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Industrial Pollution

Pollution board raps Vedanta

Author(s): Ashutosh Mishra
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2009
Company increases effluent outlets instead of plugging them

Faceless workers

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2009
They work in our interest we have heard a great deal in recent years about the demand-supply chasm in India's electricity supply. Solemn discussions abound on whether India's newfound recognition as a nuclear power will plug this gap. Almost every participant to this debate seeks a clincher in the oft-repeated, if rather grubby, concept of "national interest". India's recent bonhomie with the US promises an end to the country's

Sun, sea and garbage

Author(s): Xari Jalil
Issue Date: Jul 31, 2009
That's the lot of fishing villages along Karachi's coastline

Tannery convicted

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2009
All owners dead except one after a trial lasting 25 years, a special court in Lucknow convicted the owners of a tannery for polluting river water. On June 2, the court sentenced the owners of East India Leather Company to six months' imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 9,000 on them. In 1984 the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board accused the tannery of not having a primary treatment plant and discharging untreated effluents

Oil in the well

Author(s): Deepa Kozhisseri
Issue Date: May 31, 2009
Company chokes water supply of 25 families in Karnataka

Human factor in swine flu

Issue Date: May 31, 2009
People infected with the virus show symptoms similar to common cold such as runny nose, cough and fever, but there is no vaccine for it. No serious effort has been made to search for one till now as there have been very few cases so far. Only 50 cases of human swine flu have been reported since 1958, said Christopher Olsen, a virologist with University of Wisconsin, the US, in his 2007 study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Alert in India

No check on effluents

Issue Date: May 31, 2009
Industrial town spent Rs 2 crore on flow meters that no one monitors THE industrial units of Pali town in Rajasthan were made to install meters to measure the amount of effluents they discharge. But no one is monitoring them.

7,000 litres of oil in Sutlej

Issue Date: May 31, 2009
Aquatic life safe, tests underway on april 24, 7,000 litres of heavy furnace oil leaked into the Sutlej river after a pipeline burst at the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant at Ropar in Punjab. A senior plant official said the welding in the pipeline could have given way due to heat and fatigue. Water samples collected by the Punjab Pollution Control Board found oil and grease content in the river but they found little damage to aquatic life.

Our little mushroom clouds

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2009
Toxic waste is a problem. Whose?

In Court

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2009
Indicted for killing fish: Thames Water, the largest water and wastewater services company in the UK, was recently ordered to pay US $180,643 by a UK court for accidentally releasing sodium hydroxide into the Wandle river in south west London in September, 2007. It turned the river milky and more than two tonnes of dead fish were found floating amidst a strong smell of bleach along a five-kilometre stretch,
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