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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:30 am 
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‘Try Green’ sprouts up in Tiruchi

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A group of young minds disappointed with the diminishing green cover in the city decided to do more than to sit around and complain about it. Determined to spike Tiruchi’s environmental quotient, the youth sowed the seeds of their ambitious greening campaign over the weekend.

“Try Green”, an initiative by the Thulir Foundation associated with nammatrichy.com, an information portal on the city, dreams of planting 5,000 green shoots in schools and colleges in a year’s time.

As a first step, the team led by M. Sribalaji, planted around 50 saplings in three aided schools.

Not just planting

Determined not to go the way of green campaigns that stop with merely planting the saplings, Thulir Foundation has come up with a scheme to ensure the saplings are nurtured and blossom into shade-giving trees. “Three students in each school have been assigned to take care of each sapling,” said M. Sribalaji, founder of Nammatrichy portal.

“To ensure they tend to the saplings regularly, we have announced a ‘best caretaker award’ at the end of the year, as an incentive.”The team comprising students K. Sriram and Helga Sindhuja from Bishop Heber College, Ammu Nair from Holy Cross College, and photographer Dixith and A. Anand mobilised volunteers through their Facebook page.

Saplings were planted at Bishop Heber Memorial School, R.C. Poonthottam School and TELC School, Kemps Town. The team sourced books from various donors estimated at Rs. 10,000 and donated them to these schools.


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Volunteers clean the Cauvery riverbed in Srirangam

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Members of city-based voluntary groups ‘Namma Trichy,’ and ‘I love Trichy,’ joined hands with corporation workers and the general public to clean up a stretch of the Cauvery river and its banks near Amma Mandapam on Sunday. The initiative was taken by S.Barathidasan and his son B.Riswanth, who mobilised people by creating a Facebook page and inviting them to participate in the cause. The corporation helped the volunteers engaged in the clean-up by providing them with two lorries and 30 labourers. Sanitary inspector Pandiarajan was present.

The volunteers managed to successfully clean up the stretch that was littered with remnants of death rites such as old cloth and human bones, plastic, and other waste. They requested the people not to dump waste into the river and to dispose the items of by placing them in separate boxes to be provided by the corporation.

Mr. Bharathidasan said that the corporation’s Srirangam zone chairperson has promised to provide three big bins to deposit cloth and other items, and clear them on a regular basis to keep the river banks clean.

Encouraged by the success of the initiative, Namma Trichy has planned to organise a similar exercise at the same venue next Sunday. “This is the first time that we have undertaken such a task. Namma Trichy is not a registered organisation, just a group of enthusiastic volunteers, ” said Mr. Bharathidasan.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 798989.ece


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:03 am 
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Tidying the banks

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The hot sun is baking the city and the Kaveri river has, in most places, dried up around here. Its banks have become barren lands that have been used for hosting cultural activities as well as a dumpyard. The Summer Beach only added to the areas existing woes.

But to wipe this slate clean, an initiative has been charted out by the city's youngsters, many from Srirangam. They have decided to take up the job on their own and garner support to clean up the area. "Tiruchirapalli is a place that brims with culture in homes. But why a very different outlook to the city at large? It's our city, and we have to take it up as our duty to keep it clean," says Gokul Doss Ravi, who spearheads the campaign.

The most interesting aspect of the campaign is its aggressive and well-received response through social networks. And through this display, the city's tech-savviness has come to the fore. The event has been garnering an increasing response over the weeks. "Yes, we have already over 100 people who've pledged to be there and help us clean out the dump. It's a proud feeling that there are like-minded dutiful people of our age around," says Vijay Raghavan, who is also one of the organizers of the initiative.

"What's more encouraging than getting down and cleaning up our city, when it really needs someone?" said one of the attendees, pretty much summing up the youth's voice on the issue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life ... 382917.cms

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Prizes given away to winners of campaign against plastic

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As many as 6,400 persons had handed over plastic waste to the civic authorities under the anti-plastic campaign held in Samayapuram last month during the annual Chithirai car festival of the Arulmigu Mariamman Temple.

The competition, “Dump plastics, win gold,” was organised by the district administration in association with the Youth Exnora, Junior Chamber International and Uravugal Public Charitable Trust to discourage the use of plastics below 40 microns in thickness. Gold, silver coins, and emergency lamps were up for grabs in the competition held during the temple festival starting April 7.

People were asked to hand in plastic waste at the designated counters set up during the festival in Samayapuram. Coupons were issued to people who handed in plastic wastes and a lucky dip was held to select the winners. All those who handed in plastics were given eco-friendly bags. Over 10,000 plastic bags were collected during the competition.

On Saturday, four lucky winners walked away with one gram gold coins while two others got two-gram silver coins. Ten others bagged emergency lamps.

T.P. Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, distributed the prizes to the winners in the presence of Collector Jayashree Muralidharan and elected representatives. The competition was held on the lines of the ones held in Srirangam during the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival over the past two years.

Photo expo

The Minister inaugurated a two-day photographic exhibition organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations highlighting the projects and schemes implemented by the State government over the past two years. R. Manoharan, Government Chief Whip, M. Paranjothi, N.R. Sivapathi, and T. Indira Gandhi, MLAs, were present.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 729560.ece


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:25 am 
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Clean, green celebrations at Samayapuram

The annual Chithirai Perunthiruvizha of Samayapuram Arulmigu Mariamman Temple was held in its usual grandeur. The highlight of the 10-day festival was the pulling of the decorated car on the final day on Tuesday.

Although thousands of devotees from various parts of the State participated in the car festival as usual, what made the celebrations different this year was the government departments in association with the voluntary organisations took the lead in taking care of the health and hygiene aspects and utilising the opportunity on creating awareness on the same.

Usually, the hygiene takes a backseat on such occasions posing a threat to the public health. A large number of people gathering at a place during summer can cause outbreak of epidemics such as cholera and chicken pox if attention is not paid to the sanitation and hygiene. Bacterial and viral infections erupt because of open defecation and urination, scarcity of protected drinking water, and humid weather.

The district administration, the Department of Town Panchayats and the Samayapuram Kannanur Town Panchayat came up with a well laid out health norms were strictly adhered to by all concerned during the festival days.

The Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Division), Tiruchi district, played a key role in checking the sale of outdated mineral water bottles, sachets, food packets, cold drinks, and other eatables. Led by Dr. A. Ramakrishnan, Tiruchi district designated officer, a team of block-level Food Safety Inspectors kept a close watch on the shops and hotels situated in and around Samayapuram temple and the temporary ones which sprang up during the festival days.

In coordination with the S. Kannanur Town Panchayat officials, they seized a large quantity of stale food and destroyed them.

The philanthropists make it a point to provide free food to the devotees during the festival days. Marriage halls are hired to prepare and supply food to the devotees. The Food Safety Department team along with the NSS volunteers of the colleges conducted surprise inspection of marriage halls and so on to ensure that the food was prepared in a hygienic manner. The food brought from other parts of the district was allowed to be distributed only after a thorough check by these teams.

The S. Kannanur Town Panchayat provided basic infrastructure to meet the demand of the visiting devotees. It installed water tanks at 75 points and supplied chlorinated drinking water round the clock.

While temporary toilets were set up in 10 points, mobile toilets were in place in half a dozen points. Temporary bus stands were set up, so also taxi stands.

The Youth Exnora International, Tiruchi, created awareness among the devotees on protecting environment by getting rid of plastic bags and so on. In association with the environment division of the Public Works Department, the Youth Exnora organised a special photo exhibition at a temporary venue near the Samayapuram temple arch. Photographs depicting natural environment, the impact of plastic bags and so on in polluting the environment, water sources and so on were displayed. The exhibition evoked good response, says P. Mohan, State president of the Youth Exnora International.

Besides, in association with the members of the Students Exnora unit of the Bharathidasan University Constituent College, Lalgudi, it carried a special campaign. The student volunteers distributed non-oven bags to the devotees after collecting the plastic bags they were carrying.

The people were encouraged to deposit the plastic articles with the Exnora unit and they were given coupons. Gold coins and other prizes would be given to them by conducting lucky draw of the coupons.

The project evoked a good response as more than 5,400 coupons were distributed, says Mr. Mohan.

Samayapuram temple area has been declared a plastic-free zone by the district administration and this was brought to the notice of the devotees by the Exnora by pressing into a mobile van and by displaying giant banners enroute to the temple.

“It was a rewarding experience and we enjoyed it. People themselves volunteered to deposit the plastic bags and other articles with us and collect the cloth bags. We will be happy to participate in similar campaigns regularly,” says P. Parthiban, member of the Students Exnora unit of Bharathidasan University Constituent College.

The initiative of the government agencies and voluntary organisations has come in for appreciation from all quarters. This strategy should be adopted in each and every event where people converge in large numbers, says V. Raghuraman, Pathologist of Dr. Varley’s Laboratory and Research Institute.

The health authorities should check the quality of water used in preparing summer juices, as bacterial contamination of water can cause throat infection and also adopts hygienic methods in hand wash, disposal of used plates and so on, Dr. Raghuraman says.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 639022.ece


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World record attempt to muffle sound of plastic

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Adopting ‘lets mute the sound of plastic’ as their maxim, students of J.J. College of Engineering and Technology, creatively used a manufacturing engineering technique to say no to plastics while simultaneously vying a chance to enter the Limca Book of Records.

A total of 500 students from the college made 6, 246 paper bags in 30 minutes in an attempt to set a world record, recently.

The paper bag campaign titled TUTE was organised by Swayam, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of the college.

Although the original target was 5,000 paper bags, students surpassed the number by a wide margin.

The feat was accomplished by employing a manufacturing engineering process – the moving assembly technique, said event coordinator S.Nadaraja Pillai. The production process was defined in ten steps.

The world record attempt was a move to encourage the use of paper bags, according to S. Sathiyamoorthy, principal, JJCET.

A. Ramakrishnan, designating officer, food safety and drug administration, S. Kowsalya Devi, headmistress, Government Higher Secondary School, Inamkulathur and S.Anabrasan, deputy headmaster, comprised the jury who witnessed the attempt. The record attempt has been submitted to the Limca Book of Records for certification.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 636059.ece


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Conservation activists float new forum

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A group of conservation activists of the city has floated a new forum, Society for Conservation of Nature (SOFCON), to raise awareness of conservation, and protection of environment and natural resources.

Apart from general awareness programme, the forum will target students to sensitise them to the need for conservation of natural resources through special programmes at schools and colleges.

The forum also plans to organise periodic exposure visits to forests, sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, and other eco systems.

The forum will work in coordination with government agencies such as Tiruchi Corporation, Forest and Public Works departments, and TN Pollution Control Board in raising awareness of environmental management and nature conservation

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 546255.ece


You can contact SOFCON for taking up greening drives in their areas by dialling 9443170366 (president); 9443644789 (vice president); and 9487743242 (secretary).


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திருச்சி, மார்ச் 25:
திருச்சி மாவட்டத்தில் 2 லட்சம் மரக்கன்றுகள் நடும் இலக் கை அடைய பள்ளி, கல்லூரிகள் முன்வர வேண் டும் என மாவட்ட வன அலுவ லர் சதீஷ் தெரிவித்தார்.
திருச்சி சமயபுரத்தை அடுத்த கூத்தூர் பால வித்யா மந்திர் மேல்நிலைப்பள்ளியில் உலக வனநாள் விழா கொண்டாடப்பட் டது. இதையொட்டி பள்ளி வளாகத்தில் மாணவ, மாணவியரால் மரக்கன்றுகள் நடும் நிகழ்ச்சி நடைபெற்றது. சிறப்பு அழைப்பாளரான மாவட்ட வன அலுவலர் சதீஷ், மரக்கன்று நடுதலை துவக்கி வைத்தார். அப்போது அவர் பேசியது:
சுற்றுப்புற சூழலை பாதுகாப்பதில் மரங்களின் பங்கு அவசியம் என்பதால் மரம் வளர்த்தல் இன்றைய சூழலில் மிகவும் இன்றியமையாதது. எனவே அனை வரும் மரம் வளர்ப்பதில் ஆர்வம் செலுத்த வேண் டும். பள்ளி மற்றும் கல்லூரி உள்ளிட்ட கல்வி நிறுவனங் கள் மாணவ, மாணவியர் மூலம் மரம் வளர்ப்பதை ஊக்குவிக்க வேண்டும்.
தமிழக முதல்வர் பிறந்த தினத்தையொட்டி திருச்சி மாவட்டத்தில் 2 லட்சம் மரக்கன்றுகள் நடவு செய்ய இலக்கு நிர்ணயிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. பல்வேறு இடங்களில் ஏராளமான மரக்கன்றுகள் நடப்பட்டுள்ளன. இப்பணிகள் தொடர்ந்து நடந்து வருகின்றது.
எனவே மரக்கன்றுகள் வளர்க்க ஆர்வம் காட்டும் பள்ளி மற்றும் கல்லூரிகள், தன்னார்வ தொண்டு நிறுவனங்கள் வனத்துறையை அணுகினால் தேவையான உதவியும் ஒத்துழைப்பும் அளிக்கப்படும். மரக்கன்று கள் நடவுசெய்வது எளிது. அவற்றை பாதுகாத்து மரங்களாக்குவது மிகவும் முக்கியமானது. எனவே மரக்கன்றுகளை நடுவோர் அதனை பாதுகாக்க வேண்டியது கடமையாகும். இவ்வாறு அவர் பேசினார்.
நிகழ்ச்சியில் பள்ளி தாளாளர் மனோகர், பள்ளி முதல்வர் ராதா, வனச்சரக அலுவலர் சரவணக்குமார், வனவர் சந்திரசேகர், வனத் துறை ஊழியர்கள் உள் ளிட்ட பலர் பங்கேற்றனர்.


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Conservation activists float new forum

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A group of conservation activists of the city has floated a new forum, Society for Conservation of Nature (SOFCON), to raise awareness of conservation, and protection of environment and natural resources.

Apart from general awareness programme, the forum will target students to sensitise them to the need for conservation of natural resources through special programmes at schools and colleges.

The forum also plans to organise periodic exposure visits to forests, sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, and other eco systems.

The forum will work in coordination with government agencies such as Tiruchi Corporation, Forest and Public Works departments, and TN Pollution Control Board in raising awareness of environmental management and nature conservation

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 546255.ece


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Guest wrote:
i am new to trichy..i want to buy some plants for my house..can anyone tell me the best nursery gardens in the city...please be sure that it should be an operating one now...


One of out portal member shared this "The one in Airport Road is called Raja Nursery gardens. In my opinoin its the best in Trichy
Directions - from TVS Tollgate towards airport after crossing Central Jail, there would be a TASMAC shop , its just next to that. They grow their own plants and trees and not re-sellers."


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