Rashme Sehgal

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Polluted rivers pose challenge

Uma Bharti, likely to get the water resources and Ganga cleaning portfolio, will have her hands full, given that India’s water quality has deteriorated rapidly in the last two decades and is ranked to

Energy to be focus of Modi-led government

PM designate Narendra Modi wants all energy sources, including power, oil and gas and renewable energy, including solar and wind to come under one over-arching ministry.

‘70% water supply polluted by sewage’


A United Nations report has ranked India’s water quality as 120th among 122 nations.

Fires destroying tiger reserves act of timber mafia?

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India’s tiger reserves have been witness to devastating forest fires many of which have been triggered by the timber lobby mafia.

MoEF in a bind over Lakhar-Vyasi project

The ministry of environment finds itself in an embarrassing situation with its own 11-member expert panel, led by Ravi Chopra, questioning how the Lakhwar-Vyasi hydro-project was given clearance in vi

Vasundhara Raje may axe Gehlot’s solar power project

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has overturned the decision of her predecessor Ashok Gehlot to set up a photovoltaic (PV) solar power project in the Sambhar salt lake in the state.

LS polls a dampener for many women candidates

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The 16th Lok Sabha polls has proved to be a dampener for a number of prominent women candidates.

Experts give Modi tips to clean Ganga

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s statement that he chose to file his nomination papers from Varanasi because “mujhe Ganga ne bulaya hai” has struck an emotive chord amongst hydrologists

BJP outspent Congress: Jairam Ramesh

Minister of rural development Jairam Ramesh made a strong pitch for a “serious expenditure audit” on the amount of money spent by political parties in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.

Women voters in some states outnumber men

The vote share of women has increased substantially in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

With the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan being iced due to the meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistani high commissioner, it may be worth recalling an episode from contemporaneous history.

As the old saying goes, “Can you say ‘boo’ to a goose?” Well, in India, we don’t waste our precious time booing geese. We reserve our boos for chief ministers. Each time the Prime Minister steps out to attend important functions in states that are still hanging on to their own non-BJP leaders (with time bombs ticking away), the crowds make sure nobody but Narendra Modi is heard.