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Interview

‘Mass media campaigns can curb tobacco consumption significantly’

Issue Date: Mar 6, 2014
How prevalent is smoking among Indians? Are more young Indians (below 40 years of age) smoking now?

'Biodiversity authority needs autonomy'

Issue Date: Mar 5, 2014
Indian institutions work in a bureaucratic set up and it is said you tried to defy it. Was that the reason for your resignation from the post of chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA)?

'Let us internalise the relation we need to have with nature'

Author(s): Pradip Saha
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2014
What’s the difference between writing an essay about 2050 sitting in the present while pretending you have lived through nearly forty years in future, and a more usual narrative?

'Elephant conservation is not exactly anybody’s priority'

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Feb 20, 2014
Is there an increase in human-elephant conflict? See also:  Much like Maoists Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Hungry gods Author(s): Sayantan Bera Extreme measure Author(s): M Suchitra Black elephant v white elephant Author(s): Alok Gupta Conflict of interest Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Why do they raid crops? Author(s): M Suchitra Conflicts are no less around national parks, sanctuaries Author(s): M Suchitra Interview ‘Elephant conservation is not exactly anybody’s priority’ Interviewee: M D Madhusudan Photo Gallery Man v elephant Reporter’s Diary On the trail of rampaging elephants Map On the move  

‘There is not enough milk’

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2014
What are the major challenges before the dairy sector? See also:  Making every drop count Road to milk sufficiency  

“Cooperative is not for profit but for benefit”

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2014
Traditionally, banks give a reward to its depositors, which your cooperative does not. How does that work? Also, how is your model different from conventional Islamic banks?

How MEA torpedoed the Bangladesh-India gas pipeline

Issue Date: Dec 20, 2013
In your time as petroleum minister you did your best to foster cooperation within the region and to bring about a new energy paradigm. How do you see it after all these years?

No land for best option: composting

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
The city mayor, K Chandrika, confessed to Down To Earth in July this year that the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation is flouting rules by allowing the burying and burning of unsegregated waste, prohibited under the MSW Rules. She also said this is contaminating water bodies and groundwater.

‘We plan to make public transport more convenient’

Issue Date: Dec 2, 2013
On public transport

‘We'll improve mass rapid transport, tap solar power'

Issue Date: Dec 2, 2013
On public transport and air pollution There should be coordination between departments in the municipal corporation and the state government to make transportation hassle free across the National Capital Region. Improving point-to-point connectivity through intermodal transport will help ensure this.
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