Published: Saturday 15 April 1995

The Punjab state government will be constituting a Punjab Gujjar Welfare Advisory Board, says chief minister Beant Singh.

The newly-elected Maharashtra government said that it would review Enron's Dabhol power project not to be cleared "at the cost of the people".

The National Hydro Power Corp (NHPC) plans to promote 4 hydroelectric projects -- including interstate projects between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu -- with a total capacity of 1,200 mw, in south India.

Development Alternatives, a Delhi-based NGO, has been selected to manage the United Nations Development Programme's Global Environment Facility-funded small grants programme, directed specifically at Indian NGOs.

Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan has been awarded the Green Ribbon Political Award by the BBC's Wildlife magazine, and Environmental Policy Consultants, London.

Delhi received its first consignment of 2,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol processed by the Mathura refineries. Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras are to switch to unleaded petrol from April 1, 1995.

An international fund to benefit child labourers in the Indian carpet industry is on the anvil.

To fund the rice-at-Rs 2-scheme, and to recoup the revenue lost from the prohibition of alcohol, the N T Rama Rao government in Andhra Pradesh has offered to sell 2 of its most efficient power stations to the Calcutta-based ITC Ltd.

Under pressure from the World Bank to adopt competitive bidding as a precondition to receiving assistance for its power privatisation programme, the Orissa government has revoked its decision to hand over power distribution in 3 districts to the Bombay Suburban Electric Supply Company.

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