THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
22 October 2017
Articles
May 24 2017
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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
The need to reform environment clearance process
Debadityo Sinha discusses how a coal power plant managed to receive environmental clearance by giving false information, which the National Green Tribunal finally overturned.
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May 17 2017
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KASHMIR PROTESTS
PDP govt circumvents its own social media ban
Two weeks into the ban, the question to ask is whether the situation has improved and whether protests in Kashmir have abated. Moazum Mohammad says the answer is no.
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May 08 2017
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FILM REVIEW
Tackling demonetisation
Shunyota, a feature film in Bengali, has an all-India resonance that will echo across the country if and when it’s subtitled version will be screened, writes Shoma Chatterji.
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May 02 2017
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JUDICIAL CAPACITY
Speedy disposal of court cases
High Courts and subordinate courts have been directed by the Supreme Court to expedite the disposing of criminal cases, yet cases languish for years in these courts. Harish Narasappa explains why it is so and how it can be fixed.
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Apr 25 2017
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NUCLEAR THREAT
The hovering nuclear clouds
Is India shifting its nuclear strategy in a new direction? Firdaus Ahmed analyses what that would mean.
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Apr 17 2017
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CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS
Crying out for strong environmental regulator
Himanshu Upadhyaya takes a close look at the Critically Polluted Areas mentioned in a recent CAG audit report on the environmental clearances and post clearance monitoring process of Ministry of Environment.
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Apr 10 2017
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COMMERCIAL SURROGACY
To be banned or not?
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 introduced in the parliament proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy. Shoma Chatterji finds out if this will help in checking exploitation of women.
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Apr 03 2017
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ELECTRONIC VOTING
EVMs: conspiracy of silence?
Why have the media bought the view that EVMs are infallible when some experts – and the Supreme Court – disagree? Ravikiran Shinde dissects the issue.
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Mar 27 2017
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ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS
Environment Ministry to bend over backwards to whitelist illicit projects
A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli report.
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Mar 20 2017
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ENTERPRISING WOMEN
Weaving harmonious threads of change
Women of a small village in Uttar Pradesh are weaving not just colorful yarn but also communal harmony in their region. Swapna Majumdar reports.
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Mar 15 2017
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AIDS AWARENESS
HIV-positive or not
Shoma A. Chatterji reviews Tamil film Sila Samayangalil, a touching film on AIDS directed by Priyadarshan.
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Mar 08 2017
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WOMEN'S DAY
Revisiting the mothers who protested AFSPA
A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA. Banamallika Choudhury reviews Mothers of Manipur.
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Mar 03 2017
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NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY
Common tongue? How mother tongue instruction influences education
The recently released draft of the National Education Policy stresses the importance of education in the mother tongue, especially in the formative years at school. Tarun Jain and Revathy Suryanarayana seek to uncover the link between vernacular language use in schools and educational achievement using data from large-scale historical events in South India. It finds that mother-tongue instruction led to persistent increases in educational achievement in primary and secondary schooling.
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Feb 23 2017
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KASHMIRI WOMEN’S DAY OF RESISTANCE
The “disappeared” Kashmiris
Pushpa Achanta writes about the challenges and aspirations of people in Kashmir on Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance which is observed today (Feb 23rd).
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Feb 17 2017
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KOLKATA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
People's cinema with people's support
Shoma A. Chatterji writes about a film festival that lacks the glitz and glamour of stars, television cameras and paparazzi chasing famous people to freeze them for the media.
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Feb 08 2017
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COMMUNITY RADIO
New policy dismays Community Radio activists
While stonewalling their demand to broadcast news, the I&B Ministry has said CR stations can air AIR bulletins instead. Geeta Seshu reports.
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Feb 01 2017
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CHILD-LED SURVEY
When children think abuse is ‘normal’
A new child-led survey has documented the types of violence children in Maharashtra are exposed to. Alka Gadgil reports the important findings from the survey.
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Jan 20 2017
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MANUAL SCAVENGING
A gross violation of human rights
Manhole is a scathing celluloid indictment on the state of manual sewer cleaners in India, writes Shoma A. Chatterji
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Jan 15 2017
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CHILD ABUSE IN KERALA
Legislation to safeguard children fails to protect them
Post-POCSO Act, reporting of child sexual abuse cases have rocketed in Kerala, but conviction rates remain dismal. State government and judiciary lack the infrastructure to ensure justice for victims, finds Navya P K. Navya is reporting on child labour in Kerala for PII-UNICEF Media Fellowship, which was awarded to her recently.
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Jan 12 2017
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KERALA'S CHILDREN
Schooling the children of migrant labourers
As more poor migrant children face exploitation in Kerala, some schools are coming up with ways to enroll and retain them. A few schools now have more migrant than local students, Navya P K points out. Navya is reporting on child labour in Kerala for PII-UNICEF Media Fellowship, which was awarded to her recently.
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