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Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal revisited

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2000
as preparations for yet another anniversary to mark the Bhopal gas tragedy got underway, a rude shock awaited the victims. The Madhya Pradesh government was reportedly planning to close the down the Gas Relief and Rehabilitation department. Sixteen years ago, a leak of the deadly methyl isocyanate from the Union Carbide claimed more than 2,000 lives.

Leave them alone!

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2000
in the wake of Madhya Pradesh ( mp ) government's controversial decision to denotify parts of its reserve forests, the Supreme Court ( sc ) recently directed all state governments and Union territories not to denotify any area inside the 526 national parks and sanctuaries till further orders. The mp government had made the decision on the ground that it does not have funds to maintain the forests.

The verdict and after

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2000
Get on with it

Damn not the oustees

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2000
The Supreme Court judgement on Sardar Sarovar Project ( ssp ) has a lesson for environmentalists: if the judiciary is asked to decide between the environment and development, it will choose development. Therefore, the judges must be presented with a case that integrates the two issues. In the case of the dam on Narmada, this was not done.

You've got a verdict

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2000

Revamp forest policy

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2000
Since forest-dependent communities in India are amongst the poorest people, any bottom-up poverty reduction strategy will have to take forest management into account. Madhya Pradesh ( mp ) chief minister Digvijay Singh's letter to the prime minister asking for a review of the Forest Conservation Act ( fca ) has come not a day too soon. The cm 's letter should have, in fact, asked for a review of the entire forest and wildlife management strategy of the country.

Transgenic cotton trials

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2000
madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have started large-scale evaluation of genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (b t ) cotton plants, despite the Union government still finalising the protocol for doing so. Both the states got consent from the genetic engineering approval committee.

Justice done

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2000
the Madhya Pradesh police has filed a case against the traders who distributed chemically-treated bajra seeds (pearl millet) to farmers in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. At least 80 peacocks had recently died in Maharajpura and Sitapur villages of Morena, after eating these contaminated seeds. According to officials, viscera reports indicate that the peacocks died due to consumption of bajra seeds treated with ando-sulphan pesticide.

Peacock isn't a pest...

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000
more means peacock in Hindi. Morena, a district in Madhya Pradesh known for its large population of peacocks, gets its name after the national bird. When about 77 birds died in Maharajpura and Sitapur villages of the district after they had consumed pesticide-laced grains of bajra (pearl millet), the national media took note of the pesticide menace.

FOLLOW UP

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000
A special technology mission is being set up by the government for states that have unsatisfactory population control records. The states are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Assam, Bihar and Rajasthan. C P Thakur, the Union health and family welfare minister, said that the mission will help in providing focused attention to these states which have below average socio-demographic indices ( Down To Earth , Vol 9, No 3).
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