Prevent Jolarpet Municipality officials from going ahead with the work

Ambalur villagers expressed their opposition to the move of the Jolarpet Municipality to dig five additional borewells in the Palar River in Ambalur panchayat near Vaniyambadi to tide over the drinking water scarcity of Jolarpet residents.

Of the 1,122 samples of potable water collected from homes in six districts in Tamil Nadu, NGO Consumers Association of India (CAI) found that at least 50 per cent of the water had E.

Carbon credit system paying rich dividends to farmers too

In a silent afforestation campaign, a private company has successfully raised more than a million trees on private lands in five districts in the State and recorded a survival rate of 90 per cent. Giving details to The Hindu about the successful planting of saplings and raising them to trees, A. Joseph Rexon, Director, TIST Tree Planting India programme, said it was started in Kancheepuram district with six farmers in 2003.

Mohammed Jhan inaugurates farmers’ festival in the village

An integrated drinking water supply scheme is to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 1 crore for Poondi village in Walajapet block, according to A. Mohammed Jhan, Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare.

Panchayat secretaries will take it up from today

Taking a step towards eradication of open defecation in the State by 2015, the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is undertaking a baseline survey on the sanitation status in villages in the district.

Health Minister V.S. Vijay inaugurated the scheme of planting 65,000 tree saplings in Vellore district in connection with the celebration of the 65th birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by planting 65 saplings on the premises of the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) at Adukkamparai near here on Sunday.

P. Sankar, Collector of Vellore, presided over the function. H. Rajamohan, District Forest Officer, Vellore, K. P. Panneerselvam, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Vellore Division, Ravisankar, Dean, GVMCH, and P. Arunan, Resident Medical Officer, GVMCH, participated.

Farmers of Vellore district are pinning their hopes on the State government to set up an independent expert body to reassess the actual impact of tannery effluents as well as work out strategies to

While Tamil Nadu is celebrating Karthikai, the Tamil month of lights, the state’s power situation is turning from bad to worse. This capital city is witnessing around two hours of daily power cut, while the outskirts as well and rural parts are reeling under outages of up to 16 hours a day.

The state government said the crisis would end by the second half of 2013 as new capacities would become operational. At present, the power shortage is 4,000 Mw.

Vigil stepped up to prevent them from entering human habitations

A herd of seven elephants has made a comeback to the Andiappanur Reserve Forest (RF) after wandering in the forest areas at Salem. The Forest Department has stepped up vigil to prevent the elephants from entering human habitations after the herd including the tusker arrived at the Andiappanur RF on Saturday. Following the directions of District Forest Officer, Tirupattur division R. Padmavathi, personnel attached to the Tirupattur Forest Range have taken measures to monitor the movement of the elephants inside the RF.

More than a year has gone since the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) felled over 60,000 trees along the National Highway 46 for six-laning of the road, but it has failed to take up the restoration of the green cover till date. The lethargic attitude of the NHAI to take up the sapling plantation has left the district administration and forest department, which gave permission to cut down the trees for the project, red- faced.

Clearly stating the High Court order in writ petition number 7811/10 and also the GO Ms 704, issued on August 8, 2010, the forest department insisted that the Project Director of NHAI, Krishnagiri, should plant 10 saplings for every tree felled.