STAFF REPORTER

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS Are there still more?-Discovering new species in India

Discovery of new species have aided the understanding of future probabilities. It has been analysed that these newly discovered species are habitants of the few desolate forests that may be home to a diverse groups of medicinal and natural antidotes.

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REPORT WATCH Towards Risk Sensitive Development

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REPORT WATCH Building on a Flood Plain and a Fault Zone

A nation that seeks to educate the common man about the pitfalls of poor siting on one hand, chooses to do an exact opposite on the other.

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COAL DRIVEN The Coalgate Concern

Coal blocks were allotted to private companies for captive mining through a 1993 amendment to the Coal Mines Nationalisation Act (1973). However, the CAG found that the blocks were not allotted in a transparent manner, neither had the companies begun production.

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COAL DRIVEN Can coal ever be eco-friendly?

Notwithstanding its polluting nature, coal remains the cheapest and most convenient fuel for meeting India’s energy needs. Since hydro power and nuclear power have safety issues, and green energy remains expensive, the answer lies in working towards cleaner coal-based technology.

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BACKGROUNDER Land Acquisition Policy in India

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency LARR Act introduced a mandatory social impact assessment to correct the historical injustices. The ordinance by the current government overturns this clause.

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REPORT WATCH The Land Acquisition Legislation: An Update

The present government has placed a huge stake on the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill. It is convinced that without it all the proposed schemes in the social sector and reforms in the industry will not take place. It also treats two classes—consent and social impact assessment, as major hurdles in achieving its objectives. Only time will tell whether the government has got the correct assessment of the ground situation.

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ECO SYSTEM Bangladesh’s Sundarban: Calling for a Spill Proof Environment

The alarming rate of wrecks in the Sundarban raises a larger question. Why is there no alternative safer route envisaged in a time bound manner by Bangladesh?

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ECO SYSTEM Pethia Striata: Western Ghat’s Newly Discovered Member

The new species will be an addition to Cyprinidae, the largest family of fish that encompasses other common fishes like the gold fish and the common carp.

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ECO SYSTEM Last of the True Bovines

The resemblance to their domestic seers has placed them at the fag end of everyone’s interest and this perpetual neglect, has in turn, pushed the entire species to the edge of extinction.

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