Hyderabad, Dec.

Washington: Lurking in the depths of a California lake, researchers found a bacteria that can thrive on arsenic, an explosive discovery that could expand the search for other life on Earth and beyond.

The Nasa-funded findings redefines what science considers the necessary elements for life, currently viewed as: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous and sulfur.

Tezpur: Arsenic and fluoride existing in ground water in Assam's Sonitpur district has claimed five lives and caused several others to suffer from related diseases like stomach disorder, kidney and heart problems.

The document endeavoring a vision to "Mitigate and Remedy of Groundwater Arsenic Menace in India" gives a detailed outline emphasizing the gaps, focal areas of research, immediate measures to be taken up to provide arsenic safe potable water to the
people in the arsenic vulnerable areas, other activities to be initiated for attaining a logical conclusion of the arsenic problem and also to develop

This document provides an up-to-date summary of the state of the knowledge regarding the arsenic problem in Bangladesh from health, water supply and agricultural perspectives. It analyses the principal challenges to arsenic mitigation, identifies emerging threats and proposes a set of key actions to accelerate & consolidate progress.

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) has taken up a project to identify people affected by arsenic contamination in Karimpur area of Nadia. It would tap the contamination in the cells of these people and gauge the extent of damage.

The state government admitted in Vidhan Sabha on Monday that ground water in three districts had arsenic which was posing health hazards to the people of that region.

Research on to minimise harmful effects
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 1

Researchers say they have discovered why arsenic turns up in lethal quantities in wells across Bangladesh

Researchers have pinpointed the source of what is probably the worst mass poisoning in history, according to a study published on Sunday.

For nearly three decades scientists have struggled to figure out exactly how arsenic was getting into the drinking water of millions of people in rural Bangladesh.