Amitabh Sinha


Amitabh Sinha is a Senior Editor. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.

Between the Headlines: In 10 years, staff down 10% in Railways
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

There were a total of 14,06,430 regular employees in the Indian Railways on March 31, 2007. Nine years later, as on March 31, 2016, this number came down to 12,68,738.

Nitin Gadkari, 60, Minister, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation: Ganga clean-up the biggest challenge
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Among Gadkari’s tasks will be taking forward a move to enact a Ganga law, on which there has been little movement after a committee headed by Justice (retired) Giridhar Malviya submitted its report last May

Strategies to tackle urban flooding: On the table, plans to develop alerts, improve drainage
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

In the roadmap circulated to the state governments, the NDMA has asked the civic authorities to ensure regular cleaning of drains, mapping of water bodies, and creating a system to alert people about heavy rainfall forecasts as short-term measures to deal with flooding.

Behind Mumbai flood, cruel August
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Had so much rainfall happened in May or June, the situation in Mumbai might have been less severe, says meteorological office; elsewhere in the country, distribution of rainfall this year is the reason why most flood-prone areas have actually suffered floods

Bengaluru’s record rain brought largely man-made floods. Here is how, why
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.

In a matter of life and death, small steps and commonsense worked
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Heat-related deaths have fallen from 2,000 in 2015 to just 222 this summer. Simple, determined steps, costing virtually nothing, by NDMA, states achieved remarkable success. The Indian Express tells the story

Pushpa Mitra Bhargava: Man of science who never bowed down to authority
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

One of the most outstanding biological scientists in India, Pushpa Mitra Bhargava was a perennial and powerful dissenter and never bowed down to authority. He was suffering from multiple health problems. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Understanding the new DNA tech Bill: All your questions answered
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The 2015 draft DNA Fingerprinting Bill is back in a new version, and includes some important additions and deletions. What are they? What is the need for such a law in the first place, and what are the problems with having one?

Experts unsure but MPs see river linking as the solution to flood control
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Last year, even a committee appointed by the Water Resources Ministry, to suggest structural and institutional reforms in water management, had argued against interlinking, raising questions on a number of grounds including its cost effectiveness.

Yash Pal dies at 90: ‘A philosopher of science, he excelled in several roles’
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Best remembered for 'Turning Point', a popular TV programme he hosted on science, Yash Pal was among the first generation of visionary scientists who shaped India's science and education policies.

ISRO ex-chief who was behind India’s first satellite dies
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

According to his profile on the ISRO website, Rao published more than 350 scientific and technical papers. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, earlier this year.

No quorum, maritime Bill not taken up
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

When the House was adjourned at 5.15 pm, only 23 members were present, all but three from the treasury benches. Many more were present when private member’s Bills were being discussed, but many of them left the House after 5 pm.

Ken-Betwa project faces fresh hurdle, this time from MP govt
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Bhopal is learnt to have told the Centre that it would not allow work to begin if the showpiece project was not modified to include three smaller water management projects that the state wants to develop.

Drought shadow looms over deep south
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

In 2016, south interior Karnataka recorded 22 per cent deficit rainfall during the southwest monsoon season (June-September). Reservoir levels in the Cauvery basin have fallen lower with back-to-back monsoon failure and Karnataka is headed to Assembly elections in barely eight months.

You need to do much more, PM Modi tells top science heads
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

A government statement said Modi emphasised that the priority was to “apply science” to solve the country’s problems. Modi is learnt to have given the example of Israel, a country he visited recently, to make his point about science and innovation leading the country’s progress.

No need for new law against cow vigilantism: govt
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

“Whether a murder has been committed by one person or by a group of ten people, there are adequate provisions in law to deal with such situations. State governments are empowered to implement these laws. I don’t think we need to bring in any new law or amend any existing law,” Ahir said

Trailblazer mathematics genius dies of breast cancer at 40
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Iranian-origin Maryam Mirzakhani was first woman to win Fields Medal. Her work on curved spaces will have an enduring impact on science, says Manjul Bhargava who won Fields Medal with her in 2014

Indian scientists discover Saraswati, a supercluster of galaxies
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Saraswati: Galaxies are themselves made of billions of stars and planets, and a cluster typically contains several hundreds of these galaxies. Superclusters are relatively recent finds, having been identified for the first time only in the 1980s.

Modi-Obama high later, climate now falls off Indo-US map
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump was almost silent on climate change, unlike similar statements in recent past.

Between the headlines: In 20 yrs, more poultry than cattle
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

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Catching the sun at Bhadla solar park
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Located in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district, Bhadla's normal temperatures oscillate between 46 and 48 degrees Celsius, while hot winds make even the relatively lower 40 degrees Celsius unbearable.

Indira Gandhi was able to convert her love for nature into policy decisions: Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Jairam Ramesh insists his book 'Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature', a new "unconventional" biography is not an attempt at "reinterpreting" or "revising" her personality but to bring out a relatively unknown side of her

ISRO’s launch: Tech denied, how this was Made in India
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Behind the success of the launch is nearly three decades of hard work in taming cryogenic technology and an interesting history of this technology was denied to ISRO by the United States in the early 1990s, forcing it develop it on its own.

Tech denied, ISRO built cryo engine on its own
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Today’s launch of a geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-19, is perhaps ISRO’s most important mission in the last three decades.

Paris Agreement: US pullout to slow down global action, unlikely to affect India’s efforts
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

India has already embarked on a massive renewable energy programme involving installation of solar, wind and nuclear energy. None of these initiatives is at the mercy of any US decision.

How Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement affects climate change goals — especially India’s
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The US decision to withdraw is unlikely to have any direct bearing on India's own climate programme. However, it certainly does hamper its ability to take accelerated actions that were contingent on access to international finance and technology.

Donald Trump exits pact-and facts
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

“I tell you firmly tonight: We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord. There is no way,” Macron was quoted as saying in a separate televised address.

US to withdraw from Paris Climate agreement, Donald Trump says deal not tough enough on India, China
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

"As President I can put no other considerations before the welfare of the citizens," Donald Trump said after announcing that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Pullout near, Paris climate pact faces US President Donald Trump’s wrecking ball
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

The US decision puts the Paris Agreement in danger of becoming another Kyoto Protocol

Feedback on cattle trade rules: Drop buffalo, cut red tape, scrap order
Wed, May 31, 2017

Cattle trade rules: This contentious provision was introduced by the Animal Welfare Board of India that prepared the first draft of the rules last year, the Environment Ministry official said

Misunderstood, can buy cattle for slaughter from farms: Gauri Maulekhi
Wed, May 31, 2017

The origin of the Centre’s new rules on cattle sale lies in a 2014 petition by Gauri Maulekhi, an advisor to minister Maneka Gandhi

Reservoir levels: More water than expected, more expected
Tue, May 30, 2017

Country’s 91 major reservoirs now have 10% more than expected levels for this time of year, and 27% more than same time last year; southern reservoirs short but arrival of showers and normal monsoon forecast raise hopes of fresh infusion of water.

Ganga-polluting industries have shot up: Survey
Sat, May 20, 2017

The latest survey, carried out by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), shows that there were in fact 1,109 grossly polluting industries along the Ganga river instead of the 764 that were known till now.

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave dies: ‘No memorials, plant trees, conserve water’
Fri, May 19, 2017

Dave’s body was flown to Bhopal on Thursday and kept at the BJP headquarters there. The cremation is set to take place on Friday.

For Anil Madhav Dave, work came first. Despite ill health, he spent long hours in office
Thu, May 18, 2017

Anil Dave was supposed to go to Coimbatore today to attend a function but he complained of uneasiness last night and had to be taken to AIIMS.

Govt clears 10 new nuclear reactors in big power push
Thu, May 18, 2017

These will add 7,000 MWe, more than capacity of all existing reactors.