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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A FEDERAL FACE-OFF
RETURN OF THE OTHER MODI
SAFFRON STASIS IN BENGAL
A BULLET IN SLO-MO • The Maharashtra government’s tardy pace of land acquisition has delayed India’s first high-speed ‘bullet train’ between Mumbai and Ahmedabad by at least six years
POLICE AS A STATE OF MIND
THE TIGER CHANGING ITS STRIPES?
Why Hardik Patel is Sulking Again
FROM SUSHASAN TO SURAAJ
SETS UP GLOBAL CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL MEDICINE • The launch of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) at Jamnagar, which will be the world's largest centre for development of traditional medicine systems, is a reward for the continuous efforts of Government of India and Government of Gujarat that have promoted the use of traditional medicines, especially Ayurveda. The primary objective of the centre is to promote use of traditional medicines across the world. At the heart of this WHO centre will be modern science and cutting-edge technologies, which will be employed in research and development (R&D) of traditional medicines.
POWER MESS • BAD PLANNING, POOR ECONOMICS AND LACK OF COORDINATION AMONG VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE SECTOR PUSH THE COUNTRY INTO AN UNENDING VORTEX OF POWER WOES
THE POWER PARADOX • It wasn’t just the unusually high demand for electricity this summer that caused a crisis in the country. Eqaually to blame were poor planning, bad economics and policy failures by the key stakeholders in the sector—the distribution companies (discoms) supplying power to the consumers, the power generation companies (gencos) producing it, Coal India, which supplies coal for thermal generation, and Indian Railways, which transports coal to the various plants. Here is deconstructing the current power crisis
SUFFERING STATES • Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh faced hours-long outages due to critically low coal levels in state plants and massive unpaid dues, which constricted their ability to buy power to meet the rising demand
“Unscheduled power cuts spoilt Eid for us”
MOUNTING DUES • India’s discoms are saddled with a mountain of dues, a sizeable portion of which is owed by the government. Differential power pricing makes implementation of reforms a challenge
‘The hidden cost of the power cut is worrisome’
“Running a diesel motor is just too costly”
THE WAY OUT… • What has triggered the current crisis and what can be done to pre-empt it next time?
PANDEMIC OF COMPLACENCY • DON’T LET THE MILDER OMICRON WAVE, BETTER PREPAREDNESS AND PANDEMIC FATIGUE FOOL YOU. COVID IS NOT DONE WITH US YET
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR NOW
BACK WITH A BANG! • The 35th edition of the Suraikund International Crafts Mela, held from March 19th to April 14th, 2022, saw participation from countries around the world and huge footfalls.
KCR’S GRAND AMBITION • HIS EYE ON A ‘LARGER’ ROLE, KCR GUNS FOR A HAT-TRICK IN TELANGANA
WRIT IN RED INK
NATIONAL EGG CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
CRORES IN ITS COFFERS
RISING FROM THE CHURN • The India Today State of the State Odisha awards were...