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Prospects of Solar Power in India under Global Warming

In the context of growing emission of carbon dioxide in coal-based power stations, solar energy promises to be a viable alternative and a clean energy source. Yet, the market for solar energy remains small and uneconomic, confined as the system is to households in remote villages and delinked from the network of electricity grids. If provided a direct link to the electricity grids which are served by thermal power systems, solar power systems can achieve economies of scale and can ultimately provide for the larger market of demand for electricity in the country.

Land Acquisition in West Bengal

in West Bengal DEB KUMAR BOSE period of litigation stalling the progress of Amit Bhaduri (February 17, 2007) has expressed his deep concern about the dangerous pattern of government

Nuclear Power for Eastern India

The nuclear establishment has clearly acknowledged that nuclear power is more expensive than thermal power within a 1,000-km radius of the pithead. So why is it looking for a site for a nuclear power plant in West Bengal and eastern India?

Decline of Nuclear Power

We may not be giving up much when we move away from nuclear energy as experience of other countries, notably the US, shows. Nuclear power plants the world over have been shutting down due to excessive cost besides safety concerns. India need not repeat the mistakes when it can learn the lessons directly.

International Trade in Emission of Greenhouse Gases

International trade in permits for emission of greenhouse gases as formulated in the Kyoto protocol is not to the advantage of developing countries. The pressure likely to be mounted by the developed countries on the developing countries to accept the proposals should be resisted.

George Wald Scientist in Dissent

is to design a programme strategy, in cooperation with learners and development workers, social/political activists, voluntary agencies, community-based organisations, panchayati raj institutions and other educational institutions, that will make it possible to realise such a broad objective of adult education on a sustained and ongoing basis.

An Alternative to the Fund-Bank Model

ECONOMIC liberalisation and globalisation of the economy now holds the centrestage in economists' attention. To the West, these appear to be the most benign means of relieving their economies of the recession through which they are passing and simultaneously pulling the third world out of the stagnation they are struggling to overcome. For many of the economists in the third world these appear to be the only feasible means open to introduce dynamism in their economies. Such convergence of views between the leading economists of the north and the south has rarely been observed earlier. Perceptive economists have always distinguished their policy prescriptions keeping in view the levels of development of the respective economies, which laid the foundation for the discipline of development economies. The World Bank and the IMF and the donor countries of the western world, however, have a different perception of the problems. They have drawn up a set of guidelines which should apply universally, irrespective of the prevailing structural features and different levels of income and development. The thrust of their policy prescriptions is on reliance on market forces to obtain efficient allocation of resources. The strategy advocated is of privatisation of public sector enterprises, withdrawal of subsidies, liberalisation of credit facilities, withdrawal of all restrictions to private sector investment activities and restriction of government investment to building of infrastructure only.

A Versatile Economist

A Versatile Economist Deb Kumar Bose Ashok Rudra, who passed away in Santiniketan this week, had an unusual talent for locating critical gaps in the methodology of statistics as applied to economics. On every issue he discussed he had something new to say which went to improve methods of studying the issue or the understanding of it. His contributions in this regard inspired a new generation of economists to take an active interest in the handling of data pertaining to the Indian economy.

Planning Process and Economic Reforms

I was in two minds about responding to my good friend T N Srinivasan (EPW, August 3-10 and September 14, 1991) like the Irishman who asked if it was a private fight or anybody could join in. After Ashok Rudra's paper (EPW, December 21, 1991) I feel more easy about joining. So, following Srinivasan, I prepared a number of statements gathered from his own responses and attempted my version of responses to them.

Accounting of Nuclear Power

Accounting of Nuclear Power Deb Kumar Bose India is poised for development of nuclear potter in a big nay. Six additional nuclear reactors, each with a capacity of 235 megawatts, are expected to be set up during the Sixth Plan. These programmes are defended on the ground that nuclear power is indispensable for meeting the growth in demand for power in the country and that it is technically more efficient and economically cheaper than power generated from coal-based plants.

Planning The Next Necessary Stage

Planning: The Next Necessary Stage Deb Kumar Bose IN a country like India, with its vast territory, centralised planning has its limitations. A central authority can plan for industries whose technological co-efficients are given and whose products are valued for their national significance. Usually, these are large- scale units. They often depend for their inputs on raw materials transported from distant regions; their products are again distributed over different parts of the country. At the current stage of development in. the country, the large industries can achieve economies of scale only when they can cater to markets spread over large areas in the country, as the size of the markets in the regions neighbouring the industries is not big enough to absorb their products. Planning of investments in such industries has to be undertaken keeping the total economy in view. Concurrent with industrial planning, the central authority has to plan for transport and communication systems to provide the necessary support to the industries.

Perspective for Economic Development of Bangladesh

The objective of this paper is to examine the possibility of Bangladesh achieving self-sustained growth for its economy, and its likely relations with the Indian economy in this context.

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