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Special Report

In hope of benefit-sharing

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2000
after an extensive consultation process involving stakeholders, the Central government has brought about a legislation, the Biological Diversity Bill, 2000, with salient features relating to access to biological resources of the country and securing sharing of benefits with local people. This has come as a result of public pressure and realisation within the government that the current policies of bureaucratic control are failing.

Down with the dump

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2000
in march 1997 when the heavy drilling machines ploughed into the barren land of the desert village Sanawada, just a few kilometres from India's nuclear weapons testing site, Pokran, officials of the public sector Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd ( mecl ) told the residents, "There are precious stones beneath the village." (Granite, experts say, is the cheapest stone -- sometimes even cheaper than bricks).

In AID(S) of the dying

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2000

Whose responsibility is it anyway?

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2000
This is yet another story about the slip between the cup and the lip. And the ultimate sufferers in this case are the residents of Delhi, who are left choking with polluted air and a hazy future.

Making polluters pay

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2000
The days when companies belonging to major industrial houses could pollute with impunity and get away scot-free are over. Social activism in India has taken giants steps to forever destroy the immunity money and power granted despicable owners of such companies.

Chronicle of a journey foretold

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2000
there are parched river beds as well as flowing rivulets; water at depths of 3-5 metres and dry wells even at 60 metres; hectares of land filled with cacti and areas lush with mango, lime, even water melon: the contrasts cannot be more stark among villa