THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
18 AUGUST 2018
Economy
SURPLUS POWER
Is RE becoming too much of a good thing?

As the share of renewable energy rises, it brings with it new challenges. Going forward, the management of surplus power will be critical, says a new report from the Brookings Institute.

Energy

INLAND WATERWAYS
National waterways in need of a new course
The Centre gears up to take national control of the Kosi and Gandak rivers in north Bihar and turn them into commercial waterways, leaving many important questions unanswered or ignored. Shripad Dharmadhikary and the Manthan team report on findings from a recent visit to the region.

Environment BIHAR
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable
How much longer can coal transport continue to subsidise passenger fares? In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new research report published by Brookings India.

Energy Public Funds Transport
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker
Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

Energy Environment
TEESTA STAGE III HEP
Violating laws, making losses, damaging environment
Teesta Urja’s penchant for getting into trouble and illegalities continues unabated. Soumik Dutta reports.

Environment Sikkim
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected
Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

Environment Society
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages
This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

Labour Issues Laws
BLACK MONEY
Demonetisation and the Rule of Law
Demonetisation is primarily about the Rule of Law in our country and the capacity of the state to ensure, and abide by, the Rule of Law, comments Harish Narasappa.

Government
25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION
Have we gained or lost?
Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.

Government
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.

Environment
SKILL DEVELOPMENT – II
The skills journey: A long history but no destination in sight
In the second and concluding part of his exposition on India’s skill development efforts, Shambhu Ghatak traces the journey under the UPA and NDA governments, only to find that while the thrust remains the same, the end is far from sight.

Livelihood Education
SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The gap between where we are and where we want to be
The Skill India Mission aims to provide skills training to around 402 million people by the year 2022. In the first of a two-part series, Shambhu Ghatak upholds estimates of skilled workforce from various reports to highlight the yawning gap that needs to be bridged.

Livelihood Education
WTO IMPACT
The long arms of trade
As the countdown for the tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Nairobi, Kenya through 15-18 December commences, Shalini Bhutani emphasises the need for a cautious deliberation on how trade rules affect key sectors and all stakeholders.

Agricultural Trade
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