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National Clean Air Programme should set higher targets (Comment) (18:12)
By Rajendra Shende
There is a striking similarity between Paris Climate Agreement and Indias National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched recently. The Paris Agreement is an agreement by the countries to map a global action to keep global warming two degrees centigrade below pre-industrial level.

India rising: Investment opportunities with higher incomes (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (17:44)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As per capita incomes in India move higher and as we converge towards $2,000 per capita, it would be interesting to look at the potential investment opportunities as the next phase of income growth begins.

Bio-adsorbents: Cost-effective option for ridding industrial wastewater of heavy metals (Comment) (12:54)
By Roshna N.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that India is on the verge of becoming a highly water-stressed country. At this stage, reducing wastewater generation and water recycling should be given due importance. Reuse of industrial wastewater has been in practice for a long time in India, and this water is mainly used for agriculture purposes in nearby areas. However, this has led to high levels of heavy metal concentration in vegetables grown with industrial wastewater.

India's plan to breathe easy is out, but targets are not legally binding (13:22)
By Mayank Aggarwal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS/Mongabay) The Indian government has unveiled its long-awaited National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) that aims at a 20-30 percent reduction of particulate matter (PM) concentration over the next five years, with an overall goal of mitigating air pollution and improving air quality in the country, which has some of the world's most polluted cities.

India needs to improve its educational outcomes to catch up with China (Column: Active Voice) (12:04)
By Amit Kapoor
Both China and India started building their national education systems under comparable conditions in the late 1940s. Different policies and historical circumstances have, however, led them to different educational outcomes, with China outperforming India not just in terms of its percentage of literate population and enrollment rates at all levels of education, but also in terms of number of world-class institutions in higher education, and greater research output.

Russian needle of suspicion extraordinary malignancy against Trump (Comment) (14:50)
By Mayank Chhaya IANS Photo Service
Even by the standards of the malignancies that surround US President Donald Trump personally, the one reported by The New York Times on January 11 was stunning in its implication.

A school that challenged the claustrophobic orthodoxy of 'purdah' (IANS Special Series) (15:46)
By Archana Sharma IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Jan 13 (IANS) Located in the heart of the capital of Rajasthan, this all-girls school, started by an erstwhile queen, began a silent revolution in 1943 when the region was steeped in the claustrophobic orthodoxy of the ‘purdah' system for women.

How five days a year transformed Jaipur's cultural landscape over the past decade (12:32)
By Archana Sharma
Jaipur, Jan 13 (IANS) With winter in full bloom, Rajasthan's historic capital city is all set to embrace the festive feel as the much anticipated Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) draws near. Having already hosted nearly 2,000 speakers and over a million book lovers at its 11 previous editions, the "Pink City" bears testimony to the strong cultural impact the festival has had on its self-image and social consciousness.

New law on quotas: Is the BJP bidding goodbye to economic reforms? (Column: Political Circus) (12:14)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Just as Narendra Modi mocked the Congress on the rural employment scheme by saying that it was a living example -- "jeeta jagta smarak" -- of the party's failures, the parliamentary approval of a 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections under the government's aegis underlined its inadequacies on the economic front.

Time-bound plan needed to address contaminated water (Feature) (11:30)
By Mayank Aggarwal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS/Mongabay) Groundwater in over 25,000 habitations across India is contaminated with excess arsenic and fluoride levels. To address the issue, a parliamentary committee has now asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) to devise a time-bound plan to achieve the target of supplying clean drinking water to the contaminated areas.

Vaduvoor: A tiny village luring and feeding global birds (Feature) (11:32)
By Vasudevan Sridharan IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Jan 11 (IANS/Mongabay) "When some visitors ask, 'How do the birds know this lake is full?', I simply tell them that I telephone the migratory birds and inform them," said Ramesh mockingly as he sits at the tip of a lake in south India.

Swimming camels, mangrove islands of Kutch face mounting challenges (Feature) (12:06)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Bhuj (Gujarat), Jan 10 (IANS) In the land of contrasts that Kutch is, winter is the lean feeding season for its unique breed of Kharai camels. These camels, unlike the kind most of us are familiar with, are typically dependent on the mangroves for their food, and during monsoons, they swim to the mangrove islands in hordes and stay there for days altogether.

Children must be taught discipline of using communication technology (Comment) (11:36)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
There is a general refrain from parents that their children are spending too much time with their smartphones -- chatting, SMSing or being on social media. Besides neglecting their studies, parents contend the children are being exposed to bad influences from webosphere. All of this has happened in the last 10-15 years and is being fuelled by the availability of communication technology like smartphones and the internet.

'Woodland buffers help maintain bird communities in forest edges' (Feature) (12:58)
By Vrushal Pendharkar IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 9 (IANS/Mongabay) Woodlands in agricultural fields surrounding a protected area maintain functionality of a wintering bird community, according to a recent study.

Eat, drink and make merry at pocket-friendly House Of Commons (Foodie Trail - Delhi) (12:40)
By Parul Soni IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Youngsters who are looking for an easy-on-the-pocket place to eat, drink and groove can have it all at House of Commons (HOC), a British-inspired gastropub that offers a vast menu comprising Continental, Mediterranean and Indian cuisines, coupled with rejuvenating drinks and live music -- ideal for a fun evening.

Renewable energy: 'Economic moats' to drive further growth (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:04)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
The renewable energy sector in India has been dynamic in the last two decades, and especially over the last few years, with ambitious targets. That said, recent bottlenecks the sector has faced suggest that businesses in the sector require to focus on creating "economic moats" to enable the next phase of growth.

Future prospects for the economy don't seem promising (Column: Active Voice) (14:54)
By Amit Kapoor
Even the most optimistic estimates cannot deny that in all likelihood, the world economy will grow at a slower pace in 2019 than it did in the previous year.

Eye in the sky: Space technology aiding Meghalaya to expand boro rice cultivation (Agricultural Feature) (14:42)
By Sahana Ghosh IANS Photo Service
Shillong, Jan 8 (IANS/Mongabay) In Meghalayas tough hill terrains that limit field visits, space technology is aiding the selection of areas that are suited for growing and expanding cultivation of boro rice which is sown in winter and harvested in spring/summer, officials said.

Here's a 'politician' with a difference (12:06)
By Sanu George
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) At a time when politicians are seen to increase their personal wealth when in public life, a Congressman in Kerala, currently on a sabbatical from politics, is seeking to build a self-sustainable housing facility for the homeless in his home town in Kollam district, about 70 km from the state capital.

Woman acid attack survivor turns saviour for burn victims (IANS Special Series) (14:58)
By Bhavana Akella IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 6 (IANS) Even 12 years after she survived an acid attack by a jilted lover during a train journey to Delhi from her hometown Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in April 2006, Pragya Singh remains a beacon of hope for scores of such burn victims. The 35-year-old gritty Pragya has helped about 200 women victims of acid attacks undergo 300 surgeries for free and gave them not just legal and financial aid but also a job to rebuild their lives.

Border museum provides a rare insight into pre-Partition media (Feature) (12:36)
By Jaideep Sarin IANS Photo Service
Attari (Punjab), Jan 6 (IANS) The important role played by the vernacular media in the country's freedom struggle, which contributed to the end of the British rule in August 1947, has found a new platform right near the international border between India and Pakistan.

Investors bullish about Indian housing market (Realty Notes) (12:04)
By Ankit Kansal
India's housing sector has always been a favorite amongst domestic investors. As an asset, housing has enjoyed high capital growth backed by high demand in major Indian cities.

Kader Khan: From a Dickensian childhood to embodying essence of Hindi cinema (Tribute) (10:20)
By Mayank Chhaya IANS Photo Service
Kader Khan rose from the depths of a Dickensian childhood in the Bombay of the 1940s, surrounded by drug peddlers, prostitutes, pimps and assorted thugs to eventually embody the essence of Hindi cinema.

Remembering 40 years ago when Afghanistan, Pakistan, the region changed forever (Comment) (13:02)
By Saeed Naqvi
"Problems" like Afghanistan, even Iran, created in the thick of the Cold War, are now in the lap of a declining sole superpower in a withdrawal mode. Since I was witness to both, the Saur and Islamic revolutions, I thought the New Year might be a good occasion to ferret out material from my notebook focusing on the Genesis. To synchronise with the arrival of 2019, let us revert to New Year's Day, 40 years ago, 1978, when President Jimmy Carter accompanied by his National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski arrived in New Delhi. Morarji Desai was Prime Minister and Atal Bihari Vajpayee the Minister for External Affairs.

Seismic warning signals a common man can spot (Comment) (12:58)
By Arun Bapat
During the recent past, there have been a number of publications, discussions and meetings about the possibility of a large magnitude earthquake in the Himalayas that have left most people with a deep sense of apprehension.

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