Published: Tuesday 31 October 2000

The Delhi government has decided to ban plying of all 12-year-old light and medium commercial vehicles, including tempos and matadors and 15-year-old two wheelers in the city from January 1, 2001.

A new outlet from Chilika Lake to the sea was opened near the Shipkida village near Puri to give a new lease of life to the decaying water lake.

Poor drainage system is posing to be big threat to the wildlife of the Delhi zoo. The main drainage channel of the zoo that passes through the National Zoological park to the river Yamuna has been blocked by Delhi Vidyut Board's dumping.

Maharashtra chief minister has announced a Rs 3.55 crore village sanitation campaign with a cash award for the most clean village. This is part of the government's cleanliness drive in rural Maharashtra.

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board has become self-sufficient for its water needs after installing a rain water structure in its premises. In addition to this, it will also save Rs 20,000 per month.

The Union health ministry has directed the customs department to ensure that any genetically modified food items which are likely to have adverse impact on human health should not be imported into the country.

As many as 4,500 sheep and goats have perished due to a mysterious disease in the areas around Joshimath town of Uttar Pradesh. Veterinarians have failed to identify the cause of the disease.

The future of a 63 kilometre long dam planned across the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat, to create the world's largest sweet water lake, is in doubt following intermittent tremors in certain parts of the state.

The Union minister for land and urban development, has rejected a proposal of the Delhi government, which stipulates that the Delhi master plan should be amended to reclassify residential areas, that have many industries, as industrial areas.

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