AHMEDABAD: A delegation from Japan was in Vadodara on Wednesday to explore the feasibility of semi high-speed rail development in the country.

The delegation's visit to the Vadodara railway division comes on the background of the decision of Indian Railways to consider increasing the speed of trains from the existing 160 kilometres per hour (Kmph) to 200 Kmph on Delhi-Mumbai route.


JAIPUR: Preliminary findings of the Rozi Roti Abhiyan Rajasthan, which conducted a state-level survey to assess the PDS functioning, revealed that a majority of people are not satisfied with the quantity of supply.

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot laid the foundation stones for a plant for cleaning of the Chambal river waters to be installed at a cost of Rs.149.59 crore under the National River Conservation Project as well as for three other projects in Kota on Wednesday.

Six sewage pumping stations and two sewage treatment plants of the capacity of 30 million litres per day (MLD) and 6 MLD w

There is good news in store for the lovers of wildlife and nature. Soon the wildlife sanctuaries of Kota, Darrah, Ramgarh, Bundi and Kubhalgarh will be improved and developed in the pattern of Ranthambhore National Park and the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of State Wildlife Advisory Board held on Wednesday.

Jaipur: The swine flu menace continued its upward march in the state with 31 new cases being detected on Monday. The total number of H1N1 positive cases now stands at 448.
According to director, medical and health OP Gupta, no death has been reported in the state on Monday.

Indrani Dutta

KOLKATA: At the adjourned 90th annual meeting of the company in Kolkata on Tuesday, the shareholders approved the payment of a final dividend of Rs. 3.50 per share, in addition to an interim dividend of Rs. 2.50, already paid. The total dividend for the year thus stands at Rs. 6 per share for 2009-10.

The Opposition MLAs walked out of the Assembly on Wednesday protesting against inadequate supply of irrigation water to the farmers in Kota and Bikaner divisions of the State.

They alleged failure of the Government in procuring water from the Chambal and the Ravi-Beas river systems for the standing crops in Kota division and in the districts of Bikaner, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh.

The proposed ban on import of sandstone by the US has upset mine owners as well as exporters in Kota and Jaipur and they are seeking intervention by the Central Government.

JAIPUR: The Centre will shortly release Rs.259 crore for two ambitious projects for conservation and pollution control in the world-famous Pichola lake of Udaipur and Chambal river of Kota district in Rajasthan under the National Lake Conservation Project (NLCP).

The sarus crane, a bird species characteristic of wetlands, is categorized as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. In India, sarus cranes occur mostly outside protected areas and use these unprotected areas for feeding and breeding. They are consequently threatened by poaching and the destruction of their eggs and juveniles.