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Special Report

Failing to come clean

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2000

DANGER zone

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2000
even as you enter Panipat, a small industrial town in Haryana, you are struck by a feeling that something is terribly wrong. Then, as you look around, the sight that meets your eyes is all too familiar. On the very outskirts of the city, along national highway No 1, flows an open drain carrying black, foul-smelling wastewater.

sponsored blight?

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2000
It is a story that the Indian administrative set up has learned to mouth mindlessly every year after floods wreak havoc. All governments in states affected by the recent floods are blaming the respective governments upstream for causing deforestation and not going ahead with dam projects across major rivers.

Seeking Reliance

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2000
a storm is brewing in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. It is not one that augurs well for a state known for the progress heralded by its computer-friendly and media-savvy chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Hide Burns

Author(s): Amit Shanker
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
in 1995, when Krishna Devi of Motipur village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, had rashes all over her body she dismissed it as a minor ailment. But five years and several visits to the doctor later, the rashes have turned into large boils and the pain is excruciating.

Wasting Away

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
Hospitals no longer present a picture of neglect with a distasteful lingering aroma of disinfectant. Some of these modern institutions of succor are indistinguishable, in every way, from the glitzy structures that abound in the city.

Bill Or Bull?

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000
be it enacted in the fiftieth year of the republic of India..." So begins the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Bill ( ppv ) that had been introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 14, 1999. As the report is being written, the bill still awaits enactment. But then biodiversity-related bills have traditionally been associated with a string of delays.

To whale or not to whale

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000

Beastly Existence

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000

Spare change

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2000
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