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Flower Flourish

Flowers. They spell colour, fragrance and festivity. They also spell money. Yes, the pretty blossoms are actually worth a pretty packet, and a global business of considerable proportions rests on their tender petals.


It has been a while since “Eyjafjallajokull” volcano erupted and got noticed across the globe. The mighty Icelandic volcano erupted on April 14, 2010, spewing lava and poisonous gases that devastated the island’s crops and sent the European air traffic on a tail spin.

End of an Estuary

The oil spill of BP rig at the gulf of Mexico was one of the biggest natural disasters of recent time. The global media went agog when the news of the BP oil spill was first splashed around the world.

Gulf of Mexico

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, more commonly referred to as the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, is a massive ongoing spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now considered the largest offshore spill in US history, it is a result of a drilling rig explosion and subsequent fire on April 20, 2010. It has been expelling vast amounts of crude since.

Sugar Saga

It’s the right time to talk about food. Why? Because the government is all poised to take action on the longpending Right to Food Act. Before the buzz in the govern - ment corridors gets deafening, lets take stock of what we have on our own plate.

Health Busters

The World Cup that made football a global phenomenon turns 80 year this. The quadrennial event has ignited the spirits of millions of enthusiasts, riding high on their passion. Somewhere in a metropolitan highrise apartment, Kunal, Prithvi and Anoushka, three young football buffs got together for watching a magnificent, magnanimous match on the big tube.

Women of Reni - Photo essay

On March 26, 1974, 27 women, living in Reni, a tiny Garhwali village nestling in the hills of Uttarakhand, barred a group of men, armed with axes, from entering the forests near their home. The men were timber contractors, working for a sports goods factory, who had been permitted by the state government to cut trees in that land.

Dead & Forgotten

If you happen to be one of those who pay attention to world health news, then Chagas disease must have caught your attention. And if it hasn’t, then, well, here’s why you can’t let it go unnoticed. Chagas, one of the most deadly parasitic diseases in the world, affects around 14 million people worldwide and kills about 15,000 a year.

Nepal Nama

Nepal has the world’s largest hydropower potential, second only to Brazil. Yet, the whole of Nepal consumes less electricity than Gurgaon alone, and still there’s a huge shortage; 10-12 hour daily power cuts are common. This small, poor country is heavily dependant on biomass.

Scrap Scare

Are nuclear deals just the business of world leaders? Ask the hapless scrap dealer and his men who earned their living from collecting waste in Mayapuri, New Delhi, Asia’s largest scarp market, and who have now been scarred...