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Pawar on Endosulfan

As the fifth Conference of Parties (COP) of Stockholm Convention gear up to meet at Geneva in the last week of April and decide the fate of endosulfan, the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is busy rooting for the pesticide.

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India goes on a negative note

The fifth Conference of Parties (COP) of Stockholm Convention meets on April 25 in Geneva to decide the fate of endosulfan. The Conference of Parties will consider the recommendation of Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention to enlist Endosulfan and its isomers in Annex A to the Convention, with specific exemption.
   

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SC Demands Explanation from CBI

A five judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice HS Kapadia, on April 13, began the hearing of curative petitions in the Bhopal gas tragedy. While hearing the curative petition filed by the CBI to re-examine the 1996 Supreme Court's judgement, the five judge bench questioned the CBI for approaching the court after a gap of 16 years and not filing a review petition during these years.

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Endosulfan Added to Trade "Watch List"

United Nations chemical experts have recommended endosulfan to be included in the Rotterdam Convention’s Prior Informed Consent procedure. 

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United Nations chemical experts have recommended endosulfan to be included in the Rotterdam Convention’s Prior Informed Consent procedure. 

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Down To Earth Stories

Special Report | Feb 28, 2001  
Children of endosulfan 
Exposes the endosulfan tragedy in Padre Village in Kerala. It gives an account of the unusual diseases afflicting the people of that village. 
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Anderson's Extradition & Approval for a Memorial

A Delhi court of the chief metropolitan magistrate gave the green signal to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on March 23 to extradite former Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) chairperson Warren Anderson- an accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case, now based in US. Anderson, now 90, has never faced trial in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

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A fortnight before the hearing of the Curative Petition in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case begins on April 13, there have been a flurry of events. From the Central Bureau of Investigation getting a nod to extradite UCC's former chairperson Warren Anderson to in-principle approval for memorial for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims. But activists working with the victims, this is an eyewash. According to them, neither is the CBI fully prepared to extradite Anderson nor is the memorial going to be built soon enough as the site remains to be cleaned.

Endosulfan Industry's dirty war to save its toxic product: Summary of Recent Events by CSE

As the demand for a ban on Endosulfan in India is gaining pitch and Karnataka being the latest state to ban the pesticide, the Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) is going around crying foul. They are leaving no stone unturned to save endosulfan. Press meets across the country and plugged newspaper reports maligning studies that have indicted endosulfan in the past is a desperate attempt to save a US $100 million endosulfan industry.

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The Conference of Parties (COP) of Stockholm Convention meet in April to decide the fate of endosulfan. Meanwhile pesticide associations are leaving no opportunity, to vilify CSE, to save the toxic pesticide and their US $ 100 million market. CSE responds with the facts and a detailed chronology of events that show how government reports were fudged, smear campaign was carried against CSE and its employees harassed.

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