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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s name plate vandalised in Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


Forest conservation campaign held in Kothagiri

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore: An awareness campaign about the importance of preserving the forests was conducted in Kothagiri which witnessed the active participation of students from Pioneer College of Arts and Science, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalai of Arts and Science and Christ King Engineering College.

The dignitaries included Road Transportation Officer R Thyagarajan, Forest Ranger S Selvaraj and Tahisildar Rangarajan apart from doctors, advocates, members of medical shop owners association and labour unions, social activists of Mettupalayam and Mettupalayam Consumer Protection Organisation.

The event was organised by Mettupalayam Save Bhavani Trust whose joint secretary M.l Jaikumar said, “We came to know that plastic bags, bottles left by tourists were cleaned between Ramasamy nagar forest check post and Kotagiri fourth hair pin bend. Around 400 people were involved in this cleaning process. An additional 50 members were seen removing nails and advertisement boards from trees between Ooty and Kallar. Polybags and bottles were collected in a vehicle provided by the Mettupalayam municipal corporation.

Ranger Selvaraj explained how plastics stopped rain water from entering the soil. “These plastics around or in the forests are sometimes consumed by animals which disturbs their biological systems. Students were told about how plastic spoilt the environment,” he said. Importance on reporting cases of forest fires was also highlighted.

People from 28 organisations, six NGOs and 300 students were involved in the cleaning process.