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Seven Kinds of Deprivation That Women Face Everyday

Patriarchal structures have ensured that women’s access to resources, health, education, and political representation among other things, have remained heavily unequal.

Challenges in Shale Gas Production Cannot Be Resolved by Generic Environment Clearance Processes

India is venturing into shale gas fracking with a pursuit to cut down its natural gas export bill significantly. This process poses several challenges concerning “energy-water nexus,” such as mixing of shale fluid with the groundwater, rationing of water in a water-scarce country, and lack of technical know-how of waste-water treatment. These challenges may result in significant problems if not regulated at the exploration stage of the gas. This article highlights legal and policy gaps concerning shale gas exploration process and water usage.

The Emerging Energy Industry Is Much More Revolutionary Than What Arvind Subramanian Imagines

Arvind Subramanian’s Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture last year was a status-quo view of a traditional industry with merely the arithmetical addition of renewables as a variable.

How Over-Invoicing of Imported Coal has Increased Power Tariffs

Forty of India's biggest energy companies are being investigated by a wing of the Union Ministry of Finance for over-invoicing of imported coal. The artificially higher prices of coal have been passed on to electricity consumers across the country. The scam is conservatively estimated by government officials at no less than Rs 29,000 crore, a third of which is in the form of higher power tariffs. Big names from the corporate sector, notably the Adani group and ADAG, are being probed for their alleged involvement in the scandal. An exclusive report.

Oil Sector Deregulation

Will the government postpone the dismantling of the administered pricing mechanism (APM) for petroleum products beyond the current schedule of April 1, 2002? Given the mounting oil pool deficit and the professed disinclination of the finance ministry to take the pool account deficit on to the budget, such a possibility cannot be ruled out. It would be an unfortunate development, however, and wholly avoidable. The government must take a firm stand on sticking to the current timetable for freeing up petroleum product prices. Further, decontrol must go beyond prices and extend to removing the stifling restrictions currently proposed for entry into the business of marketing oil products.
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