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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).

Patches of green

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2000
It is introspection time. As the country's forest bureaucracy sits down to assess the progress of the joint forest management (JFM) programme, a decade after it was introduced in 1990, what comes out clearly is that its success has been limited to only some parts of the country. Even today, some states are yet to launch this programme.

Saving the farmers

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2000
in a bid to "protect the farmers' crops", the Digvijay Singh Cabinet has decided to give permission for the hunting and killing of neelgai (blue bulls) in some parts of Madhya Pradesh. The districts of Datia, Bhind, Morena, Gwalior, Chhattarpur and Tikamgarh have been increasingly coming under the attacks of Neelgais whose numbers have risen sharply over the last several years.

MP project opposed

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2000
local farmers and residents of Sipat in the Bilaspur district of Madhya Pradesh have registered a massive protest against the location of a 3,000 megawatt super thermal power station in the locality. They allege that the project will result in largescale utilisation of irrigable land, diversion of water from paddy fields to the thermal station and environmental degradation.

New website launched

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2000
the United Nations Development Programme ( undp ) recently launched its new interactive website the 'Human Development Resource Center' in New Delhi. The website is a wealth of information on human development activities in South Asia and chronicles the annual human development reports of undp .

Scheme for tribalfolk

Issue Date: May 31, 2000
the tribal community of Bastar district of Madhya Pradesh will be involved in a scheme to process minor forest produce. With an estimated expenditure of Rs 16 crore, the scheme will provide employment opportunities to the tribals who will be involved in processing, marketing and transportation of minor forest produce. Besides this, there are also plans to promote horticulture and animal husbandry among the people.

A political drought

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: May 31, 2000
During one of the meetings of the World Water Commission, which recently submitted its report in The Hague to a bevy of water ministers, a member had strongly emphasised the need for educating politicians about the importance of water. I, however, found that argument incorrect because I have rarely met a politician, especially in India, who will not emphasise the importance of water. The real problem is that hardly any of them know how to solve the water problem. Teaching them is difficult.

Catching water where it falls

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2000
for years, Dewas district in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, has been facing the grim prospect of desertification following the unregulated use of groundwater in the region. But it seems a people's movement launched by M Mohan Rao, district magistrate, may yet manage to avert such a fate.

Going places

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
At the instance of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh has been invited to inaugurate a workshop on community-based watershed management at the Second World Water Forum to be held in The Hague in March. The invitation comes in the wake of recent success in implementing the novel technique in his state.

INDIA

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
Wildlife authorities in Assam are set to conduct a week-long census at all wildlife habitats in the state to estimate the tiger population. This is part of a countrywide tiger census to be taken up in the current year. Monkeys have become an endangered species in the Northeast due to certain tribes hunting them for food and medicinal use and also the superstition that a simian skull wards off evil spirits.
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