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Special Report

Looks like Basmati but

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
patenting of basmati rice by Ricetec Inc of the us has been in and out of the news since February 1998. In response to a public interest petition filed in the Supreme Court, the Attorney General of India says Indian scientists and the best legal brains in the us are wracking their brains on the issue.

CAUTION:only loggers allowed

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
corrupt forest officials, timber mafia, and poor government planning have led to extensive destruction of the only remaining natural forests in northern Bihar.

Popular science

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1999
about three decades ago, Nuka Raja, a farmer of Bhimavaram village in east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, used to sow only traditional crops. The crop yield was low, but sufficient. In the 1980s, a tobacco company persuaded him to switch to tobacco, promising fertilisers, pesticides and a loan. Many other villagers also shifted from traditional crops to commercial crops. Soon, they lost their native seeds, which was only one of the problems.

Warning Quakes

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
THE debate on whether earthquakes can be predicted has been revived once again with a series of tremors within a radius of 15 km around Pandhana. A small Madhya Pradesh town with a population of 12,000, Pandhana has been identified as the epicentre of the incessant tremors. From September 11 to November 27, this town, 20 km from the district headquarters of Khandwa, experienced 1,153 tremors, the strongest measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale.

Performance pays

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
THE recent election results in Madhya Pradesh (MP) have surprised not just the leading political parties, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, but also the media and other election observers.


Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
IT WAS unexpected. A sudden increase in tribal voter turnout and the impact of Panchayati Raj programmes swung the scale in favour of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh's (mp's) Legislative Assembly elections. Vikram Verma, opposition leader in the last mp Assembly, was projected as the next chief minister (cm). Digvijay Singh, a close friend of his, had advised him not to contest from a tribal and minority


Issue Date: Dec 15, 1998
IT HAD been raining incessantly. On the third day, amid the dankness, everyone heard a roar. Some thought it was the sound of helicopters that had come to evacuate them. Only a few saw a gigantic moving wall of mud rear up into the sky. Before they could react, a mudslide descended and swallowed four villages in Nicaragua and buried more than 1,500 people alive.


Issue Date: Dec 15, 1998
1965. The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) embarks on an ambitious plan to set up a sprawling industrial area, the Nandesari Industrial Estate (NIE), in Nandesari, north of Vadodara, Gujarat. The GIDC promises huge earnings, job opportunities and numerous other benefits to the farmers' and residents of the area once NIE becomes functional.

Left Hanging

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Delhi Transport Corporation's (DTC's) ambitious plan to replace its ancient, polluting and gas-guzzling fleet with new low-emission and commuter-friendly buses has gone haywire. Irked by the DTC's decision to buy the buses from European companies, two Indian bus manufacturers lobbied intensely against the deal. It was not long before the state government gave in, stalling the process till the forthcoming elections.

The Colour of GERMANY

Author(s): Klemens Ludwig
Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
ON 27 October, a new government came to power in Germany. For the first time, the Green Party is a part of it on the national level. In Germany, where the political system is fairly stable and many obstacles prevent a new party from gaining influence, the Green Party is a remarkable success story. It has become an integral part of the German political system, accepted even by its bete noires.
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