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UN reviews road safety plan

Issue Date: May 15, 2012
ON APRIL 19 when the plenary of the UN General Assembly met in Washington to discuss road safety, the message was loud and clear: countries must act fast to save at least five million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries during this decade.

Ash flies in the face of power plan

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012

TB turns invincible

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
In December last, when doctors at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai raised the alarm over a deadly form of tuberculosis, the Union health ministry was quick to refute the claim. In its press release on January 17, the ministry said the term “totally drug resistant TB” is “misleading”; it is neither recognised by the national programme for TB control nor by WHO. But WHO has received reports of a similar strain of TB bacteria before: first from Italy in 2007 and then from Iran in 2009. With India becoming the third country to have raised the concern, it has now convened a meeting of global TB experts in March to discuss whether the strain should be called totally drug resistant (TDR), or be clubbed under the existing category of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), given that advanced drugs are in the making and that it is not possible to test TB bacteria against every possible drug and concentration.

Let’s talk money

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
The 80th session of the Indian Science Congress ended in the first week of January in Goa without adding to anyone’s knowledge or wisdom. The importance of the theme of the conference, Science and the Quality of Life, did not get the attention it deserves in a country that has made large investments in science, but still has the world’s largest population of illiterates and the poverty-stricken.

Pollution glorified

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012

Letters - February 15, 2012

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
A farmer’s take

Letters - January 31, 2012

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
Safe or unsafe?

Maize Mania

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2011
In the lush forested uplands of Koraput, Domu Matpadia, a Paraja tribeswoman, is coming face to face with modern farm technology. A representative of Charoen Pokphand, a Thai agribusiness multinational, is telling her how to grow its hybrid maize seeds that the state government has given her free along with a kit of fertiliser and pesticide. The seeds that she cradles in her palm with wonder are the key to a plan that Odisha has drawn up to get its farmers to give up their traditional rice cultivation in the uplands and take to hybrid maize instead to boost income.

Road to disaster

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2011
Acheja, a small farming village in Gautam Budh Nagar district in western Uttar Pradesh, had never seen such a large congregation as it did on May 12. The venue was a rice mill. Its verandah was crammed with farmers in white kurta pyjamas and Gandhi caps. They were discussing the recent violence in the area in high-pitched voices. Once in a while, the crowd shouted: “Jab tak dukhi kisan rahega, dharti par toofan rahega (As long as farmers are unhappy, the earth will be in turmoil).”
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