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POSCO’s port halt By: Sugandh Juneja South Korean company’s steel plant and port may impact coast, says expert panel The POSCO steel plant and port planned in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district have run into fresh trouble. An expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests deferred its decision on clearing the port project, saying the South Korean steel giant did not furnish sufficient details.

Bidding exposes solar tariff game

The solar mission is not showing up By: Ruhi Kandhari Bidding for the first phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has put a question mark on the ambitious target set to enlarge the country’s energy needs through the solar route. Out of the 30 short-listed bidders, almost 20 have had nothing to do with solar photo voltaic (PV) power. It seems as if the projects they promise may soon turn unviable.

NREGA's technological sabbatical

NREGA and Biometrics: conflicts and conclusions By: Jyotika Sood Over 25 million job card holders registered under Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) could be affected by the rural development ministry’s decision to introduce biometrics (a form of identity access management and access control) to the scheme. The ministry even claims that this project will overcome the drawbacks of MGNREGA like fake job cards and ghost beneficiaries.

Rice and Cries

By: Latha Jishnu Rice feeds two-thirds of India. But the cereal is faced with a crisis. While farmers cultivating it are battling changing climate and escalating costs of farming, the government needs to ramp up rice production by two million tonne annually to ensure the nation’s food security.

India signs nuclear convention

By: Savvy Soumya Misra Intended as gift to Obama India signed the international convention on compensating nuclear accident victims on October 27. The convention, to a large extent, shields suppliers of nuclear energy technology from paying damages.

Centre to study endosulfan effect

By: Savvy Soumya Misra The Union environment ministry has proposed a five member expert committee to study the ill-effects of endosulfan. Union minister of state for environment, Jairam Ramesh, announced the panel after meeting Kerala forest minister Benoy Viswam on November 1.

Look what's swelling the sea

By:  Bharat Lal Seth Use of groundwater accounts for 0.8 mm sea level rise Groundwater is becoming important to sustain agriculture, industry and drinking water. But as we exploit aquifers, more water becomes part of the hydrological cycle. A recent study shows evaporation and precipitation of groundwater is responsible for a fourth of the annual sea level rise of 3.1 mm.

Briefs

Oxygen therapy for oil spill Oil spill, like the one off Mumbai coast in August, leaves crude oil on shores for years. Scientists have devised a way to expedite biodegradation of oil.

Dangerous liaisons

By: Hemantha Withanage Sri Lanka is flirting with nuclear power Sri Lanka is becoming a power hungry nation. Several coal power plants with a total generation capacity of 3,200 MW are on the anvil. The country’s new energy minister, Champika Ranawaka, wants a nuclear power plant by 2025. That’s a sure sign of change To be fair Ranawaka is not the first proponent of nuclear power.