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Green Tribunal cancels environmental clearance of Aranmula Airport

Verdict seen as a major victory for local residents and activists who strongly oppose the proposed airport as it involves large-scale illegal conversion of paddy fields and alleged ecological impact The pictures show paddy fields where the airport is being constructed The southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT),

Forecasting failure

Met department has not learnt lessons from the Uttarakhand tragedy. It remains ill-equipped It is nearly a year since Uttarakhand witnessed one of the worst natural calamities in Indian history due to sudden cloudbursts and flash floods. On June 17, the state received 340 mm rainfall, an astounding 375 per

The Indian Ocean: A Great-Power Danger Zone?

In 2009, emblazoned in large red letters on the cover of Foreign Affairs were the words “Rivalry in the Indian Ocean.” In this featured article, Robert D. Kaplan announced to the Western world the growing importance of a long-neglected geographic entity in the study of international politics. His essay, “Center Stage for the

Could Tensions in the South China Sea Spark a War?

In the South China Sea, where China’s ambitious “nine-dash line” claim of sovereignty has been disputed by several other claimants, relations have in recent weeks turned remarkably chillier. Vietnam and the Philippines are facing the brunt of Beijing’s ire, and the potential for crisis and conflict is significant. Positions are