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Briefing Note: Dialogue Air Pollution and Our Health

August 31, 2011   Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi Centre for Science and Environment joined hands with Indian Council for Medical Research and Indian Medical Association to organize a dialogue with the noted doctors – (respiratory physicians, cardiologists, pediatricians, oncologists), the air quality regulators, and health experts to track the newer concerns over health risks of polluted air.

Joint Committee's First Meeting Today

The Supreme Court appointed joint committee, headed by ICMR director general VM Katoch and Agriculture Commissioner Gurbachan Singh met for the first time on June 23. This was after five weeks of its appointment. The heads of the committee revealed that they will meet again on July 6-7.

The Ban of Endosulfan and After

Two Turnabouts, A Joint Committee and Some Violations Friday the 13th wasn't bad after all. The Supreme Court on May 13, passed an ad-interim order to ban with immediate effect the manufacture, sale and use of endosulfan throughout the country, citing its harmful health effects. The court also directed the statutory authorities to seize the permits given to endosulfan manufacturers till further orders. 

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Licence to Kill, Not Anymore

HIL's (Hindustan Insecticide Limited) licence to produce endosulfan was cancelled by the Kerala government on May 27. The Gujarat agriculture department too has seized the permit of nearly 80 endosulfan manufacturing and formulating units in the state.

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A week after the ban

Its been a week since the Supreme Court issued the order for the interim ban on endosulfan. There is no official confirmation on the joint committee yet, when they have to present the interim report within 8 weeks, from May 13, to the Supreme Court. It is after the interim report is submitted will the apex court take a final call on whether the pesticide should be allowed or banned.

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SC bans Endosulfan, but where are the committees?

The Supreme Court, on May 13, passed an ad-interim order to ban the manufacture, sale and use of Endosulfan with immediate effect across the country. It also issued an order for a joint committee of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Agriculture Commissioner for a study on the health impacts of endosulfan within 8 weeks.