‘There are Marxists in India?’

‘There are Marxists in India?’ Economist Prabhat Patnaik says moving back to an economic ‘golden age’ is impossible, so we must invent new solutions. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/2012423164839425416.html


India in Rape Crisis

Unintended consequences: India’s rape crisis
As India’s economy booms, modernity and tradition collide vibrantly and violently in cities like New Delhi. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2012/04/201242482823627221.html


IFIs in India

1. Selection of Jim Yong Kim as World Bank president is impossible to condone but easy to explain: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/12930666.cms

2. Mumbai railways set to split from national body; World Bank funds to help: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_mumbai-railways-set-to-split-from-national-body_1682417

3. World Bank estimate, 15 per cent of India’s population is affected with a disability.: http://expressbuzz.com/education/Factors-that-dog-instructors/386380.html

4. Briefly Business: UN chief discusses MDG with India Inc: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/briefly-business-un-chief-discusses-mdg-with-india-inc/942902/

5. Remittances to India rose to USD 64 billion in 2011: World Bank: http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-12279.html

Climate Change Issues in India

1. Equity, global climate policy and climate negotiations: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/12930722.cms

2. India to pump in Rs 2 lakh cr in 12th Plan to save climate: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/12929919.cms

3. Danger ahead: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/12924510.cms

4. Green market slide worries Indian companies – Global demand for carbon credits, especially in Europe for economic reasons, has been declining since 2010: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/green-market-slide-worries-indian-companies/472974/

5. Preparing for biodiversity summit: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/op-ed/preparing-biodiversity-summit-602

Olive Ridley Turtles: Why do They need to be conserved?

1. Olive Ridley Turtles: Found in the Indian Ocean along the Bay of Bengal is Orissa. Average weight of the turtles is just over 100 lb (up to 50 kgs). They have a high-domed shell, with a carapace length of only 30 inches (70 cms). Olive Ridleys are omnivorous, feeding on crabs, shrimp, rock lobsters, sea grasses, snails, fish, sessile, pelagic tunocates and small invertebrates. The Orissa coast is one of the three sites worldwide where mass nesting of the Olive Ridley Turtle occurs. This sea turtle is especially known for its mass nesting when several thousand turtles migrate to the breeding ground to mate and nest simultaneously. Hindu mythology worships sea turtles as an incarnation of one of their gods. Over the past five years, sea turtles have suffered mass mortality along the Orissa coast due to death by drowning as incidental catch in trawl – fishing nets. About 5,000 to 10,000 dead turtles have been washed ashore each year, a total of over 1,00,000 in the last 10 years. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhsxVpZb-cQ

2. Phylogeography of olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) on the east coast of India: implications for conservation theory: Orissa, on the east coast of India, is one of the three mass nesting sites in the world for olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). This population is currently under threat as a result of fishery-related mortality; more than 100 000 olive ridleys have been counted dead in the last 10 years in Orissa. In general, the globally distributed olive ridley turtle has received significantly less conservation attention than its congener, the Kemp’s ridley turtle (L. kempi), because the latter is recognized as a distinct species consisting of a single endangered population. Our study of mitochondrial DNA haplotypes suggests that the ridley population on the east coast of India is panmictic, but distinct from all other populations including Sri Lanka. About 96% of the Indian population consisted of a distinct ‘K’ clade with haplotypes not found in any other population. Nested clade analysis and conventional analysis both supported range expansions and/or long-distance colonization from the Indian Ocean clades to other oceanic basins, which suggested that these are the ancestral source for contemporary global populations of olive ridley turtles. These data support the distinctiveness of the Indian Ocean ridleys, suggesting that conservation prioritization should be based on appropriate data and not solely on species designations: http://www.ccmb.res.in/staff/rameshkg/11.pdf

3. OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLE: The second smallest after the Kemp’s ridley, the Olive Ridley turtles weigh between 75-100 pounds (34 – 45 kg) and reach 2-2 ½ feet (roughly .6 m) in length. They are named for their pale green carapace, or shell and are the most abundant of sea turtle species.: http://www.seeturtles.org/1043/olive-ridley-turtle.html

4. Images of Olive Ridley Turtles: http://www.google.co.in/search?q=olive+ridley+turtles+in+india&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=610&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=1CeeT5PrD8LXrQebsclG&ved=0CHQQsAQ

5. Mass hatching of Olive Ridley eggs begins…. : http://projectsmileindia.wordpress.com/tag/olive-ridley-turtles/

6. Sea, sand and survival….N. SHIVA KUMAR: http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article3366846.ece

7. Baby olive ridley turtles let into sea: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/flora-fauna/baby-olive-ridley-turtles-let-into-sea/articleshow/12557866.cms

8. Efforts on to protect baby Olive Ridleys: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Efforts-on-to-protect-baby-Olive-Ridleys/articleshow/12771554.cms

9. Former poachers turn turtle protectors: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Former-poachers-turn-turtle-protectors/articleshow/12903888.cms

10. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Olive-Ridley-turtles

11. Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles Nesting in Eastern India: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhhhj6_endangered-olive-ridley-turtles-nesting-in-eastern-india_animals

12. Seven Wonders of India: Olive Ridley Sea Turtles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhsxVpZb-cQ

13. Olive Ridley turtles arrive for annual nesting at Rushikulya Orissa: http://www.wwfindia.org/?4200/Olive-ridley-turtles

14. World Turtles Trust Project: http://world-turtle-trust.org/project07.html

Nuclear Issues in India – Updates 30 April 2012

1. NPC completes formalities to open reactor pressure vessel. Hopes to begin generation by June or early July: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/npc-completes-formalities-to-open-reactor-pressure-vessel/472986/

2. Demonstration against filing of cases – Members of Coastal People’s Federation staging a demonstration in Tuticorin on Sunday: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3367566.ece

3. India, Japan to hold economic dialogue, discuss n-deal: http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-12880.html

4. An act of atonement: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article3366215.ece

5. Indo-US nuke deal my proudest moment, says Condi Rice: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indous-nuke-deal-my-proudest-moment-says-condi-rice/943158/

6. ‘Pak nukes’ capability across India matter of concern’: UN ex-envoy: http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-12807.html


SEZ and Land Issues – Updates 30 April 2012

1. State should change its policies on SEZ: Somnath – Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the state should change its policies regarding special economic zones (SEZs) and reconsider certain cases in the interest of the state. Link: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/state-should-change-its-policies-on-sez-somnath/943037/

2. PM aide Nair rubbishes allegations of being involved in Bangalore land scam – http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-13081.html

3. Now, cops blame industry for rising crime in MIDC areas http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-cops-blame-industry-for-rising-crime-in-midc-areas/943259/

4. NHRC wants ‘code of ethics’ for corporates – http://expressbuzz.com/nation/NHRC-wants-%E2%80%98code-of-ethics%E2%80%99-for-corporates/386919.html