The Indian Government will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court today asking for work to progress on Sethusamudaram project. The Government is also planning to submit that ASI survey is not important.

The government's turnaround will come as a major boost to DMK. DMK has been pushing for the project to go ahead.

The Union government is likely to go ahead with the contentious Sethusamudram Project. Sources disclose that the government will defend the project when the case comes up for hearing on Tuesday and will reply to petitions demanding that the Ram Sethu or the Adam's Bridge be declared as a national monument and World Heritage site.

On April 11, the union cabinet gave the go-ahead to conservation authorities to sign an mou with international counterparts to protect the dugong and its habitat. Indian efforts to conserve this virtually unknown sea creature will get international recognition as a result. But this initiative has probably come too late. (Reference: Down to Earth)

C. Jaishankar Work under way off Nagapattinam coast extremely satisfactory No dredging work in the north of Adam's Bridge Port in Rameswaram to come up at a cost of Rs.95 crore RAMANATHAPURAM: Dredging work of the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), except in the north of Adam's Bridge area, will be completed well before April 2009, said K. Suresh, Chairman and Managing Director, Sethusamudram Corporation Limited.

Rajeev Khanna Dehradun : The BJP has embarked upon a special programme to regain its hold over the Hindi belt. The party is galvanising its cadres in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Kalraj Mishra told The Indian Express that an exercise has been undertaken to identify the voters at the block levels and to hold voter sammelans. The party has also started organising training camps for its workers so that they can convey the party message to the people.

Those opposing it are anti-Tamil, says Union Minister Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu (second from left) releasing a book on Sethusamudram project, written by Congress leader A. Gopanna (left) in Chennai on Friday. Also in the picture are Union Minister G.K. Vasan, Congress leader S.R. Balasubramoniyan and D. Sudarssanam, Congress Legislature Party leader. CHENNAI: The Centre will cross all hurdles in implementing the Sethusamudram project, a 150-year-old dream of Tamil Nadu, Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport T.R. Baalu said on Friday.

R.K. Radhakrishnan She answers criticisms against Karunanidhi and DMK government MAKING HER POINT: Kanimozhi, MP, addressing the DMK women's wing's first conference in Cuddalore on Sunday. CUDDALORE: After organising an impressive rally that lasted over five hours on Saturday, the DMK women's wing switched gears to debate on issues that affected the everyday lives of people on Sunday.

FORGET his earlier controversial remarks on the existence of Lord Rama, atheist Karunanidhi went to the extent of naming the controversial Sethusamudiram Shipping Canal Project as

THE Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project will be implemented through the cordial relationship between the Centre and the state, said State Electricity Minister, Arcot N Veerasami, said today. Speaking at a function as a part of Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi's birthday bash, he said that the existing cordial relationship between the United Progressive Alliance Government and the state government would help implement the project, which would prove beneficial to several southern districts.

The Supreme Court has ordered the union government to "explore the possibility' of an alternative alignment (a route) for the Sethusamudram project and asked the Archaeological Survey of India to