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What the debate on Singur hasn't touched

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2007
A remarkable fact about the recent debate about Singur is that it is so much about land, and so little about cars. Yet a thousand acres of land is really not very much, given that the state has over 1.3 crore acres of cultivated land, and even Mamata Banerjee cannot be entirely serious when she talks about the absolute sanctity of agricultural land. After all, if someone really believed that, then why stop at Singur?

Rainwater harvesting aids tsunami-hit Sri Lankan villages

Author(s): Pradip Saha
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2007
TWO years after the Asian tsunami, as the images of devastation fade off from global public memory, the disaster persists for villages along the coastline of Sri Lanka's Southern Province. Survivors here have new houses, boats, fishing nets and roads, but face a severe scarcity of drinking water. Unlike flooded areas in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka or Tamil Nadu in India, groundwater in this region remains highly saline and unfit for drinking (see box Salt of the sea).

Tsunami-hit farmers of Nagapattinam against prawn industry

Author(s): R REVATHI
Issue Date: Dec 31, 2006
The prawn farming industry in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu has bounced back from the losses of the tsunami of December 26, 2004, causing irreperable damage to agriculture. The tsunami hit farmers of Nagapttinam are suffering the double whammy as the prawn industry chokes-off agriculture.

Greece may experience tsunami before century-end

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2006
The Mediterranean region, particularly the area around Greece, could be hit by a major tsunami before the end of the century, according to Gerassimos Papadopoulos, a scientist at the Athens Institute of Geodynamics.

Tsunami warning system not in place

Author(s): T V Jayan
Issue Date: Sep 15, 2006
technology cannot always substitute sound preparedness on the ground; Indonesia learnt it the hard way when a tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the island of Java killed hundreds of people last month. An interim tsunami warning system declared operational in the Indian Ocean region barely a month ago did not help as the waves towering up to six metres killed 700 people and displaced nearly 50,000 families.

Andaman's post-tsunami days see rotting neem cakes, unused tillers

Author(s): Shubha Kishore
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2006
Providing relief after a disaster like the December 2004 tsunami is a great challenge, especially in archipelagos far away from the mainland. But the administration of the Union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has just shown how to make effective relief even more difficult. Two items -- power tillers and neem cakes, distributed to improve farming -- are at the centre of a controversy that questions the administration's decisions.

Documentary on post-tsunami situation in Sri Lanka

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2006
From Dust produced and directed by Dhruv Dhawan 56 minutes

Tsunami hits again

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2006

Nicobar megapode in serious trouble, faces extinction

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2006
a bird species found only in the Nicobar Islands is in serious trouble. More than 70 per cent of the Nicobar megapode (Megapodius nicobariensis) -- a large-footed bird that build nests on the ground -- have disappeared over the last 12 years, says the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Researchers surveyed the islands' wildlife after the 2004 tsunami and compared the findings with those of a 1993-1994 survey.

Tsunami uncovers ancient sculptures in Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2006
The December 2004 tsunami, which battered much of the south Indian coast, has helped unearth priceless relics in the ancient port city of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The killer waves shifted thousands of tonnes of sand to uncover granite sculptures which archaeologists claim, are remnants of a seventh-century civilisation. The sculptures include an elaborately carved lion, a half-completed elephant and a stallion in flight.
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