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India’s Warped Idea Of The ‘Demographic Dividend’: Extracting From The Youth, But Not Investing In Them

India is all set to test the assumption that the “youth bulge” is a source of demographic dividend and an economic advantage. The assumption is that greater the number of people in an economy who work, save and pay taxes, the higher will be the economic growth. Recently, three young girls seem to have tested the assumption with their bodies. Their verdict is that all things remaining the same, the demographic dividend may be on life support.

Fire Saved Our Ancestors. Today We Need Ice

Around 900,000 years ago, fire was first brought into our homes. This coincided with a peak in glacial activity, and probably helped the genus Homo to survive. This was the period of Homo Erectus, who went on to evolve into us. But today, more than ever, we need to harness the power of ice, of cold.
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Frothing With Fury: Why The Toxic Foam Of Bangalore's Bellandur Lake Should Worry Us

As Bellandur Lake swelled yet again in these sudden rains and its acidic froth spilled over to the footpaths and streets, leading to skin rashes, red eyes and nausea among those who came in contact with it, should this bizarre phenomenon have come as a surprise? The lake has, after all, churned what was fed to it -- untreated sewage, detergents and toxic waste from unchecked small industries -- for decades.