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A report from The Lancet, published on Sunday, estimated that two lives in India are lost every minute due to ambient air pollution. The first response from the Environment Minister, Anil Madhav Dave, was that the government would come out with its own study to understand the effects of air pollution on human health. “A proud country,” Mr. Dave said, “always trusts its own data and takes action on that.”

 
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The huge and visible benefit of desilting operations would be creation of large capacity for water storage in the states that would help in overcoming the conditions of distress due to water scarcity when there is monsoon failure, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Air in several Indian cities is rated poorly by international studies. Unlike China, India is not trying to clean up its act.

 
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Greater focus is required to reverse both inadequate budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Environment and its under-utilisation

 
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Today, the damage being done to the environment is clearly visible, but the consequences of this damage may not be that much clear immediately. Earthquake is one such consequence that is elusive and difficult to predict.

 
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It is not necessary for India, whose per capita consumption of electricity is barely half the world average, to embrace the highest rate of carbon taxes in the world

 
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Last November, Delhi faced its worst public health emergency because of toxic air pollution. The level of PM 2.5 — tiny particles that damage the lungs — was 14 times the safe limit. Air was foul; deadly and dangerous. It was death by breath.

 
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The hurry to declare the clean-up operation complete raises questions that go beyond just the specifics of the oil spill on the Chennai coast

 
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India hasn’t yet joined the global move towards clean energy. But for how long can it hold out?

 
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The destruction caused to a significant part of the Chennai coastline from the oil spill that followed a collision between two ships is both tragic and ironic. 

 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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Having made their mark in international cricket, two players from the Afghan national cricket team have been plugged into a team that plays the pompous and exuberant Indian Premier League, writes Chayanika Saxena.
 
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spotlight image For a Dongria child, the schooling process not only displaces him of the community and the land but also displaces him from his own way of seeking truth i.e through nature, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
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spotlight image The sanctions-only approach toward North Korea spearheaded by the United States has been a conspicuous failure, encouraging the reclusive nation to rapidly advance its nuclear and missile programmes.
 
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China bluntly warned that if the 'One China' principle is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields, would be out of question, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is fast transforming into a “security State”. He is wresting control of all crucial offices of the Government and he seems to trust nobody, except his parent organisation i.e. the Army.  
 
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The eruption of militancy in the Kashmir valley in 1989 and the subsequent terrorism has been long seen as an internal political issue, exploited by the ISI in cahoots with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (AHPC) in an attempt to dismember J&K from India.  The eruption of militancy in the Kashmir valley in 1989 and
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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