TIRUCHI: Towards increasing the green cover and safeguarding the environment, Bharathidasan University will involve over 20,000 NSS volunteers to plant one lakh saplings in 250 villages on October 21 across eight districts in its jurisdiction.

The widely accepted view that emphasises the negative impact of the decline in common property resources on the village poor generally presumes that village common lands would have been used by all villagers inclusive of the poor without serious differences in the right to access them. Mainly based on

TIRUCHI: Complaining of an acute shortage of labour for farm operations in the district, farmers


The formulation can be used as a spray for a variety of crops

Mr. N. Gopalakrishnan (standing), demonstrating to farmers the manufacture of the egg lime formulation.


THE biggest impediment in reviving the ooranies in the state seems to be encroachments, which have rendered the water bodies dry.
At least 70 per cent of the 431 village ponds in Madurai district are rain fed and the rest are fed with water discharged from the Periyar for irrigation. Most of them have become useless, with indiscriminate encroachments.

TIRUCHI: About seven lakh ration card holders in the district would benefit from the supply of rice at Re.1 a kg through the public distribution system, said Transport Minister K.N. Nehru.

Inaugurating the supply of the subsidised rice at a ration shop at Woraiyur here on Tuesday, Mr. Nehru said that about 12,000 tonnes of rice, worth Rs.28 crore in the open market, would be supplied to the cardholders through 1,016 PDS shops in the district every month.

TIRUCHI: Over 3.06 lakh persons have registered for jobs under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Tiruchi district.

Over 843 works, at an estimated cost of Rs.31.85 crore, have been taken up under the scheme, implemented in all the 408 village panchayats of the district, Collector T. Soundiah said.

On Duty: Transport Minister K. N. Nehru distributing pamphlets to traders in Gandhi Market in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman is seen.

TIRUCHI: The ban on production and use of plastics below 20 microns in thickness will come into effect in the City from September 1.

S. Ganesan

State has sanctioned Rs.50 lakh for improving infrastructure at the site
100 million-year-old: An ancient fossil tree at Sathanur in Perambalur district.

TIRUCHI: The site of over a 100 million-year-old fossil tree, a geological treasure, in the remote village of Sathanur in Perambalur district will soon be a more hospitable place for visiting tourists and geologists.

The Rs.253-crore flood prevention project, to strengthen the bunds of the Cauvery, Coleroon and other rivers in Tiruchi, Karur and combined Perambalur districts, would be completed within two years, Public Works Department Minister Durai Murugan has said. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would lay the foundation stones for this and three other projects of the Public Works Department to be taken up in Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Karur, Nagapattinam and combined Perambalur districts here on June 24.