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'Punjab Contract Farming Act protects traders’ interests'

Issue Date: Aug 30, 2013
Q: What’s special about the new law?

Bill will push PDS reform

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013

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‘Let’s understand aquifers to save water’

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013
Briefly describe your research. Our research investigates how water permeates through the densest layers of rock, sediment and clay to reveal the future of freshwater resources. These layers rule the fate of 97 per cent of the Earth’s freshwater. Understanding how water penetrates the layers underground is central to how we manage it. You have mentioned the use of an environmental time machine for this study. How does it work? The environmental time machine, or Geotechnical Centrifuge, helps us emulate what happens in rocks over 20 years in a single day of testing. It tests the rate at which water penetrates dense material. We have tested about 100 samples of rock from major basins across the continent, from depths of up to a kilometre. Will your research provide answers to our growing needs?

‘Restore land to tribals; allow them to be self-reliant’

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jul 10, 2013
What do you have to say about the recent deaths of infant due to malnutrition? See also: 

‘My mentor Laurie Baker’

Author(s): Disha Singh
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
When did you meet Laurie Baker?

How to contain Himalayan tsunamis

Issue Date: Jun 25, 2013
K S Valdiya Honorary professor of geodynamics, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru

The many ways of GM contamination

Issue Date: Jun 17, 2013
We understand that Monsanto scrapped its trials in 2004. Why has it taken this long for the contamination to occur? Could you explain how it could have taken place?

‘Need balanced criteria to judge backwardness’

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2013
In what ways are the present criteria for deciding backwardness of a state flawed? Has the development of some states been hit due to these shortcomings?

‘Tribals turn extremists because states are too busy making money from land’

Issue Date: Jun 13, 2013
Tribals of Bastar are protesting against the provisions of the Fifth Schedule. With elections nearing, they are demanding tribal autonomy in the district as provided under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Do you think the Sixth Schedule is working better in protecting tribal rights?
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