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Indian research group asked to expedite endosulfan report

As the international community moves to ban endosulfan, the Indian Council of Medical Research is being asked to expedite its report regarding the impacts of the insecticide on human health. Based on the findings of the report, "a view would be taken in the best interests of the country," says an April 25 press release from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. While the use of endosulfan has been banned in the state of Kerala, "imposing a nationwide ban would require national consensus backed by scientific study," the press release continues. India's agricultural ministry told the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi a national ban on endosulfan isn't possible given there's no scientific proof the insecticide adversely affects human health, India Today reported April 20.

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