We replug a few stories you should read over the weekend
GN Bureau | May 20, 2016
How NHAI is meeting the enormous challenge of digging long tunnels in mountains to bring Kashmir closer to the rest of India. The Banihal-Qazigund and Chenani-Nashri tunnels are part of an ambitious plan of the NHAI to realign, restructure and redevelop the existing two-lane Jammu-Srinagar highway and construct a state-of-art four-lane highway between the summer and winter capitals of Jammu and Kashmir. The new four-lane highway will pass through a dozen tunnels, two dozen viaducts and 150 bridges, cutting down the existing distance of around 300 km by 60 km and the travel time by half.
READ: Tunnels of hope in valley
Take your kids out to Nainital Lake this summer. They may not get another chance to see it as the water level of the famous lake is reducing at an alarming pace. It is not that the shoreline of the Nainital Lake receded only this year; it has been, by and large, a regular phenomenon for the last four-five years. Complacent in the face of the fact that the surface runoff in monsoon would replenish this 1.4-km long and 0.45-km wide lake in Uttarakhand with a mean depth of 18.5 metre, the government machinery never took it seriously.
READ: Take your kids out to Nainital Lake this summer
Yamuna is the second largest tributary of the holy river Ganga and shares the same fate as her sister. Both are losing their holiness and are choked by people and politics. Both are paying a heavy price for washing the toxic sins of humanity.
READ: And unquiet flows the Yamuna
The constitution gave right to gender equality in the 1950s itself. Yet 68 years after independence, we are struggling against gender divide. At many places of worship only men are allowed, and women are not allowed. Bhumata Brigade founder Trupti Desai talks about her firebrand activism that has caught the imagination of people.
READ: Bring law to allow women inside places of worship
The debate over passive euthanasia has been reignited with the government coming up with a draft bill, but it is a year late for us. The union health ministry has come up with a draft bill on passive euthanasia that gives patients the right to “withhold or withdraw medical treatment to herself or himself” and “allow nature to take its own course”. The draft, titled Terminally Ill Patients (protection of patients and medical practitioners) Bill, has been uploaded on the health ministry’s website and comments have been invited by June 19.
READ: Of course, allow right to die for the terminally ill
On May 5, bombs were dropped on the al-Kammouneh refugee camp near Sarmada in Syria close to the Turkish border. At least 30 Syrian refugees including children were killed. Videos show frantic fire-fighters trying to put out flames while blood mingled with flowing water. Will countries adhere to International Humanitarian Law after UNSC adopts another resolution?
READ: No safe zones
Contrast prime minister Narendra Modi’s first Independence Day speech in 2014 with his latest, the first in the second term, and you know the difference. His first speech was less about future and much about the basic needs like Swachch Bharat (clean India). His speech on Thursday, on the other hand,
With Mumbai city battling myriad civic issues and annual flooding year after year, stakeholders and experts came together to discuss ways of dealing with these issues as community work. The discussion was held at the TEDxVersova Salon- Vibrant Civic Participation, an independent TED event organized by the
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort for the first in his second term, prime minister Narendra Modi highlighted the new beginnings his government has made in recent days, and underlined the hopes of a new India in the making. “Things that could not happen in the past
India has told China that the legislation changing the status of Jammu and Kashmir was “an internal matter. External affairs minister S Jaishankar, visiting China Monday, told foreign minister Wang Yi that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-ec
When considering climate change, one of the greatest threats before the humanity, discussions usually focus on air and water, but land too is affected by and in turn affects global warming as much as those two elements. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), out early Augus
To revive bus ridership, the BMC-run Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) reduced its bus fares in Mumbai to minimum Rs 5 for non-AC buses as against Rs 8 earlier for the first five kilometres and capped maximum fare at Rs 20. For its AC buses the minimum fare has been brought down from Rs 20