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Issue Date: Jun 15, 1995
Trapping ourselves It was interesting to read about the hypocrisy of the Western world regarding environment and social issues when it involves the Third World (March 15, 1995). While condemning their behaviour, I must admit that it comes as no great surprise to me. Why should we expect to get endless aid at our terms? It's their money, so it is natural for them to specify the terms too. We would have done exactly the same thing.

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Issue Date: May 31, 1995
Pruning prawn farms Orissa Krushak Mahasangh's (OKM) movement against indiscriminate prawn culture has gained momentum. In a tragic incident, 2 persons were killed and several injured when the police fired on a crowd at Andhuan village in Bhadrak district of Orissa. The OKM'S fact-finding team reported that the unarmed crowd was agitat - ing against the Deep Sun Prawn Company for its illegal encroachment on gochar (pasture area), and also against the arrest of a person. That is when they were lathi charged and fired upon. We have condemned it and

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Issue Date: May 15, 1995
An open letter to the WWF We, the participants in the Asian Consultation Workshop on the Protection and Conservation of Indigenous Knowledge held in Sabah, East Malaysia, unanimously condemn the advertisement of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) entitled, "He's destroying his own rainforest, to stop him, do you send in the army or an anthropologist". CHECK EXACT WORDS The advertisement shows the picture of an indigenous person cutting a tree.

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Issue Date: Apr 30, 1995
Paddy thrashers I am interested in knowing more about paddy thrashers. I happened to read a news item, Cheap solution to labour (February 15, 1994). Please give me the address of the Kerala Agro Industries Corporation (KAIC), as I would like to get more information on the subject. N Baskar, Pattaliram, Madras - 72 You can get in touch with: N.K. Gopalakrishnan Managing Director, KAIC Trivandrum - 695023 Tel No 73188 ... Just right for us

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Issue Date: Apr 15, 1995
Elementary problem I read the article, Elementary order (Down To Earth, January 15, 1995), in which certain facts have not been presented properly. The Periodic Table is the long form, also called the Modern Periodic Table and not the Mendeleev (and certainly not the Medekeyev) Periodic table, and is incompelete without numbering the columns in it. There is mention of the Modern Periodic Table in the text. The accepted IUPAC recommendation says that 18 columns be numbered from 1 to 18 and the earlier notataion of 1a, 1b, IIa, IIb, etc, be given up.

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Issue Date: Mar 31, 1995
Anju Sharma replies: Karanth seems to believe that science is for scientists and peer-reviewed journals aone, and everybody else is "totally unqualified" to comment on scientific studies. I find serious flaws in his approach. If my comments are amateur, Sukumar, who is already familiar with the results of the BNHS study, should simply present his arguments strongly enough to put an end to the matter.

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Issue Date: Mar 15, 1995
Wilting sacred groves

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Issue Date: Feb 28, 1995
Numbers mean nothing This is in response to Ajith Kumar's letter Civeting rejoinder (Down To Earth, September 15, 1994) in reply to my earlier letter (June 30, 1994) commenting on his article Cat sense (April 30, 1994).

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Issue Date: Feb 15, 1995
Green funds I AM writing on behalf of the Environmental Monitoring Group, a non-governmental organisation based in South Africa. We are exploring the possibility of setting up an environmentally-concerned trust fund -- the first of its kind in South Africa. This project is still very much in the planning stages, and we are looking for information on how to run such funds. In particular, we are trying to contact already existing organisations which run environmental trusts in the hope that they will be able to give us some assistance.

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Issue Date: Jan 31, 1995
Public sector's apology for environmental awareness I live across the harbour from Bombay and travel frequently to the city. For several weeks now I have been noticing dense, black smoke and constant mistiness across the sky from our home, which faces Bombay. I have been suspecting that this was due to emissions from either the Uran Refinery or the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) factory.
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