The Toxics Link study found high concentrations of lead in all samples of soft toys containing PVC. Even trace amounts of lead are dangerous to children.

>> The Mexican police caught six smugglers with about 57,000 Olive Ridley turtle eggs on August 28 in Oaxaca state. The eggs of this endangered species are part of people's traditional diet and

no food adulteration: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued draft rules amending the existing Prevention of Food Adulteration rules (1955).

The health sector is on a roll with schemes in place to widen the reach of medical services

ban on projects: The Himachal High Court on November 6 clamped a ban on new projects in the private sector (including hotels and residential complexes) above Rs 25 lakh involving construction

"DUE to the illegal acts of persons like the convicts, the sex ratio is declining day by day in the country...

One of the primary aims of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which was launched with much fanfare in April 2005 in order to make "architectural corrections" in the rural health infrastructure, was to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care.

• Conservationists have slammed media mogul Disney for its plans to serve shark's fin soup, sea cucumber and abalone in restaurants at its new theme park in Hong Kong in September. "Promoting these marine species is not responsible because they are not sustainably harvested.

Aarti Dhar

Paving the way for setting up of an authority to regulate food items across the country, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill to amend the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.