Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI: A scrap dealer and three of his workers suffered serious burns and complained of uneasiness after they were exposed to a radioactive isotope under mysterious circumstances at a scrap market in West Delhi on Thursday. The material has been covered and the entire area cordoned off to prevent further damage.

PATNA: Altogether 18 children were born blind in the arsenic affected blocks of Bhojpur district during the past three months, Bihar Health Minister Nand Kishore Yadav confirmed.

The cause of the blindness was not yet known, but health department officials were in touch with ophthalmologists, he said.

The heat has not diminished this year in spite of occasional drizzle, with the mercury level going up in the last few weeks.

According to hospitals in the City, cases of diarrhoea, skin and respiratory tract infections are on the rise. For instance, there has been a marginal increase in diarrhoea cases reported in Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital.

A dip in the Ganga here, especially during the ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela, may wash away your sins but leave you with skin diseases, stomach bugs and a host of other health problems, says a study conducted by a scientific institute in Uttarakhand.

Early Detection, Better Drugs, Customized Therapy Ahead

London: Scientists have identified all the changes in cells of two cancers to produce the first entire cancer gene maps, calling the findings a

This study analyses the diverse positive and negative impacts that coal mining has on the livelihoods of local communities of the Ib valley coalfield in Orissa. Using the sustainable livelihoods framework, it shows that coal mining, which is a form of physical capital, contributes to the enhancement of financial capital.

T.V. Sivanandan

KIRADALLI TANDA (GULBARGA DISTRICT): Kiradalli Tanda, a small hamlet in a remote corner in Surpur taluk in Gulbarga district, is shunned by people from neighbouring villages owing to the outbreak of a rare form of skin cancer linked to suspected arsenic poisoning.

Plant species used in the treatment of skin diseases among the indigenous communities of Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu was conducted between 2003-2004.

Studies conducted on parthenium in the Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai indicate that parthenin, the principle component of the grass, might possess anti-cancer properties. The plant is already part of folk remedies for certain skin afflictions, fever, anaemia and dysentery. parthenium is used as firewood as well as green manure in agricultural fields. However, its usefulness is far outweighed

Zubeda Hamid |
Chennai,
TO get to school and write her halfyearly examination, eight-year-old S Indumati has to still wade through waist-high water everyday.

Two weeks after the cessation of rains in the city, parts of Thoraipakkam on Old Mahabalipuram Road remain inundated. Large tracts of stagnant water can be found between houses and mosquito larvae are breeding in abundance.

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