The segregation, collection and disposal of saline wastewater streams into solar evaporation are practiced in tanneries to minimize the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)and Chlorides in the treated effluent and to protect the environment. The wastewater

while the Andhra Pradesh government is yet to recognize salt makers as farmers, two recent government orders mention

Salt crunches underfoot like frosty soil on this bare stretch of land in western Uzbekistan. Cotton, to be used to make a mattress, is stacked in a home. The status of Uzbekistan as the world's second-largest cotton exporter is in danger because of environmental destruction. "Thirty years ago, this was a cotton field,' said a 61-year-old farmer who has lived near this city all his life. "Now it's a salt flat.'

People have to be placed at the centre if conservation has to make sense universally. What makes things even worse, is that these so-called protected zones allow commercial activities to go almost unchecked- Ravleen Kaur The earth is cracked and the horizon bare.The deathly silence is broken by the occasional whirring of crude-oil pumps.Women, going about their daily life in bright mirror-work lehangas, add a dash of colour to an otherwise arid background. This tough terrain has dominated 50-year-old Shantabhai Maganbhai Bamania's life since he was 10.

Kharaghoda, a large village located on the edge of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, has a population of 12,000. Here's the shocker: 500 of them are widows.

Kharaghoda, a large village located on the edge of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, has a population of 12,000. Here

In the post-tsunami period, in the midst of hectic relief work, the Social Activities for Rural Development Society (SARDS), an NGO working in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, made a startling discovery. While every government and voluntary agency in the area was bending over backwards to offer relief to the fishing community, the 35,000 odd salt making community in the district was left totally out of the ambit of all relief and aid work. Dec 2007

there is renewed interest in gold salts curing rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease of joints and other tissues. Using them to treat arthritis has been a matter of longstanding

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