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Redefining women's role in society

Author(s): Pamela Philipose
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
ANGER should, ideally, lead to introspection. But all the anger generated by struggles women have waged in India over the last 15 years has not yielded a mature body of thought. So when someone like Gabriele Dietrich sets out systematically to examine issues like caste, class, sex, religion, development, science and ecology from the perspective of the Indian women's movement through a collection of essays, it is significant. The work, in fact, can be read as a critique of the Indian women's movement from within it.

The fraud of the century

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The "greatest scientific fraud of the century", attributed to an Indian geologist, was in the spotlight once again recently in an article published in the scientific journal, Nature. The findings of Vishwa Jit Gupta of the department of geology at Punjab University in Chandigarh, which contributed to the scientific database on the Himalaya, had been proved fraudulent by Australian geologist John A Talent in 1989.

The miracle of the hills and the humans

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
CAN REGENERATING villages revive denuded hills? And, vice versa, can regenerating hills revive impoverished villages?

Proposal rejected

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The much-touted Puri-Konark Beach Resort Project proposed by the Orissa state government has received a setback with the rejection of the project by the Union environment ministry. The Rs 900-crore project, which is being pushed by the Union tourism ministry, envisages the construction of a multiple hotel complex on 890 ha of the Bangur reserve sanctuary, along the coast between Puri and Konark.

On the trail of the hungry herd

Author(s): Anupam Goswami
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
DURING the last few days of 1993, about 60 pachyderms were chased and tormented over 400 km in southwestern West Bengal. The episode dramatically highlighted the increasing tension between human being and beast in various parts of the state.

Resignation creates furore

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Nomination to the fellowship of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) is generally considered by senior scientists as one of the better indications of recognition of their talent. That at least some of its functioning is controversial was brought home sharply just prior to its diamond jubilee celebrations in January: Pushp Bhargava, former director of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, became the first nominated fellow to resign from the academy.

Ridding Delhi's brothels of HIV

Author(s): Sudeep Mukhia
Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994

Tribals adamant

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Tribals in Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka are opposing a state government plan to relocate them within the park, claiming it would adversely affect their way of life. According to the plan, the 6,145 tribals living in 54 settlements spread over the park are to be relocated in a 2,000-ha plot and provided with housing, school and hospital amenities.

The great experimenter

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
How did you switch from mathematics to agriculture research? Since childhood, I was fond of growing crops and the yields were impressive. Kitchen garden and wasteland research gave me enough confidence to start experimenting with other crops. On the terrace of my house, I successfully raised sandal, which needs special care and environment. This is a fine example of experimenting and studying small-farm research for successful farming.

High-tech conservation

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
The country's first high-tech butterfly conservatory is being established at Burdwan in West Bengal, as part of an environmental education programme by the National Council of Science Museums (NSCM). The Burdwan Butterfly Centre will have a 3,000 sq m main display glasshouse, without any internal support structures.
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