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COVER STORY

21-02-2014

Licence to plunder

Environment

Briefing

Projects cleared

Cover Story
Ritwick Dutta, environmental lawyer

‘Quality of EIA reports a major concern’

Cover Story
RITWICK DUTTA, an environment lawyer, has been fighting for the rights of local communities displaced by mega development projects. He has represented ...
Jairam Ramesh

‘I don’t subscribe to the mad scramble to clear projects’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development.
Astronomy

Hydrogen river seen in space

Science & Technology
USING the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), D.J. Pisano of West Virginia University (WVU) discovered what could be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen ...
Climate change

New clean energy targets for Europe

Science & Technology
THE European Commission’s (E.C.) policy framework for energy and climate in 2030 covers the decade after the current 2020 policy set, which stipulated ...
Physics

Advances on X-rays

Science & Technology
THE shortness and brightness of X-ray pulses can help researchers explore phenomena over very short time and length scales. The shorter the pulse, the ...

Projects cleared

Cover Story
Material science

New ways to control waves

Science & Technology
FLEXIBLE, layered materials textured with nanoscale wrinkles could provide a new way of controlling the wavelengths and distribution of waves, whether ...
Ritwick Dutta, environmental lawyer

‘Quality of EIA reports a major concern’

Cover Story
RITWICK DUTTA, an environment lawyer, has been fighting for the rights of local communities displaced by mega development projects. He has represented ...
Jairam Ramesh

‘I don’t subscribe to the mad scramble to clear projects’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development.
West Bengal

Buddhadeb in the clear

The Nation
IN a major development that has come as a shot in the arm for the beleaguered Commu-nist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal, the Central Bureau ...
Kerala

A murder case verdict

The Nation
A TRIAL court verdict in the sensational T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case setting free a key district leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) ...
Communalism

Polarising Pratapgarh

Social Issues
ON December 7, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got a resounding mandate from the people of Rajasthan and Vasundhara Raje was sworn in as Chief ...
Gujarat

Sudden generosity

The Nation
TO a newcomer, the sudden swerving on a straight road by the autorickshaw driver seems like a case of irrational driving, but when it happens ...
Maharashtra

Power point

The Nation
IN what seems like a ripple effect of the Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to cut power rates in Delhi and clearly with an eye on the elections, the ...
Maharashtra

Targeting toll booths

The Nation
On January 26, at a routine party function in Thane where he inaugurated an office of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), party chief Raj Thackeray ...
Egypt

Siege within

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
On the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution, a newly minted Constitution which seeks to keep the Islamists permanently out of politics and further solidify the role of the Army takes Egypt back to the Mubarak era.
Land acquisition

Bypassing a law

Cover Story
The promise to fast-track environmental clearances raises concerns about whether such decisions will be made ignoring the very purpose of the LARR Act, which is to do justice to all victims of land acquisition.
Natural resources

Vanishing commons

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Across the country, the common wealth of the people, like land and water, is being sold off to big capital, leading to environmental degradation and loss of livelihoods for communities.
Environmental clearances

Mining concerns

Cover Story
The decision to allow the expansion of coal mines without environmental clearances and a public hearing illustrates the MoEF’s role as a facilitator for the mining industry rather than as a custodian of a valuable natural resource.
Forest Rights Act

Rules and reality

While Forest Department officials deny forest dwellers their right to land and to collect minor produce, about two lakh hectares of forest land has been illegally handed over to corporations since January 2008. The story of how the Forest Rights Act has been obstructed and ignored by vested interests.
Cover Story

Licence to plunder

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
In a bid to make the UPA government appear investor-friendly, M. Veerappa Moily gives green clearance to 73 projects, including the controversial Posco steel plant, within 20 days of assuming office, ignoring community forest rights and raising concerns about serious damage to the environment.
Maharashtra

Power point

The Nation
IN what seems like a ripple effect of the Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to cut power rates in Delhi and clearly with an eye on the elections, the ...
Maharashtra

Targeting toll booths

The Nation
On January 26, at a routine party function in Thane where he inaugurated an office of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), party chief Raj Thackeray ...
Tamil Nadu

Battle of brothers

The Nation
THE long-festering sibling rivalry between M.K. Alagiri and his younger brother M.K. Stalin in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has erupted again.
Politics

AAP’s day out

The negative publicity the AAP is getting after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “anarchist” protest in Delhi and his vigilante Minister’s racial slur does not seem to have affected its huge membership campaign.
Kashmir

To craft a Kashmir policy

Politics
The best course is to move along a promising avenue for a settlement on the basis of Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula, to which Manmohan Singh made a decisive contribution.
Death Penalty

Life-giving verdict

The Nation
The Supreme Court defends the right to life and liberty of death-row convicts until the hanging and commutes the death sentences of 15 convicts to life imprisonment.
Crime

Rape as retribution

A case of gang rape of a tribal girl on the orders of a village kangaroo court sends shock waves across the nation, but the villagers rally around the accused.
Politics

Ambedkar & the BJP

Politics
The BJP has begun extolling the virtues of Dr B.R. Ambedkar. But one can tell from both what he said and wrote that he was viscerally opposed to the Hindu Mahasabha and the RSS.

What about aam aurat?

Jayati Ghosh
IN Indian politics, a month is clearly a very long time. In mid-December the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)—which as a fledgling political group had done ...
Environmental clearances

Mining concerns

Cover Story
The decision to allow the expansion of coal mines without environmental clearances and a public hearing illustrates the MoEF’s role as a facilitator for the mining industry rather than as a custodian of a valuable natural resource.
Forest Rights Act

Rules and reality

While Forest Department officials deny forest dwellers their right to land and to collect minor produce, about two lakh hectares of forest land has been illegally handed over to corporations since January 2008. The story of how the Forest Rights Act has been obstructed and ignored by vested interests.
Cover Story

Licence to plunder

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
In a bid to make the UPA government appear investor-friendly, M. Veerappa Moily gives green clearance to 73 projects, including the controversial Posco steel plant, within 20 days of assuming office, ignoring community forest rights and raising concerns about serious damage to the environment.
Material science

New ways to control waves

Science & Technology
FLEXIBLE, layered materials textured with nanoscale wrinkles could provide a new way of controlling the wavelengths and distribution of waves, whether ...