Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list

A fact-finding team of three people consisting Awadhesh Kumar of Srijan Lokhit Samiti, Rajesh Kumar and Monalisa Barman from the Delhi Support Group visited the Unchahar NTPC site, situated in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, on November 6, to inquire into the massive explosion on November 1, 2017 at the boiler of unit VI killing at least … More Unchahar explosion: Disheartening that names of many missing workers are not on official list

Teaching and learning are intimate acts that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate

By Moin Qazi* The present-day education reformers believe that schools are broken and market solutions are the only remedy. Many of them embrace disruptive innovations, primarily through online learning. There is a strong belief that real breakthroughs can come only through the transformative power of technology or the invisible hand of the market. However, findings … More Teaching and learning are intimate acts that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate

25% admission of children from weaker sections must be made social obligation of private schools

Right to Education (RTE) Forum, in a statement, has said that School Management Committees (SMCs) are at the first level of the grievance redressal mechanism towards universalisation of quality and equitable school education. Text: Representatives of School Management Committees (SMCs) from 15 States including Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, Orissa and Jharkhand participated in the second National … More 25% admission of children from weaker sections must be made social obligation of private schools

Do candidates vying to win Gujarat polls care about environmental issues facing our cities?

Statement by Concerned Citizens of Vadodara on the eve of Gujarat state assembly elections, December 14: Do the political candidates vying to win the Vidhan Sabha elections care about environmental issues facing our cities, including Vadodara? Once elected will they do something about these issues? Development seems to means constructing more and more without being … More Do candidates vying to win Gujarat polls care about environmental issues facing our cities?

Groundwater guidelines quiet on contamination by industrial effluents, landfills, over-extraction

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* Among the many areas where we have systematically worsened our chances of a decent life, one is the management of groundwater, a resource hidden from our sight yet one that sustains over half the water needs of India’s population. This makes regulating groundwater extraction a big challenge much like … More Groundwater guidelines quiet on contamination by industrial effluents, landfills, over-extraction

Ease of doing business studies incomplete without including the parameter of corruption

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recollect, much has been made of India’s 30-point jump in the latest round of World Bank’s rating of 190 countries for the Ease of Doing Business (EDB). On International Ant-Corruption Day (9th December), I am sharing with you an argument pointing out a major weakness in the study, namely, the omission of ‘corruption’ as a … More Ease of doing business studies incomplete without including the parameter of corruption