All about the new land acquisition Bill(The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2012)

The new bill was introduced in Parliament in September 2011 by the rural development ministry and has negotiated a tortuous path through a Parliamentary Standing Committee, the ministry, the cabinet and a group of ministers. On December 17, 2012, the ministry introduced a notice of amendments, with more than 150

Lessons from two cities

Pune aims to become a zero-landfill city by 2015. With a range of solid waste management options like localised biogas plants and composting facilities, and policies that encourage door-to-door waste collection and segregation, the target does not seem too ambitious. However, the city municipal corporation needs to ensure it does

First ‘direct evidence’ of Big Bang discovered

The discovery offers insight into some basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin? These groundbreaking results came from observations by the BICEP2 telescope. (Photo: National Science Foundation) Scientists across the world are still not able to believe what the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) announced on

Fight for biosimilars

A PHARMACEUTICAL triumph in India has been caught up in an unexpected legal tangle over regulatory concerns, with the innovator company stymieing the launch of the world’s first biosimilar version of a top-selling biological drug to treat breast cancer three weeks ago. It signals the start of a new battle

Environment ministry accepts Western Ghats boundaries suggested by Kerala

Extensive lobbying by the Congress-led state may have led to the decision, it is believed Photo: Abhishek Bowing to pressure from the Kerala government, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had recently decided to reduce the area of the ecologically sensitive zone (ESZ) in the Western Ghats. In