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‘The focus on cars damages the vitality of cities’

More than 130,000 people die in road accidents in India every year — the highest in the world. As the number of deaths keeps rising there is a need to look more closely at road design to save lives. We spoke to Dr Robert Noland, Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers in the US.
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From city lights to rural farms
Young idealistic people are turning their backs on lucrative careers in cities to become organic farmers.
Dehradun has the best and worst schools
Since the British Raj, Dehradun has been the citadel of quality school education. But government schools for the poor are in shambles.
Ashoka’s game changers
Every year Ashoka, a well-known global network of social entrepreneurs, awards fellowships to people with creative ideas that drive change.
Near.in seems a far-out idea
In the higgledy-piggledy Indian city, how do you find services that you need most when you least expect that you will need them? Where do you at short notice look for a plumber, electrician, yoga teacher….
The milk of kindness
Tiptur is a small town about 150 km from Bengaluru, surrounded by water bodies and coconut plantations. Set against this bucolic background is Akshayakalpa — a cluster of organic, sustainable, rural dairy farms that operate on the power of empathy.
The Good Earth stores in India are known for style and substance. Nothing you buy is out of sync. Akshay Deep Singh, designer with Good Earth, talks of his many yatras across India in search of ancient weaves.
In their second book on the Indian media, titled, ‘Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant,’ Usha Rodrigues and Maya Ranganathan, both PhD scholars who teach in Australia, examine the exponential growth of the Indian media in the past 25 years and its coverage of key events and issues.
Coorg’s rainforest hotel

Entering Tamara, a hilltop resort nestled in the upper reaches of the Kabbinakad hills in Coorg district, you come face to face with greenery at its luxuriant best. Before you reach the lobby, there is a seven-km drive through a coffee plantation — passing sparkling waterfalls hurtling down rocks, gushing streams and rippling brooks ….
SPOTLIGHT
A farmer from Rajasthan’s Dausa district hanged himself at an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. The man climbed a tree and used a cloth to hang himself. The entire AAP leadership, including Arvind Kejriwal, were on stage barely 50 metres away.
Goonj – Rahat Flood Campaign
The Uttarakhand floods have wreaked havoc and taken heavy toll on lives and livelihoods. Many villages have been washed away. The death toll is uncertain and thousands are still stranded in the upper reaches of the state and are waiting for rescue and relief materials to reach them.
Inclusive banking
The RBI’s decision to give two new banking licences in a long while to IDFC and Bandhan Financial Services was interesting in that it chose to leave out for the time being several industrial houses which were in queue and lobbying hard.
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