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Reporter's Diary

On the trail of rampaging elephants

Issue Date: Feb 20, 2014
See also:  Much like Maoists Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Hungry gods Author(s): Sayantan Bera Extreme measure Author(s): M Suchitra Black elephant v white elephant Author(s): Alok Gupta Conflict of interest Author(s): Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava Why do they raid crops? Author(s): M Suchitra Conflicts are no less around national parks, sanctuaries Author(s): M Suchitra Interview ‘Elephant conservation is not exactly anybody’s priority’ Interviewee: M D Madhusudan Photo Gallery Man v elephant Reporter’s Diary On the trail of rampaging elephants Map On the move  

On the trail of a man-eater

Issue Date: Feb 2, 2014
It was a cold, misty January morning as I drove through Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh. The villages I crossed abutted lush green sugarcane fields. The harvest season was coming to an end; men, women and children were either busy cutting the standing crop or loading them on to trucks that would transport the produce to the sugar mills nearby.

Littis with a twist of taste

Issue Date: Dec 19, 2013

Diplomacy deficit

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013

Cash transfers do not benefit

Issue Date: Jul 28, 2013
Direct cash transfer to the accounts of beneficiaries of government social welfare schemes was launched in January this year. It is one of the two big ticket programmes the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance is banking on to win a third term in power (the other one being the food security law). But implementing Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) has given rise to many problems. A reality check revealed that the programme has actually increased hardships of the poor people.

God of small hills

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013

Roadmap for an effective environmental regime

Issue Date: Mar 29, 2013
A two-day conference on environmental compliance and enforcement that concluded recently in Kolkata gave me a rare chance to listen to environmental regulators from around the world—the US, Sweden, Kenya, Australia and Norway.  The choice of the city for the international conference seemed very appropriate. B K Dutta, chairperson of West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), who welcomed the delegates, informed that Kolkata was the first city ever to have an environmental law—the Smoke Nuisance law—as far back as in 1906. 
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