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Endosulfan unlikely to cause public hazard, Centre tells Supreme Court

Maintaining that Endosulfan is unlikely to cause any public health concern or hazard, the Centre has urged the Supreme Court to lift the ban imposed on its production and sale in May this year. In its response to a petition filed by the Democratic Youth Federation of India, the Centre said that long-term use of the pesticidewas unlikely to present public health concern. The Centre made it clear that Endosulfan was not the reason behind health problems in Kasaragod in Kerala. On May 13, the court, while banning its use all over India, directed the statutory authorities to freeze the production licences granted to the manufacturers of Endosulfan till further […]

Ban Endosulfan

Kasargode, Sunday 17 April 2011: Attacking the Union Government for the ‘antipeople’ stand adopted by it on the endosulfan issue, environmentalist Vandana Shiva has said that India was singularly blocking the proposed global ban on the pesticide. Vandana Shiva said that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was not ready to ban endosulfan. “Sharad Pawar should not be the Agriculture Minister of India. It is because of the fact that Pawar is corrupt that he had to back out from becoming a member in the committee to frame the draft of the ‘Lokpal Bill.’ Sharad Pawar lied in Parliament that most of the states had asked him not to impose ban […]

ICMR amy give clean chit to Endosulfan

KASARGOD: The team of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which had visited the district to study the effects of endosulfan, has reportedly reached the conclusion that most of the diseases in the area are genetically related. The people of 11 grama panchayats of the district have been living in a state of panic for decades which even affected marriage prospects of the youngsters there. Newly-wed couples opted for abortions. There were also cases of couples going for divorce believing that their spouses might be carrying endosulfan residues in their blood. The team led by Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Director- General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, had […]

Companies had failed to surrender their registration certificates despite letters being sent to them by CIBRC.

Soon after the Supreme Court ordered the interim ban on endosulfan on May 13, the agriculture ministry issued letters to the different departments, the following day, for the compliance of the nation wide ban. Licensing Officers and Insecticides Inspectors were issued orders to implement the ban. Letters were sent to the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC) and the directorate of plant protection among other departments to ensure that there is an immediate ban on manufacture, sale and use of the pesticides. As it turns out, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, in a letter dated May 18, had directed all pesticide manufacturers association to direct all registrants of […]

Endosulfan ban leaves HIL in the lurch

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/endosulfan-ban-leaves-hil-lurch-995 With a countrywide endosulfan ban looming, Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL), a major manufacturer of the controversial pesticide, may struggle for survival. One of the few profit-making government enterprises, HIL earns 50% of its revenue from the sale of endosulfan. Rights groups and political and civil organisations had been demanding a blanket ban on the pesticide that killed several people in the state’s Wayanad and Kasargod districts. The Supreme Court’s recent directive against production and use of endosulfan and the Centre’s agreement on a conditional ban on the pesticide at the recent Stockholm convention have almost sealed the fate of manufacturers. HIL, which employs more than 500 people, however, is […]

Supreme court order on Endosulfan

Supremecourt order on endosulfan issued on 13th May 2011 The supreme court came as a savior on the issue of endosulfan. Neither the Agriculture Department nor the Health department who are supposed to be the custodians of the people’s livelihoods and health have never bothered over this. Agriculture department particularly Minister for Agriculture went overboard to protect the interests of the Endosulfan manufacturers.  Hope this two month ban and subsequent actions will lead to a permanent ban on Endosulfan.  for more info on the endosulfan related issue visit http://www.endosulfan.in  

CSE welcomes Supreme Court ban on endosulfan

Calls it a ‘resounding defeat’ for pesticide industry which has been promoting this deadly toxin http://www.cseindia.org/content/cse-welcomes-supreme-court-ban-endosulfan New Delhi, May 13, 2011: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed today’s Supreme Court order banning the use, sale, production and export of endosulfan with immediate effect. This landmark judgment comes on the heels of India’s grudging acceptance at the Stockholm Convention that endosulfan is a serious health hazard and that it should be banned. Says CSE director general Sunita Narain: “We congratulate the judiciary of the country and thank it – the judgement has restored our faith in democracy. We also congratulate the civil society organisations in Kerala which have been […]

ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ పైన అంతర్జాతీయ నిషేధం: ఆలోచించాలిసిన విషయాలు

ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ అనే అత్యంత ప్రమాదకరమైన రసాయినిక పురుగు మందును అంతర్జాతీయంగా నిషేదించాలని ఈ రోజు (29 ఏప్రిల్, 2011) స్విట్జర్లాండ్ దేశంలోని జెనీవ నగరంలో జరిగిన సమావేశంలో నిర్ణయించారు. స్టాక్ హోమ్ ఒప్పందంలో భాగంగా జరిగిన చర్చల తరువాత ఈ నిర్ణయం వెలువడింది. పర్యావరణ వాదులు మరియు ఆరోగ్యకరమైన వాతావరణం కొరకు పని చేస్తున్న వ్యక్తులు మరియు సంస్థలు ఈ నిర్ణయాన్ని స్వాగతించాయి. ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ వాడకం వలన కేరళ, కర్ణాటక తదితర రాష్ట్రాలలో అనేక మంది అనారోగ్యం పాలు కావటం జరిగింది. వేల మంది ప్రజలు బుద్ధి మాంద్యం, పుట్టిన శిశువులలో అంగవైకల్యం మరియు క్యాన్సర్ బారిన పడ్డారు. అనేక మంది మహిళలు మరియు అమ్మల ఆవేదనకు ఈ నిర్ణయం ప్రతిస్పందన. ఈ నిర్ణయం రైతులకు ఎంతో మేలు చేస్తుంది. వారిని ప్రమాదం నుంచి తప్పిస్తుంది. ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ నిషేధం వలన ఆర్థిక నష్టం నుంచి విముక్తి లబిస్తుంది. ఈ నిర్ణయం జరగకుండ కొన్ని పరిశ్రమ వర్గాలు, కొంత మంది నాయకులు మరియు మన కేంద్ర వ్యవసాయ శాఖా మంత్రి […]

India opposing Endosulfan ban at Stockholm Convention

http://www.hindu.com/2010/10/13/stories/2010101359230100.htm Roy Mathew Many deaths in Kasaragod owing to poisoning caused by the chemical The sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants’ Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention in progress in Geneva on Monday. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Governments here and abroad are watching India’s stand on Endosulfan at the sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants’ Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention that began in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. While most of the governments represented at the Stockholm Convention are taking stands in favour of a global ban on Endosulfan, India is opposing it. The Kerala government has demanded a ban on the pesticide with Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Forest […]

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