A two-member team of experts from the European Union (EU) has started inspection of the seafood processing units in Kerala as part of the move to review the EU ban on Indian marine-food exports.
About 20 people have been killed in some districts of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh by a mysterious fever caused by an unidentified virus. The virus is believed to cause high fever and vomiting leading to unconsciousness within a day or two followed by death.
The chairperson of the Central Pollution Control Board, Dilip K Biswas, has been awarded the Central Board Irrigation and Power diamond Jubilee award for 1996, in recognition of his expertise and services rendered in the field of environmental management in the water resources sector.
The Delhi government is going to set up four peripheral hospitals at the cost of about Rs 15 crores with a view to cater to the population residing in the outskirts of the capital.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has issued notices to 1,006 industrial units in the state discharging their effluents directly or indirectly into rivers or lakes to report about the action taken by them to control pollution or face closure.
The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) will chair the International Committee on Earth Observation Systems (CEOS). As the new CEOS coordinator till November 1998, ISRO will host the 12th plen-ary of the apex committee next November.
The government of Tamil Nadu may soon enact a legislation to punish parents indulging in female infanticide. S P Sarguna Pandian, the social welfare minister said that in the original draft, only mothers were to be punished, but due to protests, the father of a victim will also be under the preview of the proposed legislation.
Representatives of fishing communities from 32 nations have launched a world forum of fish-harvesters and fishworkers to protect declining fish stocks from commercial fishing fleets. Thomas Kocherry, head of the National Fishworkers' Forum was elected as the chief of the new body.
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