Forest fires are a routine during the Australian summer, but what’s happening now is on an unprecedented scale. A look at the extent of damage, and how the likely causes bear out long-time climate concerns.

For more than three weeks now, striking photographs from Australian towns and villages, bathed in an orange background, have been making global headlines, and circulating on social media. The gloomy orange background is because of smoke from an unprecedented spate of forest fires in large parts of Australia for more than three months now. Forest

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Cabinet easing mining laws

The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. What is the amendment? Amendments to two legacy Acts through the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday will free the sector from restrictions

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Indian cobra genome decoded: how this knowledge can help fight snakebite

This week, an international team of researchers reported that they have sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra, in the process identifying the genes that define its venom. This, they hope, can provide a blueprint for developing more effective antivenom. Are existing antivenoms not effective enough? Their efficacy varies, besides producing side effects. In India,

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Falling GDP trends

On Tuesday, the National Statistical Office (NSO) released the first advance estimates of the national income that projected growth in India’s GDP at market prices for 2019-20 at 4.98% in “real” terms, the lowest since the 3.89% in the global financial crisis year of 2008-09. But even more significant was the estimated growth of 7.53%

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Payments to go swadeshi: 50+ Crore revenue Businesses to compulsorily have Govt owned digital payment systems

In a move aimed at encouraging digital payments and helping India move towards a less-cash economy, the govt. has taken a significant step. It has decided that from February 1, companies with annual turnover of over Rs 50 crores which do not accept payments through home-grown RuPay and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platforms will have

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