Published: Sunday 15 August 1999

In a statement, members of the Indian Medical Association have urged the government to take immediate measures to control particulate emissions from diesel vehicles in the country.

The Chaliyar Action Council has approached the National Human Rights Commission urging it to undertake a comprehensive investigation into the denial of right to life and livelihood of the people due to emissions from a polluting industry located on the banks of Chaliyar river in Kerala's Kozhikode district.

The first Indo-French joint venture for solid waste management is being taken up in Calcutta and its adjoining areas to alleviate the waste management problems of greater Calcutta.

The situation in Tripura took a turn for the worse, with the death toll in landslides rising to 14 and two persons drowning in the Gomati. At least 12 people were reportedly killed in landslides in the Sonamura subdivision.

For the first time, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has engaged a private firm for sanitation work on an experimental basis for three years under the ' Swachha Bhopal Abhiyan ' (Clean Bhopal Campaign).

During the Ninth Five-Year Plan period, the Union government will include two more areas in Project Tiger, namely Udanti wildlife sanctuary and Achankmar wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. This has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

India can afford to smile a bit for managing to enter the medium human development category of the human development index with a rank of 132 from among 174 nations of the world. However, the formula for computing the index has been changed to reduce disparities, especially in the income data.

An oral health care programme has been launched in the rural areas of Haryana by the state health department. About 100 dental clinics have been set up in these areas. A spokesperson of the department said that more than 90 per cent of India's population above 30 years of age were affected by periodontal diseases.

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