Published: Wednesday 15 December 1999

The Himachal Pradesh government has introduced the long-awaited agriculture crop insurance scheme from the coming rabi season.

Joseph Rotblat from UK, social reformers Narayanbhair Desai, Ajoy Kumar Basu and Saraswati Gora has been conferred the Jamanlal Bajaj Awards for 1999 by the Maharashtra governor P C Alexander.

A project has been drawn up to save existing mangroves along the Vembanad coast in Kerala.

Forest minister of Assam Nagern Sarma has said that Arunachal Pradesh has encroached on more than 6,400 hectares of forest land of the state especially in the districts of Tinsukia, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur.

A joint forest management programme has been undertaken by the Uttar Pradesh forest department with assistance from the World Bank in the Kempty village region of Mussoorie.

Union minister of state for water resources Bijoya Chakravarty has said that a project will be declared soon to protect Majuli, the world's largest river island in upper Assam, from erosion.

The salt iodisation programme conducted throughout the country has been successful in arresting goitre, a study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has revealed.

Delhi will have six new Ayurvedic hospitals in future, while for the time being the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will open ayurvedic dispensaries.

Fifty people have already succumbed to malaria in Koderma district in Bihar and many more have been affected in the adjoining districts.

According to a new legislation in Kerala, working elephants will retire once they are 65 years old.

The ecological character of the Ropar wetland, about 45 km from Chandigarh, is being adversely affected by Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal plant.

The forest department of the Delhi government recently seized 10 large falcons from an Afghan national.

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