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Phone jam

Issue Date: Dec 15, 1998
Angered over the alarming rise in aft pollution levels In Whk,resfdents made themselves beard when an November 2, they -flooded. the ftne Minister's office OW1 wrth telephone calls, leaving the office staff bowthlered.'rhwults %were, in response to the 'FlIght to dean eir campaign! launched by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on November 1. The campaign marks the smoodanolveriary of the, release of Slow murder, a study on air pollution by CSE.

THE INDUSTRIAL TOWNS

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
LUDHIANA Ludhiana's problem is that of plenty. This industrial town has a per capita income of Rs 30,000, almost 30 times more the per

NON-INDUSTRIAL TOWNS

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
ALIGARH Aligarh was among the six districts chosen for the Green Revolution along with Ludhiana in the 1980s. The Green Revolution happened and Aligarh, like many other towns, went on to bigger things like rapid and unplanned industrialisation. In the process, the

KOTTAYAM

Kottayam in central Kerala is neither an industrial town nor yet an agricultural wonder. Apart from the occasional huge mansions that break the monotony of rubber plantations and palm groves, Kottayarn looks like a town that woke up a bit too late to cash in on the industrial and even agricultural boom happening elsewhere. Kottayam prides itself on its rubber plantations which makes the

TOURIST TOWN

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
JAISALMER Jaisalmer is one of the world's prettiest 4 desert forts. And it is one of the few in which people still live. But modern Jaisalmer is also bursting at the seams and using water in a way that may destroy the very Jaisalmer tourists throng to see. Unlike other towns in this study, Jaisalmer, named after Rao Jaisal who built the huge fort in 1156, has no surfeit of

Left Hanging

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Delhi Transport Corporation's (DTC's) ambitious plan to replace its ancient, polluting and gas-guzzling fleet with new low-emission and commuter-friendly buses has gone haywire. Irked by the DTC's decision to buy the buses from European companies, two Indian bus manufacturers lobbied intensely against the deal. It was not long before the state government gave in, stalling the process till the forthcoming elections.

A peoples charter

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THERE is no action plan of the Indian government to tackle air pollution in the short term, pointed out Anil Agarwal, director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), at the second anniversary function of the release of its book Slow Murder. In his presentation at the World Wide Fund for Nature auditorium on November 1, Agarwal reiterated that the air pollution problem in India has become abysmally bad.

NGO's prepare for COP-4

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) held a workshop and a seminar to discuss India's stance prior to the Fourth Conference of Parties on Climate Change (cop-4), which is currently being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Representatives of South Asian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) par- ticipated in the meet. Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to the

The riceroot vectors

The Green Revolution has greatly contributed to the spread of Japanese encephalitis. Professor T Jacob John, professor of eminence at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in tracing its detection in several parts of India since 1954, shows the link between paddy cultivation and Japanese encephalitis. "The prevalence of these diseases is determined by the population densities of their vectors, which in turn is determined by environmental factors," says John.

Carry on doctor

A participant at the conference narrated the story of two doctors who were walking by a river. They saw a man floating down the river. One of them rushed in, dragged him out, and immediately gave him first aid. As he had finished doing so, along came another man floating. He
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