THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
25 SEPTEMBER 2020
FOREST PROTECTION
Razing houses to stop razing the hills

The Aravali hills were used to nature's erosion, but the assault on them by those eyeing its rich resources was something else. Will the Supreme Court's recent intervention halt this? Ramesh Menon reports.

Forests Mining Environment HARYANA
INDIA AND CHINA
Following the yuan

A research paper published by Brookings India argues that while rising investment from China helps correct a lopsided trade relationship, the Indian government should also proactively safeguard security and privacy interests.

Trade Government National Security
COVID-19
Battling the pandemic with technology

Start-ups and technology wizards put together the largest ever tele-medicine effort to fight Covid-19. India must use this start to create a National Health Digital Core, says Ramesh Menon.

Public Health Health

WILDLIFE
A confluence of cats

The future survival of wild tigers depends not only on increasing their population size, but also on ensuring that fragmented populations are genetically 'connected' with each other, writes Abheeshta Rao.

Environment Wildlife
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic violence rising during pandemic

Victims of domestic violence find themselves trapped at home with their abusers, and the government is pre-occupied with its response to the pandemic. Social workers continue to assist victims, but their jobs are harder too in the present circumstances.

Gender Violence Women
IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
A new draft of old failures

The framework for assessing the environmental impact of new projects has in the past served to merely facilitate projects getting started. It was hoped that revisions proposed recently would change that, but there is little evidence of a new course, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.

Forests Mining Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
Vulnerable to more than the virus

The Working Peoples' Charter on Coronavirus Crisis in India lists a number of steps necessary to ensure that the likely disruption to the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people is thoughtfully addressed.

Labour Issues Livelihood Economy Health
RAILWAY FARES
IR faces more than money troubles

In a squeeze between dwindling freight revenues and large subsidies to its passengers, Indian Railways has very little room for wriggle. But the fare hike on 1 January 2020 is only a small step, and will not by itself set things right.

Public Funds Transport Economy
SOCIAL SECURITY
Will the SS Code ensure universal social security?

The government proposes to replace a number of laws protecting the social security of workers with a single Code. But could its vast scope itself make it vulnerable to the details in fine print?

Labour Issues Livelihood Human Rights
CLEAN POWER
The road to a green economy

Is India likely to hit the ambitious targets set for the growth of renewable power generation? A compilation of data from different sources by the Prayas Energy Group shows what's working well and where greater efforts are needed.

Energy Economy
PUBLIC COMPANIES
Will splitting Coal India help?

Given the changing landscape of energy production and consumption in the country, splitting Coal India into smaller entities can only be successful if a number of other steps are also taken, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.

Energy Economy
JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
How do Bengaluru's rural courts function?

Observations from a recent study of the Bengaluru Rural Courts point to a sad reality - that many of the most basic and foundational things needed for efficient delivery of justice are missing. The authors of the research report identify specific and urgent measures to address this.

Law and Order Government Justice
BAL SANSADS
Children lead the change

Success in one initiative to strengthen public schooling can help reach some goals of other initiatives too. The Bal Sansad program in Uttar Pradesh shows how focusing on hygiene is improving attendance too.

Children Child Health Public Health Education
THEATRE
The city in question

Girish Karnad's clear-eyed, unsentimental and even self-deprecatory view of the city seems rare in the Indian narrative imagination, which continues to nurse the notion of ‘the village innocent’ vs ‘the city corrupt’.

Cities Art Culture Society
WOMEN HEALTH CARE
Our Health, Our Initiative

A vocal community demanding its health rights through greater participation in local governance is the key to long term change, and this may be finally starting to happen in a few places, writes Puja Awasthi.

Public Health Women's Health Health Rajasthan
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
The curse of Kala-azar

Left to fend for themselves while their men are away looking for work elsewhere, poor women find themselves trapped between the quackery of the limited medical attention they can access and the social binds of their families. Puja Awasthi reports.

Women's Health BIHAR Women
WOMEN ON WHEELS
The gender gap in pedalling

More and more people are considering cycling as an option for their daily commutes to work. Women's participation in this change, however, is still low, and a lot of barriers need to be overcome, writes Sathya Sankaran.

Cities Culture Women
ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
DISCOMs face a stark future

The energy sector is undergoing a massive transformation, with large customers option for direct access from producers and those in the middle looking for decentralised storage and consumption. Between these forces, the old distribution business faces serious risk, says a report from the Prayas Energy Group.

Energy Environment
THERMAL POWER AND REGULATIONS
Regulations delayed are regulations denied

Efforts to rein in massive emissions of pollutants, and to reduce volumes of water consumed by coal-based thermal power plants have been thwarted by endless delays in implementing the regulations that were to take effect last year. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation
AGRARIAN DISTRESS - II
From mandis to markets : Will this round be any better?

The second attempt of the NDA government to create a market for farmers' produce may not fare much better than the first one, for the same reason - it fails to address the asymmetry of power between the farmers and buyers, writes Kannan Kasturi.

Agricultural Trade Agriculture
CITIES FOR ALL
Ahmedabad's TP schemes: Lessons for equity

Land pooling has helped steer development in Ahmedabad more equitably than in many other Indian cities, but with some limitations and challenges still to be overcome. A World Resources Institute report provides insight.

Cities Government
TAX REVENUES
Month-wise GST collections

The monthly log of Goods and Services Tax collections by the government, since the introduction of the tax in mid-2017. This page will be updated each month, as new data is published.

Public Funds Economy
IRRIGATION PROJECTS
Why doesn't the CAG look at its own past work?

It is only by looking back at its own history of audit findings that the constitutional auditor can draw attention to policy decisions that were flawed at the very beginning, says Himanshu Upadhyaya.

Agriculture Public Funds
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 Economy
INLAND WATERWAYS
National waterways in need of a new course

The Centre gears up to take national control of the Kosi and Gandak and turn them into commercial waterways. Shripad Dharmadhikary and the Manthan team report on findings from a recent visit to the region.

Economy Environment BIHAR
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable

In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new report from Brookings India.

Energy Public Funds Transport Economy
OPINION
The dichotomy in India’s rule of law

The rule of law guides our legislative, executive and judiciary and all other institutions yet our country is in chaos. Harish Narasappa analyses the role of reason in making the rule of law stronger and effective to bring order in the country.

Law and Order OP-ED Laws Society
PRS LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
Monsoon Session 2018: What to expect

The Monsoon Session of Parliament began today and will continue till August 10, 2018. It is scheduled to have 18 sittings during this period. PRS Legislative Research outlines what is in store in the upcoming session.

Government Laws
GOSIKHURD IRRIGATION PROJECT
Thirty-four years of irregularities and failures

The recently released CAG audit report on Maharashtra has heavily criticized the time and cost overruns in Gosikhurd irrigation project in Vidarbha. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the report to list the shortcomings of the project.

Public Funds Water Government MAHARASHTRA
RURAL WOMEN
Unheard and unknown they lead

Issues that affect underprivileged women have not got enough attention in the mainstream feminist movements in India. Yet the women from rural areas and from lower classes and castes have been leading struggles for their rights, says Navya P. K.

Environment Women's Representation Women
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 Economy Environment
CRIME SURVEYS
The way we measure hate crimes is simply bogus

Safety and criminality in society must be assessed directly from the people themselves. The government is deluding itself and citizens by conflating law enforcement statistics with crime data, writes Tara Krishnaswamy.

Government Justice Caste Adivasis Society
WATER CRISIS
What you can’t measure properly, you can’t manage properly

Shripad Dharmadhikary critiques the recently released NITI Aayog’s report on Composite Water Management Index.

Water Government
AGRARIAN DISTRESS
The missing ‘market’ for agriculture

The first of a three part series on the crisis facing farmers today by Kannan Kasturi.

Agricultural Trade Agriculture Farmer Suicides
NUCLEAR POWER
What nuclear weapons have done to us

Pokhran-II  happened on May 1998, Firdaus Ahmed writes if nuclear weapons have made us more secure in these last twenty years.

National Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
URBAN RIVERS
Concrete riverfronts or ecological rejuvenation?

A two-day dialogue on urban rivers held in Pune focused on the plight of urban rivers. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports and presents his views.

Urban Water Environment
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA
Waiting for compliance patiently

Himanshu Upadhyaya examines a CAG audit report to point out the blatant non-compliance of environmental laws largely by the Forest officials.

Environment Odisha
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.

Economy Environment Sikkim
BRIDE TRAFFICKING
The stories of Paros

Shoma A. Chatterji brings focus to the issue of bride trafficking, a lesser known but widely prevalent practice in parts of India, through movie Paro.

Society Women Women's Films and Books
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