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Odour Pollution: The Stepchild of Environmental Issues?
Humans are endowed with five senses — the sense of touch, sound, taste, sight, and smell. Of these, the sense of smell is often ignored, except perhaps when we suffer from a bad cold and miss smelling the aromas of the food we eat. The sense of smell is a stepchild of sorts in the environmental sense as well. But smell is not something we associate easily with environmental issues. This omission is deleterious to health — not just ours but also that of other creatures. Mahazareen Dastur reports further on the issue.

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In Conversation

Locals Must Benefit from Development

Arpita Dasgupta catches up with Mr John A Beed, Mission Director, USAID India, during the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2014) on a number of social and environmental issues.

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Tigers: An umbrella species for conservation

The large striped cats that haunted the wilderness for centuries in the past may not be seen in the wild very soon. With tiger populations dwindling in spite all the attention towards tiger protection can be alarming. Biba Jasmine, reporting on the issue, finds that any attempt to save this charismatic predator will only succeed if we have a clear understanding of what tigers need.

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Maneka Gandhi Speaks

Maneka Speaks: Do you really need a Shaadi ki Ghori?

Certain customs are carried on without much meaning for the present times. For instance, ever thought about the custom of a groom riding a mare to reach the wedding venue? Maneka Sanjay Gandhi writes how this hideous practice affects the poor mares that are forced to be at the centre of this circus.

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Have You Seen the Arana: A Film by Sunanda Bhatt

An ethnographic documentary demands feedback from the subjects it deals in. It becomes an internal thing and you become one with the subjects you have dealt with. It breaks down the conditioned hierarchy — real, imagined or socially and culturally constructed — between the filmmaker and her subjects. Read on as Shoma Chatterjee documents this doumentary film.

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Special Report

High Aspirations or Just Tall Claims: Indoor and Vertical Farming

If you thought growing flowers in your balcony on the sixth floor of your apartment building was novel enough, you would be amazed to read about the burgeoning trend in Indoor and Vertical farming that has the agricultural industry in its high-rising grasp! Guy Noronha tell us more..

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Preserving Indian Heritages in Burma

Keeping aside political differences, one would hope that old heritage buildings across the world should be preserved and saved from the clutches of money-making real estate developers. The headquarters of the Azad Hind Fauj in Myanmar is no different. Nava Thakuria documents the efforts being made at preserving this relic of Netaji's fight against the British Raj.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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