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Interview

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.

'Mars mission will push new frontiers in technology'

Issue Date: Nov 4, 2013
Why Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)? See also:  India reaches for Mars  

Dealing with crop stresses and scandals

Issue Date: Oct 17, 2013
What are the current research priorities of ICAR, and have these changed in recent years?

Private sector is profiting from vacuum left by ICAR

Issue Date: Oct 17, 2013
What is the major problem with public research system? Our trust system is very weak. We have not developed a system that is robust or a management system that allows you to work with very strict principles, rules and regulations as in the West. In India, there is too much flexibility and this flexibility could make you corrupt.

Linkage between science and public policy has weakened

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
Can you tell us how research priorities have changed?

‘Our subscribers don’t miss newspapers’

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
What exactly is Breaking News on Mobile? It is a mobile phone-based service in which any important current event is delivered as a short text message to its subscribers. These days, a mobile phone has almost become like an extended limb. It’s always with you—at home, in the office, even when you are on the move. These news alerts on mobiles keep people informed 24x7.
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