Published: Sunday 31 December 1995

Over 80 million children will be lininistered oral polio vaccine on ecember 9 and JImuatT 20, courtesy e Union health ministry, as part of ; plan to make the country free from dioinyelitis by 1997.

The World Bank will finance two prots in Uttar Pradesh - rural water pplyand environmental sanitation, id diversified agriculture support oject for development of cash crops x sugarcane, cotton and herbs.

The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam ts been given permission by the -ntre last month, to raise Rs 300 crore through bonds which will be offered to public and private sector financial companies.

A telecom package, offering Rs two billion sops annually to rural subscribers, was announced by the Union communications ministry on November 22. It includes an increase in free calls entitlement and a reduction in registration fees.

A massive grant of VS $216 million was announced on November 20, by the European Commission for a primary education and a poverty allmation programme in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

Those likely to be affected by the Tehri power project will benefit from a new rehabilitation package announced last month by the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation. The oustees can avail the low interest hire purchase scheme to buy flats. Quake-resistant houses are ready for possession in the Javalgawadi village which lay on the epicentre of the 1 "3 earthquake in Latur. The reconstruc- tion work was carried out by the Rainakrishna Mission.

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, has developed the first bio- technology-based process for producing concentrated invert sugar, a valuable sweetener in food, pharmaceutical, and beverage industries.

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