Should bribe-givers be let off?
Researchers conduct experiments to study Kaushik Basu's idea that only bribe-takers should be punished.
FDI: Just the facts, please
Whether foreign direct invesmtent in retail in India is good or bad should be judged by a reasoned debate based on facts,
not hyperbole and exaggeration.
Patients' rights on the rise
Amidst a rising tide of reports of medical negligence in the media, the courts have stepped in to interpret laws in favour of patients,
and to award large punitive damages.
From snow ball to coconut lassi
This Kochi's couple's one-year-old enterprise is perhaps the only serious attempt to market
snow ball tender coconut so far. And in their response to irregularity of supply, they introduced the coconut lassi.
Tender coconut juice, instantly chilled
Moments after a customer approaches this cart, the vendor pours tender coconut juice into a funnel-like part.
Chilled juice comes out of a stainless steel tap below, filling a 250 ml glass, for Rs.10.
reports about a Hyderabad-based firm.
KARNATAKA : ELECTRICITY REGULATION
Citizens input on power tariffs
In a few weeks, Karnataka will once again seek public input in setting electricity tariffs. While the era of state electricity boards has
ended, public participation is important to counter pressures from the government, utility companies, and the commercial private
sector on regulators, write
Lina Krishnan, Gautam Menon and M V Ramana.
MEASURING WATER SUPPLY
Water meters help consumers, suppliers
With a properly metered water bill, consumers have a much better chance of being heard than
otherwise. Yes, there are justified concerns about rights and equity when we talk of water, but metering is not anti-poor. In fact, used well, it
can address their demands powerfully, says
Fiery debate back, but standards scuttled
Once again, a study by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment found alarming levels of pesticide residues in soft drinks and stirred up a public debate. However, the larger issue of how pesticides have invaded the ground water and gotten into the food chain must not be missed, notes
HEALTH DRINK MOVES UP
Tender coconuts break into corporate offices
It's 'ready to serve' and like a soft drink bottle or tetra pack, you can take it
inside any office, drink and then dispose. Sold with the brand name Tender Fresh,
1500 – 2000 tender coconuts every day are reaching a clientele that reads like the
who's who of Bangalore's software companies.
Compact biogas plant making waves
Biogas plants are not new, but their size, relative unwieldiness
and reliance on large quantities of cattle dung have held back
their potential attractiveness for the domestic cooking sector.
That may change soon, thanks to the ingenuity of Dr Anand Karve.
reports about Karve's new award-winning compact plant.
CONSUMER COURT RULES ON WATER
Farmers' win in court boosts morale
Two farmers from Chamarajanagar, Karnataka, took the state
government to court for not giving them water for the past
three-four years. The twist is that they approached a district consumer
court, and won the case in less than a year.
What's in a brand name?
In a few seconds, advertisers tell us stories from a fairy-tale world of the strongest, whitest, coolest and
simply the best. And alas, like most fairy-tales, advertisements are often false. How can consumers
be better informed?
talked with VOICE, a New Delhi-based consumer rights non-profit.
PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005
By consolidating several different laws for the food sector, the proposed bill seeks to establish a single reference
point for all matters relating to food safety and standards. The scientific development of the food processing industry
is also sought.
M R Madhavan and Kaushiki Sanyal
present a legislative brief.
OPINION : NEW FOOD LAW
Food safety bill may hurt hawkers
The central government has proposed the Food Safety and Standards Act to 'harmonize' existing
agrees the old exploitative laws must go, but says the new bill may deliver unfair advantage
to the food industry over dhabas and hawkers.
Death knell for low cost medicines
Medicine prices nationwide are likely to go up soon, including at public hospitals and
dispensaries. Domestic manufacturers will withdraw critical but cheaper medicines
as India gets ready to fulfill WTO obligations.
argues that this is the beginning of a scientific apartheid.
HEALTH AND CONSUMERS
Blowing back the smoke
Reducing tobacco consumption is a complex challenge. A broad range of
efforts must be aimed at both consumers and producers, and issues relating to
advertisements, promotion, and information must all be considered.
reports on an organisation that is lending its VOICE to this challenge.
Decommissioning the diaper
L S Aravinda
points out that many Indian children are better off because their parents prefer
natural infant hygiene, but warns of an increasing number being swayed by
A surge for consumer rights
Power supplier responsible for steady voltage.