New rules for coasts
Environment ministry notifies CRZ 2011. It has pro-builder bias, say fishers and activists
Science under siege
Agricultural science has ossified in India. Despite a vast network of public research institutions and agriculture universities across the country,…
Kind to cash
The government has a plan to reach welfare to the poor without wasting money. It wants to put hard cash in their hands instead of spending on …
Indefinite moratorium on GM field trials recommended
Supreme Court’s expert panel of scientists for ban on herbicide tolerant crops for India
Lack of funding for top health research body
The Indian Council of Medical Research has only half the funds it needs
How currency ban negated the effects of a good monsoon
Agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan thinks that the timing of demonetisation is proving worse for farmers
ICMR to make public results of clinical trials they fund
In a move that will increase transparency and accountability in clinical research, major research funders and international NGOs agreed to …
Off to another bad start
A failed monsoon this year could mean sixth consecutive crop failure in most parts of the country. The government must immediately prepare a long-…
Do we have the answers?
Troubled by the growing farmer unrest, M S Swaminathan, father of India's Green Revolution, raises a few questions for the country's agriculture …
Farmers propose Bills on loan waiver, fair prices in their own 'parliament'
More than 180 farmer organisations from across the country proposed Bills related to debt waiver and fair crop prices in a mock parliament
Point of no agri-returns Part 5: 50,000 dedicated scientists, still, agriculture is an orphan of science
Technologies developed for agricultural purposes are mostly limited to farms around research institutions, says a government report
Unmasking the Budget
The last full budget presented by Arun Jaitley was overwhelmingly focused on agriculture and public health. The catch lies in what he did not say
‘Millets can solve our food needs as climate changes’
Experts and policy makers say millets are what we need to adapt to climate change as they can even grow in drought conditions
Millets farmers need more post-harvest technologies
At a discussion held in Chennai, experts and scientists gave a number of suggestions for policy-level changes to promote millets
Another set of distressed farmers protest, but does govt get a hint?
One more farmer protest in the national capital makes headlines, but it may have just added to the long list of such outcries
Kisan Kranti Yatra: Another farmers’ protest goes awry
Around 30,000 farmers, who had been walking to the national capital for 10 days, were welcomed with lathis, water cannons and tear gas shells
Hike in wheat MSP unlikely to help distressed farmers
The recent hike in Minimum Support Price on wheat will still not meet the Centre’s promise to ensure MSP 50 per cent higher than the cost …
Opposition unites on agrarian crisis, Centre yet to reply to farmers' demands
Farmer organisations have urged the Centre to pass two pass bills to free farmers from indebtedness and guarantee price for their produce
Rare takes on the year just passing by
Being a Down To Earth reporter entails merging the personal with the professional. The magazine you so dearly own has a fascinating world hidden …
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