‘T.N. in dire need of water’ – Reiterating the need for the immediate constitution of Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday demanded that Karnataka release the stipulated quantity of Cauvery water which was vital for at least one samba crop this season.
Envoys of 31 nations on Spice Route to meet – Attempts being made by Kerala to rekindle interest in the Spice Route project involving 31 countries.
‘Miracle’ TB drug hit by low enrolment – Six months after the launch of ‘miracle’ drug bedaquiline — the most effective treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis — the Indian government has enrolled a mere 36 patients.
Science and Technology
Aircraft with Indian airborne warning system set for induction – The DRDO has fitted its own airborne early warning and control system (AEW & CS) on a modified Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft imported from Brazil.
3D-printed material helps bones regrow – A cheap and easy method to make synthetic bone material has been shown to stimulate new bone growth when implanted in the spines of rats and a monkey’s skull, researchers said on Wednesday.
What Rosetta mission uncovered – Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft, due to switch off on Friday after a 12-year odyssey, carried eleven scientific instruments to sniff and photograph a comet from all angles.
Heed the boundary – The Lodha Committee’s status report, highlighting how the Board of Control for Cricket in India has failed to adopt the recommended administrative reforms, has left the game’s officials in a quandary.
Budget merger may need Parliament’s nod – The Centre may have to pass a resolution in Parliament in the upcoming session to finally put an end to the practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget, senior Railway Ministry officials said.
A low priority called health – Increase in spending on healthcare, formulating relevant health policies (in a country where deaths due to diarrhea are more than deaths due to SARS) and making the healthcare system accountable are some of the urgent necessities. But private health providers are here to stay.
Defining moment – In its unprecedented announcement that it had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the Line of Control, India has opened a new front in its battle against terrorist groups operating from bases within Pakistani territory.
IWAI clarifies on Gangetic dolphins – The report headlined ‘National waterways project threatens Gangetic dolphins: Conservationists’ (Sept. 24) says “the development of the Ganga for shipping is seen by wildlife conservationists as the single-largest threat to the survival of the species whose numbers are declining in most part of the natural habitat,”
Rains and reservoirs: Normal monsoon, with some erratic features – The 2016 Southwest monsoon season officially ends today. 2 years of drought are over, reservoirs are full, and the sown area under kharif is more than last year. But rain has been neither consistent nor uniform.