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Of tar sands and sand castles
The International Energy Agency claims that 37 million barrels per day of non-conventional oil will be produced by 2030. This is too optimistic an estimate feels N. SHANMUGANATHAN, looking at the trends and extrapolating the production scenario in th e Canadian and Venezuelan tar sands, the main sources of non-conventional oil. More

Relevance of quarterly reporting
Any dilution of corporate disclosure standards could reinforce the permissiveness already manifesting in some areas of corporate governance. More

Dose of poison when pesticides enter food chain
About 350 pesticides are used on the foods we eat, and to protect our homes and pets. They can cause health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time. More

End of a fragile peace in Sri Lanka
As the events unfold in Sri Lanka and newer areas in the troubled nation are drawn into the conflict zone, it is fairly certain that the uneasy, fragile peace has been shattered. With the cricket tri-series and the SAF Games in jeopardy, the coming d ays will tell how tourists respond to the violence in the island-state. More

India's tax system
A recent working paper prepared by the IMF under the title "Making India's tax system pro-growth" gives a balanced and constructive analysis of the country's efforts to make its tax structure support and speed ... More

A clash of cultures?
Last week, on a trip to The Hague — the political capital of the Netherlands — a friend and I were having a quiet dinner at a restaurant, sitting out in the open and generally seeing life pass by through alien eyes. Indeed, one ... More

Why should government fix Bt cottonseed price?
An action of the Government in fixing the price of a given item pre-supposes that there are no alternatives available and that the farmer is unable to make a rational choice. The mere launch of a new product does not mean that established alternative products are withdrawn. The former, in fact, gives more choice to the farmer and he is free to choose the best based on the cost-benefit analysis. More


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