Published: Thursday 15 March 2001

expired dose: The Calcutta high court has directed the state director of heath services (DHS) to remove "all old equipment and medicines from the Tangra primary health centre." The court also asked the DHS to destroy and dispose off all medicines beyond expiry date to ensure that they were not given to patients. The court's order was in response to a lawsuit filed by Manju Biswas, a doctor working at the centre, who alleged that some doctors and employees of the heath centre were involved in a racket of administering old medicines to the patients.

wolf hunt: Many environmental groups including the World Wide Fund for Nature have appealed against a decision in the court of enforcement in Oslo to halt a state-sanctioned hunt for nine wolves in the forests of southeastern Norway. Environmentalists say that the court only has the power to delay the implementation of the government order. A postponement will give them time to appeal to higher courts. The country's environment ministry had earlier turned down the appeal of the environmental organisations to reconsider the hunting sanction. A 23-member team of hunters has been trying to shoot the wolves after getting a permit from Norway's directorate of nature management. The wolves are alleged to have killed 612 sheep in eastern Norway in 2000.

reverse effect: Canada has asked its federal court to reverse a ruling given by a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tribunal, which found a Canadian ban imposed in the 1990s on exports of deadly polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) to the US unjustified. "While Canada agrees with certain aspects of the NAFTA tribunal's ruling, we are seeking this review because the tribunal exceeded its jurisdiction and violated Canadian public policy," said Pierre Pettigrew, the country's international trade minister.

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