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Environmental education is vital for Indians

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
A SUSTAINABLE society is one that is prepared to monitor the impacts of its activities carefully, openly and democratically, analyse them and use its wisdom and knowledge to solve problems. The knowledge capital of a society is just as important for sustainability as its natural or human-made capital. Several meetings have recently been organised to stress the importance of education in the promotion of sustainable development.

Computers to the rescue

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
A computer software that demonstrates animal dissections will soon help save the lives of countless animals. Once the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) completes its project for the computer dissection of frogs, these animals need not be killed in school and college laboratories. Similar software programmes for other animals commonly used in the laboratory, such as rodents and insects, will also be developed.

Cool reception to ambitious programme

Author(s): Koshy Cherail
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
IN DURGAPUR village in Haryana, about 200 improved chulhas were installed in 1986-87. Within a few months, almost all of them were dismantled by the women. Asks Chameli, one of the beneficiaries, "Who has the patience or the time to chop the wood into small pieces to suit the new chulhas?

Ups and downs of Indian health

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
India faces an acute double burden of disease. While nutritional and communicable diseases remain serious, non-communicable diseases are on the rise, says the eighth report of the World Health Organization on the world health situation.

Rajasthan gets a "Narmada"

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
Villagers of Jhadol district in Rajasthan are up in arms against the proposed construction of two dams under the Mansi-Wakal project, which will inundate their villages. In what is already being dubbed the "Narmada of Rajasthan", the Bhil tribals of the area, led by the Chandreshwar Kishan Sangharsh Samiti (CKSS), have pitted themselves against the state government on the issue.

From butterfly to caterpillar

Author(s): Ajay S Rawat
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
A reverse metamorphosis is taking place in Naini Tal: a beautiful butterfly is changing into an ugly caterpillar. Pollution of the Naini lake, illegal construction, land encroachment, faulty planning and lopsided tourism development is ruining Naini Tal. Its very existence, especially that of the lake, is endangered. Technology alone cannot solve this problem: there must be an awareness that the people and the landscape are an inextricable whole.

UNICEF commends India

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
The State of the World's Children 1994, published by UNICEF on December 21, has commended India for its "steady progress". The report says India has shown a marked decline in mortality rates and considerable improvement in clean water supply, immunisation and salt iodisation. However, the report places India among countries that lag in nutrition, maternal care and education of the girl child.

A river with a difference

Author(s): Rakesh Kalshian
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
DOES THE ago-old belief in Ganga's incorruptibility hold water? Yes, says environmental engineer D S Bhargava of Roorkee University, who believes that this is what has led to apathy towards the Ganaga.

By the skin of their teeth

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1994
Dental students of Bangalore University can now face the prospect of failure with a broad display of teeth. University authorities reportedly granted grace marks to several Bachelor of Dental Sciences students to enable them to pass the 1992 annual and 1993 supplementary examinations. University sources say more than 150 students have benefited.

A dying tradition

Author(s): Rakesh Kalshian
Issue Date: Jan 15, 1994
THE HAMMER did not come down while the iron was still hot. Consequently, the traditional method of iron making in India has faded away. Though attempts have been made to resurrect this tradition in different parts of the country, only very few -- if any -- have seen the red hot metal coming out of the furnace.
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