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Kerala Minister V.S. Sivakumar (left) who handed over the ceremonial sword to Joint Commissioner of Kanyakumari Temples, R. Gnanasekaran, at a function held at Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari district on Wednesday. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is in the picture. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
The Hindu Kerala Minister V.S. Sivakumar (left) who handed over the ceremonial sword to Joint Commissioner of Kanyakumari Temples, R. Gnanasekaran, at a function held at Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari district on Wednesday. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is in the picture. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
Glaring Flaw: There is no system for examining the constructions in the district to ensure compliance of building codes to avert catastrophes when disasters strike. File Photo

Kochi district could be caught napping if disaster strikes

Lack of expertise and finance a challenge to officials as Ernakulam prepares to meet exigencies after likely opening of Idukki dam »

Idukki crisis exposes large-scale encroachments

Rise in water level in the Idukki dam, pushing the State close to opening the shutters of the dam, has had an unexpected outcome: it has exposed the large-scale encroachment downstream, almost giv... »
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