An estimated 15 million tonnes of stubble is burnt in fields to make way for wheat farming

Stubble Burning: A Burning Issue

In an attempt to stem the serious problem of paddy straw being torched by farmers, the Punjab government has laid down strict orders to...
Will this woman’s mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar be safe from GM infusion? Photo: UNI

The GM Jinx

Another genetically modified crop, mustard, faces an uncertain future with the Supreme Court and the government passing the buck              By S Gopikrishna Warrier The history...
Schools need to provide students with a safe learning environment. Photo: UNI

Punishment in Schools: A “Detention” Room for Students?

This controversial rule of some schools could well go against the Juvenile Justice Act and invite legal action ~By Sujit Bhar Schools and their rules have...
Workers harvest cotton in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Photo: UNI

Herbicide-Tolerant Cotton: Dangerous Fluff

An unapproved variety of cotton is grown extensively in India and proves that governments have scant regard for intellectual property and the rule of...
Most of the Aravalli ranges are protected by the PLPA. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Punjab Land Preservation Act: Landing in Controversy

Above:Most of the Aravalli ranges are protected by the PLPA. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi The move by the Haryana government to amend the Act creates...
The Aravallis serve as aquifers and host biodiversity too. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Definition of Aravallis: Saving the Ranges

Above: The Aravallis serve as aquifers and host biodiversity too. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi The centre has told the NGT that the definition of these...
Sophia is the world’s first robot citizen in Saudi Arabia

Meet Sophia and SAM

Above: Sophia is the world’s first robot citizen in Saudi Arabia With the creation of the first robot citizen and AI-powered virtual politician, will the...
With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Siksha Mitras on the streets, huge unrest brews

With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Shiksha Mitras on the streets,...

 Above: A “topless” demonstration by Shiksha Mitras in Mathura. Photo: UNI Shiksha Mitras, or para-teachers, filled the basic educational infrastructure gap for children. In Uttar...
The Okhla Timarpur Waste to Energy plant, managed by Jindal Urban Infrastructure Limited. Photo: Anil Shakya

Poison in the Air

NGT’s judgment allowing the operation of the Okhla Waste to Energy plant has brought environmental jurisprudence into question and jeopardised the lives of those...
Gujarat Governor OP Kohli (centre) with students at a university during an academic conclave in Ahmedabad. Photo: UNI

Gujarat: Shackling Autonomy

The Gujarat State Higher Education Council Act, 2016, given gubernatorial assent last month, will bring state-run universities under the direct control of a council...

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