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Andhra Pradesh

Bauxite mines in Andhra Pradesh draw tribals' ire

Author(s): Archita Bhatta
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2008
Tribal residents of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, are preparing to protest a proposed smelting project that will affect five villages in the district. Despite a formal resolution against mining and smelting projects by the people, the Union environment ministry cleared two such projects in October and December 2007, and a third one is in the offing. The environmental impact assessments for the projects cleared are also a sore point among the Kondadora, Nokodora and Valmiki tribes.

Plague is spreading to new areas

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2008
plague cases are on the rise and are afflicting countries more frequently than before. A who report says there were around 1,900 cases worldwide in 2002, which increased to 2,100 cases in 2003. In India, 16 cases of pneumonic plague were identified in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, in 2002--after a gap of 20 years.

Polavaram project in legal wrangle

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
The multi-crore Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh is currently embroiled in legal issues. But now, the project is being contested on technical issues as well. A study carried out by the International Water Management Institute (iwmi), an international non-profit research and development organization, has questioned the fundamental basis on which the project was designed.

National plan on non-communicable diseases

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently launched a national programme on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases--diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke--in the country.

Environmental clearance for Polavaram quashed

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
Much to the Andhra Pradesh government's dismay, the National Environmental Appellate Authority has quashed the environmental clearance for the state's multi-crore Indira Sagar Project, formerly known as the Polavaram Irrigation Project.

Why are vultures dying?

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007
The anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac has been incriminated as the main cause for decline in vulture numbers in South Asia. The birds, it is said, perish after feeding on carcasses that have residues of the drug. The argument seems logical but is not based on scientific evidence. The diclofenac-toxicity argument, in fact, obscures a deeper malaise in vulture conservation: a shortage of skilled hands and a lack of seriousness.

In Short

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2007
shrimp facility:

Miles to go

Author(s): SANDIP DAS
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2007
A little over a year before the Janadesh march, a working group appointed by the Planning Commission had termed land reforms in India a "forgotten agenda". It minced no words in explaining why. "Policy makers are finding existing land reforms enacted on the basis of central guidelines of early seventies not only unwanted roadblocks but also obnoxious to the free play of capital in the land market," said the working group on land relations set up for the 11th Five Year Plan in its report in July 2006.
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