India

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Bengal opposition to Bank-backed water tax

Residents of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area in West Bengal will be the first to pay a new tax on water.

28 January 2003

Environment

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Complaints panel report finds social problems in Coal India mines

A new official report has found that villagers in Jharkhand state, Eastern India, have suffered harm to their livelihoods as a result of a Bank-backed coal mining project.

23 December 2002

Social services

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Zen and the art of hand maintenance

The World Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership has launched the “handwashing initiative”, a public-private partnership to promote the use of soap to reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases in poor communities.

26 November 2002

Social services

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Opposing PVC, opposing IFC

The IFC is considering a US$20 million funding proposal for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant in an industrial estate in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.

17 September 2002

Environment

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Coal India problems inspected

The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has visited India in response to a claim filed against the Bank’s Coal India loans.

10 September 2001

Infrastructure

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Indian power sector employees protest privatisation

More than a million electricity workers protested for a day in December against a proposed bill that follows “World Bank prescriptions” to privatize the power sector in India.

6 February 2001

News

Protests against Bank meeting in India

On 17 January 150 people were arrested in Bhopal while marching against World Bank and Asian Development Bank policies.

6 February 2001

Rights

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Andhra protesters oppose LPG

In Hyderabad, India 20 political leaders and demonstrators were arrested for defying police orders prohibiting demonstrations during Bank President James Wolfensohn’s arrival in November.

12 December 2000

Infrastructure

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Bank president faces Narmada activists

In October the Indian Supreme Court ruled that construction could restart on the Sardar Sarovar dam.

12 December 2000

Infrastructure

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Indians protest at power price increases

Increased power tariffs as part of World Bank plans to privatize the power sector in Andhra Pradesh, India have sparked protests.

11 August 2000

Social services

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India Health Review Queried

A short report Inspection or Eyewash? discusses the visit of World Bank officials to hospitals of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) on 8 May.

14 June 2000

Environment

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Bank Ducks Coal India Release

After a four month delay, Asger Christensen, World Bank Task Leader for the India Coal Sector project replied to Minewatch in May saying that the Bank could not release the mid-term review of the project.

14 June 2000