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Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Shobha Phadnavis & Others Vs State of Maharashtra & Others dated 08/07/2016 regarding diversion of forest areas for laying of Reliance Gas Pipeline for transportation of Ethane between Dahej in the State of Gujarat and Nagothane in the State of Maharashtra.

In May 2010, 192 Member States endorsed Resolution WHA63.14 to restrict the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverage products high in saturated fats, trans fatty acids, free sugars and/or salt to children and adolescents globally. We examined the actions taken between 2010 and early 2016 – by civil society groups, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional offices, other United Nations (UN) organizations, philanthropic institutions and transnational industries – to help decrease the prevalence of obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases among young people.

Order of the United States District Court (Northern District of California) dated 27/06/2016 in the matter of Federal Trade Commission Vs Volkswagen of America Inc. regarding allegations of cheating emissions tests by Volkswagen.

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Data transparency is key to accounting for how local governments and the private sector are contributing to global emissions reduction, say Angel Hsu and colleagues.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Centre for Public Interest Litigation Vs Union of India & Others dated 08/04/2016 regarding decision of the Government of India, taken sometime in March 2013, allowing voice telephony to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. on payment of Rs.1,658 crores entry fee. Allegation of the petitioner is that the aforesaid amount at which the license for voice telephony is granted is a pittance in as much as in normal course grant of this license would have fetched a whopping sum of Rs.25000 crores approximately.

For over 30 years pharmaceutical companies have been selling fixed-dose combination drugs with scant need to justify their efficacy, safety or rationality for use. The Government of India has finally banned 344 such drugs, though pharma companies have been able to obtain interim judicial stay orders. It is hoped that the courts take into account the serious public health implications of the sale of certain drugs and allow regulatory intervention banning uncertified combination drugs, including codeine-based cough syrups and various cold and flu drugs.

Complaint for permanent injunction and other equitable relief before the United States District Court (Northern District of California) dated 29/03/2016 in the matter of Federal Trade Commission Vs Volkswagen Group of America Inc. regarding Volkswagen cheating emissions tests.

When the annals of corporate accountability, culpability and negligence in India are compiled, the erstwhile Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) is sure to top the list. But not far behind will be Hindustan Unilever (HUL). On4 March, HUL reached an out-of-court settlement with 591 of its former employees from the now defunct thermometer plant in Kodaikanal. The very fact it did is an acknowledgement that the workers were exposed to occupational hazards, something it had stubbornly denied for over a decade.

The viability and environmental risks of removing carbon dioxide from the air must be assessed if we are to achieve the Paris goals, writes Phil Williamson.

Indian scientists must develop domestic genetically modified crops rather than rely on unsuitable foreign technology.

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