Published: Tuesday 15 February 2000

The Andhra Pradesh government has given an assurance that the interests of the small farmers and the landless poor will not be ignored during the distribution of 35 lakh hectares of degraded forest lands in the state.

A student parliament to debate the problems of health in relation to development was held in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

A Central team visited three districts in Jodhpur, Rajasthan to conduct a survey of the famine situation. The state has sought Rs 1,100 crore as central assistance for famine relief.

A CD-ROM titled 'Health Heritage' on traditional medicinal plants has been launched by the Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) at the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel has said that the Alang ship-breaking area will be declared a notified area by the state government for its all-round development.

The Karnataka government is all set to improve water supply in the state with the help of the private sector. The revamping will begin with transmission and distribution rather than generation or capacity building.

Vikas Congress president Sukh Ram has severely criticised the establishment of new cement plants in Himachal Pradesh on the grounds that the units were highly polluting.

Tiger and leopard skins worth Rs 10 crore in the international market were seized in the Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh and seven people were arrested in this connection.

Italian automaker Fiat has come out with Multipla Blupower SX, a non-polluting multi-purpose vehicle that runs on methane. It has been priced at $18,000 (more than Rs 7.8 lakh).

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in Andhra Pradesh, along with voluntary agencies like the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and local authorities, has initiated a movement to preserve the fragile ecosystem on the eastern coasts by regenerating the mangrove forests.

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