nagaland is dealing with the problem of jungle burning in a novel manner. The state government is penalising villagers for any such incident, even if they are not directly involved in setting the fires. This is forcing the latter to be more vigilant and the government claims the crime has reduced considerably.

The much-awaited AIDS control programme takes off. So why are drug companies still miffed?

And a step fatherly Centre

By centre for forest scheme

Between Nagaland, centre

Whenever the Supreme Court pulls the trigger, why does it miss the target? Because governments like those of the seven Northeast states work hard to defeat every good intention. The apex court imposed an interim ban on felling in forests on December 1

Governments clinically interpret the ban to make space for the forest bureaucracy, alienating people from their own habitats

Read between the lines: the Supreme Court order has a development model hidden for the Northeast

As the debate continues, the Northeast must stamp the decision: log out of forest bureaucracy and log in to local based prosperity

Shifting agriculture on the hillsides has been going on for centuries. In recent times, it has been blamed for degrading the ecology. Agriculture is a sound ecological management strategy, provided it is sustainable