High fluoride, nitrate content found in samples tested by Health and Family Welfare Department

Samples of blood, bird droppings collected from four places

With the outbreak of avian influenza at the Central Poultry Development Organisation at Hesaraghatta, near Bangalore, the authorities on Sunday launched extensive surveillance in and around four places in Mandya that attract migratory birds.

Seeking a report on the mushrooming of resorts and other activities in the reserve forests in five districts of the State, the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) issued notice to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in Bangalore on Thursday.

The CEC has instructed the PCCF to provide details about the resorts (including Jungle Lodges), restaurants and other activities in the reserve forest regions of Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Madikeri and Hassan districts.