Even as the dreaded Avian Influenza (H5N1 strain) has come back to haunt India, particularly through the recent outbreak in Assam, the Chilika lagoon has been included in a multi-centre study aiming to identify sources of the killer virus.

Three resident Gyps species of vultures

An ambitious breeding-in-captivity project aims to save the endangered vulture by preventing it from feeding on carcasses rich in the killer diclofenac drug. It may be a classical case of too little too late.

Only the combined study of all the proposed power projects on the Konkan coastal belt, will give the real picture of the possible impact on the environmental of these plants, says the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

The 200-km-long Konkan coastline is expected to have around 15 thermal power plants, with a capacity of around 23,000MW.

At a time when local people, particularly fishermen, are crusading against a

MUMBAI harbour, where operations were disrupted after Saturday