Agartala: Timely vaccination of birds and animals, access to standard laboratories and maintaining bio-security are among the measures required to curb the sporadic outbreak of bird flu in India’s northeast, says a team of international and Indian experts touring the region.

Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and India, who are on a five-day visit to Tripura to probe the causes of frequent bird flu outbreaks, have asked the northeastern states to maintain stipulated protocols to stop the contagious disease from resurfacing.

New Delhi In a bid to reduce pilferage of grain, food ministry and UN body World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for scaling up the modernisation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).

WFP, which is currently supporting a pilot project in Orissa’s Rayagada districts, where biometrics based technology is used to eliminate ‘bogus’ BPL card holders, would support other states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and North-eastern states in taking up modernisation of TPDS.

SHILLONG: The fundamental demographic disparity between the developed and developing nations presents an extremely difficult cultural, technical and moral challenges to any attempt to manage global climate change, stated State Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in today’s closing function of the operational planning workshop on climate change adaptation in Northeastern region organized by the GIZ in cooperation of Republic of India and Federal Republic of Germany in partnership with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).

Cancer killed 5,56,400 people across the country in 2010. The 30-69 age group accounted for 71 per cent (3,95,400) of the deaths. In 2010, cancer alone accounted for 8 per cent of the 2.5 million total male deaths and 12 per cent of the 16 million total female deaths in this age group. These are some of the findings of a paper published on March 28 in The Lancet.

The study found that 7,137 of the 1,22,429 deaths during 2001-2003 were due to cancer, corresponding to 5,56,400 cancer deaths in 2010. At nearly 23 per cent,

SHILLONG: It is during these months that water becomes scarce in this hilly state albeit being endowed with high rainfall (approximately mean annual rainfall of 11,100 mm) annually.

Considering the fact that rainwater is a viable mean to augment the water supply for domestic needs, roof top rainwater harvesting was taken in North Eastern Region (NER) under Central Sector Scheme during the 9th Plan in Meghalaya, as well as other NE states under Fresh Water Year 2003.

Despite all tall talks of development, level of poverty in Northeastern states including Meghalaya has increased even though the same has declined in the rest of the country. More alarmingly, poverty level among the rural tribals, who mostly inhabit in North-East, is as high as 47.4 per cent.

This was revealed in the Planning Commission report — Poverty Estimate, released on Monday.

New Delhi: In the face of a gloomy economy at home and global crisis abroad, the lowly services sector proved a savior with the backward Northeast region registering the highest growth in this segment, the much-awaited Economic Survey released on Thursday said.

The Economic Survey for 2011-12 tabled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament, on the eve of presentation of the general Budget, projected a 7.6 per cent growth for the next fiscal.

Agartala: While Forest Survey of India (FSI) Report 2009 showed a steady increase of forest cover in the North-East states, the latest report of FSI revealed that the region has lost about 549 sqkm green cover over the years.

FSI Report 2011 stated that Tripura alone had degraded about 96 sqkm of forest cover. The report, however, blamed shifting cultivation (Jhuming), slash and burn method of production in hilly parts of the region for degradation of natural forest and stated,

GUWAHATI: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that his Mi

The former Minister for Forests Benoy Viswom on Monday called for a review of observations regarding forest cover in Kerala in the State of Forest Report 2011 prepared by the Forest Survey of India