Twenty years ago around half a million people were exposed to toxic chemicals during a catastrophic gas leak from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. More than 7,000 people died within days. A further 15,000 died in the following years. Around 100,000 people are suffering chronic and debilitating illnesses for which treatment is largely ineffective.

six people died recently in a fire at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat. The issue of workers' safety and the environmental implications of this highly polluting activity have come to the fore

Vashram Kanabhai, a head constable in Surat traffic police, collapsed on duty. The 44-year-old cop's lungs were diagnosed as having been damaged. Kanabhai's case is not an isolated one. Many of

A proposal to ban smoking in all indoor public places is on the anvil in Hong Kong. The plan includes a complete ban on smoking in offices, shops, factories and restaurants, with managers

The Union Carbide concealed information about radiation levels in a uranium plant for 20 years. Murky details are coming to light now

A narrow escape from the fate of a scapegoat also called an accidental director

Factory workers engaged in cleaning bomb factories in the US may be exposed to radiation

...there's a Bhopal waiting to happen in the nooks and corners of the country. But the government is yet to take the right steps to ensure the safety of workers and the environment

It is 15 years since 60 tonnes of methyl isocyanate MIC leaked outfrom Union Carbide Corporation's UCC plant in Bhopal, killing 5,000 people and affecting more than five lakh. Even today, many questions remain unanswered: How did the gas leak oc

A new safety suit can sound alarm bells the moment it is damaged and make working in hazardous environments safer

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