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CSE Fellowship Media Briefing on ‘Backs to the wall: Tigers, tiger habitats and conservation’
By: Papia Samajdar

Finally, we managed to pull through the much challenged fellowship media briefing on tigers and issues around tiger conservation, and not just pulled through but did quite a good job of it, as it turned out -- gauging from the feedback of the resource people, and of course the journalists who, I believe, need this kind of downpour of information to make them understand the issues in-depth.

Training programme on Sustainable Water Management for practicing professionals, students and researchers of Nepal, July 5-9, 2012

Training programme on Sustainable Water Management was organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with the Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD), Nepal based NGO and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nepal. The programme was held between July5-9, 2012.


Kathmandu workshop photos

80% of city’s sewage dumped in lakes: Report

 Study Says Poor Waste Management Leading To Contamination Of City’s Drinking Water Sources


Hyderabad: The city’s most important water body, the Musi River, has turned in to a sewage line. Almost 80% of Hyderabad’s untreated sewage gets dumped into the city’s lakes so much so that the city’s drinking water (Manjeera) now demonstrates an alarmingly high presence of excreta.

In a pickle

Consignment contaminated with banned dye

pickleRecently consignments of pickle from India were found to be contaminated with a banned dye Sudan–I. The dye is banned in food in most countries including European Union, Canada, US and India. The consignment, being dispatched by the Chennai office of the Spices Board of India, was being exported to Canada.

GM labeling made mandatory in India

But is it going to be effective enough

imageUse of genetically modified constituents for processed food will soon have to be mentioned on labels. A gazette notification from the Ministry of Consumer Affairsmakes it mandatory for packaged foods using genetically modified products as ingredients to carry such labels from January 1, 2013. The notification was out on June 5, 2012.

Corn Sugar or HFCS: What’s in the name

 Corn SugarThe US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) rejected a petition filed by Corn Refiners Association to change the name of ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)’ to ‘corn sugar’. The petition was filed in October, 2010.

FDA bans BPA in baby bottles

imageThe US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) banned use of Bisphenol – A (BPA) in baby bottles in July 2012. The ban was announced on the request from American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association in US, to phase out the use of the chemical. The US chemical industry have already stopped using BPA in baby bottles and the request by the council is being seen as a step to establish goodwill among customers.

Denmark to roll back its fat tax

fat taxWithin a year of imposing fat tax, the Danish government is planning to roll it back. They have also decided to abandon the proposal of sugar tax that they had proposed to do.

The Danish union HK Commerce, Danish Food & Allied Workers Union, and Danish Chamber of Commerce, claimed that the fat tax has threatened jobs in Denmark. As fatty food prices went up, consumers traveled across the border for their fatty fixes instead of giving it up.

“The Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 will favor the multinational companies (MNCs) and give rise to corruption” – Praveen Khandelwal

Praveen KhandelwalKhandelwal, the Secretary General of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), speaks on behalf of the traders on the objections they have against the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. CAIT is leading the protests of traders against the Act.

What are your main objections about the act?

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