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Villagers unite to conserve resources

Author(s): S Rajendran
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
THE VILLAGERS of Gawandwadi in Maharashtra's Raigad district no longer fight over fish and water. Instead, they meet regularly to discuss strategies to share them. And, Dharmi Marohar Gavanda of the village, which is in Karjat tribal block, does not have to walk 3 km in the hot summer to fetch drinking water. "Now," she says, "I spend more time collecting minor forest produce."

Workers offer wages

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Workers at Baranagar jute factory in West Bengal, one of five shut down by the state pollution control board, have decided to contribute part of their wages to help install an effluent treatment plant (ETP) and get the factory reopened.

Doctoring reservation policy

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Under a 1978 agreement between the ministry of health and the Delhi Medical Students' Association, 33 per cent of all post-graduate seats in AIIMS were reserved for AIIMS graduates because they were not eligible to apply in regional medical colleges. As SC/ST students found it difficult to qualify for the institute quota, it was decided in 1982 that they could compete for the 22.5 per cent quota of seats, most of which were vacant.

Survivors' hopes rise

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Nine years after the world's worst industrial accident, an international team of 15 doctors and researchers arrived in Bhopal. Their objective: to "provide consultative support towards the Bhopal survivors' long-term medical care, health monitoring and attribution of their health problems to the exposure". The findings of the team, led by Rosalie Bertell, president of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, are expected to help survivors of the gas leak disaster get their compensation.

Redefining women's role in society

Author(s): Pamela Philipose
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
ANGER should, ideally, lead to introspection. But all the anger generated by struggles women have waged in India over the last 15 years has not yielded a mature body of thought. So when someone like Gabriele Dietrich sets out systematically to examine issues like caste, class, sex, religion, development, science and ecology from the perspective of the Indian women's movement through a collection of essays, it is significant. The work, in fact, can be read as a critique of the Indian women's movement from within it.

Targeting Delhi

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The National Literacy Mission (NLM) plans to lead Delhi's 2.48 million illiterates "from darkness into light". Besides reading and writing, the mission will focus on sex education, AIDS awareness, drug and alcohol addiction, greenery, sanitation and hygiene, physical fitness, family planning, first aid, legal education, women's empowerment and immunisation.

The miracle of the hills and the humans

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
CAN REGENERATING villages revive denuded hills? And, vice versa, can regenerating hills revive impoverished villages?

The fraud of the century

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The "greatest scientific fraud of the century", attributed to an Indian geologist, was in the spotlight once again recently in an article published in the scientific journal, Nature. The findings of Vishwa Jit Gupta of the department of geology at Punjab University in Chandigarh, which contributed to the scientific database on the Himalaya, had been proved fraudulent by Australian geologist John A Talent in 1989.

On the trail of the hungry herd

Author(s): Anupam Goswami
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
DURING the last few days of 1993, about 60 pachyderms were chased and tormented over 400 km in southwestern West Bengal. The episode dramatically highlighted the increasing tension between human being and beast in various parts of the state.

Proposal rejected

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The much-touted Puri-Konark Beach Resort Project proposed by the Orissa state government has received a setback with the rejection of the project by the Union environment ministry. The Rs 900-crore project, which is being pushed by the Union tourism ministry, envisages the construction of a multiple hotel complex on 890 ha of the Bangur reserve sanctuary, along the coast between Puri and Konark.
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