Bhopal: The development plans of 96 cities of the state will be completed by the month of July while those of ten municipal corporations by December. By the year 2013-14, development plans of all the civic bodies in the state will be completed. Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where urban development plans are being made on such a large scale.

Mercury is on the rise in most Madhya Pradesh districts with the day temperature reaching 40 degrees celsius.

The districts of Satna, Rewa and Gwalior recorded temperature of 40 degrees which was seven to eight degrees above normal during the past 24 hours. Similar rise in temperature was recorded in Jabalpur, Sagar Unjjain and Chambal divisions.

The district Collector, Akash Tripathi, has said that minimum two works based on water conservation and greenery must be started in every village panchayat based on public participation under

Worried over the diminishing number of amphibians in the Chambal River due to pollution, the forest department is going to measure and enumerate the amphibians. In this regard, a survey would be conducted from February 4-17, enumerating ghariyals, crocodiles, dolphins, and tortoise.

AK Vishwakarma, water specialist from WALMI, presented different aspects of drought in front of trainees as a type of disaster, while addressing technical session of second-day seminar on Disaster Management organised by volunteer organisation, Science Centre, Gwalior.

A total of 60 cities of the country are proposed to be developed as Solar Cities during the 11th plan period. The objective is minimum 10 per cent reduction in projected total demand of conventional energy. At least one city in each State to a maximum of five cities in a State will be supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.

A special campaign was launched in the State for checking illegal mining and transportation. The campaign launched at the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has yielded good results. The campaign was conducted from October 5 to 20, with the cooperation of public representatives while efforts were also undertaken to create awareness among people.

The IAF on Wednesday successfully undertook aerial sorties to help scientists undertake study of the total solar eclipse. Two separate missions from Agra and Gwalior were flown tracking and filming the entire sequence of the solar eclipse that was deemed hugely successful by scientists associated with the experiment.

Light to heavy rain is the order of the day at several places in Madhya Pradesh and the entire state is likely to record downpours in the coming days.

''A low-pressure area has formed over the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast and will cause thundershowers across the state over the next 24 hours,'' a Regional Meteorological Centre official said.

Murders are taking place over water in Madhya Pradesh, including the capital Bhopal, once known as the 'city of lakes'

Even as blood is being spilled over water here, parched Madhya Pradesh seeks divine help for rainfall with people trying every trick in their book to please the rain gods.