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Evolution in times of climate change

Issue Date: May 24, 2013

57 people die as heat wave sweeps Andhra Pradesh

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: May 24, 2013
It is not just northern and western parts of India that are in the grip of a severe heat wave. The southern state of Andhra Pradesh is also experiencing severe heatwave conditions. In the past two days, 57 sunstroke deaths have been reported from different districts. Telangana and coastal Andhra regions remain the hardest hit. See also:  Interactive Monsoon arrives over Andaman Sea    

CSE volunteer barred from filming public hearing for Ultratech cement plant

Issue Date: May 23, 2013
The public hearing for the first phase of Ultratech's proposed cement plant in Tamil Nadu on Thursday appeared to be a stage-managed event. Officials and police at the event did not allow a volunteer from Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Senthil, to film the proceedings. He was detained at the venue and his cassette was snatched away.  

India's genome saviours

Issue Date: May 23, 2013
Every year, the Indian government acknowledges farmers and organisations who have been conserving germplasm of indigenous plant species. The Indian Genome Saviour Awards are given by Protetction of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Authority, a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture. This year the awards were given in three categories:

World Health Assembly focus on mental health

Issue Date: May 22, 2013
In a bid to make governments more responsive to the needs of growing number of people with mental health problems, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is likely to discuss an action plan to tackle the problem in the ongoing World Health Assembly on Wednesday. The assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, convened on May 20 and will conclude discussions on May 28. A WHO official from Geneva confirmed via mail that such an action plan will be discussed on Wednesday.

Vitamin C could be panacea for drug-resistant TB

Issue Date: May 22, 2013
An unexpected discovery can bring relief to millions of people suffering from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) across the globe. A study by an American research team reports that vitamin C can kill the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis that causes MDR-TB.

Illegal GM cotton spreads across India

Issue Date: May 22, 2013
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