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Dryland farming is charecterised by scarcity of water, and relies entirely on natural rainfall. Moreover, it does not include the usage of conventional methods, and techniques of irrigation. This makes dryland farming a very challenging proposition.  
 
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I am going to repeat a suggestion I have made in this column before. The government should enact an “energy security and responsibility act “ and set up a “department of energy resources and sustainability” in the PMO under the charge of a person with ministerial rank.   
 
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While on the face of it, countries did celebrate the outcome of the latest round of climate negotiations in Marrakesh, the uncertainty brought out by the US presidential elections is likely to be on the mind of everyone returning from Marrakesh.

 
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Although Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first to conceptualise a self-propelled vehicle, it wasn’t until 1769 that Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built one with a steam engine. But it took another century for the modern automobile to be invented by Karl Benz in 1886.

 
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As world leaders gathered in Marrakech (November 7-18) to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), the election of a leader in the U.S. who has disavowed climate change cast a pall on the deliberations. 

 
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A fortnight ago, when the delegates to the Marrakesh climate change conference were sitting down to discuss the scope and design elements of the rules for implementing the Paris agreement, news of developments across the Atlantic came in. 

 
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Aerosols are increasingly playing a significant role in changing the climate. These little floating particles are a natural part of the atmosphere coming from erupting volcanoes, sea salt, and wildfires. But of late, the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas is generating even more more aerosols, leading to an increase in the severity of air pollution.

Aerosols are increasingly playing a significant role in changing the climate. These little floating particles are a natural part of the atmosphere coming from erupting volcanoes, sea salt, and wildfires. But of late, the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas is generating even more more aerosols, leading to an increase in the severity of air pollution.

 
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There’s no denying the fact that the biggest shock to the ongoing 22nd Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, has been the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. 

 
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Just days after registering a shock win in the US presidential election, President-elect Donald J Trump delivered yet another shocker, and this time for the environment by terming human caused climate change a hoax.

  Just days after registering a shock win in the US presidential election, President-elect Donald J Trump delivered yet another shocker, and this time for the environment by terming human caused climate change a hoax.
 
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The country has had a record production of wheat, about 95.85 million tonne, during the year 2013-14. India is also one of the world's largest producers of white rice, accounting for 20 per cent of all the rice production in the world. Our rice production reached a record 106.29 million tonne in 2013-14.

The country has had a record production of wheat, about 95.85 million tonne, during the year 2013-14. India is also one of the world's largest producers of white rice, accounting for 20 per cent of all the rice production in the world. Our rice production reached a record 106.29 million tonne in 2013-14.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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