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Sale of seasonal summer fruits ripened with harmful chemical carbide continues unabated in all the markets of Narail and Jessore towns posing a serious threat to public health.

Market sources said a section of traders are selling carbide- ripened summer fruits after treating those with formalin.

MUMBAI: The seven-year-old hippopotamus that died at the Byculla zoo last week may have consumed heavy metals either through water or fodder over a long period of time.

Following this alarming finding, doctors at the Bombay Veterinary College (BVC) on Tuesday swung into action to conduct separate pathological tests of samples (water and fodder) collected from the animal's enclosure.

Atlanta: Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what

Doctors Baffled As There

Mumbai: About 84 children from Ambernath in Thane district were hospitalised after they took ill reportedly due to the use of adulterated colours on Holi.

The children were treated for nausea, headache and breathlessness on Wednesday and are stated to be stable now.

Beware of Holi colours

Mercury is one of the most dangerous environmental pollutants, both in its elemental form and in chemical combination. When mercury is released into the environment it gets transformed into methyl mercury through microbial action. The methylation of mercury is a key step in the entrance of mercury into food chains. This methyl mercury is mercury in its most pernicious form.

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nuclear energy Private players? Private players may soon be allowed entry into nuclear energy production. Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said as much minutes before he went in to deliberate on the draft Integrated Energy Policy with the plan panel. The law will, however, have to be amended to allow the private sector to set up nuclear plants, he added.