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Endosulfan use detected in Palakkad

Special Correspondent


Focus on orchards at Muthalamada, Kollengode

Steps to ensure safety of women on trains


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Health Department has detected the use of endosulfan in the orchards at Muthalamada and Kollengode in Palakkad, Health Minister Adoor Prakash has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Prakash said those living in the vicinity of the orchards were suspected to have health problems caused by the insecticide.

In reply to another question, he said chances for the outbreak of dengue fever with bleeding were there in the State. Directions had been given for conducting blood tests.

The government had held discussions with railway officials for ensuring the safety of women passengers on trains, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

The police had given an eight-point safety plan and the Southern Railway general manager and other officials who participated in the talks had offered whole-hearted cooperation for the safety of women commuters.

The government would not suppress the right to protest in a democratic manner. But it should not lead to destruction of public property and attack on the police. Protestors should be aware of others' democratic rights too, he said.

Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph said the government would revive the Attappady Valley irrigation project. Repair works of the Moolathara dam would be taken up soon.

The shutters of the Pazhassi dam would be repaired. Drinking water projects taken up by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) would be completed within a year. Work on Idamalayar and Muvattupuzha irrigation projects would be expedited.

Transport Minister V.S. Sivakumar said the KSRTC had proposed to launch 1,000 new buses this year.

The average monthly loss of the corporation had been estimated at Rs.32.57 crore.

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