Published: Tuesday 31 August 1999

World Bank lending to India registered a massive decline from US $1,068 million in 1998 to US $400 million for the fiscal year 1999. Pressure from the US and its allies over the Pokhran nuclear tests by India in May 1998 is cited as the main reason behind the decline.

White tigers are no longer found in the wild. All the existing white tigers -- a little over 100 -- are in the zoo, according to Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Delhi Zoo curator.

For the first time in Rajasthan, international giant Shell has found oil at a depth of 1,800 metres at Gundhamalani in Barmer district.

Karnataka has registered an impressive 117 per cent increase in wind power generation in 1998-99 with production reaching 25.5 million kilowatt per hour (kwh) compared to 11.7 million kwh in the previous year.

India and Bangladesh have decided to carry out scientific studies over the next five years to facilitate the sharing of Teesta river waters.

India has received a grant-in-aid under the Montreal Protocol to phase out the use and production of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting substances between 1999 and 2010.

Viral fever and water-borne diseases in Nagaland have reached epidemic proportions claiming at least 274 lives in recent months, official sources said.

The Delhi government has identified 15 lakes in the capital to be converted into tourist spots. The Centre had recently approved the plans and also provided an initial grant of Rs 60 lakhs.

Commerce and trade ministers of the G-15 group of developing nations will meet in Bangalore on August 17-18 to discuss World Trade Organisation-related issues.

The Asian Development Bank (adb) has regretted that the Calcutta Municipal Corporation itself is a significant source of pollution in the city through its crematoria, slaughter houses and dhobikhanas says an adb report.

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