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Looming threat of a secretive trade pact

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
When American policymakers complain repeatedly to their government that they are being kept out of the loop on a major trade agreement that’s under negotiation then you know something serious is afoot.

For the love of birds

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
FOR a site that describes one of nature's most colourful creations, www.orinithology.com, appears rather plain. But don't go by appearances—in this case, the homepage. The site has details that could draw even the most disinterested to the avian world.

Potential help

Author(s): Vidhu Tyagi
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
BESIDES inducing extreme rainfall and prolonged droughts, changing climate has made traditional wisdom of farmers defunct. Earlier, they would read signs of nature— flowering time of trees to egg laying by birds—to predict weather and decide on sowing and harvesting. But with climate change, farmers find they can no longer rely on their native wisdom.

A tab on wishlist

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
When Sangeet Srivastava laid his hands on the Ubislate 7 tablet, he was sorely disappointed. The second year student at the National School of Drama in New Delhi was swayed by the initial frenzy in the wake of the launch of the world’s cheapest tablet last year. Ubislate 7 is the alter ego of Aakash tablet, the brainchild of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The pirates come ashore

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2012
Which is the fastest growing political party in Europe? The surprise answer is Piratenpartei or the German Pirate Party, which is fast eclipsing the Green Party and the Left in Merkel country.

10 villages to get forest benefits

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2012
IN A first-of-its-kind move, the Maharashtra forest department has decided to pay 10 villages their share of benefits under the Joint Forest Management (JFM) scheme. A total of Rs 74,51,063 will be paid to eight villages in Gadchiroli district and two in Gondia district.

Righting the copywrong

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2013
It was an opportunity for all MPs to come together and they made the most of it. There were long speeches, some mawkish, others rambling and nostalgic and much of it not germane to the issue on the table: the Copyright Act (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

The power of intermediaries

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
WHEN Rajya Sabha member from Kerala P Rajeeve of CPM moved an unprecedented motion to annul the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011, he did not really expect a rollback of the laws. As he told Down To Earth in the days preceding the discussion in the Upper House, it was the only way to have a parliamentary discussion of rules which are the prerogative of the executive.

Mouthpiece of small farmers

Issue Date: May 31, 2012
The name speaks volumes. An initiative by Hyderabad-based non-profit Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, the blog is all about the social and financial dilemma that small and marginal farmers face.

From the blurbs

Issue Date: May 31, 2012
Social and economic impact of SEZs in India, Aradhna Aggarwal, OUP, Rs 745 This is a review of the evolution of SEZs in India from a historical perspective. It analyses the economic rationale of SEZs, their impact on employment and government revenue. Digital India, understanding information, communication and social change, Pradip Ninan Thomas, Sage, Rs 650 This book is a case study-based critical introduction to issues of digital communication and social change.
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