CALL IT the result of the agro-climatic conditions of the hilly Kandhamal district in Odisha, or the ages of careful nurturing by tribal communities, but the region’s native turmeric variety remains unmatched in its golden hue and intense aroma. Also famous for its healing properties, the Kandhamal turmeric in 2019 was accorded the Geographic Indication (GI) tag, which provides legal protection against unauthorized use of its name and thereby boosts popularity and exports of the original variety.
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‘America's original social distancer'
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND LOCKDOWNS MADE DAVID GESSNER, PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON, REVISIT HENRY DAVID THOREAU—THE 19 TH CENTURY AMERICAN NATURALIST, ESSAYIST, POET AND PHILOSOPHER WHO LIVED IN ISOLATION FOR TWO YEARS STARTING 1845. THOREAU SPENT HIS TIME GROWING HIS OWN FOOD, CONTEMPLATING AND WRITING. HIS STAY IN THE WOODS BY THE WALDEN POND IN CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS, RESULTED IN HIS MOST-KNOWN WORK, WALDEN—A BOOK THAT DESCRIBES THE ACT OF LIVING DAY TO DAY AND IS CONSIDERED A CLASSIC ON NATURE WRITING AND INDIVIDUALISM. GESSNER COMPARES THOREAU’S SELF-IMPOSED ISOLATION TO HIS OWN FORCED SECLUSION DURING THE PANDEMIC IN HIS BOOK QUIET DESPERATION, SAVAGE DELIGHT TO CONCLUDE “JUST HOW INTENSELY RELEVANT THOREAU IS TO OUR TIMES”. EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK:
In absence of robust framework and infrastructure, segregation of domestic hazardous waste remains a distant dream for most Indian cities
States must contend with several production hurdles before they can roll out fortified rice as part of the Union government's plan to fight malnutrition
‘Reality is not as fixed as people like to think'
Humans pride themselves on the fact that they cannot just see and perceive what is around them but also analyse their observations and form definite conclusions. However, this ability to understand reality is not foolproof, say researchers from the University College of London, UK, in a recent preprint paper published in the online repository PsyArXiv. Through a series of experiments, the researchers have determined that people are often akin to mistaking their imagination for real-life perception. DAKSHIANI PALICHA speaks to lead author of the study NADINE DIJKSTRA about the potential implications of their findings. Excerpts:
The fading mirage of a TRIPS waiver
A year later, the proposal to lift WTO’s intellectual property blocks to making COVID vaccines has not inched forward
Many hues of haldi
Turmeric plays a prominent role not just in our kitchens, but in many auspicious rites and rituals as well
The pandemic years have witnessed a boom in the production and export of the humble underground stem called turmeric, along with a renewal of interest among the scientific community in the spice’s therapeutic qualities, especially against COVID-19. VIBHA VARSHNEY reports why inclusion of the household herb in our daily diet is a healthy idea
With the world having lost 14 per cent of its coral reefs in just one decade, a marine devastation seems imminent. But there may be some hope yet
The abnormally high rainfall in the final month of the rainy season has added to India's monsoon agony
BEYOND 100 DAYS
The national rural employment guarantee programme financially empowers village panchayats, thus making them an effective self-governing system
The Biology of Time
DR. SATCHIN PANDA is a leading expert in the field of circadian rhythm research. He is Associate Professor in the Regulatory Lab at the Salk Institute, a Pew Scholar, and a recipient of the Dana Foundation Award in Brain and Immune System Imaging. His book, The Circadian Code, has helped many people to regain their energy, sleep well and lose weight. Here he is interviewed by UDAY KUMAR on how he developed the ideas in his book, and what inspired his research.
ODISHA BETS ON SPECIALITY STEEL TO JOIN RANKS WITH JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
Principal Secretary, Industries Department of Government of Odisha, Hemant Sharma, IAS emphasised that the newly inducted Product Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme on Speciality Steel will improve the production capacity to 60 MTPA from 18 MTPA and invited various steel companies to set up their units in Odisha to produce Speciality Steel.
TRS hopes to emulate BJD, learn from DMK
The ruling TRS in Telangana, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Monday, is looking to the future with hope and expectation. The agenda before it, as it holds its plenary, is to compete with BJD leader Naveen Patnaik, who is serving as Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive time, and to learn from the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on how to become organisationally strong and remain No. 1 in the political arena.
Centre writes to states over delay in giving second dose
The union health ministry has written to several states that have emerged laggards in administering the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, asking them to address the issue on priority, people familiar with the matter said, adding that around 90 million partially vaccinated people across the country are long-overdue for their second dose.
Coal ministry to augment fuel supply to power sector
Stalin seeks lifting of cracker ban, Raj agrees
CHIEF MINISTER MK Stalin on Friday urged his counterparts in four States — Delhi, Haryana, Odisha, and Rajasthan — to lift the blanket ban on sale of firecrackers and allow sale that falls within the norms set by SC and the national Green Tribunal.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
At a time when national economic statistics paint a grim picture of upended small businesses and massive unemployment, Orissa has shone a beacon of hope, lining up firm proposals for investment of over Rs 3 lakh crore.
PETROL, DIESEL PRICES HIKED AGAIN
After two days of lull, petrol and diesel price on Thursday was again hiked by 35 paise per litre, sending retail pump prices to their highest ever level across the country.
DMK expands NEET fight, seeks support from Odisha, T'gana
Chennai: DMK MP Kanimozhi called on Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday seeking support to Tamil Nadu’s legislation to do away with the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions.
RTI's Slow Death
A pathbreaking governance reform is becoming defunct, and all political parties are to blame