Published: Wednesday 31 May 1995

The total food grain production reached an all-time high of 186 million tonnes in 1994-95, says the annual report of the Union ministry of agriculture with unprecedented optimism.

India's first Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) clinic was inaugurated on April 20 by Harsh Vardhan, health minister for the Delhi government. The clinic will treat and educate people on the effects of pollution, environ- mental hazards and will handle health problems faced by factory workers.

Finally, the elusive coloured cotton - the textile industry's holy grail - has been developed by B M Khadi, plant scientist at the Agriculture University, Dharwad, Karnataka. This should cut the cost of making cloth by half, because the yarn will not have to be dyed.

Condom vending machines will be installed at 2 Super Bazaar outlets in New Delhi in the first week of May, reports the Family Planning Association of India.

Delivering the Govind Ballabh Pant Memorial lecture on April 26 in New Delhi, A P S Abdul Kalarn, scientific advisor to the defence ministry, said that India was working on an indigenously built supercomputer, scheduled to be operational by January 1996. Also on the cards is a hyperplane that will use atmospheric oxygen as fuel.

Fisherfoli ?h West Bengal will soon have access to satellites which would help them in locating their catch. Their trawlers will also be fitted with wireless sets to warn them against storms.

International patents approval have been received for 2 Ayurvedic drugs. These drugs were'developed by Puneased pharmacist Yeshwant K Joshi. Arenil is used for rheumatoid arthritis and Withalilosteo for arthritis.

More on catalytic converters. Unlimited Technologies International of Charlotte, US has offered to provide India with a device which can run both on unleaded fuel as well as on the leaded variety. The Indian response is still awaited.

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