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Gujarat passes groundwater bill

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2013
IN 1973, Gujarat became the first state to introduce legislation that restricted farmers from extracting groundwater. For a water-stressed state the Groundwater Conservation Bill was godsend, said water experts. But the then chief minister, Chimanbhai Patel, refused to sign the bill fearing its impact on the state’s 0.3 million farmers.

Failure to use funds behind Gujarat’s child malnutrition problem

Issue Date: Mar 2, 2013
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi may claim that the vegetarian nature of the middle class is the reason behind the malnutrition problem in the state. But a recent reply by Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath reveals that the problem stems from underutilisation of funds meant for mother and child nutrition. Gujarat’s human development index shows about 46 per cent children in the state are malnourished.

Wasteland or wetland?

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013

Water ATM

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
As dawn breaks, two queues start forming at the only petrol pump in Lakshmangarh, a small town in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. One, obviously, is of people waiting to get their vehicles’ fuel tanks refilled. The other is in front of a simple metal box mounted on the petrol pump’s boundary wall. People like to call it ATM machine.

Who is eligible to raise questions in public hearings?

Issue Date: Dec 1, 2012
Pravinbhai Sheth, a resident of Ankleshwar city in Gujarat is agitated. He was held ineligible to ask questions during public consultations for a power project. “The people of Sintex Power Ltd told me that I am not eligible to raise questions concerning the proposed 1,720 MW thermal power project in Amreli as I neither belong to a non-profit nor am I one of those who will be affected by it.”  They added “I am also ineligible to raise any questions as I reside more than 10 km away from the proposed project site. This is wrong.” 

Climate studies, the Indian way

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
INDIA often finds itself in the midst of debates on climate change. But there is very little country-specific research available to guide climate-related policy. In 2010, researchers and policy advocates on climate change came together to form a network to promote quality climate research in the country. Three institutes, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), established the Indian Climate Research Network (ICRN). The network boasts over 150 members.

Fast foods

Issue Date: Oct 16, 2012
This is the season of pujas, festivities and fasts. People must stay away from cereals while fasting. Here's a variety of delicacies that can make fasting delightful.
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