managing waste: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Pune, plans to set up a 200-tonne per day Municipal Solid Waste treatment plant. The PCMC has proposed to provide 2.8 hectares of land to Biopower & Compost Private Limited, a subsidiary of Global Environmental Engineering (GEE), for constructing the plant. The company plans to generate 1.5 to 2 MW of power per day, alongwith 50 tonnes of organic fertiliser. For this purpose, GEE will employ a specially developed anaerobic digestion process. The project cost is estimated at Rs 20 crores. Pune generates 1,500 tonnes of solid wastes daily, offering immense possibility for power generation.

focus on healthcare: India and Russia plan to enhance scientific cooperation with focus on healthcare sciences, biotechnology and ocean development. Both the countries have stressed the need to set up a technology information centre in order to commercialise technologies. V S Ramamurthy, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says that it is essential to bring in technology to the market. Indian scientists and their counterparts from Russia have decided to evolve joint projects in the areas of health, biotechnology and ocean engineering.

herbal tea: Ayur, an Indian herbal cosmetic brand, has introduced in the market a natural health drink called herb-T. Company officials claim that the product will be

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