India plans rare earth deposit block auction

As part of its strategy to counter China’s monopoly in rare earth element production, in a first, India plans to auction one such rare earth deposit in Rajasthan.These rare earth elements are used in modern technological devices such as smartphones, solar panels, wind...

Decide slum rehabilitation expeditiously: NGT to Delhi govt

The National Green Tribunal today directed Delhi government and other concerned authorities to expeditiously decide on rehabilitation of slum clusters near railway tracks.  A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the city government,...

Women are India’s fiercest forest protectors

Even the monsoon rains don’t keep the women of Ghunduribadi, a tiny tribal village in India’s eastern state of Odisha, from patrolling the nearby forest at dawn.Clad in colorful saris and armed with sticks and machetes, they file in the rain through rice fields and...