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Agents of change

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

Meeting on final agreement for Bhopal waste disposal ends without decision

Author(s): Moyna
Issue Date: Aug 22, 2012
The meeting between the Central Pollution Control Board, Union ministry of chemicals and fertilisers and the German company offering to dispose of the hazardous waste at the defunct Union Carbide factory in Bhopal has ended inconclusively. The meeting on August 22 failed to address concerns raised by both India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) over clauses the agreement draft. The matter will now to be taken to the Group of Ministers headed by P Chidambaram next week and a final decision could be reached by August 28, sources say.  

Environment ministry backtracks on ban on tiger tourism

Issue Date: Aug 21, 2012
In a sudden change of stance on banning tourism in core tiger habitats of the country, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has sought a review of its own guidelines on the matter.

Supreme Court takes note of abuse of tribals

Issue Date: Aug 20, 2012
Taking cognisance of the large number of cases of illegal detentions, arbitrary arrests and filing of false cases against tribals, the Supreme Court has ordered the Madhya Pradesh government and the state High Court to constitute district-level grievance redressal authorities (GRAs) in the three tribal-dominated districts of Betul, Harda and Khandwa.

Sapped for sal seed

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
The roads in the thickly forested Baigachak region of Madhya Pradesh’s Dindori district are these days covered with sal seeds. After a gap of three years, sal (Shorea robusta) trees have yielded seeds in abundance, promising good returns for the resident Baiga tribe, which collects the seeds for a living.

Innovative administrator

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
I first met R Gopalakrishnan when he was the district collector of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. This was in the 1980s when India was in the throes of a crippling drought. Jhabua looked like a moonscape—nothing but arid and thirsty land and desperate people. Anil Agarwal had gone there for a meeting of tribal groups, fighting for their rights over forestland. I had accompanied him.
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