Jaipur: For the wildlife lover who cannot travel to Ranthambore or Sariska every now and then, the Jhalana forest area is proving to be a great alternative. The panther spotting at the forest makes up for the lack of tigers.

And, if the proposal to declare the forest area as a sanctuary comes through, it would be another feather in the cap for Jaipur, a much sought-after tourist destination in the country.

Infosys has been awarded the National Energy Conservation Award 2012 for its energy conservation efforts at the company’s campus in Jaipur and Pune.

JAIPUR: In support of the telecom industry, Union minister for communication and information technology Kapil Sibal has told Rajasthan government about the negative impacts of removing cell phone towers in the state.

In his communique to the chief minister Ashok Gehlot in the last week of November, Sibal expressed his fear that compliance of high court orders could hit the critical communication requirement in the state. Sibal said communication is vital for law and order in the state.

Jaipur: A Central government study conducted earlier this year concluded that not a single firecracker available in the market was within the prescribed noise level limits set by the Supreme Court.

A test of 846 firecrackers made by 144 manufacturers in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu – the hub of firecracker production in the country – showed that the minimum noise level these firecrackers generated was 120 decibels (dB) against the Supreme Court-mandated 105dB for a string of crackers. The noise limit for a single cracker is 125dB. The maximum noise these tested firecrackers generated was 146.8dB.

JAIPUR: Dengue cases in Jaipur have shot up dramatically in less than a month with the report of 176 such cases in the city.

However, the medical health and family welfare department downplayed the situation claiming that in comparison to the corresponding period last year, the number of dengue cases this year are quite less. It was only in October the fever started victimizing people. The figure of dengue cases from January 1 to October 22 was just 28. But from October 7 to October 22, as many as 51 new cases of dengue fever were reported. Moreover, from October 22 to November 4, the new dengue cases found in the city were 125.

Villagers Allege That Blasting Was Not Permitted At The Mine Where Body Was Found

Jaipur: Lack of safety measures and unauthorised use of explosives during mining on Jaipur outskirts allegedly claimed one more life. The body of a man was found near a mine at Naradpura village in Harmara area on Saturday morning. A former sarpanch has lodged an FIR against the mine owners alleging that the deceased, who was working at a stone mine, was killed during blasting of explosives. Villagers alleged that blasting was not permitted at the mine where the body was found.

JAIPUR: After identifying ten more districts with poor water quality in the state, the medical health and family welfare department has decided to conduct a survey to find out the health related problems people are facing due to the presence of fluoride in water.

Jaipur is one of the 10 districts where the department under the National Programme for Prevention & Control of Fluorosis (NPPCF) would conduct a door-to-door survey. Dungerpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pali, Jalore, Dausa, Churu, Sikar and Bikaner are the other nine districts where the water quality has raised concerns.

New Delhi, Satna-based companies misrepresented facts

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday registered two new first information reports in connection with its ongoing probe into the scam-tainted allocation of coal blocks between 2006 and 2009. The agency booked New Delhi-based Green Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. (now Athena Infra Projects) and Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd, Satna in Madhya Pradesh, and their top functionaries, and conducted raids at their offices in six cities.

JAIPUR: The " Rozi Roti Adhikar Yatra" (rally for right to food and employment) that was flagged off from Udaipur district on September 30, reached Jaipur on Saturday after traversing through six districts where it created awareness among people to fight for food security for all without distinction on economic criteria.

Several other rallies in the state to demand an effective national food security legislation started from different directions in the state (Barmer, Hanumangarh, Bikaner and Alwar) also reached Jaipur and culminated in a public assembly at Statue Circle.

JAIPUR: Around 22 representatives from 18 countries gathered at an organic farm, nearly 22 km from Jaipur on Sikar Road, to share their experiences on climate change and sustainability.