Published: Sunday 15 March 1998

State governments may soon announce favourable power purchase policies for renewable energy projects. In this regard, an agreement was recently signed by state secretaries, in charge of non-conventional energy sources, and chief executive of state nodal agencies.

The Capital is facing a serious water crisis as the production of drinking water has been reduced by half. The quantum of production at the water treatment plants has been reduced after an abnormally high percentage of chemicals was detected in the raw water near the Wazirabad water treatment plant.

Drinking water in Pune is not safe, according to a study. Thermax Cullingan Water Technologies tested drinking water at approved laboratories and found that several water samples contained microbe contamination, excess mineral presence and other impurities.

Two more tigers were found dead in the famous Corbett Tiger Reserve, taking the toll of unnatural tiger deaths in Uttar Pradesh to 10. The cause of deaths of the tigers, whose carcasses were found at Shigaddi in Gujjar Jhala area of Lansdowne division, could not be established.

Doctors in Bhopal are reporting a high and continuing incidence of gynaecological disorders in women who survived the Bhopal gas disaster 13 years ago, a trend that is causing disturbing social consequences.

The Power Ministry is exploring the possibility of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) joining as the new joint venture partner in a 700 MW Yamunanagar power project in Haryana. In case, NTPC does not join the project, it would be thrown to private sector.

The World Wide Fund for Nature-India and several environment conservationists have taken exception to the Environment and Forests Ministry's decision to allow felling of certain categories of the Borer pest infected sal trees in Madhya Pradesh.

The triennial "2nd Science Centre World Congress" would be held in Calcutta during January 11-15, 1999. The major focus of the Congress will be to develop new science centres in developing countries.

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