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The ghost of child labour has returned to haunt this textile industry hub, 50 km from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. N. Madhavan chose to find out the situation after Primark, a UK retail chain, cancelled orders worth Rs 2.52 crore and blacklisted three exporters. He came back convinced that the exporters have realised their credibility will be at stake if they do not act in time. A report.

 
 
Tirupur’s textile industry is slowly, but surely, leaving its knotty past behind, discovers Rahul Sachitanand.
The innovative Golden Chariot will need to quickly iron out some operating niggles if it is to be a successful luxury train.
A genetically-enhanced chicken breed is egging on poor villagers in rural Uttarakhand to take up poultry farming, discovers Kapil Bajaj.
In the perennial debate on development vs environment, it’s advantage development in Orissa’s bauxite-rich Kalahandi.
A nondescript town in Kerala is turning into a healthcare hub.
Karnataka has hit a ‘green’ hurdle; environmentalists are vociferously protesting its last few mega power projects.
 
 
Farmers in Karnataka went on the rampage over the shortage of fertilisers, which has put their kharif crop at risk.
Argentum Motors wants to first build powertrains and then do full-fledged vehicle assembly at the erstwhile Daewoo Motors facility in Surajpur.
Bangalore is set to get its world class airport. But the roads don’t measure up yet.

Locals are willingly giving up land to embrace industrialisation in Jharsuguda, discovers BT’s Ritwik Mukherjee, who is mistaken for a landbuyer himself.

In Madhya Pradesh, Sardar Sarovar oustees are still battling corrupt officials and greedy middlemen to claim fair and prompt rehabilitation.
On a trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, BT’s Anusha Subramanian comes back with lessons in micro-financing and community-owned tourism.
Most of the bird-hits happen at the Mumbai airport. But with slums encircling it, making the airport safer or modern is a big challenge.