THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
16 December 2017
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May 30 2016
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ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
A misplaced emphasis on highways?
Why does the government continue with its blind focus on highways and expressways when infrastructure for water supply, waste management and mass transit system is in desperate need of attention? Kannan Kasturi criticises the government's prioritization and says there is more to public infrastructure than just highways and expressways.
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May 25 2016
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NORTHEASTERN CINEMA
Telling tales from the Northeast
Shoma Chatterji writes about the challenges faced and efforts being made in the Northeastern states of India to encourage and support film making.
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May 20 2016
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STATUS OF GROUND WATER
Extraction exceeds recharge
Last month, the Bombay High Court passed an order to shift IPL matches scheduled for the month of May out of the state of Maharashtra citing an acute water shortage in some parts of the state for its decision. PRS Legislative Research, answers some basic questions about ground water and its depletion in our country.
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May 13 2016
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NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe
The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.
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May 08 2016
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CONFLICT IN NUCLEAR AGE
World War II redux in the nuclear age
A mega Indian Army exercise aimed at sharpening Army's deep strike capabilities in enemy territory concluded last month in Rajasthan. Firdaus Ahmed analyses why having the strike capabilities in this nuclear age might be a mixed blessing.
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Apr 30 2016
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NUCLEAR DANGER
What Chernobyl and Fukushima remind us
On the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl, one can ignore the lessons – as well as those of the Fukushima plant, only at our peril, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Apr 28 2016
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CINEMASCOPE
Saankal – strong content, weak movie
Even a badly made film becomes a learning experience for the viewers because it sheds light on issues not known widely otherwise, says Shoma Chatterji as she reviews the movie Saankal.
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Apr 23 2016
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BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Hope in Bihar
Recently, Ashish Kothari visited some areas in Bihar where interesting things are happening. Under progressive governance and grassroots action by its citizens when these are implemented state-wise, Bihar would be well on the path of progress.
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Apr 21 2016
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WASTE DUMP
Residents of a municipal dumping site fight back
The women of Meghpar village of Kutch District are fighting the big port town Gandhidham municipality which is dumping its waste in their village. Vimal Kalavadiya and Shvetangini Patel report from Kutch.
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Apr 12 2016
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THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating
New regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules.
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Apr 07 2016
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LIMBU TAMANG ISSUE
Tribal seat reservation issue rakes up storm in Sikkim
The long pending issue of Limbu-Tamang tribal seat reservation in the Sikkim legislative assembly has to be resolved within the next four months as per the latest orders given by the Supreme Court. Soumik Dutta writes about how this could change the political scenario in Sikkim.
Apr 06 2016
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HUMAN RIGHTS REPRESSION
Debaranjan Sarangi: Another artist incarcerated
Debaranjan Sarangi, a documentary film maker, writer and human rights activist was arrested recently in Kashipur, Odisha. Shoma Chatterji writes about Sarangi's arrest, his activism and his films which deal with Adivasis and their struggles.
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Apr 05 2016
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PROGRESS UNDER NREGA
Jharkhand looks at better planning to aid NREGA outcomes
A three-day planning process undertaken as part of a state-wide campaign called “Yojana Banao Abhiyan” to plan for NREGA implementation in every village in Jharkhand has sensitized the people and authorities to the potential of the scheme and recharged local democratic institutions. Ankita Aggarwal reports.
Apr 01 2016
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RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS
The poisons we play with everyday
From the paints in our homes to the discarded CFL tubes, the sources of toxic chemicals that pose a serious threat to our health and safety are omnipresent. Darryl D’Monte highlights why it is imperative for India to move faster and more determinedly in tackling this problem.
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Mar 30 2016
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MUNDRA STORY
How non-compliance is condoned: A short story
Evidence of violation of environment regulation by the Adani group in their Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd and the Waterfront Development Project have been found. Kanchi Kohli reports on why both the projects are still moving ahead.
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Mar 28 2016
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HUMAN RIGHTS
Ishrat Jahan case: Is the political furore skirting the core issue?
The Ishrat Jahan case has again hit the headlines with former home minister P Chidambaram being accused of rewriting an affidavit to prove the 19-year-old’s innocence. But the legal probe into whether she was a victim of an extra-judicial killing seems forgotten. Ramesh Menon presents a recap and investigates where things stand now.
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Mar 25 2016
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WATER & ACCESSIBILITY
Hill women no longer panic over water scarcity
In many part of rural India, women spend most of their time walking long distances to collect water for their household's needs. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna visits the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where the women no longer have to worry about fetching water from long distances thanks to an intervention that has brought potable water right to their doorstep.
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Mar 23 2016
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ANIMAL CRUELTY & FILMS
Of animals and lesser animals: Shaktimaan and his brothers
The shocking physical abuse inflicted on police horse Shaktimaan has rightly created a furore in society. But cruelty towards animals does not just manifest itself in stray, isolated incidents. Shoma Chatterji draws attention to the treatment of animals in film making and stresses the need for strict monitoring.
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Mar 19 2016
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SUSTAINABLE FOOD
Rays of hope for the ‘local’ in Meghalaya
Even as many pockets of the state, including its capital, battle the ravages of development and consumerism, a couple of villages visited by the author stand as examples of resilient local economies and lifestyles. Aditya Vikram Rametra describes what he saw here.
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Mar 16 2016
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ACID ATTACK SURVIVORS
Lucknow’s new landmark Sheroes upholds the indomitable spirit of humanity
Manjari Singh reports on the opening of the Lucknow branch of Sheroes Hangout, a café run and managed by acid attack survivors under the guidance of the humanitarian organisation “Stop Acid Attacks”.
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Amitabha Basu
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