BHOPAL: Contradicting Dow Chemical Company's (Dow) stated position and its opposition for higher compensation for gas victims, the leaked US government cables admits methyl isocyanate (MIC) poisono

BHOPAL: Union government continues to short-change gas victims and favour interests of Dow Chemical Company (Dow), alleged NGOs working for the Bhopal gas victims, realising a new set of documents from WikiLeaks 'Kissinger Cables' at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Citing extracts from leaked cables the activists said union minister Kamal Nath and planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia welcomed Dow investments in India and contradicted the Government of India's stated position on Dow's liabilities in India.

Around 200 survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster held demonstrations in front of the Dow Chemical’s office in Vikroli in suburban Mumbai on Tuesday, demanding that the company take up the criminal, civilian and environmental liability of Union Carbide, which they now own.

The demonstrators said they were protesting against Dow Chemical’s continuing business in hazardous chemicals when the survivors were dying in Bhopal and the next generation was facing health problems.

“Survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal are more prone to developing high blood pressure than unexposed people of the same socio-economic background.”

This was disclosed by members of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic at a press conference here on Sunday. They presented findings of their recent study coinciding with World Health Day.

BHOPAL: The future and functioning about sole super-speciality hospital for treatment of Bhopal gas victims- Bhopal memorial hospital and research centre (BMHRC) will be deliberated upon at a meeting of Supreme Court appointed 17-member expert committee here on Thursday.

The committee headed by Lt Gen (Retd) Dr D Raghunath, principal executive (Retd.) Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Diseases has been constituted by the apex court to look into the functioning of BMHRC and recommend to improve its efficiency as a super speciality medical centre.

In the context of the recent Supreme Court directive on medical research on Bhopal, it is critically important to examine the history of research efforts, their quality, their coherent purpose and accountability. nless we learn from the past the Court's directives will just spur more half-hearted, short-sighted and unaccountable research.

Five non-government organisations working among the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster on Thursday stated that high levels of Dioxins and Furans were released from the Ramky waste incinerator at Pithampur near Indore during four trial runs between July 2010 and June 2012 and charged the Madhya Pradesh government of being silent spectator to the deliberate and repeated “poisoning of people”.

Releasing the documents obtained through the Right to Information Act, the representatives of the NGOs said that because of the high organochlorine content of the Union Carbide waste, they were likely to emit higher volumes of Dioxins and Furans on incineration. This has been corroborated through documents obtained.

BHOPAL: Officials of the state have pleaded ignorance about reports that Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had deemed Pithampur incineration facility as suitable for trial burning of the toxic wastes lying at the Union Carbide Bhopal plant.

Pithampur is among 21 TSDF sites, being evaluated for incineration of some 350 metric tons of toxic waste laying abandoned Carbide factory. Faced with opposition from local residents and villagers at Pithampur, the Madhya Pradesh government has contested incineration of Bhopal's toxic waste in the facility.

Representatives of five organisations working among the survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster on Tuesday criticised the working of National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH) and said the performance of this organisation has been woefully short of meeting the target of benefiting the victims of the 1984 gas disaster.

Addressing a press conference here, representatives of five NGOs working for the gas victims said that NIREH was established as the 31st centre of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on October 11, 2010 with the primary objective of carrying out research to benefit the survivors of the disaster.

The Madhya Pradesh government was left red-faced Saturday when a court, hearing a plea seeking harsher sentence for the convicts in the Bhopal gas tragedy case, objected to its request seeking more

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