Geography

Vanishing poverty trick

In figures officially released this week, the Planning Commission claims that poverty incidence had declined from 37.2 per cent of the population in 2004-05 to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12.


Government accepts 65% of Indians are poor

While Planning Commission-derived poverty lines and estimates have been all-important in the past because they are used to draw up BPL lists and allot entitlements, their inappropriateness today is demonstrated by the fact that the government itself is now moving away from using these numbers altogether.


Owner has right over mineral wealth subsoil: SC

It said even the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 only regulates mining activities. The Act does not in any way purport to declare the proprietary rights of the State in the mineral wealth nor does it contain any provision divesting any owner of a mine of his proprietary right.


Foodgrains output declines, pulses touch record level

The shortfall in food grains production is, however, likely to be made up in the 2013-14 crop year with the kharif (paddy) sown area about 114 lakh hectares higher so far than last year, owing to good southwest monsoon.


At least 89 killed in northwest China earthquake

At least 89 people were killed and more than 500 injured after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck China’s northwestern Gansu province on Monday morning.


Home for everyone

Providing adequate numbers of affordable houses for the urban poor remains an elusive target. Policies framed in the past have failed to deliver. About 96 per cent of the 18.78 million housing units shortage pertains to lower income groups.


Missing ingredient in the school lunch

Social audits of the mid-day meal scheme by parents can ensure that the world’s largest intervention against hunger that also helps keep children in school need not suffer setbacks like the Bihar tragedy.


Tall stories - City planning

What is at stake is not just the future of Delhi, but also that of other rapidly expanding cities, which often look up to the Capital for ideas worth emulating.


Rain will be copious in current monsoon, says IMD

June rainfall could be 101 per cent of the normal and August 94 per cent. Southern peninsular region is likely to top the charts with a rainfall of 103 per cent


Chile and Argentina issue red alert as Copahue volcano rumbles

Authorities in Argentina and Chile ordered evacuation of around 3000 people that live in proximity with Copahue volcano, situated in south of Argentina-Chile border.


Farmers’ suicide rates soar above the rest

Suicide rates among Indian farmers were a chilling 47 per cent higher than they were for the rest of the population in 2011. In some of the States worst hit by the agrarian crisis, they were well over 100 per cent higher.


Minimum import price for arecanut hiked

The government has increased the minimum import price of arecanut by Rs. 35 to Rs. 110 per kg to curb inward shipments, especially from Bangladesh, and protect domestic industry.


Heat wave prevails, ‘Mahasen’ weakens

For the first time, maximum temperatures recorded by IMD in Telangana are above 40 degrees Celsius.


Union Cabinet approves Setting up of the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA)

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for constituting an autonomous body called the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) by subsuming the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development (PMNCSD), the National Skill Development Coordination Board (NSDCB) and the Office of the Adviser to the PM on Skill Development.


Foodgrains output exceeds target for 2013

The Centre on Friday revised its foodgrains production estimate upwards by 5.22 million tonnes for 2012-13 over earlier expectation on account of higher output of rice, wheat and coarse cereals.


Rights group launches tourism boycott of Andaman Islands over 'human safaris'

National Highway 233 also called as Andaman Trunk road its significance for North Andaman and its impact on aboriginal Jarawa tribes of Andaman. Supreme court court had banned tourist from using this road for seven weeks.


Bring on the rain


Lucknow Zardozi gets GI tag

Lucknow Zardozi, the world renowned textile embroidery, has been accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) registration by the Geographical Indication Registry (GIR).


To what extent does the Tibetan plateau influence the south-west monsoon?

new research providing correlation between heating of Tibetan plateau and strength of monsoon.


157 dead in Sichuan earthquake

At least 157 people were killed and more than 5,700 injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s south-western Sichuan province on Saturday morning. Authorities fear the number of casualties could rise considering the strength of the earthquake, which was felt in at least five surrounding provinces.