Indias refusal to grant patent protection for the anti-cancer drug Glivec, developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, is a victory for the developing world, which depends on low-cost exports of generic medicines from the Asian giant, said public health specialist Germán Velásquez. The triumph celebrated by the Colombian expert, who is a special adviser for health [...]
Manipadma Jena With negotiations to mobilise resources for preservation of biodiversity at a major United Nations conference going nowhere, the Group of 77 and China have hinted at possible suspension of the Aichi targets under the Nagoya Protocol.
Keya Acharya Indias National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is actively promoting decentralised grassroots livelihoods as the best way to conserve biodiversity as mandated by the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing (ABS).
Keya Acharya Indian civil society organisations see in the 11th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), underway in this south Indian city, a rare opportunity to highlight alleged neglect of biodiversity along the countrys extensive coastal and marine areas.
K.S. Hari Krishnan After more than a century of fighting sea erosion by massively dumping granite boulders along the beaches of southern Kerala state, environmentalists and administrators are beginning to see that this has been a costly and ineffective solution.
Athar Parvaiz Jowhar Ahmed, an air-conditioner dealer in Srinagar, is pleased at a spurt in business this summer caused by temperatures soaring over 35 degrees Celsius – unusual in this alpine valley ringed by snow-capped mountains.
Keya Acharya Narrow, cobblestoned lanes separate the rows of mud houses with cool interiors and mud-smoothened patios, some with goats tethered to the wooden posts. This is Tajpura village, deep in this water-stressed, drought-prone region of northern India.
In a country with a disastrous record for microfinancing, a religious organisation has done well enough to claim this years Ashden award for initiatives in providing loans to poor farmers.
Athar Parvaiz A year after the Indian government began paying pregnant women to deliver their babies in state-run facilities, the pressure is showing on the countrys understaffed and poorly equipped hospitals.
By K. S. Harikrishnan VILAPPILSALA, India, Jun 6 (IPS) – "We tell friends planning to visit us to follow the stench of rotting garbage," says Jeevaratnam (one name), a homemaker in this village 16 km from Kerala state’s capital of Thiruvananthapuram.