Banks are using biometric smart cards, ATMs and mobile phones to expand their customer base in villages. The idea is to include people in rural areas who have no access to financial services and to protect the interests of NREGA workers so that they get their wages on time
Skyrocketing prices of pulses point to India’s increasing insufficieny in pulse production. Pulses are disappearing from the table because farmers have lost interest in them. How did it happen? What are the likely consequences?
The proof of a good toy is how soon a toddler begins sucking on it. But is that safe? A lab study by Centre for Science and Environment finds the softer the plastic toy the more harmful it is for the child
Health insurance companies pursue customers till policies are sold. Then they disappear. The nature of business has already changed the treatment mechanism. A market awaits capture. Without stringent regulation, where is the industry headed? vibha varshney reports
With the US shirking from committing to ambitious emission cuts, other developed nations have begun deserting the Kyoto Protocol. Ground is being prepared to replace Kyoto with a treaty that discards the principle of equity. Developing countries better watch out
85 years after it was discovered, few of the critical questions about the Indus Valley civilization are answered. The script they used is yet to be cracked—in fact, certain scholars say it is not a script at all
Changes in cropping pattern lowered groundwater level. Well-irrigated and rainfed areas reel under drought. The calamity offers a lesson: India better shift to coarse crops from water-intensive rice and wheat