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How Bt brinjal was cleared

Anti-GM groups say expert panel acted under pressure

by Savvy Soumya Misra

A coalition of organizations opposed to genetically modified food in India has written to the minister of state for environment and forests seeking withdrawal of clearance given to Bt brinjal. The Coalition for GM-free India alleged the expert committee that cleared the genetically modified brinjal for commercial cultivation in the country was neither impartial nor thorough.

Nature's own water purifiers

River banks are efficient water filters. Haridwar shows how to make most of them  

by Bharat Lal Seth

The holy town of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganga has of late been receiving pilgrims of a different kind. They are students and professors from India and abroad who come to study its water supply system. Over a third (38 per cent) of the water supplied in Haridwar is naturally treated as it passes through the river banks.

Subterranean leak

High amounts of pesticides and heavy metals in soil and water inside and around the Union Carbide plant

by Sapna Johnson, Ramakant Sahu, Nimisha Jadol and Clara Duca

An ecological triumph goes sour

Kerala celebrates silver jubilee of the Silent Valley project, but dismisses conservation measures

by M K Prasad, an environmentalist and educator, participated in the movement against the hydropower project in the Silent Valley

Switch on biomass

Power crisis spurs market for renewables in rural Bihar

by Alok Gupta, Saran

Until a year ago, T N Pandit, a pathologist in Bihar’s Saran district would juggle four different power supplies to keep his lab operational. The sources included inverter, generator, solar cell and state power grid. Voltage fluctuation had caused faults in his gadgets till he decided to install one more switch on his already overcrowded switchboard.

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