHENNAI: The government on Thursday sanctioned Rs. 18 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund to overcome the drinking water shortage in 10 districts. Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Villupuram, Krishnagiri, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Dindigul and Namakkal districts will be benefited.

SALEM: Officials seized nine tractors that were engaged in illegal sand mining from a tank at Nagiapatti Pudukuttai near Thammampatti here on Wednesday.

Revenue sources said that based on information that illegal sand quarrying was going on in a PWD tank, officials led by Gengavalli Tahsildhar Selvaraj seized the tractors. The seized vehicles were handed over to the Attur police.

Female infanticide has declined in Tamil Nadu, but there is still an alarming decline of child sex ratio in many districts.

It is now a big sewer emanating foul odour

Non-biodegradable: Plastic waste choking River Vasishta at Attur in Salem district.

PMK founder S. Ramadoss and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss along with party cadre staging a novel agitation in front of the Collectorate in Dharmapuri on Thursday.

DHARMAPURI: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss has urged the government to declare Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem, Namakkal and Vellore districts drought-prone.

Promoting conservation: NCC cadets taking out a cycle rally in Salem on Friday to create awareness on environment issues.

Hydrogeological and geomorphological parameters have been quantitatively correlated with groundwater availability. Weathered rock thickness has the highest control on availability of groundwater followed by lineament density whereas drainage density is seen to have minimum influence. A poor correlation is noticed between borewell depth and yield.