Dangerous deal

To promote development in hilly states, a committee recommends dilution of forest clearance rules, reward for setting up projects June 2013 floods in Uttarakhand washed away a portion of the fragile Himalayan range, killing over 5,000 people (Photo: INDRESH MAIKHURI)It seems policymakers have failed to learn from the floods that

Telangana betrays its tribals

Compromises on Polavaram; agrees to exclude villages facing submergence from new state People protest against the Polavaram project in V R Puram block in Khammam district. All 42 revenue villages in this block will be totally submerged ( Photo: RAMESH)THE passage of the bill to carve out Telangana state from

Everybody’s loss

Delisting fruits and vegetables from APMC Act in Congress-ruled states will not benefit farmers Photo:MEETA AHLAWAT / SCECongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last December said fruits and vegetables will become affordable if states allowed farmers to directly sell their produce to consumers. He also directed the chief ministers in Congress-ruled states

Nicotine anywhere

Photo: Chinky Shulka/CSEWhat’s the worst that could happen to India’s campaign against tobacco? Manufa-cturers of tobacco products join the campaign, market the idea and make a fortune selling a product which they claim helps addicts quit tobacco. India’s largest tobacco product manufacturer ITC Limited did exactly that when it launched