About two months after the buzz about a national ban on single-use plastics made headlines, the government has come up with the semblance of a definition for ‘single-use plastic’ and a time-frame for phasing it out.
The article also throws up interesting facets about how the urban population of Chennai has largely remained isolated and how the Indo-European language speakers from Pakistan have the least in common with Denisovans, an earlier ancestor.
Tony Joseph, the author of 'Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From,' tells Siddhartha Mishra about the implications of the study, the provenance of our ancestors and what press reports got wrong about the research.
Two research papers published in the journals Science and Cell confirm a Steppe or 'Aryan' migration that makes up the current South Asian population but also throws up questions about farming and the population of the people prior to the Indus Valley Civilisation.
The government got Rs 65 crore by selling data of approximately 25 crore vehicle registrations and 15 crore driving licences. However, is selling this data legal? Is the data actually ‘public’? Isn't it intrusion on privacy?