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Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

The mortuary at Orai in southern Uttar Pradesh regularly receives bodies of farmers of Bundelkhand region, who are driven to suicide by debts. The state government has made no effort to address farmers' grievances   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Keeping cancer alive

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2012

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?
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