With Delhi reeling under acute shortage of water, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday sought an early solution to the Munak canal dispute with Haryana and said she would seek Prime Minister’s intervention on the matter.

The comments by Ms Dikshit came a day after Haryana turned down Delhi government’s request to provide additional water to the national capital to overcome the water crisis in the city.

Union home minister P Chidambaram, who is heading a Group of Ministers (GoM) on Bhopal gas disaster, said here on Tuesday the group will meet on June 8 decide on the remediation of 390 metric tonne

Union home minister P. Chidambaram said on Tuesday that the toxic waste lying at the abandoned Union Carbide pesticide plant in the state capital has not been disposed of till now since three state governments refused to allow the disposal of hundreds of tonnes of hazardous waste in their territory.

Mr Chidambaram was addressing a press conference in the state capital after visiting the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) set up for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster along with Union ministers — Salman Khurshid and V. Narayanasamy. Outside BMHRC, the home minister was shown black flags by some Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parsihad activists.

Alleging that the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Bhopal gas tragedy had failed to keep the promises made to victims, victim organizations urged GoM chairperson and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to present correct figures of death and injury to provide adequate compensation, and also to treat environmental remediation as a separate issue in itself.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram, along with Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Narayansamy, will be visiting Bhopal on Tuesday, to take stock of the situation, regarding disposal of tonnes of hazardous waste lying inside the Union Carbide factory premises.

Almost six years and Rs. 414 crore later, Delhi and Haryana are still wrangling over the Munak canal and the water that it was supposed to bring to the Capital. The impediments that got in the way included environmental clearances, monetary disagreements and bickering over how much water Haryana is supposed to release for Delhi.

The latest stand-off is over the release of 80 MGD of water that Delhi claims it should get apart from what is being released and Haryana's demand for the release of Rs.106 crore.

New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday sought replies from the Centre, ONGC and others on a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the $8.48-billion Cairn-Vedanta deal, besides a direction to the government to cancel its approval for the deal on the ground that the country would lose over Rs one lakh crore in the process.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had on January 24 granted final approval to Vedanta Resources’s acquisition of a majority stake in Cairn India for $8.48 billion.

No conviction under the old law in 19 years, says minister. Not a single person has been convicted under the anti-manual scavenging law that the country passed 19 years ago.

The Rajasthan government has appointed a Group of Ministers to look into extending relief to farmers suffering heavy losses due to crops damaged by the harsh winter.

The disaster relief norms at present do not take into account cold wave and frost. Minister of State for Disaster Management Brajendra Singh Ola said in the Assembly on Tuesday that the GoM is considering a report submitted by a working group formed by it to study all aspects of disaster relief norms. “The GoM is expected to make some favourable recommendations to resolve the difficulties of agriculturists.”

On the Kudankulam issue, Mr.Chidambaram said the decision to commission the plant was final and nobody could change it. As a democratic country, we have heard the voices of dissent, but agitations and debates cannot go on endlessly. Based on the reports of the expert committees, the Centre and the State government have decided to commission the plant. Though 2011-12 was a difficult year, the Centre has come out with a budget which seeks to achieve a growth rate of 7.6 per cent .

The government’s paranoia about protests against large projects has gone out of all proportion. (Editorial)

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