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Nitrous oxide is good for plants but bad for the environment

N₂O is the third most important greenhouse gas which traps heat, depletes ozone in the stratosphere, and remains active for more than 100 years in the environment.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Why Modi govt’s decision to ease fumigation norms for onion import has experts worried

Modi govt is importing more onions under relaxed rules to deal with supply & price issues. But experts fear for India’s agricultural biodiversity.
A cow shelter where urine is processed in Uttar Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Niti Aayog pushes for cow dung & urine farming technique, experts cast doubts on method 

Experts, including those at Niti Aayog, say ZBNF method doesn’t provide vital nutrients, may not stand up to pest attack.
A farmer ploughing his field | Flickr

Modi government has a new slogan ahead of 2019: Farmer’s India

Battling anti-farmer tag, govt gets ready to highlight achievements in agriculture sector on its fourth anniversary.

On Camera

Posting pictures of food on social media | PxHere

Are Indian men posting more food pictures online? A new trend is emerging during pandemic

Yes, urban Indians are cooking much more during the coronavirus pandemic. But only that doesn’t explain why we are posting more pictures too.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?