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Kerala CM to lead hunger strike against endosulfan

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan will lead a hunger strike here tomorrow, demanding that India should adopt a stand in favour of the ban of the pesticide endosulfan at the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which begins in Geneva.


    The state government and various non-government organisations in the State will organise protests across the state and observe Anti-Endosulfan Day tomorrow, the day on which the Stockholm convention commences.


    Social activists, environmentalists, elected representatives, politicians, cultural leaders and victims would stage an agitation at the Martyrs' Column here.


    Though the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) had extended its support to the demand for ban on endosulfan, opposition leader Oommen Chandy said today that he would not be participating in the strike. He accused Mr Achuthanandan and the ruling Left Democratic Front of politicising the issue.


    Instead of participating in the agitation, Mr Chandy and state Congress President Ramesh Chennithala would be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for demanding a ban on the killer pesticide.


    The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty, signed in 2001 and effective from May 2004, that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants.

    Kerala CM to lead hunger strike against endosulfan | NetIndian | India News | Latest News from India | Breaking News from India | Latest Headlines
     
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    PM stand on endosulfan diabolic, says VS

    A day after an all-party delegation from the state failed to obtain any assurance from the Prime Minister on pan-Indian ban of endosulfan use, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said Manmohan Singh’s stand for a detailed study on the issue was “diabolic”.



    Kerala had banned the use of endosulfan in 2000 after various diseases were reported at Kasargode district, where the pesticide had been aerially sprayed in government-owned cashew plantations. Ahead of the Stockholm convention, the state is campaigning to shape Indian stand at the conclave.


    Achuthanandan would conduct a sit-in satyagraha in front of the Martyrs Column in Thiruvananthapuram on April 25, the day Stockholm convention of Persistent Organic Pollutants begins. In other 13 district headquarters in the state, ministers would lead the campaign demanding the ban of endosulfan.


    Blasting Singh, Achuthanandan said he should not misuse the designation of the Prime Minister for furthering the interest of monopolies. “The Prime Minister has taken an approach that detailed study is required before deciding on banning endosulfan. That means let the poor die and the monopolies fatten. The Congress and the UPA are favouring the use of endosulfan,” he said.

    He did not spare Union ministers Sharad Pawar, Jairam Ramesh and A K Antony. “I thought that only Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was against banning the pesticide. But the reactions of Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh that only Kerala has been demanding the ban had changed my perception about that minister. He (Ramesh) has proved that he is not a nature lover, but anti-environmental and anti-people minister. Ramesh could not realise the pathetic condition of endosulfan victims in his home state Karnataka.”


    The Chief Minister said one should not forget that Pawar had acted as lobbyist for sugar mills riding roughshod over the sentiments of the farmers in Maharasthra. “He is always known for supporting the monopolies at the cost of the farmers.”


    Putting the Congress ministers from Kerala in a tight spot, Achuthanandan asked why A K Antony was keeping mum on the endosulfan. Antony, who started his election campaigning from Kasargode, did not touch the issue despite the district being the home to the pesticide victims.


    While the Congress leadership in Kerala looked unruffled towards the issue, senior party leader V M Sudheeran said Jairam Ramesh has no moral right to continue as the minister. His stand that the pesticide would be banned only if it was proved fatal elsewhere in the country was injustice to the people.

    PM stand on endosulfan diabolic, says VS
     
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    endosulfan victims

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    BJP will join fast, says its chief



    Kozhikode: The BJP will also partake in the hunger strike observed by a team led by Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan against the use of endosulfan, said party state president V Muraleedharan. O Rajagopal will join the team in the capital city, Muralidharan in Kozhikode and many other noted leaders in other districts. The double standard of the congress on the issue has been out by the stand taken by the union ministers of the state. He asked the LDF to re-examine whether they should have cordial relations with the party led by Sharad Pawar who favours the pesticide.
     
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    RTI revelation: Sharad Pawar promoted Endosulfan

    MANGALORE: Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar's intentions have come under a cloud of suspicion after documents obtained under RTI revealed that he had misled Parliament on the issue of banning the poisonous pesticide Endosulfan.

    On February 22, Pawar had informed the Lok Sabha that many states were against a ban on Endosulfan and wanted to continue using it. However, information obtained through RTI reveals that the Union Minister had deliberately exaggerated facts to mislead the House.

    Contrary to claims made by Pawar, the documents obtained under RTI revealed that not a single state had requested the Centre to withdraw the ban. The Ministry of Agriculture had received six letters in all, urging the Centre not to ban Endosulfan.

    Three letters were from Endosulfan producers and two others were furnished by Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA). Saurashtra Chamber of Commerce and Industry, too, had written demanding the withdrawal of the ban.

    The information furnished to RTI applicant and Keralabased journalist D Dhansumod also revealed that the Centre had refrained from reacting to the demands for a ban on Endosulfan from Kerala and Karnataka governments.

    The Centre received over 3,000 letters from organisations as well as individuals demanding a ban on Endosulfan and even National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought a ban.

    RTI revelation: Sharad Pawar promoted Endosulfan | Sharad Pawar | | Indian Express
     
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    this is another example of "two India"
     
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    Pepsi/ coco-cola and other coldrinks too contain Endosulfan which is used in fertilizers to kill insects

    Pepsi contains Endosulfan because otherwise it would catch growth of bacteria and pests since pepsi is manufactured from dirty water. Pepsi is not manufactured from clean water because it would cost more. Endosulfan is banned in many developed.Endosulfan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A bit of the topic but I thought even this to share.
    Pepsi/Coca Cola and Harpic toilet cleaner have same base ingredient that is Phosphoric acid. Both have equal concentration of acid and ph value 2.4. So this pepsi/coke can be very well used as tiolet cleaners.
    Sodium mono glutamate , another ingredient of Pepsi is cancerous. There are 14 poisonous chemicals in Pepsi. Hence these drinks harm every part of the body.

    Shame on Dhoni :tdown:, shame on Bhajji:tdown: and all other players for cheating with the nation by promoting these toxic products. Pakistani players are good then you at least they only take money to lose not like you people who take money to give death to their fellow countymen.
     
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    First, he should ban in Kerala. Has he done it? Then a crusade will look better.
     
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    kerala banned Endosulfan in 2001
     
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    Participants of Geneva meeting evince interest in Achuthanandan’s fast

    Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s satyagraha demanding ban on endosulfan gained attention of some of the participants of the ongoing conference of parties to the Stockholm Convention in Geneva on Monday.

    C. Jayakumar, one of the observers to the Convention from Kerala, said in an email message that a small crowd had gathered around him to watch the live feed of Mr. Achuthanandan’s satyagraha at the venue of the conference. There was criticism on the sidelines that India was not trying to avail the money available under the Convention by accepting the ban. There was demand for financial and technical support from Latin American and Caribbean Group and African group during opening statements on Monday while the European Union expressed concern over the number of requests for financial assistance for various issues given the global financial crisis.

    Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced that the GEF Council had approved US$250,000 to assist parties in updating their national implementation plans (NIPs) to include new persistent organic pollutants.

    Official reporting services run by International Institute for Sustainable Development said that Coast Rica, on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean Group, had reiterated the region’s priorities, including financial and technical support, technology transfer, development of local and regional capacity, and training and awareness-raising.

    Kenya, on behalf of the African Group, emphasised the need for non-chemical alternatives to POPS, particularly DDT; expressed concern about reducing dioxin and furan emissions; and appealed for financial and technical assistance, technology transfer, local and regional capacity building, training, and awareness-raising.

    India had underscored the need for strong scientific evidence and rigorous analysis of data, and said that new obligations should occur in tandem with provision of adequate financial resources. The European Union prioritised the listing of endosulfan, the work programme on new POPs, synergies, and the compliance mechanism as key issues for discussion at the conference. Switzerland also accorded priority to banning of endosulfan and called for consensus on the matter.

    China called for financial and technical assistance for developing countries as they strive to eliminate POPs. Noting the successful formulation of his country’s NIP, Nepal outlined his country’s efforts to eliminate POPs, including banning DDT. Informing delegates of her country’s accession to the three chemicals conventions, the Russian Federation welcomed further cooperation on their implementation.

    The International Pops Elimination Network, Pesticide Action Network and the Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus called for global ban on endosulfan with no exemptions.

    The Hindu : States / Kerala : Participants of Geneva meeting evince interest in Achuthanandan’s fast
     
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    Great. Now I too will support his fast unto death. His death, not mine.

    Hmmm. Sharad Pawar is behind every other scam, including this one.
     
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    Its really amazing how Sharad Pawar escapes from every scam.
    This time too he will surely escape.:tdown:
     
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    Tension at Stockholm Convention meeting over endosulfan

    Endosulfan, which caused more than 500 deaths and maimed more than 4000 persons in Kerala according to Kerala government, has become a test case for the Stockholm Convention according to some of the delegates.

    International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Reporting Service for Environment and Development Negotiations said on Wednesday that Tuesday morning’s plenary session of the conference of parties to the Convention was full and tense as it turned attention to endosulfan.

    Endosulfan had hamstrung Stockholm’s sister convention, the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade, for years. “This unfortunate precedent had many interpreting consideration of endosulfan as a significant test for the Stockholm. Will Stockholm too, succumb to politics? Have wizened parties developed new strategies to avoid political blockades? “.

    As initial views were exchanged, some participants were pleased at the apparent openness of most parties to discussing the issue, other more seasoned delegates predicted long evenings ahead, the reporting service added. The contact group on endosulfan and new persistent organic pollutants, chaired by Qatar, began work in the evening on thrashing out possible exemptions associated with ban on endosulfan, notably those crop-pest complexes of particular concern to parties.

    A minority of participants questioned the mandate of the group, but after confirmation from the legal advisor, continued work. While majority of the countries supported ban on endosulfan, some with riders; India has been stressing on consensus decision with the objective to postpone decision on endosulfan. Switzerland maintained that voting was an option for listing pollutants for ban. China and Japan opined that the recommendations of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) to the Convention should be by consensus.

    POPRC Chair Reiner Arndt (Germany), who introduced POPRC’s recommendation to list endosulfan in Annex A of the Convention (for ban) with specific exemptions, noted that the recommendation was taken by consensus by all POPRC members present and voting. (India had dropped out of discussions and had not voted at the committee along with a few other countries.)

    Countries of Europe, Latin American and Caribbean Group and African Group are supporting the ban. The United States, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Argentina, Morocco, Jordan and Qatar are among the countries that expressed support for the ban during the plenary session. Cuba said the financial implications of listing must be clarified before it could support listing.

    The International Stewardship Center emphasized that the proposed alternatives to endosulfan were not affordable and that its listing will be detrimental to farmers. Thanal, the non-Governmental orgnisation from Kerala, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), Pesticide Action Network and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation welcomed the proposal for ban. The Indian Chemical Council, representing the industry, said there was insufficient scientific evidence to justify a ban.

    The Hindu : States / Kerala : Tension at Stockholm Convention meeting over endosulfan
     
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    Latest. BJP leader Sushma too wants a ban on that drug!!

    So it SHALL never be banned. After all, Congi has a certain track record!!!
     
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