Published: Tuesday 29 February 2000

About 13.5 crore children up to the age of five were vaccinated at 650,000 centres all over the country in the fourth and final round of the nationwide Pulse polio immunisation programme recently.

About 1,000 hectares of wasteland will be developed in Erode district, Tamil Nadu, at a cost of Rs 47 lakh.

The Cauvery delta district of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu has proved to be fertile grounds for teak plantations. Teak comprises 4 per cent of the total forest cover.

More than 3.5 lakh slum-dwellers have been covered in Faridabad district under the World Health Organization-sponsored 'reproductive child health scheme' launched in 1998.

The Rs 102-crore project to tame the Swan river -- the river of sorrow -- in Una district of Himachal Pradesh has finally been cleared by the Central Water Commission.

The Maharashtra government has clarified that the proposed Worli-Bandra Link project will not endanger Chaitya Bhoomi in Dadar or the coastline at Worli. The government has appealed to the public not to stall the project which is vital for improvement of traffic in Mumbai and reducing vehicular pollution.

The Indian government has included ten more wetlands to the Ramsar site. The new Ramsar sites include Tso Morari in Jammu and Kashmir, Lali Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and Dipor beel in Assam. The total area of the identified sites cover nearly 11 lakh hectares. India had only listed six sites prior to this.

Diplomas were awarded to 25 lawyers who completed a five-month course in environmental law conducted by the World Wide Fund-India's Centre for Environmental Law. Eminent jurist L M Singhvi chaired the meet.

A rural library-cum- it centre, with internet access, is to be set up in every village to sustain the literacy rate which is expected to touch 70 per cent by the year-end.

Jamshyd Godrej has taken over as president of the World Wide Fund for Nature-India.

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