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Health Care

Rajya Sabha passes HIV Bill amid protests over crucial clause

As per the Bill, treatment will be provided "as far as possible" removing legal obligation to tend to patients


Going backward

Today the country faces a new challenge: even the traditionally well-off farming communities are demanding reservations in government jobs. Their demand is an offshoot of deepening agrarian crisis that if ignored can snowball into an explosive situation



Under the Sal Tree-theatre of nature

Forests are nature’s powerhouse. Apart from providing food and wood, they also energise us in various other ways. Forests sometimes provide a place for recreation. This is true of Assam’s Goalpara district which is famous for organising “Under the Sal Tree” theatre festival. It is a unique concept where plays are organised inside the Sal forest and artistes work in perfect harmony with nature

Afforestation: money on the trees

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act could redefine forest governance. But will it protect the rights of forest dwellers?

Forest-risk goods

Export-oriented commercial agriculture is the single largest driver of tropical deforestation, argues a new book

Forest productivity - Lumber slumber

Forest Development Corporations are yet to keep pace with the rising demand for timber, though cultivable lands exist

Forests fire poets' imagination

Forests are vital not only for food and biodiversity, but our energy and creativity also find expression in them