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Letters - February 16-28, 2015

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
We need income-oriented farm policy I read with great deal of concern the article titled "Into the abyss" (January 16-31). It is important that the points made by the author are taken into serious consideration while developing our future agricultural policy. The National Policy for Farmers submitted by the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) in 2006 calls for a shift in our agricultural policy from being production-oriented to being income-oriented.

'They asked me to withdraw my court case'

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
Why this plagiarism case against Deepak Pental? He is not the co-author of the paper you have problems with.

Maths of Gilead's hepatitis C drug

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
The indian Patent Office’s rejection of one of Gilead Sciences’ patents on sofosbuvir, which is used to treat the killer hepatitis C (hep C) infection, has put the spotlight back on the whopping cost of this drug. Treatment over a 12-week period costs $84,000, or an eye-popping $1,000 per pill per day, a price that not many even in the prosperous parts of the world can afford.

Antibiotic for superbugs

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015

Be your own gourmet chef

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015

At market's mercy

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015

Right diagnosis, wrong pills

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
WITH THE hope of making healthcare affordable, the Centre on December 24 last year allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in medical devices sector. The policy also recognised medical devices as a separate category for the first time which was till now a part of drugs.

Letters - February 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
Just talk, no work This is with reference to "It's nice but not sunny" (January 1-15, 2015). It's surprising that today neither a gram of polycrystalline silicon nor a single silicon wafer is being produced in the country. These are the basic materials for making solar cells and photovoltaic (PV) modules, which produce electricity from sunlight. Given that the cost of PV modules is about US $0.5 per Watt, the country would need a foreign exchange of US $0.5 trillion for importing 100 GW of PV modules.

Time for new environmentalism

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
2014 has brought India’s environmental movement to a crossroad. On the one hand, there is a greater acceptance of our concerns, but on the other hand, there is also growing resistance against the required action. More importantly, every indicator shows that things on the ground are getting worse. Our rivers are more polluted, more garbage is piling up in our cities, air is increasingly toxic and hazardous waste is just dumped, not managed. Worse, people who should have been in the front line of protection are turning against the environment.
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