Being part of self help group provides a source of additional income, gives a sense of confidence

By Moin Qazi* It’s a journey that started with a few thousand rupees. That was the size of the first loan received by a remarkable woman named Vidya Khustale. Vidya invested the money into her tiny business selling locally made detergents and brooms. With the help of that initial investment and subsequent loans, Vidya’s business … Continue reading Being part of self help group provides a source of additional income, gives a sense of confidence

The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

By Moin Qazi* Child prodigies have been with us since early times. But over the epochs, many of them have had their genius questioned—mostly as to whether or not a parent or a mentor was behind their amazing skills. It is only when their talents were authentically established that people around them could acknowledge them … Continue reading The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals

By Michelle Z Donahue* UN teams up with German aerospace to access satellite technology for development Collaboration aims to tackle water and food security and plan disaster response First project in Mozambique will assist reconstruction following Cyclone Idai The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will have greater access to a suite of powerful space science … Continue reading UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals

Darker, poorer migrants in India, coming from ‘inferior’ country, can factor into xenophobia

By Melissa Tandiwe Myambo* South Africa is becoming infamous on the world stage for its violent, even deadly, xenophobia. Attacks periodically erupt. Often the targets are African foreign nationals as well as Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. Similarly, in India, xenophobic sentiment is aimed at Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and African migrants, some of whom have even lost their lives. Yet, … Continue reading Darker, poorer migrants in India, coming from ‘inferior’ country, can factor into xenophobia

Why world can’t protect climate without checking population growth?

By NS Venkataraman* A well-researched study has been conducted about the linkages between global population growth and climate hazard. The study has been conducted by Nandini Consultancy Centre, a firm of chemical engineers based at Chennai and Singapore. The study report urges the UNO to recognize the inadequacies of the decisions taken during the Paris … Continue reading Why world can’t protect climate without checking population growth?

Potential for reuse of waste water and treated sludge is not being exploited to the full in Jaipur

Excerpts from the study, “Wastewater Management in Jaipur: A City Level Sanitation Study”, published* by the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Delhi The Jaipur City Development Master Plan 2025 was adopted and notified in 2011 (JDA, 2011). The plan estimated the wastewater generation in 2025 to be 783 MLD. The plan divided the city into … Continue reading Potential for reuse of waste water and treated sludge is not being exploited to the full in Jaipur

N-power projects: Critical to undertake cost-benefit analysis, explore techno-economic viability options

By Shankar Sharma* India has embarked on plans for a massive addition to its nuclear power capacity.  The Parliament was informed by the concerned minister on 3rd January 2019 that 21 nuclear power reactors, with an installed capacity of 15,700 MW was under implementation, envisaged for progressive completion by the year 2031. Whereas it looks … Continue reading N-power projects: Critical to undertake cost-benefit analysis, explore techno-economic viability options