JAIPUR: Vultures, the birds of prey, in Jorbeer near Bikaner are alarmingly falling prey to Diclofenac despite the government ban on production of the drug for veterinary use in 2006.

Mercury To Plunge Further To 10°C Soon

Jaipur: Mercury continued to take a dip across the state on Sunday and many places witnessed a fall in maximum and minimum temperatures. People were seen putting on their warm cloths especially during evening and early morning hours. Mount Abu in the hills while Sriganganagar, Bikaner and Churu in the plains remained the coldest in the state with a minimum temperature of 8 degrees and 11.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

JAIPUR: The blistering heat conditions continued in the state for the second consecutive day on Sunday when maximum temperatures in the state remained on and above 42 degrees Celsius.

Three More Die Of Disease, 9 Others Test Positive

Jaipur: The eastern part of Rajasthan has not been much affected by swine flu while the western part has witnessed the highest number of cases reported in the recent past. As many as 13 districts are almost untouched by swine flu while others are marginally or badly affected districts. Meanwhile, three more persons died of swine flu — one in Jaipur and two in Jodhpur on Wednesday. As many as nine others tested positive for swine flu.

110 deaths since January; 148 since April 2012; 586 since 2009

The Rajasthan Government on Monday cautioned about rising incidence of swine flu (H1N1) in the State and sought Central assistance even as the Bharatiya Janata Party accused the Government of not being serious about addressing the epidemic-like situation. The virus has claimed over 110 lives in the State this year while 148 people have died of the disease since April 2012. Since 2009, when the epidemic first broke out in the state, a total of 586 people have succumbed to the disease.

Tamiflu Still Effective Against H1N1: Virology Institute

Jaipur: The strain of the H1N1 influenza virus has not mutated since 2009 when cases of swine flu were first reported in the state. The National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, in a reply to the medical health and family welfare department, said that swine flu’s viral sequencing was done here and the results revealed that the strain has not mutated and the virus is still susceptible to Oseltamivir (tamiflu) tablets.

Jaipur: A screening for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in seven districts of Rajasthan, conducted by the health department, has found that Bikaner and Jodhpur are most vulnerable to NCDs such as diabetes and hypertension.

The survey also revealed that Barmer, Jaisalmer and Nagaur have the least cases of NCDs. In these three districts, less than 3% of the population screened by the department was found to be suffering from diabetes or hypertension.

There is a ray of hope for Pong Dam oustees from Himachal Pradesh who have been fighting the Rajasthan government for over 50 years to get land allotted to them in lieu of their land acquired for t

As part of the first Indo-French collaboration in the renewable energy sector, two solar photo voltaic-based power plants of a total capacity of 20 MW are being established at Gajner village in Bikaner district at a cost of $ 42 million. The first of the two projects was commissioned under the National Solar Mission recently.

P. R. Fonroche -- a joint venture between P. R. Clean Energy and Fonroche Energie S.A.S. -- has collaborated with Mahindra EPC to commission the projects within a year of the award by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam.

Decks have been cleared for establishment of a full-fledged world class hydrology and water management institute in Bikaner, with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot clearing a proposal for openi