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Bhakti divide in Brajbhoomi

“Neither the cities, the cultured lands nor the villages or their houses are ours. We are the forest people, dear father, and will always live in the forests and the hills” — Sri Krishna (Srimad Bhagvatam, Chapter 10, Canto 24, Verse 24) KRISHNA, the god in Hindu mythology, is said…

Unplanned urbanisation, encroachment blamed for Srinagar flood

In flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the streets of the state’s summer capital, Srinagar, resemble surging streams. River Jhelum has been flowing 1.5 metre above the danger mark. Chief engineer with Flood Control and Irrigation Department, Javid Jaffer, says that the state’s river and flood channels could carry 65,000 cusecs (cubic…

J&K was unprepared for flood fury

    The devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir that has so far claimed 150 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands was unforeseen. The state, because of its history of conflict, was not as privileged as the other Indian states to have a flood forecast system or a disaster management…

Taste for waste

AMRINDER SINGH, 57, is a government employee living in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. His neighbours say he has a big heart—he donates generously for religious functions and other community services in his locality. His domestic help, too, is all praise for him as he helps her with money whenever she…

Real estate boom, quarries to blame for Pune disaster?

    A massive landslide that brought down a hillock in Malin village in Ambegaon taluk of Pune distruct, claimed 25 lives on Wednesday while more than 160 were trapped under debris. The immediate reason for the landslide that occurred at about 5 am was incessant rainfall, as cited by…

Wheels of pollution

THE CAMPAIGN against lead-based products has failed to target one of the biggest sources of lead pollution— weights used for wheel balancing. The weights, which are put on tyres so that they do not vibrate, often fall off during driving. They then get crushed by cars and contaminate air and…