Published: Tuesday 30 April 1996

In a pathbreaking research, scientists from Kumaon University in Nainital, Uttar Pradesh, recently identified potential biological control agents for malaria in two parasitic fungi - leptolegnia caudata and aphanomyces laevis -that kill the anopheles mosquitoes causing malaria.

The Patna zoo in Bihar lost six of its 12 leopards in the last week of Match. They are suspected to have died due to an attack of 'feline enteritis', a viral infection which has no cure.

Indian space scientists added another feat to their list of achievements with the launch of IRS-P3, the country's fifth remote sensing, satellite, on March 21. The satellite has started sending data to the earth station at Shadnagar in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.

The recent outbreak of an unknown epidemic in the brackish water tiger prawn culture in the coastal areas of West Bengal is threatening the livelihood of around one million fisherfolk. it could lead to a loss of Rs 100 crore in exports.

Nearly 140 million people in Karnataka, Punjab and West Bengal will he the beneficiaries of the largest- ever health sector credit. This will be provided soon by the World Bank for a major reform programme, 'India State Health Systems Development Project II'.

The environmental activists of Assam scored a crucial victory on March 22 when the Guwahati, High Court stayed the operation of a licence issued to a Private party, Rock Product Traders, by the Central and state governments for removal of rocks from Chandardinga hills.

Three new species of migratory birds, corn hunting, buff-breasted sandpiper and linnet, were spotted recently for the first time in India at the Harike wildlife sanctuary in Punjab, a man-made reservoir created - by impounding water seven Ian below the confluence of the Sutlej and the Beas rivers.

A Lucknow-based researcher, Brahm Srivastava of the Central Drug Research Institute has developed a new oralchotera vaccine and successfully tested it on animals.

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