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Ms Mili Majumdar

From the Indraprastha of Pandavas to the Lutyen's Delhi, this legendary city has undergone many a birth pangs. But none so painful as the one in its modern avatar. Delhi in the 21st century is becoming an eyesore.

Dr R K Pachauri

OPEC is in the news again as the world holds its breath wondering whether output will be increased and oil prices decline from the current level of around $30 per barrel. Meanwhile, the oil import bill in India as in other major oil-importing countries, is straining the economy, with global oil prices having almost trebled in the past two years.

Dr R K Pachauri

This is the Labor Day weekend in the US, and everyone is on the highways here getting away for what is generally regarded as the last weekend of the summer. The travel-intensive population of the US is on the move to the beaches and other holiday spots by the millions. The drive up the East Coast to New Haven, Connecticut was slow and arduous,...

Dr R K Pachauri

Independence day this year was an inspiring occasion as usual marked by the Prime Minister's impassioned speech from the Red Fort and celebrations all over the country honouring the national flag and the memory of those who sacrificed everything for the country's freedom.

Dr Ajay Mathur

Laatu is an agricultural labourer who lives in the village of Mangraulli which is part of the VIP Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi. Laatu and his family use a kerosene lamp for lighting their hut.

Dr R K Pachauri

Two significant events took place last week, which may not be very significant in themselves, but are symbolic perhaps of a powerful trend that seems to be taking place in the developed world. The very forces that have in the past contributed to an unprecedented level of environmental degradation are now at work to move the world towards a new...

Mr Ardhendu Sen

The World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, Canada, opened in mid-June 2000 amidst protests by hundreds of demonstrators, forcing the police to take extra precautions. This was not so unexpected. Protests against oil exploration in ecologically sensitive areas have been voiced for quite sometime now. The problem of greenhouse gas emissions from the...

Dr R K Pachauri

There is growing interest among multilateral and bilateral organizations in formulating development assistance schemes to remove poverty. The Asian Development Bank, for instance, has developed clear-cut criteria that will be used as a screen for evaluating if it should finance specific projects or not. The World Bank, of course, has been...

Dr R K Pachauri

Recent estimates on the rate of economic growth have proved to be better than expected. The growth rate for 1999/2000, for instance, based on current estimates, appears to be in excess of 6.5% as against the expectation of a little over 6%. Overall, the Indian economy shows some positive features that provide a basis for optimism. Industrial...

Dr R K Pachauri

On 15 and 16 June, the German Foreign Ministry held a conference on 'Environment and Security: Crisis Prevention through Cooperation' at Berlin, which was attended by very senior officials from the German government, including Dr Ludger Volmer, State Minister in the Foreign Office. I was one of the three or four participants from overseas and the...

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