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Punjab unseen

Beyond the veil of prosperity, the state is struggling with a disease explosion and a crumbling healthcare system
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Face up to the monkey menace

Why have monkeys become a menace?
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Red alert2

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh throw caution to the wind in pursuit of investment
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Shale Sojourn

Key lessons for India from the heart of the shale gas revolution in the US
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Jack of all fruits

Can India tap jackfruit's immense potential?
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An agrarian crisis like never before

 Most of India is heading for a sixth consecutive crop failure. Can the government afford it?
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Net equality

A powerful campaign to protect Net neutrality has sparked a huge debate on how to keep the Internet open to all. There are sharply differing views on what neutrality means and its impact on expanding access in a country where just a small …
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After 7.9 shock

The earthquake that shook Nepal and northern India underscores the urgency to understand the seismicity of the Himalayas and to improve the design of buildings in the region Rajesh Ghimire in Kathmandu, Kundan Pandey, Anupam Chakravartty and …
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Daunting journey

A chronicle by Sunita Narain with Aruna P Sharma and Jyotsna Singh in Agra Photographs: Vikas Choudhary Infographics: Raj Kumar Singh
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On wrong wavelength

Twenty years after the Supreme Court asserted that people have a right over radio waves, community radio continues to struggle. Instead of supporting the stations, the Centre now plans to carry out a listenership survey to gauge its impact and …
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Raining troubles

Little-understood western disturbances have been blamed for most of the freak weather events in India in the past decade. With 50 per cent of its foodgrain production at risk, can India afford to ignore the phenomenon?
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When flu turns fatal

In the past two months, as many as 1,198 people in India have died of swine flu, a disease which is only as threatening as seasonal flu. Jyotsna Singh travels to the worst-affected state, Rajasthan, and talks to health experts in Delhi to …
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Will the boom last?

Fifteen years after it rose and went limp, the biotech sector, globally, as well as in India has seen a bull run of sorts. In January this year, some 10 healthcare companies went public on the NASDAQ. Meanwhile, India has become the world's 12th …
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Coal Toll

More than 70 per cent of India's electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants. Most of them do not have modern technologies and use low-grade coal that is low on energy content and high on waste. As a result, the coal power sector is one …
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Lost in plantation

Millions of growers and workers are in distress in Kerala, the plantation capital of India, as domestic and international prices of cash crops crash. The crisis exposes the peculiar nature of Kerala's economy. With two-thirds of its cultivated …
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Forestry, the Mexican way

Mexico has made great strides in democratising its forest governance. More than 70 per cent of the country's forests are controlled by 35,000 indigenous and rural communities. They are running successful forest enterprises while checking …
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Cop-out

Hopes were pinned on the latest UN climate summit at Lima. It was supposed to prepare the ground for a new climate deal that will replace the existing Kyoto Protocol at Paris in 2015. But the Lima talks pave the way for an inconsequential Paris …