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Special Report

Flood for thought

Issue Date: Mar 15, 1999
this is Baluchistan, in Pakistan's west. Infrequent floods, a hot, desert-like climate and an isolated location: Baluchistan's people have adapted themselves well to these disadvantages. They have used flood water irrigation (also called spate irrigation) to make the best of whatever little water nature sends their way.

After the earth quaked

Issue Date: Feb 28, 1999

Not for hire

Issue Date: Feb 28, 1999
if the recent Supreme Court (sc ) judgements are anything to go by, the judiciary in India is increasingly playing the role of the policymaker. Take the case of air pollution in Delhi. First sc ordered closure or relocation of polluting industrial units operating in the capital in July 1996.

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

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.

Carry on polluters

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