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Illegal mining free as sand through fingers


With political backing, no fear Despite the Vigilance Bureau (VB) highlighting illegal mining near the Ghaggar riverbed, business is thriving as officers in the district have turned mute spectators in the face of a strong politically backed lobby. Despite police raids, rarely is anyone arrested. And if someone does get arrested, no inquiry follows. Mining that goes on with suspected ...

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Signs of Punjabi dropping off blackboards too


The most crucial requirement for the growth of a language is a large enough user base. Punjabi may just be losing that, especially as reflected in the figures of students opting for the language in schools as well as in the learning outcomes. There is a ‘compulsory’ version of the Punjabi language that all students have to take up as ...

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Smog: The Firefight


Sushil Manav in Chandigarh There are layers of factors for the worst state of pollution that we saw early this month. If one factor is stubble burning, the other is political and administrative inaction. Caught in between are farmers and common citizens who are left at the mercy of weather It was a better day, though hazy, on Nov 15: ...

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Going against the grain


Yogendra Yadav A CASUAL conversation with a doctor in Rewari brought out something unusual. He said he had documented at least 500 cases of wheat allergy among his child-patients. Wheat allergy in this wheat-eating belt? I was surprised. “And how do you treat it?” His answer was even more of a surprise. “Actually, it is an allergy to gluten, which ...

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The Taj defies BJP myths


Pitfalls of an untenable worldview FOR the world, the Taj Mahal is a thing of beauty and joy forever. It is one of the great wonders of the world attracting millions of tourists. Yet for the Sangh Parivar it represents an unwelcome phenomenon. The Modi government has promoted RSS ideologues to historical and research organisations in furiously rewriting history to ...

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