The death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in eastern Uttar Pradesh has now reached 154 with three children succumbing to the killer virus on Wednesday night.

The three children died at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur where they had been admitted for treatment. A total of 663 encephalitis patients were admitted to different government hospitals of Gorakhpur and Basti districts in 2012 of which 154 died, said additional director, health, of Gorakhpur division, Diwakar Prasad.

The public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant in Fatehabad, Haryana came to an end within 40 minutes of its start yesterday after the local people’s fierce opposition.

A nuclear power plant coming up in Haryana, India, conducts a public hearing without making the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report public. The controversial plant is being constructed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on fertile agricultural land.

Stressing on the planned development of cities Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed officials to give priority to construction of integrated townships for weaker and lower income group people.

A blistering heat wave swept through North and East India on Tuesday claiming two lives in Uttar Pradesh. Delhi recorded a maximum of 43.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and a minimum of 26.8 degrees Celsius. Two train passengers were found dead at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh where the temperature touched 42.7 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab and Haryana, the heat wave intensified further with maximum temperatures hovering in the range of 42-45 degrees Celsius.

LUCKNOW: The UP government on Monday cleared projects worth Rs 602 crore to check the dreaded Japanese encephalitis which has claimed more than 5,000 lives in the past seven years.

LUCKNOW: The energy task force (ETF) headed by chief secretary Jawed Usmani gave nod to various power upgradation projects on Monday.

Farmers in Haryana have stepped up their campaign against the setting up of the Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant in the Fatehabad district of the state.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has earmarked over 628 hectares of land to set up a 2,800-MW power plant which will use pressurised heavy water reactors at a cost of `13,000 crores. The villages earmarked for site selection include Gorakhpur, Kumaharia and Kajalhedi.

A study has been undertaken to assess the number of six important tree species including teak, mango, babool, neem, kathal and shisham outside forests in rural areas of district Gorakhpur.

State is not getting its due share, says Governor

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia on Thursday expressed concern over the issue of the State's legitimate share of water. Describing Haryana as a water-deficit State, he said the situation had been further compounded as it was not getting its due share of river water.