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What's in Your Honey

Since the Government of India directed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), in December last year, to revise its standards for honey only two meetings have been held.

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Countdown to the Supreme Court Hearing

The eight weeks deadline for the Supreme Court appointed joint committee on endosulfan ended on July 13. The hearing of the case is scheduled for July 15.

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The eight weeks deadline for the Supreme Court appointed joint committee on endosulfan ended on July 13. The hearing of the case is scheduled for July 15. The apex court had on May 13 ordered an interim ban on the use, manufacture and sale of the pesticide across the country, till further orders.

Interim Report Deadline Extended

The Supreme Court appointed joint committee was unable to submit its interim report on endosulfan on July 15 and asked for another eight weeks to prepare the report. On the other hand, the pesticide manufacturers and formulators association of India, one of the respondents in the case, pleaded with the court to give an immediate relief to them to allow exporting the pesticides, the stocks for which were already present with the manufacturers.

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The Gobar Times Green Schools Awards Ceremony 2010-2011

The top Green Schools of Delhi and India will receive the coveted Green Schools Awards on July 15, 2011. The awards will be given away by the Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi,
Ms. Sheila Dikshit. 
Venue: Stein Auditorium,
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi – 110003.

Date & Time:
15th July, 2011, 3pm to 6pm

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Date & Time: 15th July, 2011, 3pm to 6pm

EIA analysis of Gujarat Pipavav Port expansion

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) carried out an analysis of the EIA of expansion of Gujarat Pipavav Port located in the Gulf of Cambay. The analysis was requested by a Gujarat based NGO called Paryavaran Mitra.

What you can do to make your building green building?

Change begins in our own home – with little steps. What can each one of us do to green our homes? How can we reduce the energy and water use  of our buildings, our living? How do we know what works and how?
There are a range of products, fixtures etc. that are today extensively available for us to select and use. What is required is the right intent and knowledge.

For a green house

After Pune, which is reaping the benefits of an eco-housing scheme launched last year, Mumbai now can do the same. The decks stand cleared for the launch of an eco-housing scheme in Mumbai, which offers financial incentives to both builders and consumers.

Prepared by Pune-based Science and Technology Park and recently adopted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (mcgm), the scheme will certify green residential complexes, both new constructions and retrofitted buildings.

India's Consent takes Endosulfan on the PIC List

Day 5: With no consensus reached on white asbestos, its back to square one. The only progress was India changing its stand and therefore one less country to convert in the next COP session. Canada continues to remain the villain. India on the other hand earned some more brownie points by agreeing to list endosulfan in the PIC list or the Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

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Day 5: With no consensus reached on white asbestos, its back to square one. The only progress was India changing its stand and therefore one less country to convert in the next COP session.

FSSAI yet to set Trans Fat rules



The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released their proposed norms on trans fats in vanaspati/Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (PHVO) on May 7, 2010. The stakeholders were given one month to send in their comments after which the draft regulations would have been sent to the government for notification.

Policy action

First generation action has begun. The city is far from meeting the clean air standards, especially for particulate matter. The rapidly growing number of vehicles poses threat to the first generation reforms. Clean fuel program, vehicle phase out and push to public transport can be expected to provide some respite. Policy decisions and action so far in the city

Action on vehicles:

  • The city has introduced Bharat Stage III norms for vehicles in 2010

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