Interviews

Mining of polymetallic nodules in the Indian Ocean

In conversation with Dr. G. A. Ramadass, Group Head, Scientist-G, Deep Sea Technologies Group, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). In an exclusive interview, Dr. Ramadass talks about India’s plans to mine polymetallic nodules in the Indian Ocean. Major nations are looking to the oceans for mineral and fuel reserves as reserves on land deplete fast. Dr. Ramadass sheds light on the process of analysing data on mineral deposits in the Indian ocean. G’nY: How beneficial will mining...

Interviews

The Search and Rescue Aid Tool to save life and property at Sea

In Conversation with Dr. S C Shenoi, Head, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) With 28 years of research experience ocean sciences, Dr. Shenoi has revolutionized India's traditional views of ocean-atmosphere coupling, apart from making an enormous contribution towards the livelihood enhancement of fisherpeople by presenting to them information related to potential fishing zones, not to mention being the forerunner in the development of India's first and only tsunami...

Coverage # Disaster Events

Cyclonic Storm ‘Nada’ weakening as it approaches the Indian Coast

The cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards on December 1 with a speed of about 12 kmph, weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 11:30 AM near Latitude 10.6ºN and Longitude 81.2ºE over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai, 210 km southeast of Puducherry and 220 km north of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward, weaken further gradually into a depression during next...

Expert Column

What is Gender? It is equally ‘male’ contrary to popular understanding

The word " gender " is in currency these days! Let us understand what we mean by it. We often hear boys being admonished for crying or girls being chided for climbing a tree or flying a kite because ‘boys do not cry’ or ‘girls do not climb trees or fly kites’.  Interesting these boys and girls had already done what they are not supposed to do – before being told that it is wrong! When the queen of Jhansi fought the British, she becomes mardani – masculine (khub ladi mardani woh to Jhansi...

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On Thin Ice: Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalayas

The melting of snow in the Arctic and Antarctic due to global warming and climate change is reported frequently. However, the melting of the Himalayan glaciers goes largely unreported, even though more people are impacted. Anomalies in temperatures, global cryosphere and sea level rise are the driving factors for negative impact on global conveyor belt at the three poles of the Earth. This phenomenon was explained with substantial data by Dr. A L Ramanathan, a Professor of Environmental Geology, Hydrogeochemistry,...

Expert Column

Arguments of the Absurd and the Way Forward

Undoubtedly, demonetisation of currencies of certain denomination would not eradicate black economy in the country. The latter does not exist separately and distinctly from the white economy. You buy a house from me for two crore, if you register for one crore, you save on stamp duty and other taxes. I also pay less on various accounts and get one crore as black money in cash. It is difficult for a government agency to catch us when we are transacting. In a few months, I dispose the money off through...

Expert Column

Demonetisation: A Perception in Perspective

PM Modi’s sudden announcement during the twilight hours of November 8, of banning two prime Indian notes, the Rs 500 and Rs 1000, in daily circulation, has taken the nation by storm.  A step not easy to judge on its face value, with an apparent objective of eradicating black money and a parallel economy is a bold step towards the right cause. However, a few ifs and buts cannot be ignored. The doubts veritably emerge because of the all-pervading, widespread corruption in our daily lives,...

Expert Column # Media

The Tale of Missing Daughters

The first Indian Census was carried out in 1871 and it had recorded 5.5 million fewer women and girls than men and boys. A century and two decades later, in 1992, Amartya Sen talked about an estimated deficit of 37 million of them drawing attention to the ‘missing women’ of South Asia.It is now affirmed that it is sex-selective abortions that is leading to shortage of baby girls in India.

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Delhi Smog: Problem, Causes and Solution

Everyone is talking about the Delhi smog. People are increasingly becoming concerned about its ill effect on health, work and quality of life. As such, Delhi is one of the worst polluted cities in the world and conditions have worsened because of an add-on of several factors. Smog in Delhi around Diwali festivities is not happening for the first time and as things stand, it will not be the last either. Smog increases hospital admissions and sick days. Major health effects of air pollution associated...

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