THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
15 December 2017
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Nov 14 2016
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A TRIBUTE
Mahasweta Devi in cinema
Mahasweta Devi remains a writer whose work was almost impossible to express through cinema, writes Shoma Chatterji paying a tribute to the legendary writer and social activist.
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Nov 07 2016
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SOLAR POWER
Meet the solar sisters
In remote villages of Rajasthan women are assembling small, portable solar lamps and then travelling to different hamlets in the region to retail them. Renu Rakesh reports.
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Nov 01 2016
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WORLD BANK
Funding the coal boom
Darryl D’Monte looks into why World Bank through its affiliates continues to fund coal power stations in India despite its claims to contrary.
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Oct 09 2016
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WOMAN'S CONSENT
Painting the country Pink
Will a ‘NO’ from a woman remain ‘NO’? Asks Shoma A. Chatterji while reviewing the movie, Pink.
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Sep 30 2016
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RESTRUCTURING WATER ORGANIZATIONS
Creating National Water Commission
A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary comments on the report.
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Sep 21 2016
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NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE
Our present and terrifying danger
With the tension between India-Pakistan rising, Darryl D’Monte reports a recent discussion about the confrontation between these two nuclear states.
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Sep 17 2016
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25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION
Have we gained or lost?
Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.
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Sep 08 2016
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TROUBLE AT ALANG
Graveyard of ships struggles to survive
One of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world at Alang in Gujarat is crumbling as the EU Commission and the Supreme Court are now putting pressure to get them to create modern environmentally friendly facilities. If they do not do it, the graveyard of ships will die says Ramesh Menon.
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Aug 27 2016
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CLPR AMENDMENT ACT
A progressive framework diluted by chicanery
It is tragic that the new Amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) (CLPR) Act, 2016, which has a seemingly progressive framework, has been largely diluted by chicanery, opines Kathyayini Chamaraj.
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Aug 20 2016
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MUMBAI'S WOES
When cities go under
Mumbai is closer to finalising its 20-year development plan, from 2014 to 2034. The plan might be hiding more than it reveals, writes Darryl D'Monte.
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Aug 15 2016
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ID REMEMBRANCE
The Dhemaji Tragedy
Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.
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Aug 08 2016
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TELANGANA'S FARMERS
Registration of informal land sales
Telangana’s free registration of plain paper land sale initiative to digitally clean up its land records not only benefits its dispossessed farmers but makes land governance transparent, reports Manipadma Jena.
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Jul 28 2016
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MGNREGA
What's working, what's not
The uneven performance of MGNREGA in the task of rural asset generation requires a careful comparison of the decision making processes involved in those cases where the works undertaken have produced value and where it has failed to, writes Pavan Kulkarni.
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Jul 15 2016
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ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village
If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.
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Jul 12 2016
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DRAFT NATIONAL WATER FRAMEWORK BILL
The right to water for life
The Draft National Water Framework Bill, put out for public comments recently, represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.
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Jul 06 2016
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ON THE WATERFRONT
There's more than meets the Mumbai Eye
With the arrival of a new Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, the redevelopment of port land in Mumbai is being discussed again and like the earlier discussions this one too ignores the real needs of the city and its citizens. Darryl D’Monte elaborates.
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Jun 30 2016
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FILM CENSORING
The brouhaha on censorship
The tremendous rage against Pahlaj Nihalani around the Udta Punjab (2016) issue finally resolved by the High Court gives a reason to revisit some memorable deletions and suggestions made by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over the years, says Shoma Chatterji.
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Jun 15 2016
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HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn
It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.
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Jun 09 2016
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BIO-DIVERSITY ACT
Withering public consultations
Per Biological Diversity Act, 2002 before using any Indian biological material for commercial or R&D purposes, public consultation is needed via the local Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), which the National Biodiversity Authority wants to do away with. Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani ask why.
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Jun 06 2016
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COAL POWER PLANTS
Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas
This summer, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity that mostly highlight the conditions of farmers, cattle, domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities have been regular. What is often not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants, reports Shripad Dharmadhikary.
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