Esha Roy

Articles By Esha Roy

‘Govt should not mistake us Nagas for Kashmir’

With talks getting extension, immediate fear of violence has passed. But as confusion over Naga demands persists, and voices emerge of their ‘impracticality’, Art 370 abrogation is making Northeast uneasy.

Govt withdraws draft forest law that triggered protests

Several proposals in the draft had triggered an uproar, with activists alleging that the proposed amendments seek to establish the forest department’s stranglehold over forest resources.

RK Meghen, leader of Manipur valley insurgents, freed, then detained

Meghen, popular in the Imphal valley as Sanayaima, or ‘precious son’, was expected to arrive in Imphal on Monday morning.

Delhi pollution: Air crosses severe level, PMO steps in, Centre to monitor

Delhi, Punjab and Haryana asked to send enforcement teams: Top official

Explained: History of Naga flag and how significant it has been earlier and now

The deadline for a final Naga peace accord passed on Thursday. What were the contentious issues?

Talks for Naga Accord: NSCN I-M returns to table, claims it can use flag at cultural events

Sources in the NSCN (I-M) claimed the deadlock over demands ended after the government agreed to allow the use of a Naga flag only at cultural events.

Naga peace talks: NSCN-IM refuses to back down from demand for separate flag, constitution

Ahead of a round of talks between the government and various Naga insurgent groups, 22 members of the NSCN-IM quit the group on Monday and joined the Unification faction of the NSCN.

Punjab, Haryana asked to completely stop stubble burning for next 3 weeks

The Environment Ministry has been pushing Mulching as an alternative for stubble burning, especially in Punjab and Haryana, and has incentivised the distribution of shredders in states to achieve this.

Naga dispute: Talks between govt, NSCN-IM inconclusive

NSCN-IM leaders said that another meeting will be scheduled within this month.

Rules firmed up to count snow leopards in upper Himalayas

In India, the snow leopard inhabits upper Himalayan and trans-Himalayan ranges at an altitude range between 3,000 and 5,400 metres.

Talks with all groups on October 24, govt hopes to end Naga crisis

Sources said the government has also called leaders of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), an umbrella organisation of seven insurgent groups such as NSCN(K) and other factions of NSCN like Unification and Reunification, for the meeting.

EC appoints former IPS officer as special observer for Sikkim bypolls

In its order, the EC has said that Dube, a 1981-batch officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been deputed "to specifically report" about the law-and-order situation in the state and oversee deployment and other security-related issues.

5,000 illegal e-waste units being run in Delhi: Study

The hotspots are located in the Northeastern and Eastern part of Delhi, including Seelampur (Shahdara), Mustafabad (North East Delhi), Behta Hazipur and Loni (Ghaziabad), among other places.

Telling Numbers: Half of India’s children suffer from malnutrition, says UNICEF

UNICEF report found that one in three children under the age of five years — around 200 million children worldwide — are either undernourished or overweight. And in India, every second child is affected by some form of malnutrition.

Maharashtra: Better irrigation, sweeter grapes make this farmer stand out

Micro-irrigation doesn’t only ensure that the yield of grapes increases but also improves their quality.

Meghalaya starts turning single-use plastic to road-building material

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma issued directives to look for solutions and in 2018, the state had a solution — it built its first plastic road in Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills.

No ban on single-use plastic, govt aims to sensitise public

Single-use plastics, also referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used for packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

Rural Sanitation Strategy Released: Govt lays roadmap to deal with open defecation, sanitation issues

Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer on Friday said the framework for the rural sanitation programme had been drawn up and would be sent to the Union Cabinet shortly for approval.

Street lights to school results mapped by Gujarat Chief Minister’s dashboard

The dashboard was set up last year and Hitesh Gohil, who heads the command unit, calls it a ‘single window platform’ that brings all departments together.

90 per cent of lead batteries reach informal sector, triggering pollution: study

The study — “Loaded Batteries: Mapping the toxic waste trail” — released on Tuesday was conducted across Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.