New Delhi: Ongoing public protests in Muzaffarpur over an upcoming asbestos plant have forced the district administration to impose Section 144 near the facility, forcing stoppage of work and preventing protesters from gathering near the site.

The use of asbestos, which is known to cause lung cancer and silicosis, is banned in many countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealan

Jaipur: On the sixth day of a dharna being staged by group of alleged asbestosis victims at the Jhadole block of Udaipur, instead of being given a patient ear, the subdivisional magistrate

JODHPUR: With the compensation announced by the human rights commission for the silicosis victims of Gujarat and MP last week, the victims of Jodhpur, who have long been awaiting compensation from the state government, have now decided to press their demand.

The committee will comprise representatives from NGOs and various departments of the government

Jaipur: Taking a serious note of the directives of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for paying compensation to the next of kin of the 22 deceased silicosis victims and 48 others affected by it in Jodhpur, the state government has proposed to form a 10-member standing committee for resolvin


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Governments to start the procedure of paying compensation to silicosis victims following a Supreme Court order.

It was in 2002 that Perry Gottesfeld, a public health professional, started Occupational Knowledge (OK) International in San Francisco in the US. His outfit helps developing countries curb illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous materials and environments in places of work.


Sriji Ka Kheda is now practically a village of widows. Falling under Bhilwara district, the village has 60 houses and 70 widows. Most of their husbands lost their lives working as labour in quarries and dying of silicosis.

"It is a very sad story.
Most of the widows are under 40," said Bhanwar Bairwa of Salja panchayat.

labour welfare ignored: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre and state governments of Haryana and Delhi on a public interest petition seeking welfare measures for mine and construction workers. The petition filed by non-profit People

Hundreds of migrant adivasis from Madhya Pradesh have died from acute silicosis (caused by inhaling silica) contracted while working in quartz crushing factories in central Gujarat. Thousands more face the same fate.