Published: Friday 31 October 1997

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has prosecuted 142 people after holding them responsible for mosquito breeding in different parts of the city. Cases have been registered against them for disobeying Government orders under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

The minister of state for health and family welfare, Renuka Choudhury has said that the Union government is planning to introduce a comprehensive anti-smoking Bill in the winter session of Parliament. Although such a bill was tabled twice in Parliament earlier, it did not see the light of day due to various reasons.

Diarrohea has claimed at least 125 lives and affected more than 5,000 in Hazaribagh in Bihar. Worse, not a single bottle of saline-water is available in any of the health care centres in the area.

An effective herbicide to check the menace of phalaris minor has been launched. It will be available to farmers in the coming 'rabi' season. The new herbicide will replace isoproturon which has been used for the last two decades as a mono herbicide.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, India ranks sixth in the world fish production. This estimate is based India's output in 1996, when it reached an output of 5.1 million tonnes (mt), up from 4.9 million tonnes in 1995.

The Delhi High Court has ordered that wearing of helmets be made compulsory for all drivers and pillion riders of two-wheelers in accordance with the provision under Sections 128 and 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. A division bench comprising Justice Arun Kumar and Justice Dalveer Bhandari stated that the Commissioner of Police shall ensure compliance of these provisions after giving adequate publicity to the order.

Himachal Pradesh will spend Rs 575 crore for the development of the tribal areas in the state.

The Union government has told the Supreme Court that it has prepared a new action to tackle traffic pollution. This was stated before a division bench hearing a petition on automobile pollution.

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