Safety

stone carving silicosis
Democracy
Health
Human rights

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Pindwara, a small town in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the main hub for India’s temple-building industry. In the past three years, this sector has been found to spread fatal disease and death through silicosis among men, some as young as 19 years. The Swaminarayan sect’s imposing Akshardham temple, Bihar and Jharkhand’s Jain mandirs, renovations…

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Agriculture
National

GMOs – STOP. NOW!

In 1865, a child was born in Madras, India. Her parents named her Lucy Deane. As destiny would have it, in 1893, Kensington Vestry (UK) wanted to hire women Inspectors where, at that time all inspectors were men. Lucy Deane was hired and was a factory inspector. In 1898, she cautioned the authorities that asbestos […]

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Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals
Democracy
Hindutva
Politics & Political Commentary
Radicalization

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in […]

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7 What lies inside Big Bazaar's fire exit
Security

Media Release: False Fire Exits at Golden Chariot & Big Bazaar at Goregaon Hub Mall

Monday, 9 March, 2015, Mumbai: Imagine you are enjoying dinner with your family at Golden Chariot restaurant, on the second floor of Goregaon’s famous mall, The Hub. Suddenly, you see smoke. No, not the delicious smoke from a sizzler, but the black, rubbery-smelling smoke from a short-circuit. An uncontrolled blaze has broken out in the building. People […]

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General

Attack on RTI Activist Sulaiman Bhimani’s office

Sunday, 13th Jan, Mumbai: Yesterday afternoon, at 3 pm, eight unknown men entered RTI Activist Sulaiman Bhimani’s office with sticks and swords, and smashed a laptop, printer-scanner and computer keyboard. The attack ended within 10 seconds as Bhimani’s neighbours raised an alarm. While retreating hastily, they slashed wildly at the nameplate with the swords, and […]

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