Published: Wednesday 15 July 1998

The minsitry of environment and forests is all set to issue a notification banning the use of plastic bags for packing items such as meat, fish and cooked food.

Flood waters have forced hundreds of endangered wild animals to flee from Kaziranga National Park in India's north eastern state of Assam.

Nearly 60,000 HIV-positive cases have been detected in Maharashtra and the number of undetected cases could be more, says a health official.

The Union government would draft a national agricultural policy to boost agricultural production and ensure a better deal for farmers.

A new fungal disease has wrecked havoc in many rubber plantations in Kerala and Karnataka, casting a shadow on the future of over 10 lakh growers in the country.

In the wake of sharp increase in brain fever or meningitis cases among children, doctors in Delhi have warned parents to take fever cases seriously.

Environmentalists attribute the unprecedented heat wave, which has already taken a toll on over 1,200 lives in the country, to the unchecked deforestation and unplanned growth in urban areas.

Tiger population in the north eastern region including Assam has shown a steady decline, while it has disappeared from Manipur and Tripura.

More than 2,029 projects including mega-industrial projects, mining projects, river valley projects and construction projects are awaiting clearance with the ministry of environment and forests for the last one year. Government officials say that the problem has arisen due to delays in processing these proposals at the state level.

The Ganga Action Plan carried out in West Bengal for more than a decade, has yielded meagre results.

Increased poaching, fast diminishing habitats and the general apathy of the government vis-a-vis conservation of the country's animal and plant species, have cast a shadow over the survival of the black buck, which till recently used to roam freely in the southern parts of Orissa.

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