The new MCD commissioner K S Mehra took over charge on Wednesday from A K Nigam. Mehra had served as the principal secretary (Urban development) before this and is a 1978 batch IAS officer.

With two million children under the age of five dying every year, India has a dismal record in child mortality. Now, a new study conducted by Save the Children, which compares child mortality in a country to its national income per person, shows that India lags behind poorer neighbours like Bangladesh and Nepal when it comes to cutting child deaths. This, even despite its impressive rate of economic growth as compared to the other South Asian nations.

New Delhi: In what could be a fresh headache for government, a petition challenging the constitutional validity of a pet UPA project, the Forest Rights Act aimed at giving land rights to traditional forest dwellers, has been filed by prominent wildlife groups in Supreme Court.


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The global food crisis could continue to wash up at Indian shores as well, with the World Development Report 2008, released on Friday, predicting that cereal production would have to increase by 50% by 2030 to meet the escalating worldwide demand. The increasing shift towards bio fuel, its warned, could only add to the crisis.

New Delhi: The fluctuating day and night temperatures in the Capital are taking a toll on the health of Delhiites. Incidents of chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, upper respiratory problems and other seasonal ailments are increasingly being reported. Doctors say the OPD load has shot up by 20 to 25 per cent and warn that change in weather should be taken seriously.

New Delhi: In view of the upcoming Assembly elections, the BJP led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has made a populist move by deciding not to increase the rate of taxes levied on pets and vehicles. Leader of House Subhash Arya made this announcement while presenting the final budget for the financial year 2008-2009. He also said that the civic agency would propose to the Delhi government that it should not increase the tax, which was proposed by MCD four years back.

The Delhi Police has issued a warning to commercial establishments to display