India Intelligence Report
 

Environment Health and Education

 

 
  • 33 Vulture, 10 Kites Dead in Sikkim (February 27, 2006)
    In a first ever incident, Sikkim reported the mysterious death of 33 vultures and 10 kites at heights of 10-20,000 feet.<More>

  • Bird Flu Virus Spreads to Gujarat (February 27, 2006)
    The district bordering Maharashtra’s Navapur in Gujarat has reported incidents of chickens being infected with the dreaded H5N1 bird flu virus.<More>

  • Poultry Manufacturers Campaign to Boost Sales (February 25, 2006)
    With the story of bird flu off the front pages of newspapers, eclipsed by budget information, large poultry manufacturers are planning to initiate a campaign that will revive their business.<More>

  • Most Samples Test H5N1 Negative (February 24, 2006)
    The Health Ministry said that 94 of 95 samples tested negative of bird flu virus.<More>

  • Govt Reluctantly Accepts Bird Flu Outbreak (February 23, 2006)
    After consistently denying human infections, the Health Ministry said that there is "distinct possibility" of humans being infected by the virus and that those suspected of infection have been quarantined.<More>

  • Govt Claims Bird Flu “Localized” (February 22, 2006)
    The Government claimed that the outbreak of bird flu virus is localized to an area of 3 to 10 kilometers and that all precautionary measures have been taken. <More>

  • Chirac Recalls Clemenceau (February 17, 2006)
    French President Jacques Chirac ordered the condemned aircraft carrier Le Clemenceau to return to France after the highest court ordered a recall.<More>

  • EU Bans Import of Meat (February 17, 2006)
    The scare of the dreaded H5N1 bird flu virus spread in Europe with Germany reporting its first outbreak.<More>

  • SC extends Ban on Clemenceau (February 15, 2006)
    The Supreme Court extended the ban of entry for Le Clemenceau into India and asked for a new monitoring committee to investigate pending issues.<More>

  • Italy & Greece Report H5N1 Outbreak   (February 14, 2006)
    Italy and Greece reported the outbreak of dreaded H5N1 bird flue virus in wild birds.<More>

  • Nigerian Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads   (February 13, 2006)
    Nigerian officials are desperately trying to contain the spread of the dreaded H5N1 avian flu virus that has resulted in the culling of several hundred poultry in Kano, a large trading city with millions of people. <More>

  • French Ambassador Visits Alang   (February 11, 2006)
    The French Ambassador to India Gerard Dominique visited the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat and said that the facilities were adequate. <More>

  • H5N1 virus Reaches Nigeria (February 10, 2006)
    A virulent strain of bird flu virus has killed 40,000 birds in a large poultry farm in Nigeria.<More>

  • SCMC Submits Report (February 08, 2006)
    The Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Waste submitted its recommendation to the Supreme Court and said that this would be a "turning point in environmental awareness.< More>

  • Tribal Ministry Proposes Forest Rights Bill (February 07, 2006)
    The Tribal Affairs Ministry Secretary Meena Gupta disclosed that the Scheduled Tribes Bill, also known as Recognition of Forest Rights Bill, would be tabled in the next Parliament session.< More>

  • French Court Rejects Govt Plea (February 06, 2006)
    A Versailles court rejected a French Government bid to block independent investigation on the quantity of asbestos present on the de-commissioned aircraft carrier Le Clemenceau.<More>

  • Common Flu Vaccine Control H5N1 Virus in Mice   (February 04, 2006)
    US Scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Purdue University published a study in the journal The Lancet, that a variation of a vaccine based on common flu controlled the dreaded H5N1 in mice.<More>

  • Govt to Regulate 9000 Ayurvedic Companies (February 03, 2006)
    The Indian Council for Medical Research said that it would start testing of Ayurvedic, Unani, and Sidhha drugs on animals.<More>

  • UGC Unveils “Educenter” (February 03, 2006)
    The University Grants Commission inaugurated an experimental Educenter text and video supplementary content to students on a 24X7 basis.< More>

  • India Leprosy Rate Down (February 01, 2006)
    India has achieved a major milestone in containing the threat of leprosy by bringing down the number of cases to 107000 or about .95 for every 10000 people.<More>

  • Clemenceau to Wait Till Feb 12 (January 31, 2006)
    The French Government is seeking an urgent court order to stop an independent verification on the asbestos content in the condemned aircraft carrier Clemenceau. <More>

  • France Ready to Repatriate Asbestos (January 30, 2006)
    The French Government indicated that it would be willing to repatriate the asbestos that is still remnant in the condemned aircraft carrier Clemenceau.<More>

  • Bollywood Promotes Smoking (January 30, 2006)
    A World Health Organization (WHO) study has shown that the Hindi film industry’s support for smoking tobacco usage has increased.<More>

  • Clemenceau Owner Challenges Greenpeace (January 28, 2006)
    The owner of the condemned French aircraft carrier Clemenceau has challenged the environmental group Green peace to prove its claims of level of asbestos in that ship.<More>

  • ISRO to Assist in Health (January 25, 2006)
    The Federal Health Ministry and National Institute of Communicable Diseases in a tie-up with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will link 400 sites countrywide.<More>

  • - France TrashesTechnopure Report (January 24, 2006)
    Fearing the loss of business from increased environmental awareness and regulation, Alang ship breaking yard officials in Gujarat has sought French expertise to dismantle Clemenceau.<More>

  • Rajasthan e-School Experiment (January 24, 2006)
    The United Nation’s-funded Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rajasthan to e-enable its education system.<More>

  • H5N1 Researchers Find Virus Communicable to Humans (January 24, 2006)
    Researchers performing autopsies of H5N1 virus infected cats have found that the virus can be transmitted through urine and faeces thus intensifying fears of a human pan endemic.<More>

  • Egypt Orders Separate Probe (January 21, 2006)
    The Egyptian Parliament has ordered a separate probe to determine whether Clemenceau contains asbestos and if sending it India would be a violation of the 1989 Basel Convention.<More>

  • Intl Donors Pledge USD 1.9B to Fight Bird Flu (January 20, 2006)
    International donors meeting in Beijing have pledged USD 1.9 billion to fight the dreaded H5N1 bird flu virus.<More>

  • India Denies Egypt Query (January 19, 2006)
    National English newspaper The Hindu reported that Egyptian authorities did not contact the Indian Government to obtain latest documents regarding the acceptance of Clemenceau in India.<More>

  • Poor Elementary Education in Rural Districts (January 19, 2006)
    A national study of 506 rural districts has revealed that over 14 million children still do not go to school. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa account for 71.2% of this number.< More>

  • SC Demands Customs Report (January 18, 2006)
    The Supreme Court on Monday instructed the company that owns Clemenceau, the condemned aircraft carrier with tons of asbestos, not to include the exclusive economic zone of 220 nautical miles.<More>

  • Egypt Allows Clemenceau Departure (January 17, 2006)
    Egyptian officials seem to have granted clearance to the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau after a tense standoff between the two Governments.<More>

  • Govt Yields Decision to SCMC (January 16, 2006)
    The Indian Government said that it would make its final decision on Clemenceau, the French warship on its way to Gujarat for dismantling, but detained in Egypt, on January 20, 2006.<More>

  • India, France Say No Basel Violation (January 14, 2006)
    The Egyptian Government has halted the convoy tugging condemned French warship Clemenceau b efore it could enter the Suez Canal.<More>

  • Polluting Countries Set up Fund (January 13, 2006)
    Six of the world's largest polluting countries will create a multi-million dollar fund to encourage mining and power industries to develop and use cleaner technologies to combat climate change.<More>

  • AMU Can’t Claim Minority Status (January 13, 2006)
    The Federal Human Resources Minister Arjun Singh has said that the Federal Cabinet will proclaim an ordinance that the Aligarh Muslim University will be a minority institution.<More>

  • 15 Bird Flu Deaths in Turkey  (January 13, 2006)
    Turkey struggled to cull its poultry population even as the dreaded H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus disease seen heading westwards into Europe.<More>

  • HRD Ministry Wants More Funds (January 12, 2006)
    The Indian Human Resources Development Ministry has requested an increased allotment of Rs.8.8 billion to invest in engineering and management education.<More>

  • More Bird Flu Infections in Vietnam (January 12, 2006)
    A new study of 45000 humans in Vietnam has revealed that up to 750 cases of human infection of the dreaded H5N1 bird flu virus. <More>

  • Clemenceau has less than .2% Asbestos (January 11, 2006)
    French authorities have said that the retired French warship "Clemenceau" on its way to the Gujarat junkyard for dismantling has less than .2% of the toxic asbestos.<More>

  • WHO Warns Bird Flu May Spread to Humans (January 11, 2006)
    World Health Organization (WHO) said that five more people have been infected by the dreaded H5N1 strain of bird-flu virus in Turkey indicating that the disease is spreading. <More>

  • Govt Wants Ayurveda Certification (January 10, 2006)
    Federal Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss stated that companies manufacturing Ayurvedic drugs must certify that their products do not contain heavy metals.<More>

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