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What happens to your e-waste?
Take a walk through the maze of lanes at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, you could see small children rummaging through electronic waste that has made its way here from all over north India. They segregate end-of-life electrical and electronic products, prise them apart, put them through acid wash and also burn circuit boards in the hope of extracting precious metals.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago
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Playing the soil health card
Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 1 day ago
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A jungle comes to the city
It’s July now and the temperature is slowly dipping in Delhi. Only a few migratory birds wintered at the Yamuna biodiversity park remain. Others have left for Central Asia and Siberia. Some species of summer terrestrial migrants are expected to arrive while some others can be seen enjoying the park’s wetlands.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Saving soil health
Bhanu is bracing herself for an income loss this year. The wheat she sowed after bajra in winter did not give her the productivity expected. Her soil health is declining, she says. To top it all, she is afraid there will be deficient rainfall this year in her village in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat in Haryana.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Seed of doubt
Signs of mustard aphid, a key pest of the mustard crop appeared predictably in November last year in Dinesh’s farm. Drifting across the open green fields, it landed on the tender leaves of the mustard crop. “It sets in November during the flowering and pod bearing stage of the crop and lasts till January.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 days ago
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Clean Kali: All eyes now on govt
Rampura, situated in Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 1,200 villages on the banks of the 300-km long East Kali, a tributary of the Ganges. The river is named after goddess Kali who, according to the Hindu mythology, is fierce and fights evil by ingesting it.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Living on the edge
A tiger takes a stroll outside the reserve area, breeds on forest patches and looks out for waterholes, all under the curious eyes of visitors. This footage is from Tadoba, a popular tiger habitat in Chandrapur, Maharashtra that draws a lot of domestic and foreign tourists these days. The number of tigers in Tadoba is increasing.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 day ago
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The dirty picture
Kakkoos, a compelling documentary film on manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu is all about showing the practice as it is without any filter.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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In the name of development
Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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When streets get smart
India's urbanisation continues unabated but most of its 53-million plus cities offer an appallingly low quality of life.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 1 week ago
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Ryots wronged, take protest to Delhi
A woman stands with a begging bowl and a placard strung around her neck. An old man shuffles along barefoot in the street at Jantar Mantar, the official site of a farmers’ protest in the heart of New Delhi. He finds his way through a group of farmers gathered at the protest site on a hot summer afternoon.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 1 week ago
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Budget beyond gender
Sneh Bhati, a 52-year-old farmer from Madanpur Khadar in Delhi’s fringes finds the change in the landscape of her 100-year-old village in the last two decades remarkable. Yet it has not taken away the rural charm.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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Election update: Its hills vs plains in Manipur
The key issue in the Manipur Assembly election is the ongoing economic blockade in the state, which, in turn, is attributed to the present government’s decision to
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 3 weeks ago
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Act to clean up the system
With the Right to Information (RTI) Act coming into force in the year 2005, the country saw many RTI activists making the most of it to demand the rights and entitlements of the people from the government. Pushpa, warmly known as Pushpa RTI, is one of them.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 3 weeks ago
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What WatSan got from the budget
The much-anticipated budget this year treads largely on the path set last year with the rural sector receiving more allocation than its urban counterpart.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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All eyes on agriculture
The agriculture sector in India’s drought-ravaged regions is in a state of crisis. Millions of farmers are pushed out of their farms and into the cities for jobs.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 3 weeks ago
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What WatSan needs from budget
According to a report by WaterAid, a water and sanitation nonprofit, released in 2016, India has the highest number (75.8 million) of people in the world without access to safe water.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 4 weeks ago
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Capital punishment
It may come as a surprise to many that Delhi, a bustling metropolis and home to a population of over 18.6 million, has one of the largest stretches of forests in the country bang in the middle of the city.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 4 days ago
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State of rivers goes south
At a time when the government’s attention is steered towards the concerns of the northern rivers like the Ganga and the Yamuna, it is seldom that the polluted rivers of the south India come up for discussion.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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When riverbed becomes real estate
Shalu’s household was evicted from Koyla Basti of the Yamuna pushta (embankment), a massive slum cluster on the banks of the Yamuna river in the year 2004. Earthmoving machines bulldozed thousands of homes at the site which was to host the Commonwealth Games of 2010.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

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