Climate Change Stall in Two Days Vegetable Show in Kotagiri- 2nd & 3rd May 2015

The Climate Change Stall was setup & gave an awareness of Climatic condition varies on day-to-day life on Two days Vegetable Show 2015 in Kotagiri concluded on 3rd May (Sunday) and more than 9,000 visitors had come to the show on 2nd & 3rd May (Saturday & Sunday).
At the valedictory function on 3rd May (Sunday) of the two-day event organised by the Horticulture Department in Kotagiri as part of the summer festival, The Nilgiris District Collector P. Shankar distributed prizes to winners of kitchen garden contest and for the best displays at the stalls put by farmers.






Rehabilitation centre for HIV/AIDS victims

The South Asian Pharmaceutical Council (SAPC) of USA has drawn up a plan of action to help people infected with HIV / AIDS in the Nilgiris district.

It will be implemented in association with the Kotagiri based non-governmental organisation Island Trust.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mark Stevens, President of SAPC, said that his organisation has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Island Trust to establish a rehabilitation centre in the Nilgiris for HIV/AIDS victims.

A fund raiser for this cause was held in New Jersey, USA, recently in which the Managing Trustee of the Island Trust, M.L. Alphonse Raj, had underscored the need for such a facility in the Nilgiris.

Among the participants in the event were U.S. Senator for New Jersey Bob Menendez and the Congressman of New Jersey Frank Pallone Jr. The proceeds from the event will be made available to the Island Trust for establishing the rehabilitation centre.

Mr. Alphonse Raj said that the centre will be the first of its kind in the State.

It will form part of a community care centre supported by the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society.

The vocational training in cutting and tailoring will be conducted in Kotagiri, Ooty and Gudalur centres of the Island Trust.

Totally 20 women have been selected to undergo the training.

The proposed training centre will implement various rehabilitation schemes like skill training, specialised counselling, special treatment for children living with HIV and AIDS and social support.