Editorials

Pawar games

Sharad Pawar may have said more than he meant when he defended PM Modi on Rafale If Maharashtra often appears to be on the cusp of a political realignment, it is in no small part due to the posturing and shadow boxing of the old warhorse, Sharad Pawar of the …

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A flight path with obstacles

India’s drone use policy makes the possibility of a red tape-free flight very slim At Agroscope, the ‘Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research’, in Nyon, Switzerland, agriculture scientists fly a drone to study nitrogen level in leaves, not for a farm as a whole, but for each individual plant. …

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‘Swachh Bharat has become a people’s movement’

It has brought about behavioural change, empowered women and broken caste barriers, says the Secretary to the Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry In his office, Parameswaran Iyer keeps a countdown calendar to October 2, 2019, the deadline for all of India to become ‘open-defecation free’. On Tuesday, the countdown dipped …

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In the court of last resort

As Ranjan Gogoi takes over as the new Chief Justice of India, it’s his own warning he must heed In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland , there is a segment called “The Mouse’s Tale”. It features a dialogue between a dog (called Fury) and a mouse. Fury is bored, and …

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Rangoon rice market.

The rice market rose today [Rangoon, October 1] and Java shippers are paying Rs. 400 and over for rice to fulfil their engagements for which they have already got licenses. There is much discussion as to how the Government will obtain rice for Madras as the present price Rs. 372 …

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Students in the I.D.F.

At a meeting of the Senate held this evening [Bombay, September 30] the following was passed: The Syndicate is authorized to deal with the cases of students who have joined the Indian Defence Force if such students fail at any University examination except an examination for Honour’s or a Master’s …

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Studying fault lines

Filling of reservoir near a fault can cause quakes Even very small reservoirs impounding water seasonally can cause deformation in the neighbouring region. Such deformation may add to the stress of a nearby fault, which if already critically stressed, can trigger an earthquake. Based on Global Positioning System and satellite …

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Up in the air

North India faces a big test this winter on measures to reduce burning of crop residue The onset of the winter season has come to be associated with toxic atmospheric pollution in north India. This year will be a crucial test for a scheme piloted by the Union government to …

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Rescuing IL&FS

Bailing it out is one thing, but how didthe debt pile-up go unnoticed for so long? The Centre’s move to supersede the Board of Directors of the troubled Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) has come not a day too soon. By explicitly stating its intent to “ensure that needed …

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The need to forget

Yehuda Elkana’s reflections could find resonance in India’s troubling present One of my closest friends, the Israeli educationist and philosopher, Yehuda Elkana (in picture), passed away in September 2012, bringing to a close a peripatetic life lived on different continents. Had cancer not taken him away, Elkana would have continued …

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