KASARAGOD: The district, where Endosulfan has wreaked havoc on lives in 11 panchayat areas, will witness massive agitations from Monday to mount pressure on the Union government to vote against the use of the deadly pesticide at the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Geneva.

The district headquarters will see a series of agitations against the

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has posed a few questions to the Union government with respect to its stand on the State's demand for banning the pesticide Endosulfan.

In a statement here on Sunday, he asked why, rejecting the unanimous plea of the people of Kerala, who had seen first-hand the human tragedy wreaked by the pesticide in the State, the Union government refused to ban it, accepting th


On Monday, when the four-day Stockholm convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants begins in Geneva, Kerala would observe Anti-endosulfan Day with government-sponsored programmes across the state.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Centre government is ruling out a national ban on Endosulfan or support for the cause at the Stockholm Convention on the ground that no cheap alternatives to Endosulfan are available to farmers.

KASARAGOD: Mothers cried recounting the plight of their children affected by Endosulfan in parts of the district at a protest meeting here on Tuesday seeking a ban on the pesticide.

The meeting, held ahead of the conference of parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants scheduled from April 25 in Geneva, was hosted by the Endosulfan Victims' Support Aid Group (ENVISAG),

The world will be watching India as the conference of parties to the Stockholm Convention meet in Geneva from April 25 to 29 to discuss, among other things, a global ban on the pesticide endosulfan.

India was the only member country to take a stand against the ban at the Sixth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee to the Convention that recommended the ban last year.


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Minister of State for Agriculture K. V. Thomas' statement that studies had not shown any links between Endosulfan and health problems affecting the population of 11 villages of Kasaragod district had drawn criticism from several quarters.

Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan said that it was unbecoming of the Union Minister to have made such a statement.