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BIS agrees Phthalates are harmful

The BIS agrees that there is a need to regulate the use of phthalates in toys. The BIS stated this in a response to the Bombay High Court on Feb 24th 2011. The court was hearing a PIL filed by the Consumers Welfare Association in 2007, seeking action against the sale of toxic toys in India. The Bombay High Court bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice D Y Chandrachud in September last year, asked the BIS to respond to central government's suggestions on the need to regulate the use of phthalates in toys.

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BIS to release Phthalates standard in two months

The Bombay High Court directed the Bureau of Indian Standards on March 24,2011 to set standards on phthalates in toys within two months. The court also directed the Ministry of Commerce, once the BIS sets standards, to issue a notification mandating the phthalates standards in toys.

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Customs and Central Excise withdraws controversial ad

Drink aerated drinks and do social service 

The Customs and Central Excise Department refrains from publishing its advertisement again which suggested that drinking aerated drinks was akin to social service as the central excise duty paid on these drinks was used to provide drinking water to millions.

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The Customs and Central Excise Department refrains from publishing its advertisement again which suggested that drinking aerated drinks was akin to social service as the central excise duty paid on these drinks was used to provide drinking water to millions. 

EMFWA takes Karnataka to court

The Endosulfan Manufactures and Formulators Welfare Association (EMFWA) have challenged the Karnataka ban on endosulfan in the Karnataka High Court. They pesticide manufacturers have said that the ban was 'unscientific' as there are no studies done in the state to prove that endosulfan was the cause of the health conditions of the people in the affected villages.

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The Endosulfan Manufactures and Formulators Welfare Association (EMFWA) have challenged the Karnataka ban on endosulfan in the Karnataka High Court. They pesticide manufacturers have said that the ban was 'unscientific' as there are no studies done in the state to prove that endosulfan was the cause of the health conditions of the people in the affected villages.
 

Campaigns on vehicular pollution

Nagrik Chetna Manch
Nagrik Chetna Manch is a non-political organization and open to all citizens that came into existence on August 15, 1991. The Manch seeks issue-based support from the media and the public and networks with other like-minded NGOs to lend force to issues that the Manch takes up.

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Campaigns for bus and NMT users

Parisar

Parisar is campaigning for sustainable urban transport. It has a special focus on walking and cycling facilities and promotion of public transport systems to alleviate the problems of congestion and pollution, and also help in dealing with issues such as climate change and dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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Policy action

Policy is quintessential for action implementation. It is the government’s tool to ensure enforcement. To see what different cities are doing scroll down..

Pune

Pune is amongst the fastest growing cities in the county. During 1991-2001, its population increased by 50.08 percent. Pune uniquely remains a hub for students from all across the globe, and the growth centre of the IT sector. But with time it has lost its status as the cycle city and traffic congestion has become a serious problem for the city. Two-wheelers account for three fourth of the total vehicular fleet and pose a special challenge. 

Campaigns to reduce traffic congestion

Mumbai Environmental Social Network (MESN):
Started in 2005, it is primarily focused in providing discipline and governance oriented information and solutions to the growing traffic congestion.

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