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Mar 1-15, 1994

Editor's page

"For a long time now, we have been calculating the number of people below and above the poverty line. And, these numbers have become a hot political issue. But the important thing is to eradicate hunger. This can be done by identifying the critical areas of poverty and helping the local people to manage their resource base. Several projects show that good watershed management brings high rates of return."

MEDICAL research aims at producing technologies for the human good. But in pursuit of this objective, should we allow medical research to violate basic human rights? The violence of a male-dominated scientific establishment is being directed against the weaker members of society: women, the poor, and the illiterate.

News

Virtually inexhaustible solar energy could be the cheapest cooking fuel the world has known

The American serpentine leaf miner that infiltrated into India about two years ago is destroying agricultural crops

The Japanese have refuted Indian press reports that they were satisfied with R&R measures for the Narmada dam project

North Korea agrees to allow inspection of its nuclear sites, defusing a potentially explosive situation

A controversy is brewing in Britain over the linking of development aid to an arms deal

Ecological damage at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics has been minimised

The dismal state of aboriginal health Down Under has sounded alarm bells

Interview

WOLFGANG Sachs, born in 1946 in Munich, studied theology, sociology and history and taught at the University of Berlin for several years. At the end of the 1970s, he set up a re...

Science & Technology

There is growing evidence that deforestation in the hills does not always swell rivers

The billion-dollar Star Wars programme lies abandoned, but the technology will now be used to combat asteroids

British scientists are using computer simulations to see how floods can be tackled

The root cause of most disorders of the nervous system often lies with defective genes

Some disorders of the nervous system for which faulty genes are responsible:

A new project is analysing several natural parameters that aid the spread of malaria

Taxol, an effective anti-cancer drug that was approved for use in the US last year, will soon be available in India at half the cost

Analysis

The culture of 'businesslike' individual enterprise is playing havoc with the age-old collective wisdom of communities that plan for the common good

The only way to prevent traditional water tanks from self-destruction is to hand over their maintenance to the people

Madras is a chronically water-starved metropolis, and it provides invaluable insights into how integrated water management could be the last life-saver

Special Report

The ministry of environment and forests' plan to conserve biodiversity excludes the people.

Feature

Spirited village women in Himachal Pradesh save a clump of deodar trees from being chopped by mercenary woodcutters.

A Pune teacher develops a calculator made out of cardboard for as little as Rs 15, which can even handle mindbending logarithms.

The Fortnight

North Korea agrees to allow inspection of its nuclear sites, defusing a potentially explosive situation

A controversy is brewing in Britain over the linking of development aid to an arms deal

Ecological damage at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics has been minimised

The dismal state of aboriginal health Down Under has sounded alarm bells

Leader

"For a long time now, we have been calculating the number of people below and above the poverty line. And, these numbers have become a hot political issue. But the important thing is to eradicate hunger. This can be done by identifying the critical areas of poverty and helping the local people to manage their resource base. Several projects show that good watershed management brings high rates of return."

MEDICAL research aims at producing technologies for the human good. But in pursuit of this objective, should we allow medical research to violate basic human rights? The violence of a male-dominated scientific establishment is being directed against the weaker members of society: women, the poor, and the illiterate.

Crosscurrent

When two young people die in a highway accident, is it destiny or a callous and indifferent administration?

To villagers in Bihar, the Dunkel Draft and GATT are not proposals or agreements but a couple of angrez out to play havoc with their lives.

If a recently-held seminar on the Girl Child in the capital is any indication, her plight is not going to improve in a hurry.

Review

THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR EXTRAERRESTRIAL Frank Drake and Dara Sobel Published by Souvenir Press, Pages: 271, Price L16.50

THE REST OF THE WORLD IS WATCHING: TASMANIA AND THE GREENS Edited by Cassandra Pybus and Richard Flanagan Publisher Pan Macmillan Publishers, Australia Price: (Australian) $14.99

ENVIRONMENT PROFILES OF EUROPEAN BUSINESS Dion Vaughan and Craig Mickle Publisher: Earthscan Publications Ltd, London Price: Not mentioned

Publishers worldwide need to be goaded to specialise in environmental publications, but the fair was piled high with coffee table glossies on wildlife and environment, some targeting children.

The slaughter of Sariska effectively portrays the determination of the local people to halt the devastation wrought by mines.

A series of film clips is designed to bring the East closer to the self-satisfied cobbers in Australia.

Grassroots

Spirited village women in Himachal Pradesh save a clump of deodar trees from being chopped by mercenary woodcutters.

A Pune teacher develops a calculator made out of cardboard for as little as Rs 15, which can even handle mindbending logarithms.

Letters

Blue-blooded fossil

THE horseshoe crab, which is found on Orissa's coast, is a "living fossil": it has been in existence for over 250 million years. The arachnid has blue blood, from which can be prepared a diagnostic reagent that is useful in clinical treatment and the analysis of medicines and food. The reagent's by-products also can be of direct therapeutic use.

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