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6 men get 6 years for killing spotted dear

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6 men get 6 years for killing spotted dear

Coimbatore: Mettupalayam judicial magistrate on Thursday sentenced six people to six years of imprisonment for shooting a spotted dear in Sirumugai range a decade ago. The accused – A Sundaran, S Murugesh, S Nagaraj, S Kunjapan, M Suppan, P Ayyavu and M Rasukutti (40) – residents of Mokkaimedi in Sirumugai Forest, had trespassed into the…

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Anti-poaching watchers guarding residents without pay

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Anti-poaching watchers guarding residents without pay

COIMBATORE: As many as 136 anti-poaching watchers in the district were not paid their salary for the past two months, as the forest department is yet to receive funds for the same. But this hasn’t deterred them from carrying out their duties. “We weren’t paid for two months. Yet, we are closely monitoring the movement of leopards…

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Workshops introduces schemes to farmers

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Workshops introduces schemes to farmers

COIMBATORE: In an effort to equip farmers with technology and to make them aware of the schemes of the central and state governments, the agriculture department on Wednesday conducted Kisan Kalyan Karyasala (workshop on farmers’ welfare) across the district. The workshops were held as part of the Centre’s Gram Yojana scheme, in which different departments would conduct…

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Illegal fences in Bhavani Sagar water spread area identified

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Illegal fences in Bhavani Sagar water spread area identified

Ahead of submitting a status report before the Madras High Court that recently ordered removal of electric fences erected by farmers in the water spread area of Bhavani Sagar dam, the Forest Department in Coimbatore has assessed the length of fences to be removed. As per the assessments, farmers were found to have erected fences…

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Mettupalayam Road being widened for three km.

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Mettupalayam Road being widened for three km.

The State Highways Department is widening Mettupalayam Road for three km from VG Hospital to Vadamadurai. As part of the works, storm water drain is under construction on the road side. “This is an ₹ 8-crore project taken up to bring down accidents on Mettupalayam Road. However, even at the construction stage, the storm water…

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Additional service on NMR to meet demand of tourists

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Additional service on NMR to meet demand of tourists

With the Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) occupying a place of pride on the vast Indian Railways network, efforts are on to introduce additional service to meet the demand of tourists visiting Udhagamandalam every year. To start with, a round trip between Ooty and Ketti would begin to give tourists the experience of train travel in the picturesque mountainside. The…

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Woman killed by wild elephant

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Woman killed by wild elephant

A 59-year-old woman from Karur district was killed by a wild elephant at Cherambadi, Pandalur, on Sunday night. Forest department officials identified the deceased as S. Rajeshwari. The incident occurred when the woman was returning to her daughter’s house after attending a temple consecreation ceremony. Forest Range Officer (in-charge), Cherambadi Range, C. Manoharan, said that…

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Plan to procure snacks from women SHGs for official meetings

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Plan to procure snacks from women SHGs for official meetings

The district administration is planning to serve healthy millet snacks during official meetings in Coimbatore. It has proposed to procure them from women Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The initiative is to help SHGs functioning under the Mahalir Thittam, a socio-economic empowerment programme for women implemented by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW) Limited,…

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Coimbatore likely to have four education districts

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Coimbatore likely to have four education districts

Coimbatore district which has two education districts (sub divisions), each headed by a district education officer (DEO), is likely to have four education districts with as many DEOs. Sources in the School Education Department say that consequent upon a directive from the Department officials in Chennai to change the administrative set up in the districts,…

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Heritage enthusiasts stumble upon ancient memorial at Karamadai

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Heritage enthusiasts stumble upon ancient memorial at Karamadai

Coimbatore: A group of heritage enthusiasts in the city have found a 14th century memorial in a village near Karamadai near here. While they have been unable to identify the memorial, the enthusiasts say it resembles Ragahvendra’s memorial in Tirukoilur. Members of the Tamil Nadu Heritage Enthusiasts Group spotted the memorial in a village called…

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