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About Bhopal gas tragedy

Bhopal gas tragedy is considered one of the worst gas disasters in India. On the night of December 2, 1984, tons of a toxic gas leaked from a pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide in India's central Bhopal, killing about 3,800 people almost instantly and thousands fell sick. About 15,000 people have died from cancer and other diseases since then. Union Carbide accepted moral responsibility for the tragedy and established a 100 million dollars charitable trust fund to build a hospital for victims. Later Union Carbide was taken over by Dow Chemical. The Union Carbide, after a protracted legal battle, paid 470 million dollars to the Indian Government in a settlement reached in 1989. The victims were paid 25,000 rupees in case of illness and 100,000 rupees or so to the next of kin of those killed. Michigan-based Dow Chemical says it is not responsible for the clean up as it never owned or operated the plant. The Madhya Pradesh government now owns the abandoned plant.

In August 2008, Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan met them and told them about the decision of the government to set up a commission. A CBI inquiry is also called into the allegation that the Dow Chemicals has registered four insecticides with the Agricultural Ministry.

On December 2, 2008, the victims staged protests in Delhi for not getting help and support.

In mid-August 2010, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram candidly admitted that the victims of the December 3, 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy had been let down by the executive and Parliament, and it was wrong to put the onus on the judiciary to deal with its aftermath.During the week, the media reported that the Central Government is expected to file a curative petition in the Supreme Court seeking enhancement of the compensation paid by Dow Chemicals and its subsidiary Union Carbide to the victims by Rs 1500 crore.

At the end of August 2010, the Supreme Court reopened the case and issued notices to all the accused on the basis of a petition filed by the CBI seeking to restore against them the stringent charge of culpable homicide, which attracts a maximum punishment of ten years jail term.

Views of various politicial parties

In June 2010, Bharatiya Janata Party staged a demonstration demanding to speed up Anderson's extradition process.

The Shiv Sena staged a protest in Bhopal demanding action against veteran Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh over his alleged role in the release of Anderson, who was allowed to leave the country soon after the catastrophe.

Other information

  • Actress Mischa Barton is acting in a movie based on the Bhopal incident.
  • In December 08, a Norwegian music band named Seven Winds has held a concert for the survivors of Bhopal gas victims.
  • On November 28, 2009, ahead of 25th anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy, survivors of the tragedy have launched a week-long protest to vent their ire against the inaction of the State government to remove the toxic waste from the vicinity of Union Carbides plant where the gas leak took place.

Bhopal gas tragedy in News

U.S District Court lets off Union Carbide, Anderson in Bhopal gas tragedy
In a major jolt to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a U.S District Court in Manhattan held neither Union Carbide nor its former chairman and chief executive officer Warren Anderson liable for environmental remediation or pollution-related claims.

CBR terrorism a clear danger to India: ORF-RUSI Study
There is a clear danger to India from CBR (Chemical, Biological and Radiological materials) terrorism due to the known intentions of terrorist groups active within India's borders, according to a new research study.

Bhopal gas leak toxic waste to be disposed off in Germany
A Group of Ministers (GoM) on Friday gave its approval to the Madhya Pradesh Government to dispose of 350 metric tonnes of Union Carbide toxic waste in Germany.

Bhopal Gas tragedy: Centre taking steps to remove Carbide factory toxic waste, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is heading the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the Bhopal Gas tragedy, on Tuesday said the Central Government is taking all possible steps to remove the toxic waste lying in the defunct Union Carbide factory premises at Bhopal.

Chidambaram meets Bhopal gas tragedy victims
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is heading the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the Bhopal Gas tragedy, met both victims and activists here today.

IOA denies boycott of 2012 Olympic Games ceremonies
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Friday denied media reports suggesting that India might be boycotting the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Youth employment top priority of our government: Manmohan Singh
Laying emphasis on the government's commitment towards creating greater job opportunities Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that youth employment is a high priority item for his government.

Bhopal gas victims laud Olympic watchdog member for quitting over Dow deal
Activists and victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy on Thursday welcomed the decision of Meredith Alexander, a former member of the London Olympic watchdog, who tendered her resignation in protest of Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the sporting extravaganza.

'Greenest ever' London Olympics claims trashed over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow type sponsors
Human rights groups have dismissed London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe's claims that the upcoming sport event 'will be the greenest ever Games' as 'corporate spin', and will stage a protest against the Olympic committee for picking up sponsors responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and causing other environmental damage.

Dow's sponsorship of London Games not taken by British Government, says High Commission
In the wake of strong resentment in India over Dow's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics, the British High Commission has said that the decisions regarding the sponsorship were taken by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and also the London Organizing Committee and the British Government was not involved in taking the decision.

India writes to IOC, seeks Dow's removal as London Games sponsor
The Government of India has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to drop Dow Chemicals as sponsor of the 2012 London Games as the company is linked to the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy.

Jayanthi Natarajan condemns Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of London Olympics
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday condemned the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to continue with Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the 2012 London Games.

IOC snub of not removing Dow Chemicals as Olympics sponsors unacceptable: IOA official
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) vice-president Tarlochan Singh on Thursday criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to allow Dow Chemicals to remain the sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics, inspite of their indirect link to the December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

Dow 'with blood of Bhopal' traded via 'web of intermediaries' to avoid product ban in India
London, Feb 13 : Controversial London 2012 Olympics sponsors Dow Chemical Company secretly traded through a web of intermediaries to avoid a legal ban imposed on selling products in India after the Bhopal gas tragedy that killed nearly 25,000 people, it has emerged.

Activists slam Bhopal gas tragedy film for letting 'culprit US company off the hook'
Canberra, Dec 31 (ANI:) Campaigners working with the survivors of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have slammed a movie being made on the incident, saying that the film would be an insult to the victims of the world's worst industrial disaster.

Will ask organisers to drop Dow from sponsorship list, says IOA acting president Malhotra
Acting President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vijay Kumar Malhotra has said it would soon register a strong complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the controversial sponsorship of Dow Chemical for 2012 London Olympics.

Bhopal gas victims asks Indian Olympic Association to boycott London Olympics
Bhopal gas tragedy victims and a member of India's world cup winning hockey team met Indian Olympic Association president in New Delhi on Wednesday to demand the boycott of London Olympics in the wake of Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the event.

UK MP calls for probe into Dow's sponsorship of 2012 London Olympics
A British MP has urged Parliament to launch an investigation into Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium.

Sports Ministry writes to IOA on Dow Chemicals sponsoring London Olympics
The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs wrote to the Indian Olympic Association on Monday regarding the controversy surrounding sponsorship of the London Olympics by Dow Chemicals, a firm that is being blamed for the December 3, 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy.

India 'rules out' London Olympic boycott over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow's sponsorship
India has backed away from threats to boycott the London 2012 Olympics over the handing of a sponsorship deal to the Dow Chemical company, which has been blamed for 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

India threatens to boycott London Olympics over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow's sponsorship
India is threatening to pull out of the London Olympics in a protest against organizing committee's sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical company, which is responsible for 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

Bhopal gas victims demand IOA to boycott London Olympics
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy and former India hockey star Aslam Sher Khan met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Acting-President Vijay Kumar Malhotra here on Wednesday to demand the boycott of London Olympics in the wake of Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the event.

Bhopal gas victims protest against police atrocities
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy staged a protest against police personnel in Bhopal after being beaten up over a demand for compensation from the government.

Bhopal disaster activist welcomes Centre's thumbs down to Dow Chemicals' Olympics sponsorship
The Central government on Monday received a pat on the back from a Bhopal disaster activist following the announcement of its decision to protest Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics.

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