Bangalore's garbage killing people in Mavallipura
Akshay Kumar, a 15 year old boy, died of dengue this morning at Mavallipura, 20 kms north of Bangalore. Reckless garbage dumping at Mavallipura has made it a fertile habitat for mosquitoes, resulting in widespread dengue and chikungunya. Read more.
Mangalore Air Crash
A plane carrying 167 crashed at Mangalore Int'l Airport on 22nd May, reportedly overshooting the runway while landing. This is the direct result of criminal negligence on the part of planning and regulatory authorities during the construction of the runway. Read more.
Successful Protest Opposing Tree Act Amendment
On the eve of World Biodiversity Day, over a hundred people came together in front of the Karnataka State Forest Department headquarters to protest a proposed regressive amendment to the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act. Read more.
Guardians of Biodiversity Workshop
On Saturday 22nd May, ESG will hold a workshop on the multiple values of biodiversity and legal and social methods through which which we can safeguard it for future generations. To register, call ESG or email Sruthi or Bhargavi. Read more.
People's Manifesto for Bangalore Civic elections
Bangalore People's Forum, a network of progressive voluntary organisations of which ESG is a part, came out with a Peoples Manifesto for the recent local government elections based on inputs from diverse sectors and after many consultations. Read more.
Nuclear Liability Bill
The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010 (download bill) protects nuclear industry from the costs of providing real compensation following a nuclear disaster. In a representation to the PM, ESG argues that this could be part of an overarching strategy to whittle down India's absolute liability regime, a move apparently sponsored by US EPA grants.
Mr. Jairam Ramesh has confirmed that the 190 plants listed in MoEF's Notification would be exempt from the Biodiversity Act, 2002, "provided they are traded as commodities." Read more.
On 30th Nov a protest was held against the Karnataka Govt's plan to make ID Cards mandatory for Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. Read more.
On 27 Nov Usha Ramanathan spoke on "Changing Ideas of Rights, Wrongs and Public Interest" Read more.
Read press releases by DSS and ESG on why the Ramky landfill at Mavallipura village needs to be phased out. Read more.
A workshop on "Urban Lakes as Ecological, Cultural and Public Spaces" was held on 26th Sep. Read more.
Hasiru Usiru: See the Road Widening FAQ put together by ESG. Download the Detailed Project Report for the Bangalore Metro (Phase I), published 2003. Read more.
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