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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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Special Report | Feb 28, 2001  
Omnipresent Poison 
The article presents the results of the experiment testing the amount of endosulfan residue present in humans, animals and ecological components of the Padre Village. It also gives the details of the known hazardous effects of endosulfan. 
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News  | Mar 15, 2001
Probing a pesticide tragedy
Gives details of the inquiry committee set up by the Kerala Government in face of the media pressure. 
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The Fortnight | Apr 15, 2001 
test5
Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa development (Puttur) requests cashew corporations in Kerala to stop aerial spraying of endosulfan. The Plant Corporation of Kerala (PCK) commissions FIPPAT to again conduct the tests to be able to authenticate the CSE findings. 
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Letters | Apr 30, 2001
Endosulfan tragedy
The writer shows dismay that instead of the district collector of the afflicted area or the PCK authorities, people who are not directly effected had to take up the cause.
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News | Sep 15, 2001
Grounded
Banning of aerial spraying of endosulfan in Kasaragod by the district collector.
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Cover Story | Oct 15, 2001
Pseudo science 
S K HANDA; Former head, division of agricultural chemistry, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, writes in Agriculture Today (June 2001) that CSE's information is inaccurate and misleading
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Cover Story | Oct 15, 2001 
Media Hype
E V V BHASKARA RAO; Director, National Research Centre for Cashew, Puttur, Karnataka says, in his paper circulated by the pesticide association, that inbreeding or wrong medication taken during pregnancy could be responsible
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The Fortnight | Jan 15, 2002
Organic Route
Mr. Abdul Salem, Head of Cashew Research Station at the Kerala Agriculture University suggests the practice of producing organic cashew.
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News | Feb 28, 2002 
Vague Verdict
The article analyses the verdict of the Achutan Committee appointed by the Kerala State Government.
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Interview  | Mar 15, 2002
Lethal Link
Contains  excerpts of interview with Romeo F. Quijano, an expert on toxicology and a campaigner for getting a ban imposed on Endosulfan.
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News | May 15, 2002
Ban lifted
The karnataka government lifted the ban on the use of endosulfan in the state, but the ban on aerial spraying remains.
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Cover Story | Jul 15, 2002
Industry's Nemesis
Gives details of the NIOH report which indicts endosulfan.
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Cover Story |  Jul 15, 2002
Rules and renegades
The loopholes that exist in the pesticides regulatory system which the industries are using towards their advantage to get the desired results.
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News | Jul 31, 2002
A hound on the pound
The challenges faced by the CSE representatives to get the true facts from the pesticide industries.
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Frontpage | Jul 31, 2002
Pesticide politics
The politics that followed within the Kerala government after lifting the Endosulfan ban – as the state heads try to balance the obvious public pressure and the hidden pressure form the pesticides industries.
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Media | Aug 15, 2002
Toxic Tales
'In God's Own' a documentary that profiles Kasaragod and its struggle against the killer insecticide.
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News | Sep 15, 2002 
Kerala HC bans endosulfan, final decision awaited
Kerala High Court bans the use of endosulfan pending a final decision from the Central Insecticides Board (CIB) of the Union government.
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Media  | Sep 30, 2002
Muddy and misleading
Post the Kerala High Court ban, the Pesticide industry attempts to 'educate' people on Endosulfan by bringing out 'selective' facts.
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Letters | Sep 30, 2002
Strategising
One reader suggested options which can be used to strengthen the regulatory system and tight the hold on the doings of the pesticide industry.
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Letters | Apr 30, 2001
Endosulfan tragedy
The writer shows dismay that instead of the district collector of the afflicted area or the PCK authorities, people who are not directly effected had to take up the cause.
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Letters | Oct 15, 2002
Ignorance or misinformation?
In this letter the Community Health Cell Advisor, Bangalore throws light on the deliberate misinformation campaign by the pesticide industries.
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Special Report | Oct 31, 2002
Fine print Hassles
Chemical manufacturers shaken by India's signing POPs convention
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News | Apr 30, 2003
Endosulfan declared not guilty
The Dubey committee concludes that endosulfan is not responsible for the health problems prevalent in Kasaragod district of Kerala.The articles gives an analytical and step-wise account of the flaws of the study.
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Letters | Jul 31, 2003
Dubious decision
Dr. Y.S. Mohanakumar shares his concern over the endosulfan poisoning in Padre Village.
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News | Dec 31, 2003
International journal vindicates endosulfan study
Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed scientific journal of international repute, has published the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Occupational Health's damning research on the organochlorine pesticide in its December 2003 issue.
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Letters | Apr 15, 2004
Time of reckoning
NIOH director replies to pesticide industry body allegations
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Analysis  | Apr 15, 2004
LIES, DAMN LIES AND ENDOSULFAN
An investigation blowing the lid off the Dubey Committee report.
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News | Aug 31, 2005
What Dubey did
An investigation into how the OP Dubey committee manipulated facts to give a clean chit to endosulfan.
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News | Nov 15, 2006
Endosulfan may finally have a destroyer
A scientific paper on a probable solution to breaking down endosulfan into environment friendly inorganic chemicals but were these antidotes good enough for the victims of endosulfan.
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News |  May 31, 2008
PR companies give public face to corporate agenda
A detailed account of how PR companies were in the forefront to harass people with anti social, malicious corporate agenda.
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News | Nov 30, 2008
To industry's tune
A detailed account of how the government played into the hands of the industry at the Rotterdam Convention.
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News |Nov 30, 2008
Asbestos, endosulfan escape blacklist
India plays spoilsport keeping endosulfan out at the Rotterdam Convention.
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News | Nov 30, 2008
But noose tightens
India cited lack of substantial evidence against endosulfan keeping it from being banned globally at the fourth Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee.
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News | Apr 30, 2009
India scuttles curb on endosulfan
India opposes endosulfan’s entry into the PIC (Prior Informed Consent) list
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Web Specials | Sep 24, 2010
Demand for endosulfan tribunal
Demand for endosulfan tribunal – A petition filed in the Kerala High Court demands a tribunal for compensating victims.
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News | Nov 15, 2010
India still in endosulfan denial
India opposes the global ban on endosulfan at the sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee once again.
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News | Nov 30, 2010
Centre to study endosulfan effect
This was the post KV Thomas statement reaction of the state- where he said that endosulfan could not be blamed for the health of the people in Kasaragod. Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh had assured that there would be a committee to see into the efficacy and safety of endosulfan. That committee was never formed.
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News | Dec 15, 2010
Relief for endosulfan victims
Kerala government announced a relief package for the endosulfan victims in Kasaragod.
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Special Report | Dec 31, 2010
State of endosulfan
Its just not Kasaragod that is affected in Kerala; even Palakkad known for it mangoes have victims similar to that in Kasaragod and endosulfan plays a crucial role as it is manually sprayed despite being banned in the state.
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News | Jan 15, 2011
Pesticides lobby’s coup
NIOH director replies to pesticide industry body allegations
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News  | Jan 15, 2011
Endosulfan sufferers don't count
Victims in Kasaragod are still trying to get justice as many genuine victims are being left out of the list of endosulfan victims. State has promised an ongoing survey to identify victims.
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Special Report | Jan 31, 2011
Another Kasaragod
he victims of endosulfan spraying in Dakshin Kanada had gone unnoticed for nearly 10 years until last year when the Karnataka CM ordered compensation and eventually a ban a month after the story was published in DTE.
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News | March 15, 2011
Karnataka Bans Endosulfan
Karnataka banned the pesticide endosulfan under sec 27(1) of the insecticide act. This was in response to the health anomalies in the victims in Dakshin Kanada.
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