In an interview to Kundan Pandey, Supriyo Mitra, associate professor with the Department of Earth Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, explains how we came to understand earthquakes and why trying to predict them is not a useful scientific goal
On wrong wavelength
Twenty years after the Supreme Court asserted that people have a right over radio waves, community radio continues to struggle. Instead of supporting the stations, the Centre now plans to carry out a listenership survey to gauge its impact and decide its future
The world is running out of time to save its only scaly mammal
When flu turns fatal
In the past two months, as many as 1,198 people in India have died of swine flu, a disease which is only as threatening as seasonal flu. Jyotsna Singh travels to the worst-affected state, Rajasthan, and talks to health experts in Delhi to understand why flu viruses are causing pandemics
Whose budget is it, Mr Jaitley?
Being the first full year budget of the National Democratic Alliance government, there was expectation that the finance minister's announcements would usher in a new era in the fields of renewable energy, rural development, healthcare and agriculture. But the budget has left a lot to be desired in these areas. One area it does well is in granting more financial autonomy to states. However, it …