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India grappling with e-waste issue: Prakash Javadekar (June Week #2 (2015))
People changing mobile phone handsets every few months these days is creating a big problem for the environment ministry. The country is facing the issue of e-waste, with 30 crore mobile handsets getting dumped every year.

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar revealed the staggering figure during a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday. He informed that his ministry was contemplating bringing in a new set of rules to combat this menace and has already
come out with guidelines for the buy-back of such handsets.

'Biodiversity Ratham' to Roll out in July (June Week #2 (2015))
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A project to help raise awareness among school students about biodiversity is all roll out in July. As part of ‘Biodiversity Retham’, a joint effort of Kerala State Biodiversity Board and Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, a bus
will go from one school to another, across Kerala, carrying an exhibition on biodiversity.

76% of e-waste workers suffering from respiratory ailments: Assocham (June Week #2 (2015))
LUCKNOW: About 76% of e-waste workers in India are suffering from respiratory ailments like breathing difficulties, irritation, coughing, and choking. Most of these persons are engaged in various e-waste (electronic waste) activities.

All recyclers and dismantlers are suffering from breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis and have a detrimental effect on the respiratory, urinary and digestive systems, besides crippling immunity and causing cancer, according to a study on 'Electronic
Waste Management in India,' conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

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