• U-17 World Cup: Tempered expectations

    By Novy KapadiaLong-term preparation of age-group national teams is now a regular and welcome feature in Indian football and can lead to a better future. For the U-17 World Cup to be held in six cities in India for the first time in October 2017, a squad of talented youngsters has been training for ...

  • Honeymoon over, it's delivery time for Amarinder in Punjab

    Chandigarh: Returning to power after a long gap of 10 years and bearing the political burden of the populist promises made in the run-up to assembly polls in Punjab earlier this year, the Congress, and particularly Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, must be feeling the pressure from within and outside....

  • Cow's milk harmful for toddlers below one year

    New Delhi: Feeding cow's milk to toddlers below the age of one year is a growing factor behind allergic diseases, including in the respiratory and digestive system, as they cannot tolerate protein in the milk, experts said on Sunday.Observing that infants who do not get breast milk need an alternati...

  • Urban flooding caused by plastic clogging, poor drainage

    By Amiya Kumar KushwahaNew Delhi: Urban floods are entirely manmade with poorly maintained drains, plastic bags, shrinking open spaces and climate change contributing to accumulation of water on roads after a heavy downpour, experts say.They said that steps such as rainwater harvesting, ban on use o...

  • Cow dung and fruit trees: Traditional wisdom helps Assam cope with climate change

    By Azera RahmanSubhadra Kumari had to wait a nervous few weeks before the flood waters abated from her paddy field and she could start planting rice saplings."We are behind the ideal time for planting the saplings because of the floods," says the 35-year-old farmer while working on her field in Assa...

  • Why Indian cities must go for low-carbon energy

    As India urbanises at a rapid pace, there's a daunting challenge in balancing higher energy use with a development model that is not fossil fuel-intensive and slows the growth of carbon emissions. Besides the mega cities, hundreds of smaller ones are growing exponentially across the country and ther...

  • Eco-San toilets provide hope in flood-prone Bihar

    By Debabrat Sukla, Anjal Prakash and Aparna UnniIncessant rain in August along the Nepal-India border caused flooding in many districts of Bihar -- leaving over 300 dead and affecting nearly 14 million people in 18 districts.Now, another threat looms: Waterborne diseases. In flood conditions, drinki...

  • State discoms playing spoiler on open access for solar power

    By Jaymin Gajjar & Saptak GhoshThere is an increasing opportunity to innovate in solar markets in India thanks to the rapidly declining price of photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale ground-mounted solar parks are seeing tremendous growth, an area that still remains largely untapped is open acce...

  • India should take humane view of Rohingya refugees

    Given its rich mineral resources, historical and civilisational ties and strategic location, sharing maritime and land borders, Myanmar holds a pivotal position in India's Act East policy. However, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have become a serious security concern not only for Myanmar, India and ...

  • Dialogue offers only hope for India and Pakistan: Water Laureate Stephen McCaffrey

    As Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California, McCaffrey is intimately aware of the potential of conflict due to water, but he remains the eternal optimist, seeing trans-boundary water issues as an opportunity for cooperation ra...

  • 6 reasons why you should include green tea in your daily diet

    By Hariprasad VRCoffee and black tea have long featured as preferred beverage options for a lot of people. However, rising awareness about the need to improve lifestyles has led to increased consumption of healthier alternatives such as green tea. The antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant proper...

  • Afghan Quagmire: India must learn to play the big game

    The US President has spelt out the much-anticipated US Policy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Expectedly, there are enough divergent views expressed within the US and elsewhere. What does it hold for India? To recall, the substantive issues are: The policies are to best serve US strategic inter...