Published: Monday 15 April 1996

Indian textile exporters will have no choice but to switch to eco-friendly dyes in view of the German ban on import of textiles using azo dyes. The ban will finally came into effect from April this year, after two postponements in January and June last year.

Bird lovers were left in the lurch as the wild flock of four Siberian cranes, vacationing in Keoladeo Ghana National Park quietly flew back before a satellite transmitter could be installed on one of the birds.

Tribals of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh will soon have access to hi-tech education, with the launching of a satellite-based communication and training system for rural development in June this year.

A Madhya Pradesh-based drug firm, Stellar Drugs Limited, which was operating without permission from the state Pollution Control Board, was served immediate closure order by the Supreme Court on March 18.

Thousands of olive-ridley infant turtles in Bhitarkanika sanctuary, Orissa, met their end recently, soon after coming out of their eggs. They were devoured by wild animals and birds when they rushed towards the 'wheeler' defence base, attracted by its high-powered lights.

Another addition to the list of increasing pollutants in India is chlorine, says a study conducted by Vatavaran, a voluntary organisation in Delhi. The use of poly vinyl chloride and plastic which leads to chlorine pollution, is on the rise in India.

Local polluting bodies will now have to face the wrath of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). A notification issued recently by the Central government delegates prosecution powers to the CPCB to punish any industry, municipal councilor any local authority for violation of emission and effluent standards.

The corporate sector has joined the AIDS campaign with the launching of the AIDS awareness programme by the Confederation of Indian Industry on March 17 in New Delhi. The programme aims to educate industrial workers and their families about prevention of AIDS.

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