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Madhya Pradesh

Board dissolved

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2001
the Madhya Pradesh government has dissolved the state pollution control board after its chairperson V K Jain was arrested by the Lok Ayukta (la), an autonomous watchdog body. The la says that several documents in its possession reveal that Jain gave no objection certificates to several polluting industries, including distilleries, in violation of norms.

Water revolution

Author(s): Binayak Das
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2001
Much water has flown in the history of Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district. The legendary romance of Rani Rupmati and Bag Bahadur has found indelible expressions in numerous waterbodies of the district's fort town Mandu. Most of these traditional water harvesting structures were built by Bag Bahadur for his love Rupmati. The people during that time had a fascination for water.

Talking about fluorosis

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2001

Fishing in troubled waters

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2001
the Tawa dam, in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh (mp), tells a story of success where the people displaced chart their own rehabilitation by fighting for their water and land rights.

Time to act

Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2001
Why have you asked for changes in the Forest (Conservation) Act?

Fabric of nature

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2001

Self-help

Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2001
Participatory democracy is finally coming of age. At least in Madhya Pradesh (mp). A process that began with empowering the tribal people of Jhabua district in 1994 is culminating in Gram Swarajya for every person living in the 70,000-odd villages of mp .

Chattisgarh

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
RAIPUR'S air is euphoric. The secretariat, earlier the main civil hospital of the city, still smells of fresh paint. A huge cutout of chief minister Ajit Jogi overlooks its premises, while residents of Raipur eagerly debate the future of this natural resource-rich state and the opportunities it brings. The general belief is that there will be a change towards better governance.

Uttaranchal

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
WHILE the first chief minister of Uttaranchal was being sworn in at midnight on November 9, 2000, many leaders who fought for statehood swore to continue the struggle. "It is not over yet," summed up Kamla Pant, a leader at the forefront of the movement and member of the Uttrakhand Mahila Manch. "It is a state born bereft of rights over its own resources," she added.

Jharkhand

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
ON NOVEMBER 15, 2000 when the collective dream of some 22 million people for half-a-century rolled into reality, there was hardly anybody to celebrate. Jharkhand, India's youngest state and one of the richest, was born at midnight. Twenty minutes later, a new government was sworn in to chart out its destiny - a century after the legendary Birsa Munda's call for self-governance.
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