Armed Commandos and police check buses in Gandhipuram bus stand

Sniffer dogs and bomb squad have been pressed into service to avoid any untoward incidents on the bus. Metal detectors were also used to screen the belongings of passengers. Those wandering suspiciously were questioned.

Sniffer dogs and bomb squad have been pressed into service to avoid any untoward incidents on the bus. Metal detectors were also used to screen the belongings of passengers. Those wandering suspiciously were questioned.

Three suspects are being questioned by SIT after threat

Two belonging to Kerala and one from Coimbatore are being questioned following the terrorist alert provided by the security Agency in the Center. They are being investigated at the Karunya Police station. Search is one for one more person belonging to Kerala.

Two belonging to Kerala and one from Coimbatore are being questioned following the terrorist alert provided by the security Agency in the Center. They are being investigated at the Karunya Police station. Search is one for one more person belonging to Kerala.

Sand mining will be monitored through ISRO: Union Minister

Prakash Javdekar inaugurated the Research unit at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology at Anaikatti. Indians celebrate nature but some are posing a threat to it. Eagle species have come down from 40 million to 1,000 in India. Global conference on birds will be held in India in 2021, he said.

Prakash Javdekar inaugurated the Research unit at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology at Anaikatti. Indians celebrate nature but some are posing a threat to it. Eagle species have come down from 40 million to 1,000 in India. Global conference on birds will be held in India in 2021, he said.

Sandal wood tree felling on the rise

Two sandal wood trees that were chopped in two houses close to each other in RS Puram has triggered panic. Sandal wood trees that were chopped off in Race Course, Saibaba Colony, R S Puram and other places across the city. The cops are analysing CCTV cameras to ascertain who the culprits are.

Two sandal wood trees that were chopped in two houses close to each other in RS Puram has triggered panic. Sandal wood trees that were chopped off in Race Course, Saibaba Colony, R S Puram and other places across the city. The cops are analysing CCTV cameras to ascertain who the culprits are.

Coimbatore under alert after intel report of terrorist intrusion

Security has been tightened in and around the city since Thursday night, following intelligence reports of infiltration of a gang of terrorists into Tamil Nadu. The report suggested that a six-member Lashkar E Toiba gang had infiltrated into the State by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities in Tamil Nadu

Security has been tightened in and around the city since Thursday night, following intelligence reports of infiltration of a gang of terrorists into Tamil Nadu. The report suggested that a six-member Lashkar E Toiba gang had infiltrated into the State by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities in Tamil Nadu

Three detained in Coimbatore for quizzing

Police have detained three persons for interrogation on Saturday in connection with the reported intrusion of six-member gang of Lashkar e Taiba into the State and also in the city.

The trio were taken on suspicion that they were in touch, with the extremists and were being interrogated at an undisclosed place, police sources said.

Amidst strict surveillance, patrolling and vehicle checks, police provided protection to the leaders of a few Hindu outfits, they said.

Coimbatore : Police have detained three persons for interrogation on Saturday in connection with the reported intrusion of six-member gang of Lashkar e Taiba into the State and also in the city.

The trio were taken on suspicion that they were in touch, with the extremists and were being interrogated at an undisclosed place, police sources said.

Amidst strict surveillance, patrolling and vehicle checks, police provided protection to the leaders of a few Hindu outfits, they said.

Centre for avian ecotoxicology at SACON opened

Coimbatore, Aug 24 : A National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology was inaugurated at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences (SACON) to study the movement of environmental contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poly chlorinated biphenyls and drugs through food chain and their harmful effects on birds.

The centre, inaugurated by Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar, would explore the impact of chemical contaminants on individual species of birds and, where possible, link them to population and communities.

Ecotoxicological studies assume significance at a stage when ecological factors are unable to explain continued mortality of birds leading to population decline over a period.

Highlighting the almost extinction of vultures from 40 million to nearly 1,000 in India, Javadekar said the Government had banned Diclofenac given to cattle, due to which vultures were dying.

Similar was the case of Amur Falcons, which used to come to Nagaland from Malayasia to roost, he said.

In the recent past, the centre has documented the levels of contaminants in around 125 species of birds received from different parts of India. Sarus crane, demoiselle crane, vulture, peafowl and pelican are a few to name. Analytical chemistry, being an integral part of ecotoxicological studies, warrants state-of-the-art analytical equipment to quantify and qualify the presence of elusive chemicals in different biological and non-biological matrices.

The Ministry has a project at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore for modernising the facility at SACON and a centre of excellence to handle the challenges posed by the continued entry of newer chemicals into the environment, he said.

While there might be analytical facility available elsewhere in the country to deal with environmental contamination, SACON was the only institute which did ecotoxicological research, focusing on birds, he said..

The modernized facility at SACON, equipped with sophisticated instruments, would help to estimate the levels of an array of chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals and even drugs.

Eventually, the output would help the Government in framing policies towards protecting not only birds but also other forms, Javadekar said.

Coimbatore : A National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology was inaugurated at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences (SACON) to study the movement of environmental contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poly chlorinated biphenyls and drugs through food chain and their harmful effects on birds.

The centre, inaugurated by Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar, would explore the impact of chemical contaminants on individual species of birds and, where possible, link them to population and communities.

Ecotoxicological studies assume significance at a stage when ecological factors are unable to explain continued mortality of birds leading to population decline over a period.

Highlighting the almost extinction of vultures from 40 million to nearly 1,000 in India, Javadekar said the Government had banned Diclofenac given to cattle, due to which vultures were dying.

Similar was the case of Amur Falcons, which used to come to Nagaland from Malayasia to roost, he said.

In the recent past, the centre has documented the levels of contaminants in around 125 species of birds received from different parts of India. Sarus crane, demoiselle crane, vulture, peafowl and pelican are a few to name. Analytical chemistry, being an integral part of ecotoxicological studies, warrants state-of-the-art analytical equipment to quantify and qualify the presence of elusive chemicals in different biological and non-biological matrices.

The Ministry has a project at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore for modernising the facility at SACON and a centre of excellence to handle the challenges posed by the continued entry of newer chemicals into the environment, he said.

While there might be analytical facility available elsewhere in the country to deal with environmental contamination, SACON was the only institute which did ecotoxicological research, focusing on birds, he said..

The modernized facility at SACON, equipped with sophisticated instruments, would help to estimate the levels of an array of chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals and even drugs.

Eventually, the output would help the Government in framing policies towards protecting not only birds but also other forms, Javadekar said.

Satellites to track sand mining, steps to curb man-animal conflict soon: Javadekar

Coimbatore, Aug 24: Plans are afoot to detect illegal mining of sand across the country with the help of ISRO satellites and also augmentation of water and fodder in forest areas to prevent man-animal conflict.

Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that the government planned to use satellite image technology by ISRO to map areas and rivers to check illegal sand mining. Javadekar told mediapersons at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology (SACON) on the outskirts that with the help of ISRO technology, “we will know where sand is deposited and the State government can auction it. Thereby, mafia operating in this field can be avoided and a sustainable sand mining system put  in place”.

On the issue of  increasing man-animal conflict due to encroachment  of forest areas, particularly elephant corridors and not abiding by HACA rules in Western Ghats, Javdekar said farmers had told him that unless  enough water and fodder was provided in the foresta, animals would come out leading to such conflicts.

“From this year, we are asking States to take up water and fodder augmentation

in forest areas and prepare contour map and  catchment treatment plan,” he said.

The ministry was releasing  CAMPA funds to States, which had been pending for the last 15 years so that the States could take up the water and fodder augmentation, by which there would be no more man-animal conflict, he said.

 On wildlife, the minister said, “We have doubled the tiger population before 2022 and in 10 years, we have more than 30,000 elephants and rhinos in thousands.

“Wildlife testifies our ecology chain; the pyramid is in good condition and we want to maintain the balance.”

Coimbatore : Plans are afoot to detect illegal mining of sand across the country with the help of ISRO satellites and also augmentation of water and fodder in forest areas to prevent man-animal conflict.

Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that the government planned to use satellite image technology by ISRO to map areas and rivers to check illegal sand mining. Javadekar told mediapersons at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology (SACON) on the outskirts that with the help of ISRO technology, “we will know where sand is deposited and the State government can auction it. Thereby, mafia operating in this field can be avoided and a sustainable sand mining system put  in place”.

On the issue of  increasing man-animal conflict due to encroachment  of forest areas, particularly elephant corridors and not abiding by HACA rules in Western Ghats, Javdekar said farmers had told him that unless  enough water and fodder was provided in the foresta, animals would come out leading to such conflicts.

“From this year, we are asking States to take up water and fodder augmentation

in forest areas and prepare contour map and  catchment treatment plan,” he said.

The ministry was releasing  CAMPA funds to States, which had been pending for the last 15 years so that the States could take up the water and fodder augmentation, by which there would be no more man-animal conflict, he said.

 On wildlife, the minister said, “We have doubled the tiger population before 2022 and in 10 years, we have more than 30,000 elephants and rhinos in thousands.

“Wildlife testifies our ecology chain; the pyramid is in good condition and we want to maintain the balance.”