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Special Report

Living in Hell

Author(s): Kazimuddin Ahmed
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1999
THE students of M C Primary School in village Peera Garhi, north-west of Delhi, have many complaints. Their school is surrounded by smoke-spewing factories, a part of the 500-odd industrial units - 80 Per cent of which deal with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - in the village. Children, between six and twelve years of age, breathe noxious fumes in every breath.

Rio's Stepchild

Author(s): Anju Sharma
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999
desertification threatens 41 per cent of the total land area on the Earth. It will affect 900 million people in 100 countries, most of them in the least developed parts of the world.

Sound and fury

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999

Carry on polluters

Author(s): Jamal
Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
JAMAL KIDWAI

Looks like Basmati but

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
patenting of basmati rice by Ricetec Inc of the us has been in and out of the news since February 1998. In response to a public interest petition filed in the Supreme Court, the Attorney General of India says Indian scientists and the best legal brains in the us are wracking their brains on the issue.

CAUTION:only loggers allowed

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
corrupt forest officials, timber mafia, and poor government planning have led to extensive destruction of the only remaining natural forests in northern Bihar.

Popular science

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
about three decades ago, Nuka Raja, a farmer of Bhimavaram village in east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, used to sow only traditional crops. The crop yield was low, but sufficient. In the 1980s, a tobacco company persuaded him to switch to tobacco, promising fertilisers, pesticides and a loan. Many other villagers also shifted from traditional crops to commercial crops. Soon, they lost their native seeds, which was only one of the problems.

Performance pays

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
THE recent election results in Madhya Pradesh (MP) have surprised not just the leading political parties, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, but also the media and other election observers.

IN TUNE WITH THE MASSES

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
IT WAS unexpected. A sudden increase in tribal voter turnout and the impact of Panchayati Raj programmes swung the scale in favour of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh's (mp's) Legislative Assembly elections. Vikram Verma, opposition leader in the last mp Assembly, was projected as the next chief minister (cm). Digvijay Singh, a close friend of his, had advised him not to contest from a tribal and minority

Warning Quakes

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
THE debate on whether earthquakes can be predicted has been revived once again with a series of tremors within a radius of 15 km around Pandhana. A small Madhya Pradesh town with a population of 12,000, Pandhana has been identified as the epicentre of the incessant tremors. From September 11 to November 27, this town, 20 km from the district headquarters of Khandwa, experienced 1,153 tremors, the strongest measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale.
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