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Madhya Pradesh

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.

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).

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 .
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