Replugging ground reports, stories and interviews from the current issue of our magazine
GN Bureau | April 23, 2016
Every few days one more child dies after receiving the pentavalent vaccine… Yet as these deaths mount, it has been announced that pentavalent vaccine is to be introduced in 3 more states…
READ: Vaccine leaves experts on pins and needles
Jehangir Khan, director of Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, speaks on the recently-held Geneva conference on preventing violent extremism
READ: “This conference is all about prevention [of violent extremism]”
As the battle rages on and security forces and Maoists have sharpened their attacks on each other in recent times, there have been rumours and stray reports of excesses, in particular of an incident of mass rape. Now there’s official confirmation of it: seven tribal women were sexually assaulted by security personnel in one incident.
READ: Why Bastar women are scared
The debate on what indeed is a ‘smart city’ continues to reverberate even almost a year after the mission on smart cities was launched in June 2015. Environmentalists keep insisting on clean and green dimensions as the key themes for smart cities, while sociologists talk of social equity, architects of signature structures, technologists of ICT as the main driver and town & country planners define smart city in terms of integrated and sustainable land use planning. These concerns are all very genuine and appropriate. However, the role of technology in making cities smart is, in many ways, overarching, in as much as technology can facilitate every aspect of the city, be it environmental, social, or managerial.
READ: What makes a city smart?
When Ritu applied for a birth certificate her experience turned out to be completely different. The Delhi-based college student applied for her certificate through the e-district portal. The online platform allowed her to fill the form and submit the required documents in one go. The only visit she paid to the east Delhi’s sub-district magistrate office was when she had to show her original documents. Within 14 days, she received a message stating that her digitally-signed certificate (a unique code is used as a signature to validate a document) has been delivered to her email account.
READ: Everything you need to know about e-district project
Vani Jairam’s childhood dream of becoming a playback singer was realised when veteran film music composer Vasant Desai gave her the opportunity to sing Bole Re Papi Hara and two other songs in the movie Guddi. After that, the multilingual singer went on to sing for eminent music per
Should there be death penalty for those involved in lynching?
On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati
BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption. In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights
National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Odisha, to organise outreach programmes for industries and other stakeholders on GST implementation. Series of interactive programmes are being