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A FORMER British hairdresser, Maurice Ward, who traded his shears in the early 1970s for an executive desk at a plastic-recycling firm that he set up, says he has invented a fireproof plastic

SECRET issues in Japan will experience close encounters in the form of toilet tissue. Officials in Tachikawa, west of Tokyo, report they are recycling tonnes of top secret documents with a

A British firm is marketing an environment-friendly, flushless toilet that doesn't require disinfectants, deodorants or sewer connections and even turns human waste into compost (New Scientist,

BURDENED by repayment of its enormous external debt, the Peruvian government has been forced to cut down its budgeting for health and sanitation facilities, even though a cholera epidemic claimed

Involving the community in slum improvement has worked successfully in the Philippines and Mexico. Hidebound bureaucrats in the Third World, who insist they know best, should learn a lesson from these experiments.

Money Buys Least When Bureaucrats Spend It

Residents of Delhi's slums find themselves in a Catch 22 situation. Public conveniences in the Capital are woefully inadequate, but when they are compelled to defecate outdoors, residents of adjoining colonies take them to court.

Developing countries immunised 80 per cent of their children by 1990 and saved millions of lives. But 35,000 children, under five years of age, still die every day all over the world, because of malnutrition.

How does public interest advertising work on Doordarshan? Even more to the point, does it work at all?

IN AN ambitious crusade sponsored by Hong Kong's Urban Council, 26 architectural firms competed to design posh public toilets. The winning design featured louvred ceilings, spacious stalls and

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