Non-communicable diseases (NCDs, e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, neurological diseases) have been the commonest cause of death and disability globally for at least the last three decades. Even in sub-Saharan Africa, NCDs contribute a third of the disability-adjusted life year burden. However, research resources allocated to NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are trivial.

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will start collecting hazardous waste from industrial units in Bangalore. K.S. Vamanacharya, Chairman, KSPCB, said in a release, “The board in way to reach to the industries is to make them aware of the pollution which is being caused by indiscriminate disposal of hazardous waste particularly from Small and Medium scale Industries (MSME’s).”

In Bangalore, the board has taken the initiative to establish closed loop system to collect hazardous waste from the industries’ doorsteps in association with used oil reprocessing company Arun Industries, No.193, III Phase, PIA, Bangalore-58, which is operating within the Peenya Industrial Area, and hazardous waste incineration facility by Bangalore Incinerators Ltd, Plot No 28, KIADB Industrial Area, Tumkur.

In a turnaround, the state forest department has decided to prepare eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) proposals around protected areas (PAs) as per the 10km norm, deciding on case-by-case basis and dependin

Bitter resistance against the cancer causing asbestos based plant of West Bengal based company Utkal Asbestos Limited (UAL) and the insensitivity of the government towards the fatal threat of asbestos fibers to villagers resulted in the blockade of 12 km stretch of Mahuwa-Hazipur Road in Bihar from 6 O’ clock in the morning to 3 O’ clock in the

A Bench of the Lok Adalat has observed that the use of banned pesticides has led to cervical and breast cancer among female agriculture labourers in six districts which fall under the Gulbarga revenue division.

The Bench comprising Justice D V Shylendra Kumar of the High Court and A N Yellappa Reddy, a member of the Lok Adalat, in its sitting in Bangalore on Saturday, directed the departments of health and agriculture to conduct a survey among labourers and suggest remedial measures.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has urged local authorities to be more transparent when providing information related to the environment, especially data regarding potentially hazardous co

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined seven ship-breaking yards a total of Tk 34.80 lakh in Chittagong for not complying with the 56 conditions out of 62 mentioned in Environment Clea

The Department of Environment yesterday penalised the owner of an illegal leather gloves factory in Ashulia with a Tk 37 lakh fine.

In the wake of references being made to investigate the health issues of mine workers, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) proposes to establish a statutory authority.

Cancer, tuberculosis, silicosis, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and pulmonary function impairment such as asthma affect mine workers. The proposed authority will coordinate with the Ministries and authorities concerned for taking administrative, legal and medical action.

The Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) provided services to nearly 1,000 ships, in 2011, to reduce disposal of waste at sea, Minister of Environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.

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