Published: Saturday 31 January 1998

The prestigious Sasakawa-dha Disaster Prevention Award for 1997 by the United Nations has been awarded to Anand Swarup Arya, an internationally renowned earthquake expert.

The Centre has released Rs 24 crore during the current financial year for desert development in Rajasthan. The scheme is meant to stop the desert from spreading further in the state.

With a World Bank aid of US $15 million, the country's premier research organisation, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is planning a facelift. The new agenda of CSIR lays more emphasis on gearing up its human resources development machinery and information networking systems than scientific research.

The Delhi High Court has stayed a notification by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi banning weddings/functions at farm houses with effect from the new year.

The forest minister of Maharashtra, Ganesh Naik has announced a high-level probe into the felling of 3,000 trees in Buldana district. He also said that officials involved in the operation would be trans-ferred before the launch of the inquiry.

The Sathe panel, which was instituted to enquire into the fire mishap at the HPCL refinery at Vishakapatnam on September 14 has concluded that negligence of the staff caused the fire. The committee has said that the staff manning the spheres had not discharged their duties when LPG was being unloaded from the vessel Nanga Parbhat.

The Madhya Pradesh government has suspended 40 officers and other employees in connection with illegal felling of trees in the Bastar district, in accordance with a Supreme Court directive. Apart from this, criminal cases have been registered against 78 persons.

At least 5,000 children in the age group of one to six will be tested for lead toxicity. The projet has been launched by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in collaboration with the US-based George Foundation.

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