T3-the real hero of Panna Tiger Reserve

Lalit Shastri December 26 has special significance for the Panna Tiger Reserve management and staff because on this day in 2009, T3–the male tiger relocated from Pench to repopulate this habitat, was located, tranquilised and brought back by the Panna team 30 days after the big cat started moving in the South direction and travelled

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Shivraj for advance storage of fertiliser

Newsroom24x7 Reporter Bhopal, Jan. 4: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued instructions to the concerned State authorities that fertilisers should be stored in advance to meet the farmers’ demand during the Kharif season. The chief minister gave this instruction while reviewing the activities of Agriculture Department in the State capital on Saturday.

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Bhopal: The Disaster continues

Lalit Shastri Bhopal, Dec. 2: The Bhopal gas disaster and several issues linked with it continue to present a disastrous and gloomy picture even thirty years after the state capital was struck by the worst industrial catastrophe that claimed thousands of lives and left more than a hundred thousand others critically wounded and affected by

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India the biggest arms purchaser

Lalit Shastri The projection two-years ago by a Swedish Research Group that India had replaced China as the biggest arms purchaser in the World had not come as any surprise as the Ministry of Defence was continuously going around scouting for arms all over the world to fill the huge gap in defence preparedness. It was

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Transparency in Public Purchase

Lalit Shastri  Mostly the system remains shrouded and the government working remains under wraps as long as there is no disgruntled element, someone who has been rubbed the wrong way by his superiors or co-workers, who ends up spilling the beans. Even when that happens, the entire government machinery becomes a cohesive unit and officers

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Joy of Birding

Lalit Shastri It was a bright sunny afternoon; the year was 1998; some time in April, when I heard a pleasant trilling sound of a bird just outside my window as I worked on my news story of the day. At that time I was working for The Hindu as Principal Correspondent for Madhya Pradesh

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Bhimbetka: A treasure of prehistoric art

Lalit Shastri There is hardly any signboard on the road to announce that one is heading towards an important World Heritage Site and the prehistoric Bhimbetka rock shelters suddenly emerge on the southern horizon as one drives down about 40 kms leaving behind the industrial town of Mandideep on the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway. Leaving the highway

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Two isms of politics eating into the vitals of economic growth in India

Lalit Shastri One is seeing with a deep sense of concern that the two isms-neopatrimonialism and clientelism-are being followed so deceitfully by those who swear by and use democracy to usurp power and do everything to remain riveted to the seats of power in India. Neopatrimonialism is cancerous because the corruption it breeds at all

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