The debate on contribution of futures trading to inflation gathered momentum, with Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia saying such trading does not lead to higher prices of commodities. Ahluwalia's comments came two days after FM P Chidambaram hinted at a ban on futures trading in food articles as part of efforts to contain rising prices.

The conclusions of the recent report of the Planning Commission's expert group on groundwater management and ownership, from an earth-science perspective, are poorly informed and simplistic. The report is conspicuous in its failure to seek counsel from the nation's scientific, professional and public institutions that have expertise and interest in a wise utilisation of groundwater resources. Feb 16-22, 2008

If the government is to be believed there is enough usable water in the country to meet projected demand until 2050. Stumped by this claim, scientists at iit Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, New

This book reviews recent experiences in participatory monitoring in tropical forest management and summarizes the concepts and lessons learned. It discusses impacts, challenges, and shortcomings of participatory monitoring and presents a matrix of case studies, methods and tools as a quick reference guide. Finally it provides recommendations for future directions in participatory monitoring.

This book reviews recent experiences in participatory monitoring in tropical forest management and summarizes the concepts and lessons learned. It discusses impacts, challenges, and shortcomings of participatory monitoring and presents a matrix of case studies, methods and tools as a quick reference guide. Finally it provides recommendations for future directions in participatory monitoring.

the Backward Region Grant Fund

People living in regional cities and towns around the world expect governments to deliver reasonable levels of public transport services in their local area. They understand that a small population base can limit the frequency and span of public transport, but want and deserve an acceptable minimum level of service that offers travel choices. (Oct-Dec 2007)

There was a time when it was said that the Indian budget was a gamble on the monsoons.

a planning Commission expert committee recommended early in March that an autonomous body under the Union ministry of rural development (mord) be professionalised. The autonomous body

50 more districts in the ambit After months of squabbling among the Union ministry of rural development (MoRD), the Union ministry of finance (MoF) and the Planning Commission, the Centre has

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