India Intelligence Report

Environment Health and Education


  • UN Panel on Children Sexual Exploitation (June 05, 2006)
    The United Nations World Committee on Tourism Ethics (UNWCTE) announced that it will set up an executive committee to work on the sad increase in child-sex tourism even though several studies have shown that overall sexual exploitation numbers are down. <More>

  • Smoking Ban in Bollywood Movies (June 01, 2006)
    After months of debate and indecision, the Health and the Information and Broadcasting Ministries seemed to have decided that smoking in movies is definitely bad for India and have proposed a series of measures.<More>

  • Are there Tigers in Manipur? (May 29, 2006)
    Days after the Government promised better forest management, media reports from Manipur talk about wanton poaching of fully grown tigers to sell their bones and skins in the international market but the Government claims that there are no Tigers in Manipur. < More>

  • Environmentalists Aghast at Tribal Rights Bill (May 26, 2006)
    A joint committee of Members of Parliament had submitted a draft legislation, which will no doubt pass because it has the over-enthusiastic support of the communists, which seeks to make over valued forest land over to the tribal population.<More>

  • Govt Withdraws Water Tax (May 25, 2006)
    While the stock market was crashing and burning, the Government rescinded an internal note that called for a 16% tax on water processed by branded and unbranded water “manufacturers” as well as municipal water supply.<More>

  • Measures to Control AIDS on Highways (May 23, 2006)
    Analysts believe that better highway facilities could reduce incidence of AIDS among high-risk truck drivers and helpers and that would consequently bring down the number of incidence in non-risky population such as the wives and children of this mobile group.<More>

  • The Begging Elephants of Assam (May 23, 2006)
    A Supreme Court (SC) order that stopped rampant deforestation in North Eastern India, especially Assam, has rendered the 1200 domesticated forest working elephants and their mahouts jobless reducing them to street beggars accepting whatever people offer.<More>

  • China Reports Three Gorges Dam Completion (May 22, 2006)
    In an astounding feat that took less than 10 years, China has completed the Three Gorged Dam (TGD) which is being labeled the largest hydroelectric and water management project in the world that employed 26,000 people from over 50 countries. <More>

  • Lower Bar for Teachers  (May 19, 2006)
    In a bid to recruit more teachers in colleges, the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is lowering educational standards further with a proposal to abolish National Entrance Test (NET) requirements for those with MPhil and PhD candidates.<More>

  • India & China Work on Diabetic Drug  (May 19, 2006)
    India and China, vying for the dubious distinction of being the diabetes capital of the world, are working together their vast herbal drug knowledge to identify medicine and herbs that can control diabetes.<More>

  • Bird Flu Spreads in Indonesia  (May 17, 2006)
    Indonesia said that it found the H5N1 virus in its easternmost province Papua among fighting cocks possibly imported from neighboring Sulawesei Island.<More>

  • Ayurvedic Drug Labeling Made Compulsory  (May 16, 2006)
    The Health Ministry has made all Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, and Herbal medicine labeling compulsory and has extended the deadline to July 1 of this year.<More>

  • Another Toxic Ship Story  (May 15, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) demanded an answer from the Federal Government on information and advice on whether the largest ocean liner SS Norway should be allowed to be dismantled at Gujarat’s Alang Ship breaking Yard within 15 days.< More>

  • More Powers for Project Tiger  (May 12, 2006)
    In a positive move, the Federal Cabinet approved a plan to grant administrative and statutory powers for Project Tiger so it can handle most cases by itself rather than depend on the over-burdened administrative system for action.< More>

  • Ap is Aids Capital of india   (May 12, 2006)
    Bad sexual practices, low condom usage, and lack of awareness has earned Andhra Pradesh  (AP) the dubious distinction of being India’s AIDS capital with over 20% the country’s 5.1 million. <More>

  • Sharp Increase in Wind Power Generation (May 11, 2006)
    Turbine manufacturers in India say that they registered a 45% rise in installed wind power capacity grew to 5,200 megawatt (MW) from 3,595 MW with Tamil Nadu contributing a bulk of this capacity addition of 870 MW.< More>

  • Major Opposition to AIDS Patent Application  (May 11, 2006)
    Several groups opposed the patent application by Gilded Sciences to patent the AIDS cocktail Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) and accused the company of filing a “frivolous claim” on the drug without actually enhancing it.<More>

  • With and Without Degree Quacks (May 9, 2006)
    With failing investments in Health care, lack of awareness of the population, bad sanitary facilities, unhygienic conditions, lack of enforcement, poor educational training, and lack of proper and constant certification are generating conditions for quacks.< More>

  • India’s Malnourished Children (May 3, 2006)
    Dampening the euphoria on economic growth, stock market performance, and increased foreign direct investment, a United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) report on nutrition said India has the most number of malnourished under-five children in the world.< More>

  • Since when is Punishing a Child Good?  (April 28, 2006)
    In the narrowest interpretation of the law, the Karnataka High Court ruled that under the Sec 95 of Indian Penal Code, a school could beat a child if such beating was done in good faith and to discipline the child.< More>

  • SC Orders Dismantling Fish Tanks in AP  (April 27, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Andhra Pradesh (AP) to destroy fish tanks created in the Kolleru Lake by politically connected individuals that threaten the ecosystem of the large wet lands and the livelihood of those who live around it.<More>

  • Over 5 million HIV cases in India   (April 24, 2006)
    The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) estimates that India has a HIV positive population of 5.21 million but cautioned that this figure could be much higher and the Government did not know how many people were dying of his disease.<More>

  • Countries Urge Norway to Stop Whale Hunting  (April 21, 2006)
    With Norway’s plan to hunt the highest number of whales in two decades this year, a dozen countries joined together and called on it stop this reprehensible practice of hunting whales for profit.<More>

  • Govt to Allow GM Soya Oil Import  (April 20, 2006)
    Ministry of Environment & Forests said that it intends to allow the import of genetically modified (GM) Soya oil into India if it meets certification criteria to be defined by the Government.<More>

  • Govt Capitulates to Poultry Industry  (April 18, 2006)
    Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar capitulated to poultry industry demands to not introduce mandatory bird flu vaccinations of poultry and also promised to upgrade laboratories, a 3-lab verification before declaration of disease, a zone-affected areas.< More>

  • Increased Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Addiction  April 14, 2006)
    A recent study found that peer pressure; surrogate advertisements of cigarette and alcohol companies, and movies are influencing high school and pre-university youth in the 15-18 age group to abuse tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.<More>

  • Heart Disease Biggest Killer in Rural India Too (April 13, 2006)
    Exploding popular myth that cardiovascular disease is strictly an urban rich phenomenon, a Government, Non Government Organization (NGO), University 3 year study said that 32% of deaths in rural India was due to heart disease.<More>

  • Indo-EU Energy Initiative  (April 12, 2006)
    On the heals of US and India announcing Indian participation in FutureGen project,  the European and India are set to explore alternate sources of energy as envisaged by the recently-concluded First India-EU Business Conference on Energy.
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  • Sea Level to Rise (April 11, 2006)
    Increased use of fossil fuels leading to more greenhouse gases, reduction in forest cover, high development activity will eventually cause intense rain in the North East, drought and desertification in the North West, and inundation of coastal areas.<More>

  • BJP-Congress Alliance?  (April 10, 2006)
    As election fever rages in Eastern and Southern states, there is increased speculation on the outcomes and its consequences.< More>

  • India & US in Futuristic Energy Project  (April 5, 2006)
    The United States has invited India to participate in a futuristic private-public project, called the FutureGen that will build a coal-based power generation plant that will have zero carbon emissions at a cost of USD 950 million.<More>

  • AIDS Case Numbers Dip in South  (March 31, 2006)
    An Institute of Medical Education and Research of Chandigarh study concluded that the number of AIDS cases in South India is lower because of the use of condoms and more awareness of infections than good medical practice or testing processes.<More>

  • Two Doctors Testing Fetal Sex Convicted   (March 30, 2006)
    For the first time, two doctors who tested the sex of the child in the fetus of the mother have been convicted for violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Regulation & Prevention of Misuse Act, 1994.<More>

  • Novel HIV-AIDS Train To Educate Villages (March 30, 2006)
    India will soon host a novel project that will allow artists, doctors, and counselors will travel by a special train that will make 40,000 stops to educate villages about the dangers of HIV-AIDS. < More>

  • The Hindu Wants to Print Tobacco Ads   (March 28, 2006)
    In a surprise move, nationally available English newspaper, The Hindu, has petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to overrule a Madras High Court (MHC) ruling that disallowed the publication of tobacco advertisements (ads) in newspapers.< More>

  • Absenteeism of Teachers Affects Development  (March 28, 2006)
    A World Bank survey studying absenteeism in many countries found that 25% of teachers in India miss work on an average every day, but this rate is not prevalent in all states.<More>

  • Canada Allows Barbaric Seal Slaughter   (March 27, 2006)
    In continuation of its barbaric tradition, the Canadian Government has allowed hunters kill hundreds of thousands of harp seal pups off its East coast.<More>

  • Stricter Pesticide Regulation   (March 27, 2006)
    In an encouraging move, the Central Insecticide Board (CIB) will, through the Ministry of Environment, soon ban 7 pesticides and also fix the maximum residue limit (MRL) for 23 more.<More>

  • No Drop in Bird Flu Cases over summer  (March 27, 2006)
    With the onset of summer, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the bird flu virus is not going to die with the hot weather as once the virus is in an animal, it will continue to survive regardless of ambient weather conditions.<More>

  • US Finds New H5N1 Subtype  (March 23, 2006)
    As India is trying to deal with the bird flu outbreak in Navapur an Jalgaoan, US scientists revealed that the virus has mutated to a different subtype that can be transmitted to humans.<More>

  • China may be "Diabetics Capital of the World"  (March 22, 2006)
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that China may have piped India to earn the dubious honor of being the "Diabetes Capital of the World."< More>

  • Contingency plans to check Bird Flu (March 17, 2006)
    In a belated move, the Government has at last woken up to the reality of bird flu epidemic in India and released a contingency plan with specific timelines for all the states to follow.< More>

  • Culling of 70,000 birds begins
    The Government dispatched several Rapid Response teams to cull 70,000 birds as a precautionary measure to check the spread of the dreaded H5N1 virus in a 10-kilometer radius around Jalgaon covering 173 villages.<

  • Bird Flu is back  (March 15, 2006)
    ust as the Government claimed that the dreaded H5N1 bird flu was contained to Navapur district, fresh reports surfaced of an outbreak in Jalgaon district adjoining Navapur.<More>

  • No Human Infections Claims Govt (March 14, 2006)
    Indian Health authorities said that all human cases suspected to have contracted the dreaded H5N1 virus have all tested negative.<More>

  • Bird Flu to Cross Atlantic in 6 Months (March 10, 2006)
    Chief of UN operations controlling the spread of the dreaded avian flu H5N1 Dr. David Nabarro said that the virus fast spreading in Asia, Europe, and Africa is likely to jump the Atlantic from 6 months to a year.<More>

  • IPCC Warns Global Warming (March 09, 2006)
    Chairman of United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri said that there is mounting evidence that humans are causing global warming but Governments are doing too little to counter the threat.< More>

  • WHO Declares Diabetes a Pandemic (March 08, 2006)
    Experts attending the Diabetes Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam said that it was high time that the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic.<More>

  • Pakistan Reports Bird Flu (March 01, 2006)
    Pakistan reported that the bird flu hit two districts in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). <More>

  • Epidemiological Study Required to Understand India Outbreak (February 28, 2006)
    At the end of a two-day meeting of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza (APACI), AIIMS Department of Medicine representative Randeep Guleria speculated that the H5N1 virus will die as the summer peaks. <More>

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