Interviewing Dr Meah in IRRI office

Nafees Meah I Working towards healthy diets

Fortification of staple crops especially with iron and zinc offers an interim solution. In the longer term people need to adopt wholesome eating habits. G’nY. In your view, what challenge does climate uncertainty pose to food production? According to the 2019 report on World Population Prospects by the United Nations, global population will grow from […]

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India's elderly population, old age, social security Mathew Cherian

Mathew Cherian I Envisioning a Kinder World

G’nY. In your view what are the three major issues concerning the aged in India?  kinder to India’s elderly population The first and foremost problem relates to pension plans as India lacks clarity and transparency in its pension system. Moreover, approximately 90 per cent of the country’s workers are employed in the unorganised sector which […]

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KJ Ramesh, IMD, Rainfall,

K J Ramesh I Bettering Monsoon Predictions

G’nY. Would you say that the accuracy of monsoon prediction has improved over the years? Monsoon rainfall predictions. Yes indeed. We have been able to improve the monsoon rainfall predictions on all temporal and spatial scales as far as rainfall distribution over the last 5 years is concerned. Coupled ocean-atmospheric model is run on a […]

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MN Rajveen, Oceanographic research, Arctic, Anarctic,

M N Rajeevan I Collaboration is the essence of science increasing the opportunity to work extensively

G’nY. Most of the Antarctic state parties have enacted laws for safety of their personnel and activities in Antarctic waters and land. Where does India stand in drafting an Antarctic legislation? Oceanographic research interests India is well ahead into the preparation of an Antarctic legislation. A high level quasi-legal committee has been constituted for the […]

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M Ravichandran I NCPOR: India’s gateway to Polar Regions

G’nY. NCPOR has changed its name several times to justify its reorientation to changing roles. How would you define these rechristening? The first Indian expedition to Antarctica was launched from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. Soon after the Department of Ocean Development (DOD) came into existence. With an increasing awareness of Antarctica, DOD soon […]

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VASHANK, 2019: The Future of Our Earth is in Safe Hands

I am sure we have all heard and momentarily been alarmed about the melting of Antarctic ice, global warming, carbon emissions, etc. I sometimes wondered why is it that these grave environmental issues always have a fleeting impact on our conscience. I believe a couple of adages hold true here, “A little knowledge is a […]

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M-A-Atmanand, NIOT, MoES, Desalination, Deep Sea Mining

Dr M A Atmanand I Methods of desalination can convert sea water to potable water

G’nY. What economic benefits does India stand to gain from deep sea mining ? Methods of desalination. NIOT is developing a crawler based deep sea mining machine which will pick up manganese nodules from a depth of about 6000 m, crush and pump it to the surface ship. Various sub systems like pumping trails, crawler […]

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oceans, MoES, IPCC, Dr M N Rajeevan , Deep Sea Mining

Dr M N Rajeevan I Technological innovations can help India become third largest economy by 2030

G’nY. With the global environment subject to rapid change, where do you think oceans feature? Oceans are the storehouses of energy, water and food and control weather and climate, underpinning life on Earth. However that relationship is ever-changing. Any change in the ocean system caused by anthropological means or otherwise affects the planet in some […]

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SDG India Index

India’s SDG Index Comes with Revealing Statistics

Niti Aayog has undertaken an exercise of measuring India and its states’ and UTs’ progress towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2030, which translated in the first SDG India Index – Baseline Report 2018. The SDG India Index is endeavoured to give a comprehensive perspective on the social, economic and environmental position of the country […]

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Collision Zone

Central India Has a Tectonic New Collision Zone

Most of the seismic activity in Asia occurs in highly deformed orogenic belts and is triggered by active deformations of the crust owing to India-Asia collision zone. However, unusual seismic activity occurs inside the continental Indian Plate (Fig. 1), which is often assumed to be a monolithic unyielding indenter. Although total number of events in […]

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