Beat Plastic Pollution- Futile Exercise ? Feel Good Factor?  What next ?

Beat Plastic Pollution- Futile Exercise ? Feel Good Factor? What next ?

It may be true that the world is drowned in plastics, however, in last few weeks, it seems to be submerged more in statistics than in plastics. Read, for example, One million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year, the world has produced till this date about 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics, that is more than one tonne per person today. (more…)...
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From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth – Modi-Xi River Side Bromance

From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth – Modi-Xi River Side Bromance

From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth is a dramatic shift. The literal meaning of Doklam is ‘rocky road’. ( written just before Modi-Xi informal summit in Wuhan )  26th April 2018: Whatever the conflicting realities on the ground, history has shown that both India and China have shared a dream of peaceful coexistence. That desire became stronger after the freedom of both the countries from foreign powers. This silk-road to peace has, in recent past,  often turned into rocky-road giving leaders of both countries a bumpy ride. Wuhan is known as the city of bridges across rivers Yangtse and Han. There are clearly game-changing and long-term win-win opportunities for both India and China to build the bridges and to take collaborative initiative for global stewardship when PM Modi and President Xi meet in Wuhan. The recent dispute at Doklam became  Himalayan hot-spot from June to August in 2017. Chinese population, more than Indian,...
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Stephen Hawking: An alien specie. Who Returned home. Obituary

Stephen Hawking: An alien specie. Who Returned home. Obituary

He not only looked and sounded like extra-terrestrial, but was almost like alien species trying to get along with earthy traits. He had no intention to invade or exterminate human life on the Earth as most of the science fictions depict, but probably to live with it and take with him the treasure of knowledge. His objective seemed  to collect as much data as possible by challenging the theories of the  scientists like Albert Einstein and Fred Hoyle. Impatiently challenged great physicists: He started his mission on the Earth, by challenging the Big Bang theory when he was a student. Later he vacillated and contradicted his own propositions about the same.  He propounded and then took back his own theories about shrinking, then expanding, then light-swallowing and finally light-radiating characters of the black-holes which till this date remain an enigma for the astrophysicists. He first proposed and then questioned the singularity of the...
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Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming as frequently as extreme weather events. But the world is ever ready for negotiations. The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming more frequently, than before.But these déjà vu moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as remembrance of the grave future. The frequency of déjà vu moments in climate meetings are also giving rise to growing complexities and entanglement of the issues, problems, and above all the agenda of the meetings themselves. Take for example the Bonn Climate Change Conference under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conference that has opened this week in Bonn, Germany is bundle of mind boggling meetings. Hold your breath, here is the list : twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23), the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as...
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MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

The first ever global movement for ‘inclusive development’ in the history of human civilization was launched by United Nations at the dawn of 21st century when, in year 2000, its General Assembly consisting of all of 196 countries UN adopted eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs) . The very second goal of the pack of the MDGs was to “Achieve universal primary education”. That indeed was challenging and formidable goal considering that the global enrolment in primary school in 2000 was only 83 percent. The final review report of MDGs in 2015, when MDGs were to be finally achieved, declared that the global enrolment had reached 91 percent. The target of 100 percent was narrowly missed but the point was made that “the global goals under United Nations do work!’. UN General Assembly of all 197 countries , on 25th September 2015, adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), post-MDGs. Their implementation was launched on...
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Laboratory for Smart Cities: Indian experiment going global

Laboratory for Smart Cities: Indian experiment going global

“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” 33-year-old, self-made, fifth richest man of the world Marc Zuckerberg, wrote“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” 33-year-old, self-made, fifth richest man of the world Marc Zuckerberg, wrote in his 6000-word letter published on his Facebook page early this year.  “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community – for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all,” he wrote. Faces of youth in today’s world may not be as good as they look on Facebook posts; however, the images in the story-book of this young community are full of promises, adventures and even anxieties. Half a century ago in 1968, the protests and revolutionary upsurge by students in the western world still echo threats to the edifice of insensitive...
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You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

Global Goals Work, but there are lessons to learn. Example SDG 4 on Education. Technology and Ecosystem has changed. The first ever global movement for ‘inclusive development’ in the history of human civilization was launched by United Nations at the dawn of 21st century when, in year 2000. In its General Assembly consisting of all of 196 countries UN adopted eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs) . The very second goal of the pack of the MDGs was to “Achieve universal primary education”.  That indeed was challenging and formidable goal considering that the global enrolment in primary school in 2000 was only 83 percent. The final review report of MDGs in 2015, when MDGs were to be finally achieved, declared that the global enrolment had reached 91 percent.  The target of 100 percent was narrowly missed but the point was made that “the global goals under United Nations do work!’. UN General Assembly of...
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Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

The real ‘breaking news’ of this century is ‘breaking away of  Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C from its mother continent . Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. In spite of being a moot point for a couple of centuries, climate change has raised many concerns in the recent decades. Many international conferences continue to deal  with the issue on an urgent basis. These alarmist tendencies have come with the dawning realisation of the irreversible impact that climate change can and will definitely continue to incubate. Melting ice signifies impending disaster The ‘breaking news’ about Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C measuring 48,600 square km, irreversibly breaking away from its mother continent has recently fluttered in. Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. Further, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported a dramatic collapse of smaller parts, Larsen A and B. Larsen C...
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