Published: Wednesday 15 November 2000

With another drought looming over Gujarat, industries have been banned from drawing water from dams and reservoirs in Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat.

The Union government is planning to introduce several measures in the automobile policy to curtail the import of old cars, said Manohar Joshi, Union industry minister.

In the wake of the death of 13 tigers at the Nandankanan zoo in Orissa and the recent killing of a tigress at a Andhra Pradesh zoo, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world's largest animal rights organisation, has requested the governments of both the states to dismantle all the zoos of the states and release animals into the forests.

The Rajasthan government has alleged that many industrial units in Punjab and Haryana are discharging waste into the Indira Gandhi Feeder Canal, which is causing serious health problems for people in some areas of Rajasthan.

An international conference of farmers held in Bangalore has reinstated its commitment to "confront and defeat" the global agenda of neo-liberalism. The conference was organised by La Via Campesina, a federation, which has been jointly set up by more than 100 international farmers' organisation.

Shores of Silence -- Whale Sharks in India , a film made by wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey has won the Green Oscar award for being the best film on environment. The award was given during the Wildscreen International Film Festival for Environment and Conservation held in Bristol, the uk .

The musk deer is becoming extinct in Himalayas. About 4,000 adult male deer are killed annually by poachers, according to the International Society of Naturalists.

The Union ministry for environment and forests has directed the management of all thermal power plants of the country to use coal having an ash content of not more than 34 per cent. This has been done to curb the problem of air pollution in places like Punjab, Delhi and Haryana.

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