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‘We can leapfrog and learn from others’ experiences’

‘Our priority is to, as much as possible, spread the centres of settlement all across Bhutan. We can’t have everybody converge on one city. So that is priority number one. How we do it is a different matter.’

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The model teacher
”Walls shouldn’t be lifeless, they must talk,” says Jagdamba Prasad Dobhal, teacher at this co-ed govt school in Dudhali. He has twice won the President’s Award for Best Teacher.
Doon’s old boys try for Kobad
Kobad Ghandy continues to languish in his desolate cell in the high-risk ward of Tihar Jail. He is 67 years old and suffering from arthritis, a slipped disc and spondylosis.
PUC and one man’s mission
What does it take to figure out whether automobile pollution measures are working in Delhi? It is simple: count the vehicles and the emission measuring centres. The numbers tell the story plainly.
Cotton in, fabric out
At Buldana in Maharashtra a small, integrated spinning mill will soon become the first in the world where a farmer can enter the gates with a bale of cotton and come out with a finished product.
New coconut health drink
On the Karkala-Kudremukh highway near Bajagoli village of Karnataka, Augustine Joseph, a young man from Kerala, has constructed a makeshift shack to sell an innovative drink called Kalparasa. Made of coconut sap, Joseph’s drink contains no alcohol and is non-fermented.
Several entries at the Cannes Film Festival this year showcased the struggles of ordinary people – and in one significant case, of abandoned cross-breed dogs doubling as metaphors for hounded humans.
For India’s large population of youth, mostly poorly schooled and unskilled, the future is not that bleak. In the last 10 years the UPA government plunged headlong into creating jobs for all to reap the benefits of the nation’s ‘demographic dividend.’
The village of birds

Situated around 20 minutes from Guntur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and around two km from National Highway 6, the Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary is a veritable paradise for nature lovers and photographers.
Thomas Kocherry, 74, a priest and a staunch activist for the rights of fish workers, passed away on 3rd May after suffering a massive heart attack. Kocherry’s death is a big loss to the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) that he helped found and the National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM) with whom his forum was affiliated and where he worked as convener for a while.
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.
IB is out of step
The report of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on NGOs getting funds from abroad and being a threat to the nation is bizarre and really should not merit comment.
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