Unmake in India

The Centre cannot absolve itself of the responsibility for the shutdown of the Nokia handset plant

Indonesian cave paintings suggest art came out of Africa

Paintings of wild animals and hand markings left by adults and children on cave walls in Indonesia are at least 35,000 years old, making them some of the oldest artworks known, analysis has shown.

An unsustainable course

The precipitous decline in the population of wild animals should serve as a clear warning to humanity that it is living beyond its means. The Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Zoological Society of London recently rep

On the road to abolishing the death penalty

October 10 marks the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. In an increasing number of countries around the world, capital punishment now belongs to history. Among the 192 countries recognised by the United

Brightness at night

This year’s Nobel Prize for physics awarded to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University in Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California at Santa Barbara, goes beyond recognising their invention

Dutch lessons to keep Indian feet dry

Holland’s response to rising sea levels and intense rainfall linked to climate change offersa template of policies and innovations for countries such as India

For a place on the world stage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while campaigning in Mumbai recently, declared that India has arrived on the world stage. Election rhetoric apart, what does it imply? We have been on the world stage but are not treated

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Hong Kong’s democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai

Keeping Ebola at bay

Concerns over Ebola have escalated after the United States and Spain reported their first cases of the disease diagnosed within their borders. A traveller from Liberia, a West African nation where the disease is rampa

Corruption and the courts

If there is a larger message in the Karnataka High Court’s refusal to grant bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, it is that the judiciary will treat corruption among public servants with greater seri

Ensuring a healthy start to life

The first 1,000 days of life, between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, are critical for influencing lifelong health and intellectual development of the child

Including people in governance

Moving to democratic participative governance in Andhra Pradesh will enable a shift from from a top-down for-the-people model of governance to a bottom-up by-the-people model

US recovery implications

A Fed rate hike won’t matter if India returns to a growth of 7 or 8 per cent

Issues of surrogacy

With a range of alternative medical solutions to childlessness becoming available, surrogacy has emerged as one route for many couples. While some countries have banned the practice, commercial gestational surrogacy,

Save the ceasefire

It should be a matter of concern at the highest level in India and Pakistan that what were sporadic incidents of ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) have now escalated t

‘Moment of truth’ on emissions

In March, the Obama administration issued a white paper as part of its Climate Action Plan titled “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.” A big part of the strategy was built around cutting down on the methane emissio

Getting to Mars through ‘jugaad’

India’s Mars mission was made possible by less expensive engineering talent willing to work round the clock and the use of ingenious improvisation to cope with resource constraints

A steel frame for clinical trials

In recent months, the quest for a safer, more transparent clinical trials regime has found new momentum. Fourteen notifications in July 2014, governing various aspects pertaining to a clinical trial.

Monetary policy framework: Don’t rush in when angels seek counsel

A debate on formulating monetary policy within a holistic framework of financial regulation is desirable, before rushing in to form a system that proves inadequate to the challenges of the day.

SC ruling on coal blocks: Government must chalk out proactive policy for coal sector

The judgment must be followed through to bring about transparency and boost investor interest in coal — our main source of commercial energy.