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Dr Ajay Mathur

Laatu is an agricultural labourer who lives in the village of Mangraulli which is part of the VIP Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi. Laatu and his family use a kerosene lamp for lighting their hut.

Dr R K Pachauri

Two significant events took place last week, which may not be very significant in themselves, but are symbolic perhaps of a powerful trend that seems to be taking place in the developed world. The very forces that have in the past contributed to an unprecedented level of environmental degradation are now at work to move the world towards a new...

Mr Ardhendu Sen

The World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, Canada, opened in mid-June 2000 amidst protests by hundreds of demonstrators, forcing the police to take extra precautions. This was not so unexpected. Protests against oil exploration in ecologically sensitive areas have been voiced for quite sometime now. The problem of greenhouse gas emissions from the...

Dr R K Pachauri

There is growing interest among multilateral and bilateral organizations in formulating development assistance schemes to remove poverty. The Asian Development Bank, for instance, has developed clear-cut criteria that will be used as a screen for evaluating if it should finance specific projects or not. The World Bank, of course, has been...

Dr R K Pachauri

Recent estimates on the rate of economic growth have proved to be better than expected. The growth rate for 1999/2000, for instance, based on current estimates, appears to be in excess of 6.5% as against the expectation of a little over 6%. Overall, the Indian economy shows some positive features that provide a basis for optimism. Industrial...

Dr R K Pachauri

On 15 and 16 June, the German Foreign Ministry held a conference on 'Environment and Security: Crisis Prevention through Cooperation' at Berlin, which was attended by very senior officials from the German government, including Dr Ludger Volmer, State Minister in the Foreign Office. I was one of the three or four participants from overseas and the...

Ms Anuradha Vashisht

Fly Ash is an environmental hazard in Delhi which has somehow escaped the attention of the environmentalists. The media too has focused rather inadequately on it. Fly ash, which consists of silica, alumina and oxides of iron, calcium and magnesium, is the waste generated by thermal power plants. It is the most undesirable part of coal, which...

Dr R K Pachauri

The current drought in several parts of the country could affect over a 100 million people and their livelihood. The increasing water scarcity will drive perhaps over a million people away from their homes in search of areas where there is water and, therefore, the hope of life. This problem of environmental refugees is likely to become acute in...

Mr Ardhendu Sen

Do high oil prices benefit only oil producers? Or can we, if we look hard enough, find some benefits to consumers also? The year 2000 began well for the producers; the WTI (West Texas Intermediate), the US marker crude oil, crossed $30/barrel in February and Brent followed suit in April.

Dr R K Pachauri

Petronas of Malaysia was host to the Fifth Asian Oil and Gas Conference. This conference, which was opened by Malaysia's Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, attracted a total of over 700 participants including the chairmen of Shell, UNOCAL, and several other companies. The global representation of organizations at this conference was a clear...

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