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Bhopal gas disaster: the tragedy continues

For its survivors, the Bhopal gas tragedy is still an unfolding event. The human casualty of the gas leak is mounting each year as we observe its 28th anniversary. In the past one year, the tragedy remained in news for most of the time—mostly because of the court case over disposal of the toxic waste that remains in the Union Carbide factory. Down To Earth reported these developments in the courts and outside

         
 
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Bhopal gas tragedy survivors continue to suffer as court cases are delayed and government promises prove hollow

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As a society we have never felt the venom of methyl isocyanate and other toxic gases like the Bhopal victims

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Madhya Pradesh High Court lifts stay that prevented company from being summoned

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Official report confirms presence of toxins in groundwater near Bhopal’s Union Carbide

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Indian Institute of Toxicology Research says the contaminant levels are not a public health concern because drinking water is supplied by municipal bodies

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Development follows information regarding GIZ proposal getting leaked in German media

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Singrauli, the powerhouse of India with massive coal reserves and many thermal power plants, should have been prosperous.

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Asks Centre and Madhya Pradesh government to implement standard treatment protocols, and make public studies on the disaster-affected people

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GIZ says its reputation at stake after details of proposal were leaked in German media

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Group of Ministers headed by P Chidambaram to take final decision now

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Most differences over clauses in the contract with GIZ to airlift waste to Germany for incineration resolved at GoM meeting

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Court yet to initiate criminal liability case against the multinational company in the Bhopal gas leak case; charge-sheet was filed in 1987

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Madhya Pradesh government unhappy with clauses in proposed contract

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Gas disaster victims say they would like to present actual injuries, death reports

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Non-profits present high court committee with documents on extent of water and soil contamination

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Actual disposal of waste may take up to a year

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Airlifting Union Carbide waste requires amending Indian law, violates Basel Convention

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Company need not pay for environmental remediation or pollution-related claims, says district judge

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GoM makes German company, GIZ, responsible for safe disposal of waste; decision on waste transfer

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The Supreme Court, on May 3, asked the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to start supplying clean drinking water

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Government says delay is because disposal of the waste is “a highly emotional and politicised matter”

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Madhya Pradesh government and activists fighting for Bhopal gas victims to file review petition

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It was earlier to be burnt at a DRDO facility in Nagpur

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A judgement by a Bhopal court has brought the worst gas tragedy into spotlight.

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Bhopal is a metaphor for disaster, industrial and human. It has been the object of much speculation and typically endless litigation.

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25 years after the gas leak, another tragedy is unfolding in Bhopal. CSE tests reveal the water and soil in and around the Union Carbide factory are loaded with pesticides

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THE world's biggest industrial disaster has been rendered today its most trivial.

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