Indians living with the consequences of water pollution at the site of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster sought to keep alive their U.S.


17 killed as hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey

Up to 17 people were reported dead and millions left without electricity on Tuesday morning, as residents of the U.S. East Coast awoke to confront the extensive destruction wreaked overnight by hurricane Sandy. The hurricane made landfall in New Jersey on Monday night with sustained, 130-kmph gusts, leading to six million homes losing power.

Certain clauses within India’s civil nuclear liability legislation continue to “cause concerns to some of our companies,” and “that is still something that needs to be addressed,” said Robert Blake

Experts have warned that vital corn-producing and soybean-producing states in the U.S. are in the throes of intensifying drought conditions — a revelation that has resurrected concerns of sparking another global food price shock. In 2008, it was a spike in food grain prices in global markets that led to widespread rioting and political instability across nations.

In a report released last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor agency (USDM) noted that “The widest drought to grip the U.S. in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week gave its first ever nod for an anti-HIV drug, Truvada, to pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences.

Stands up to White House’s strong-arm tactics against manufacturers of generic equivalent

Over the summer one thing about U.S. President Barack Obama has become clear. His hawkishness in foreign policy affects not only nations like Pakistan and Yemen, which are saddled with U.S. drones carrying out targeted assassinations on their soil. India too is very much a victim of Mr. Obama’s harshest policy campaigns, albeit in a less headline-grabbing area: cancer medication pricing.

Tiger conservation efforts in India received an important shot in the arm this week after the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Bank to improve the dialogue on sustainable development and conservation between business, conservation stakeholders and decision-makers in policy.

The new initiative to promote tiger and biodiversity conservation is called the India Wildlife Business Council (IWBC). As an institutionalised platform for collaboration, its objective will be to reverse the massive dwindling of the tiger population owing to rapid industrialisation, habitat fragmentation, poaching and illegal trade.

While leading nations of the world are engaged in conflicts over the entire range of physical resources, from rare earth minerals to oil, this week the U.S. recognised the importance of a resource that matters much more to the vast numbers of the poor the world over — water.

It was recognition of the importance of efficient water use in agricultural practices that undergirded the announcement of this year's winner of World Food Prize (WFP), Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel.

The U.S. Justice Department broke new ground in the case against BP for causing the worst oil spill in the country's history when it brought criminal charges against a BP engineer for obstructing justice by deleting communications regarding the true size of the spill. The engineer, Kurt Mix (51), has been arrested.

On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a major explosion that killed 11 workers and went on to spew close to 62,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf, causing unprecedented damage to the surrounding environment and marine life.