Natural Drainage Systems as Green Infrastructure in Settlements

In agricultural lands drainage usually occurs naturally. Excess water flows from the fields to natural water bodies such as rivers and lakes or gets absorbed into the soil by natural processes. In urban areas however, we build complex artificial water drainage systems. These drainage systems eventually carry pollutants such as heavy metals, paint and oil into natural water bodies as part of urban waste. It is not possible to treat all of urban waste water without a concerted effort towards...


Universal City | Design Principles for Achieving an Egalitarian City Experience

A universal city is marked by its inclusivity, i.e. a city that manages to include the participation of all individuals that contribute towards the city. This inclusion involves incorporating features that ensure inclusivity for all through establishing the frameworks of universal design (NYU, 2017) that can include architectural features, facilitation services, etc that aim to streamline the usufructuary experience in a universal city by offering design principles for formulating the layouts for a city. Universal...


Transport Network Models and Their Judicious Deployment

Transport network models comprise of frameworks for the transportation infrastructure, and their development is based on a number of intrinsic contributory factors of which environmental features are a critical part. Transport network models are thus used as frameworks to formulate systems. A variety of intrinsic factors across disciplines can influence such systemic formulations in an interlinked manner to deliver desired services. These concomitant factors can display incredible variance of numerous...


Walt Whitman Rostow | The Cold War Era Thinker

Walt Whitman Rostow is popularly known in development thought as the author of the book Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto. Rostow's stages of economic growth attempts to find a common pattern in societies, and lays out a foundation for economic growth in liberal-democratic capitalist states, as an archetype for the process of modernization in these societies. The book however, is criticized by many for extracting a unified Anglo-centric model of economic modernization based on its genesis...


India’s Poverty Line: Changing Perspectives

Several expert committees have been constituted in the past for proposing a conceptual framework and empirical procedure for determining the poverty line. Yet, an acceptable methodology remains elusive for identifying the most vulnerable and deserving segments of population for effective policy intervention.

Development | VOL. 16, ISSUE 97 July-August 2016

Seeding Clouds to Spout Rain

The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ ongoing Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) is proving to be a welcome method for mitigating extreme drought conditions. It will also pave the way for a new cloud seeding protocol that can be followed in keeping with Indian conditions in future.


Aircraft Probing

The Ministry of Earth Sciences is in the process of acquiring aircraft for scientific research under the National Facility for Airborne Research (NFAR) programme. Aurangabad airport will be equipped with the repair and maintenance facilities for the aircraft and its scientific equipment.

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Indian Government Policies To Promote Child Development

As per the ‘State of the World‘s Children 2015’ report published by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the level of children who are underweight, stunted and wasted are 44, 48 and 20 per cent respectively. However, this Report is based on 2005-06 data of National Family Health Survey-III conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Further, in the Rapid Survey of Children (RSoC) conducted by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in association...


India Improves Rank in Human Development Report

New Delhi, December 16 (G’nY News Service): The 2015 Human Development Report of the UNDP has placed India in the medium human development  category  with a HDI (Human Development Index) value  at 0.609, ranking it 130 out of 188 countries and territories. This is 5 notches higher than the previous year. Barring Sri Lanka, which is ranked 73, and placed in the high human development category, most of India’s neighbours figure low in their HDI. In the Gender Inequality Index (GII),...

Development | VOL. 15, ISSUE 88, January-February 2015


The Special Economic Zones Policy was announced in April 2000 with the objective of making the special economic zones (SEZs) an engine for economic growth, supported by quality infrastructure and an attractive fiscal package both at the central and state level with a single window clearance. The SEZ concept recognises the issues related to holistic economic development and provides for development of self sustaining industrial townships so that the increased economic activity does not create pressure...