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Friday, July 20, 2018

Sowmiya Ashok


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

‘Meghalayan’: How a North East cave rock formation now defines our Age
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

IUGS tweeted the latest International Chronostratigraphic Chart/Geologic Time Scale with the new Holocene subdivisions, including Meghalayan, on July 13.

Drought-prone areas in Maharashtra get special package
Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it is learnt, are likely to participate in a ceremony in Nagpur to mark the special package — known locally as the ‘Balliraja’ package.

Nitin Gadkari looks at biofuels to clean up air, save Taj Mahal
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief minister met on Monday to discuss plans to address pollution sources.

Hang out with trees
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Appreciate them for quietly doing a job that allows us to continue to live and breathe.

Needed: Noisy judges, independent journalists, judiciary on front foot, says Justice Ranjan Gogoi at RNG Lecture
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

"There is an India that believes that it is the new order and there is an India that lives below a ridiculously drawn poverty line on daily wages in night shelters with no access to education or healthcare, let alone access to the courts of law," said Justice Gogoi.

Here’s how the government plans to use DNA profiles, samples and records
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

After a series of attempts to legislate DNA technology, a Bill on the subject has been cleared by the Cabinet. Whose DNA does the Bill propose to use, and how? How will it address privacy concerns?

Denied visa for seminar: Scholars protest exclusion of speakers from Pakistan
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

In a rented room, where some of the absent scholars joined in digitally, a resolution was mooted to not hold such conferences in countries that exclude anyone based on nationality.

Step away from extinction, four endangered species on rescue list
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

Red Panda which is closely associated with montane forests with dense bamboo-thicket, is found Sikkim, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh. It is poached for its meat, and for use in medicines, and as a pet.

With GDP, living standards hit, this will be the cost of climate change in India
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

World Bank report estimates how changes in temperature and monsoon patterns will affect GDP and living standards in India and region. What are the findings, and what can policymakers make of them?

Confusion, empathy in New York as hundreds of immigrant children brought from border
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

With no information on how many children were brought to city, New Yorkers pool in with toys, other supplies.

Using seven rivers, three interlinking projects to build a national water grid
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Union Cabinet gets an update on progress of special committee. What is this panel, and which rivers does its latest report cover?

NMML council suggests changes to make museum for all PMs
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The executive council of the NMML Society which met on Wednesday decided to amend the Memorandum of Association (MoA) and the Rules of the NMML Society to accommodate a separate museum of Indian Prime Ministers within the Teen Murti Bhawan.

IIT engineers tap nuclear test ban monitor to build a whale atlas
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Pinto and her colleague, assistant professor Tarun K Chandrayadula, are tracing migratory patterns of baleen whales, among the largest animals on earth, across the Indian Ocean to build a “whale atlas.”

Central nod to Rs 1,400-crore financing for Polavaram project
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), National Water Development Agency (NWDA) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a fresh Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide for a total Rs 1,400 crore as part of the central share.

Simply Put: Early hope for dry reservoirs
Fri, Jun 01, 2018

The monsoon has set in early, with India’s major reservoirs holding only 89% of the 10-year average water stock at this time of the year; those in the western and northern regions are worse off than the rest

Centre likely to notify Cauvery scheme before June 1
Tue, May 29, 2018

The appointments of the members of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee will be made after the scheme is notified.

Taj Mahal protection: On ground, multiple players
Sun, May 27, 2018

On any given day, 100 of these 195 people are on duty. The ASI says it takes about Rs 4 crore to maintain the staff and the Agra circle office. Additionally, the funds for conservation and repairs come from the ASI headquarters in Delhi when a request is forwarded from the Agra circle office.

This is what it takes to keep the Taj Mahal standing
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

That’s what it takes every year to keep the Taj Mahal standing, says the ASI. But with the Supreme Court recently pulling up the organisation for failing to protect India’s most treasured monument, Sowmiya Ashok and Divya A travel to Agra and find the Taj a little yellowing, a little bruised, but hopelessly romantic for a 360-year-old.

Anti-Sterlite stir: Minister passes buck to UPA, says ‘Just back, read something on it’
Sat, May 26, 2018

On Friday, head of UN Environment Erik Solhein tweeted: “Very saddened and deeply concerned by loss of life in Tamil Nadu. Anti pollution protestors must not pay with their lives. Violence and pollution must stop.”

Anti Sterlite protests: Panel to check Vedanta plant only on paper
Fri, May 25, 2018

Anti Sterlite protests: In Tuticorin, such is the public anger that elected representatives have not been able to visit the families of those killed or speak freely in public.