While the big talk is valuable, it shouldn’t distract from the Modi government’s actual performance so far.
The forest policy has been in limbo for over four years, while the government has continued to clear some coal blocks that fall into a deeply pruned list of inviolate areas on a piecemeal basis.
Was the impassioned focus on Sharmila’s electoral fate merely to delude ourselves that we are also concerned about Manipur and not just the numerically important ‘mainland states’?
Data compiled by the mines ministry notes several thousand hectares of mineable area has potentially been prevented from being auctioned, saving the companies that own them money and costing the exchequer in terms of revenue foregone.
On Wednesday, the founder of Microsoft had described demonetisation as a “bold move” and an “important step” in moving away from a shadow economy.
Developing countries are arguing that the fund, meant to provide developing countries with resources to adjust to inevitable climate changes, continue under the Paris Agreement.
Many developing countries have raised concerns over the contents of the document, and the manner in which it was prepared and is being pushed without their agreement.
Nitin Sethi responds to the rural development ministry’s defence to reports that it used a WhatsApp group to tell states to stop creating MGNREGA work.
The Centre’s off-record instructions through WhatsApp and a squeeze on funds made the rural work programme crash after a roaring first half of the year.
The rural development ministry unofficially informed states that no more funds will be released and existing funds will have to be used pragmatically.
India won some and suffered some economically consequential losses at the Montreal Protocol negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda to phase down climate-changing refrigerant gases.
India’s energy policy will have to change to be in tune with the international commitments on emission reduction.
A panel headed by the environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has agreed to submerge more than 100 square km of Panna Tiger Reserve to link the rivers.