After learning its lessons from Nandigram, the West Bengal government is willing to try out alternative models of land acquisition and rehabilitation policy

Programmes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission hold the potential for transforming the urban water supply and sanitation sector. The mission is in its third year of implementation. Four urban service providers discuss the progress and their future plans in addition to the key to smooth implementation of the programme.

Attempts to patent inappropriate innovations in the country have met with opposition. In May 2006, drug major Glaxo filed a patent application in Kolkata for hiv drug Combivir, which was a combination of Lamivudine and Zidovudine. The company withdrew the application following opposition from human rights organisations like the Indian Network for people living with HIV/AIDS and the Manipur Network of Positive People.

Particulate matter less than PM10 and aromatic chemicals formed during incomplete combustion of organic matter are major environmental pollutants because of their toxic potential.

Supply-led water deprivation prevails in major cities in India. The per capita water availability in these cities is nowhere near the standards laid down by the World Health Organisation or the Bureau of Indian Standards (1993), and it is also far lower than that in other large cities in the world. The availability of water in Indian cities varies with socio-economic groups and areas.

Benzene exposure from vehicular sources and its health impact are relatively unexplored in India. We have investigated in this study hematology and lymphocyte subsets of 25 petrol pump attendants, 25 automobile service station workers and 35 controls matched for age, sex and socioeconomic conditions.

There is a continuous increase in expenditure for running municipal water supply systems in India. Many water treatment plants of various capacities are being constructed to cope with the increasing water demand. Now the most efficient and cost effective way to supply water to a locality with maximum production cost is to be found out to maximize the benefit from the fund spent.

Titagarh's slum upgrading experience demonstrates that social pressure and lobbying, particularly by women's groups, can be very effective in controlling rents, even when there is no legal contract between tenants and landlords.

Street vendors form a very important component of the urban informal sector in India. It is estimated that the total number of street vendors in the country is around 10 million.1 They comprise around 2% of the total population in the metropolitan cities. This paper broadly defines a street vendor as a person who offers goods for sale to the public at large without having a permanent built-up structure from which to sell.

there may now be a non-toxic cancer remedy in place. It is the only one, claim scientists of the Kolkata-based Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. According to them, methylglyoxal in combination with ascorbic acid has been found to have significant curative effects on cancer patients.

The study published in the website of the journal Cancer Therapy earlier this year says that 39 per cent patients had complete remission and 39 per cent had partial regression of the disease, after they were given the combination.