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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

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.