LUCKNOW: In a major setback to the Mayawati Government, a Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday restrained it from proceeding with the mammoth Ganga Expressway project in Uttar Pradesh.

The Court directed the State Government to obtain prior environmental clearance before proceeding with the construction work on the ambitious road project.

Ecology hazards

Modelling-based studies to assess the extent and magnitude of ozone (O3) risk to agriculture in Asia suggest that yield losses of 5

A field study was conducted to evaluate the impact of ambient ozone on mustard (Brassica campestris L. var. Kranti) plants grown under recommended and 1.5 times recommended NPK doses at a rural site of India using filtered (FCs) and non-filtered open top chambers (NFCs). Ambient mean O3 concentration varied from 41.65 to 54.2 ppb during the experiment.

Vegetables (Beta vulgaris L., Abelmoschus esculentus L. and Brassica oleracea L.) from the production and market sites of India were tested for Cu, Cd, Zn and Pb. At market sites, the mean concentration of Cu in cauliflower, and of Zn and Cd in both palak and cauliflower had exceeded the PFA standard. Zn at the production sites also exceeded the PFA standard in cauliflower.

The lower Varuna River basin in Varanasi district situated in the central Ganga plain is a highly productive agricultural area, and is also one of the fast growing urban areas in India. The agricultural and urbanization activities have a lot of impact on the groundwater quality of the study area. The river basin is underlain by Quaternary alluvial sediments consisting of clay, silt, sand and gravel of various grades.

Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the machine that has promised to unearth the mysteries of the formation of the Universe, was at the forefront of the discussion of Archana Sharma, an Indian scientist to be working at CERN-European Organisation for Nuclear Research, during her presentation on the second day of five-day symposium on

Varanasi: For the cause of the Ganga, an impressive rally was carried out under the banner of Ganga Raksha Manch (GRM) from Rajendra Prasad Ghat to Lahurabir on Thursday.

A documentary film on how market forces are appropriating natural resources that belong to everybody.

IN VARANASI, WITH the Ganga in the background. The documentary is part of a movement to expose the subterranean war going on for water.

Dirty Toilets, Coaches To Be Passe Soon


Lucknow: To ensure cleanliness in trains from Lucknow and Varanasi stations, Northern Railways (NR) will now resort to on-board housekeeping services (OBHS). The proposal has bagged a nod from the higher echelons of the railways and NR will soon invite tenders for the same. The efforts will become visible by the year end.

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