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Rite? Wrong.

Author(s): Ritu Gupta
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2004
On April 29, the British High Commission donated Rs 13 lakh to non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sankat Mochan Foundation (SMF) to clean up a few ghats along Ganga river in Varanasi. Past experience in this holy city of Uttar Pradesh (UP), however, suggests that the money could end up going down the drain. For, despite crores of rupees being sunk into the Ganga Action Plan (GAP) since it was implemented in Varanasi in 1985, the river and its environs remain polluted.


Issue Date: Apr 15, 2004
At Down To Earth (DTE) we believe that truth withheld is truth denied. Fresh evidence suggests a web of lies and deceit was weaved to declare that the pesticide endosulfan is not responsible for the horrendous mutations and ailments that many in the villages of Kerala's Kasaragod district are suffering from. These villagers, living in the shadow of cashew plantations, have been exposed to the toxin which was sprayed aerially for more than two decades.


Issue Date: Apr 15, 2004
At Padpu, Padre village, Kasargod district, Kerala, there is a ritual every November to honour the snake god. Many in the area also believe that the ritual celebrates the origin of the Kodenkeri thodu (stream) in a patch of sacred forests near Padre, right beneath the cashew plantation-rich hills of Kasargod.


Issue Date: Apr 15, 2004
What do industry and consumers look for in a dye? Permanence: the colour is unaffected when exposed to light, washing, chlorine or ozone. This is why dye chemistry produces dyes that last forever. The result of their success: outstanding permanence, but resistance to treatment or removal in wastewater treatment systems.

Negotiations on biological resources inch forward

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2004
The conservation and sustainable management of biological resources was high on the international agenda in February 2004. Representatives of more than 160 countries converged on Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia over three weeks to discuss a host of important matters dealing with the subject. The seventh meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP-7) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which took place from February 9-20, set the ball rolling.

Break the Deadlock

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2004
In 1995many in India were outraged to learn that a university in the US was granted a patent to make and sell haldi (turmeric) for its wound healing properties. Patents are usually given to creations that are deemed 'useful' and 'involve an inventive step'. Haldi's utility was never in doubtbut in no way could the US university claim to have invented its wound-healing properties. Indians have known these properties for centuries. But published information on such usage was difficult to get.

No dropping anchor

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2004
The impending Lok Sabha and state assembly polls have brought a brief respite to Orissa's 2 lakh-odd traditional fisherfolk who eke a living off Chilika lake. For, electoral compulsions have forced political parties to shelve the controversial Chilika Fishing Regulatory Bill, 2002, which seeks to grant 30 per cent fishing rights to non-fisherfolk.

For India, with fizz

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2004
The report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on pesticide residues in and safety standards for soft drinks, fruit juices and other beverages is out. It agrees there were pesticide residues in soft drinks the Centre for Science and Environment had tested, so clearly posing a health hazard. But more importantly, it goes on to make path-breaking recommendations on food safety, water security and public health in India. What JPC wants done is no less than outright reform.

Only connect?

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2004
" As he recollects: "When the photocopier was invented, people questioned its purpose because we had ample amounts of carbon paper. Look at where that invention stands today. Markets may support the innovations in technology, but the inventions come by themselves."

A whole new world

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2004
KUSUM ARUN SALVE Mahatma Phule Samajik Shikshan and Sanshodhan Sanstha Sugar isn't sweet
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