Published: Wednesday 28 February 2001

On the lines of the Madhya Pradesh government's Gyandoot programme, Himachal Pradesh has launched a similar programme in Hamirpur district of the state. Under the programme, 25 information centres would be set up.

The Gauhati high court has restrained the Assam government from displacing 58 indigenous people from their lands. The government's permission to the Reliance Industries for setting up the Assam Gas Cracker Project at Lepetkata area in Dibrugarh district would displace these people.

Forest officers and guards in Maharashtra will be given firearms to protect the state's forests.

The New Delhi-based Central Directorate of Health Services has issued an alert against toxic tea being sold in the market. Bandoline powder, a toxic chemical that is being used to adulterate tea, is known to cause severe damage to the nervous system, liver and kidney after prolonged consumption.

The World Bank (WB) has given permission to the Chennai government to take up additional schemes under the Water Resources Consolidation Project. Rehabilitation and modernisation of 620 rainfed tank systems in Palar, Tamiraparani and Vagai basins are the additional work that will be undertaken by the government. This will cost about Rs 106 crore.

A ban on the use of recycled plastic bags and production of bags, having a thickness of less than 20 microns, has been imposed in Bangalore.

Madhya Pradesh will not get a loan of Rs 505 crore from the World Bank to implement the second phase of a forestry project. This loan was withheld following the state's bifurcation.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi's standing committee has passed a resolution to penalise all those who are found guilty of discharging waste directly into the storm water drains.

Scientists at the Amritsar-based Guru Nanak Dev University claim that they have identified the gene responsible for a particular type of congenital cataract in human beings.

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