Published: Thursday 15 July 1999

As monsoons approach the hills of Garhwal, residents of Tehri town face the threat of eviction. If the construction of the dam is on schedule, the residents will have to be evacuated latest by November.

An increasing number of deer in Delhi zoo are contracting tuberculosis, as a result of rampant and unchecked inbreeding. Two breeds are being sent to Calcutta and Bubhaneshwar zoos on an exchange programme. This will only spread the disease, say experts.

The sound of snapping reptilian jaws suggests all is not well at the Madras Crocodile Bank. The main cause of the aggressive outbrusts is lack of space, say experts.

The fishing industry in West Bengal faces grim prospects with its richest reserve, the Hoogly estuary, registering a marked slump in yield due to over fishing in the last few years, a study reveals.

A major part of Madhya Pradesh is in the grip of a severe water crisis. Drying up of the traditional water reservoirs because of high temperatures, and an increase in the consumption of water have been cited as the main reasons for the water problem.

The Himachal Pradesh government launched a home page on its website, aimed at attracting investment and providing information on the Himalayan ecology.

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has served notice to as many as 55 dyeing units in Tirupur, directing them to set up certain facilities to treat effluents, failing which the units would be closed.

The Karnataka state government has set up a regulatory authority to handle bio-medical wastes generated by hospitals and private nursing homes. The authority would keep nursing homes and hospitals on a leash and book errant ones.

The Ministry of environment and forests has decided to give areas of denuded forest land to NGOs and industrial houses for voluntary improvement of forest cover. Ministry officials claim that the development will be carried out by NGOs and financed by industrial houses.

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