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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb during the launch of bamboo cookies on 18 September | Twitter | @BjpBiplab

All about bamboo cookies, ‘healthy and nutritious’ snack launched by Tripura govt

The bamboo cookies are made by adding bamboo shoot paste to wheat flour. Bamboo shoots are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, digestive fibres and have less fat content.
Bamboo trade

CBI to ‘soon question’ former brass of state-run paper firm in Rs 144 crore bamboo scam

Multiple former senior officials of Hindustan Paper Corporation have been booked for allegedly purchasing bamboo & pulp at high rates despite cheaper alternatives.
Bamboo trade

​Modi govt wants more bamboo trade but it must end ​control of China, Vietnam first

Modi government’s efforts to revitalise bamboo trade do not address the issue of bamboo waste and its commercial utilisation, which is the key to ​its success.

Ensuring that only farmers benefit from higher MSP will be a challenge

The idea of giving 1.5 times the cost of the produce is good, but with challenges in implementation, achieving effectiveness will require innovative approach.
Bamboo forest

Bamboo’s no longer a tree: Change in forest law sows seeds of hope among NE farmers

Northeast accounts for 66% of India’s bamboo stock; currently there is negligible export of bamboo from India due to legal hurdles.

Everyone’s cheering bamboo’s no longer a tree in India, except in the northeast

Bamboo ceased being a 'tree' according to the new amendment made to the Indian Forest Act 1927, but this applies only to bamboo grown in non-forest areas in the country.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.


The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?