There was monsoon in the air. I was under the pretty skies when I heard the sound. A buzzing…like a distant helicopter. Anyone who has spent time near wetlands will instantly identify it.
Much has been written about how science and technology can transform villages, but science may not always have all the answers. India’s villages are also the cradles of jugaad or frugal innovation.
About 0.1 million stranded seafarers on sea lack clean water, fuel, food and legal help, besides the immigration papers that will help them disembark, or the money that will get them home.
With the advent of borewells and pumps, people in southwest Haryana are digging deeper to access water. The region has one of the country’s worst cases of groundwater depletion.
The Nadi Mitra Mandali established by Jayakant and his friends now also promotes sanitation, natural farming, solar power and more.
Cyclone Nisarga in June, deficient rainfall in July, record low pressure systems in August, and La Niña in September. This year’s monsoon season draws to an end with a delayed withdrawal of the southwest monsoon.
Illegal sand mining that has come up around uncontrolled construction is taking a toll on environment and human lives. The present regulations and mining guidelines seem inadequate to stem the rot.
Overburdened with corona services, the Health and Wellness Centres in rural areas are unable to screen people for non-communicable diseases. This may lead to another health crisis.
What happened in Lebanon is rooted in a deeper problem of maritime abandonment of ships, seafarers and cargo. Vessel owners and operators walk away from their responsibilities with impunity.
Canegrowers in Uttar Pradesh are likely to get a deferred payment of anything between Rs 50,000 an acre to Rs 1 lakh an acre if interest is paid at the rate of 15 per cent.