India-Russia Exchanges
Riya Rajayyan - Aug 11,2020
A number of high-level exchanges between India and Russia is set to take place including the annual bilateral summit in October with President Vladmir Putin expected to make a visit. The recent exchanges between the two sides included the discussion of regional and international issues.During the lockdown period, Modi and Putin have also spoken a couple of times.
Discrepancy in Tally of the Dead
Shazia Farooqui - Aug 09,2020
Misreported deaths are the cause behind suspiciously low number of fatalities in India, hindering epidemiologists’ efforts to study the spread of the virus in the country. India ranks fourth in the list of countries worst hit by the pandemic with more than 5 lakh confirmed cases and 16,124 deaths. But the real number may be much higher. According to sources, the number of deaths reported by private and government hospitals due to COVID-19 and those reported by mortuaries, burial and cremation grounds differ drastically.
EIA 2020 : Development at the cost of Environment
Sainka Walia - Aug 09,2020
At first glance, EIA 2020 is not very different from EIA 2006 but a glance is not enough when this draft has the power to change the future of this planet. Upon further analysis of the document, one will notice the reduced role or the watered-down version of one of the chief principles of this document, one that makes it democratic, that is Public Participation. In EIA 2020, the government has removed public hearings from the procedure of obtaining an EC (Environmental Clearance) for many categories. Their reason is that this reform will make it easier for businesses to grind through paperwork and begin operations for the benefit of the country. Thus, reproducing their age-old debate of environment vs development.
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