Sowmiya Ashok


Sowmiya Ashok is an Assistant Editor at The Indian Express. She reports on politics and the environment. She tweets @sowmiyashok

NCAP draft ‘Pollution-mortality link needs more indigenous studies’
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

The NCAP draft, however, notes that many international studies often report data on mortality due to air pollution exposure, and "these studies use extrapolation techniques for air quality and health/disease related data, which probably may not be realistic”.

What the new Coastal Regulation Zone draft says, how it differs from the earlier version
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

The new draft if implemented will not only have an effect on how common areas used by fisherfolk are managed, but also bifurcate coastal zones along rural areas based on population density.

Cauvery water dispute: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah writes to PM Modi, seeks to meet personally over issue
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

In his letter, Siddaramaiah said: “Our government is strongly opposed to formation of the Cauvery Management Board because such a board is not constitutional” and has said that the “Supreme Court has not directed mechanism.”

CJI Dipak Misra impeachment: TMC, DMK don’t join in, ask where’s the evidence?
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

CJI Dipak Misra impeachment: Sources in the Trinamool Congress said “political and practical compulsions” forced it to stay away. While the DMK did not sign, its leader Kanimozhi told The Indian Express that “we will support it when it comes to Parliament.”

The Long Walk: Did the Aryans migrate into India? New genetics study adds to debate
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Co-authored by 92 leading scientists, it offers new insights into makeup of the Indian population. Will it settle or again trigger the contentious debate?

Failure to manage dust, check air pollution: Environment ministry tells 25 construction sites to stop work
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The government projects include three sites of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, four of the National Highway Authority of India, seven under the Delhi Public Works Department, two Delhi Development Authority sites and one each under the Delhi Jal Board and MTNL.

Cauvery dispute: SC pulls up Centre, says submit plan by May 3
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

The delay over implementation of the river share award has sparked off protests in Tamil Nadu, and raised the pitch in poll-bound Karnataka.

We must make science accessible to people in their own languages, says principal scientific adviser to GoI
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

VijayRaghavan, who took charge last week, is a chemical engineer and molecular biologist, a Padma Shri winner, and former director of National Centre for Biological Sciences.

Continuing turbulence over Cauvery: What stakeholders say
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Barely a month and a half after the court passed its order on the sharing of waters, the Cauvery will be back before judges — where it has been in some form or another since 1990.

Mahanadi water dispute: Odisha gears up to move tribunal for interim orders
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

In February, the Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a tribunal to resolve the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over sharing of Mahanadi river water.

Cauvery water dispute: Govt may file clarification plea in Supreme Court over formulation of ‘scheme’
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

The Tamil Nadu government will file a contempt petition if no action is taken by the Centre to resolve the dispute and Puducherry is also likely to do the same.

In Gujarat’s water crisis, key question: why is Narmada’s level low this year?
Wed, Mar 28, 2018

With the onset of summer, water level at the Sardar Sarovar Dam has dipped below the minimum drawdown level of 110.64 m, and stretches of the canal network are lying parched. The state is now forced to use the ‘dead storage’ of the dam.

Cauvery water dispute: Deadline near, Centre may have to seek extension
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

It is learnt that faced with the varying demands by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on what shape the scheme directed by the top Court should take, the Centre may file an application seeking extension of the deadline.

Near Imphal, hope floats for polluted Northeast lakes
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

It’s also a first in a major initiative that could be replicated across the region to monitor the rising pollution in its water bodies and put in place preventive measures.

Notes from a Nepal Village: How Rajahar farmers are adapting to climate change
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Rajahar, like villages in Bihar and Haryana, was selected as a “climate-smart village”, from amongst several other contenders in this drought-prone belt of the western development region in Nepal.

As Tamil Nadu MPs hold House, Karnataka opposes their demand: Cauvery Board
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Conceptualised as a “dispute resolution” mechanism, the scheme proposed by Karnataka seeks to restrain states from approaching the Supreme Court and has suggested that the CDIC approach the apex court for any clarification when states differ.

In Indian Science Congress papers: Yoga & Gita for spiritual health in social media era
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Some of the observations and remedies to ensure the country’s “well-being”, according to papers submitted under the ‘Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences’ section at the 105th Indian Science Congress.

Few women in science, fewer on stage of Science Congress to speak about it
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

First started in 2012, the Women Science Congress is in its seventh edition despite repeated calls from the women scientific community that it be scrapped.

In Odisha vs Chhattisgarh Mahanadi water wars, issues of dams, politics
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

What is the background to the dispute and, going beyond the political rhetoric in both states, who are the parties actually affected by it?

Harsh Vardhan’s theory: Hawking said Vedas superior to E=mc^2
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

The quote Vardhan attributed to Hawking is from the website of the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-SERVE), which in turn referenced a post on a fake Stephen Hawking profile on Facebook. A source close to the minister confirmed Vardhan had quoted from the I-SERVE website.