Tata, REL to set up N-power projects

New Delhi, July 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
Private sector firms, Tata Power and Reliance Energy Ltd, have expressed interest in setting up nuclear power projects and several foreign firms are also engaged in talks on the matter, minister of state in PMO, Prithviraj Chauhan said in Lok Sabha.

However, no decision has been taken with regard to amending the Atomic Energy Act, 1962, which only allows nuclear power stations be set up by government firms.

Bill on regulatory body for food processing passed

The House passed a Bill to create a regulatory body for the food processing sector and set standards for regulating manufacture and import of quality food. The food safety and standards Bill, 2005, was passed by voice vote.

6 more AIIMS to be set up

AIIMS-like super-speciality hospitals will be set up in six states in two-and-a-half years at a cost of approximately Rs 332 crore, said health minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The government has also decided to upgrade 13 existing government medical colleges.

Chikungunya afflicts 7 states

Chikungunya, a non-fatal viral illness resembling dengue fever, has spread to seven states with over 97,000 suspected cases, said Ramadoss. The largest number of cases have been reported in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Other states affected are Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.

Relief for ryots sought

Expressing concern over the growing number of farmer suicides, members demanded a special economic package for all farmers in the country. Ramji Lal Suman (SP) said the farmers plight was worsening day by day. Despite several announcements, they are not getting cheaper credit and have to depend on money-lenders, who charge huge interests.