short of food: Asia could face chronic food shortage if the region fails to improve irrigation management, a UN report said. A joint report of the UN

Tripura building laws permit only five storeys the Agartala Municipal Corporation has banned the use of seven multi-storey buildings in the city that were constructed illegally. The council administration of the corporation pasted notices on the buildings saying they cannot be leased, rented or sold. The Tripura building rules of 2004 allow buildings only up to a maximum height

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The Chief Judicial Magistrate (cjm) of Bhopal has issued an arrest warrant against the former chairperson of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, in connection with the 1984 gas tragedy. A gas leak from company

BARC to help deal with waste The Bombay high court on July 21 set up a four-member committee to look into the feasibility of decentralized waste management in Mumbai. The court passed the order on a petition by the Smoke Affected Residents Forum, formed by Chembur residents, affected by pollution from the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai

>> The TV reality show Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao is in the midst of a controversy with animal rights activists writing to ministry of information and broadcasting not to telecast such a show as it was meting out cruelty to animals. The show on Sony TV has 10 celebrities roughing it out in jungles of Malaysia. >> Two journalists were fined by a court in Namibia for filming the

Mining pit 50 m from the Rs 500 crore Tillari Irrigation Canal Passage was operating without renewal or environmental clearance. The canal is expected to provide water for irrigating large parts of North Goa district. Six mines were operating close to the Selaulim dam, which provides water to South Goa. The mining lease of one of the six companies expired in November 2007. The operator

Vedanta and POSCO may find going tough in Orissa in a move likely to benefit tribal people and forest communities, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (moef) has made the law tougher for industries and government agencies that want to divert forestland for industrial and infrastructure projects. On August 4, the ministry issued an advisory to all the states saying such projects

It seems a witty little word play, and international non-profits Wherever the Need and Skadaddle Media are really having fun with it. But they are also using Twitter to call attention to the importance of sanitation and to raise money to build eco-sanitation toilets for developing countries. The programme calls for people to tweet their friends on the networking site and ask them to donate

BT damage: Thirty per cent cottonseed pods of Bt cotton were damaged in Pakistan