Golden Peace Dove
Recently A Golden Peace Dove which was named after Sri Aurobindo, was presented to Auroville Institute of Applied Technology (AIAT) by its German partner institute Kaufmannische Lehranstalten Bremerhaven. Dove was one of the peace doves named after international personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Besides, as many as 30 Golden Doves created by German artist Richard Hillinger, were distributed in recognition with the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
They are drawing on the ground, or a large motif, or design produced on the ground, by arranging clasts stones, stone fragments, gravel or earth or by removing patinated clasts to expose unpatinated ground. Recently large number of Geoglyphs has been found in Amazon Rain Forests which are ancient.
World’s Biggest Newspaper Market: India
As per a recent report by world association of newspapers and New Publishers (WAN – INFRA) India is the biggest newspaper market in the world with a daily sales of 107 million newspapers. Next come China and Japan and these three countries collectively share the 60 % of this market. This was revealed in the 62nd World Newspaper congress in Hyderabad in December 2009.
India’s Foest Cover
As per State of the Forests report 21.02 % area of the country under the forest cover. Please note that this exclusive to the 2.82 % tree cover thus making over all 23.84%.
All Time Educating Machines of IGNOU
This is a revolutionary idea of IGNOU for distant learners living in far-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands . Regional Centre of IGNOU in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is to introduce All Time Educating Machines (ATEMs) in 2010 which are touch screen Kiosk system as teaching learning aid. Centers like Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay will be able to get quality education and lectures on desired subjects with only a touch. The ATEM is a multi-media based touch screen machine (similar to ATM) with audio-video information provided on selected topics from school education to higher and technical education by experts of national repute.
The Dogma of “Catch Certificates”
On January 1, 2009 the validation procedures for fish exports to the European Union countries has come into force. The European Commission’s regulation 1005/2008 insists that exported marine fishery products, except a few minor items, should be accompanied by the `catch certificates` validated by a government authority of the fishing/flag country. More than 68 countries, including India, have notified the European Commission that they are implementing the scheme. The Union government has authorized the MPEDA as one of the validating authorities. Some of the exporters who have shipped consignments processed out of catch landed prior to January 1 have got their statements endorsed by the authority.
Offshore Derivative Instruments
ODIs are investment vehicles used by overseas investors to park funds in Indian equities and derivatives. The SEBI regulates this in India. Please note that recently Barclays Bank was barred by SEBI from issuing and trading in offshore derivative instruments (ODIs) due to violating the provisions of foreign institutional investor regulations by furnishing false and incorrect information.
India & Climate Risk Index 2010
India is ranked 7th worst-hit country in the Climate Risk Index 2010. None of the developed countries figure in the ten most affected countries’ list. Among the first 20, there are only four developed countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United States. Myanmar, Yemen and Vietnam were most severely affected.
Farmers & water management initiatives
In the 5th Asian Regional Conference of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage which held in New Delhi recently, prime minister said that Water related issues need to be addressed with full involvement of local people and taking into account the local conditions. Obviously the farmers are the principal stakeholders in the agricultural related water management issues and initiatives. Farmers should be consulted in any agricultural water management initiatives.
Controversial Cement Plant of Nirma
Nirma is foraying in the cement business with this 2.4 million tonnes cement plant in Bhavnagar district for an estimated investment of Rs 1000 crore (Rs 10 billion). Residents of about dozen villages in the Bhavnagar region had opposed the cement plant over the land acquisition issue. These villagers had agitated against the allotment of over 4,000 hectares of land to Nirma Group for the cement project on the ground that the land provisioned for the project included wasteland and grazing land in villages such Dudheri, Gajarda, Delia and Amlia. These villages are located on the coastal belt of Mahuva. The Gujarat government appointed a 5 member high-power committee under SK Shelat to look into Nirma Cement Project controversy in May 2009. Now , the Gujarat government has given its green signal to this controversial cement plant in Mahuva.
National CDM Authority
Till January 2010, 1455 projects have been approved by National CDM Authority in India as a part of the clean development mechanism. These will attract around $6 billion (Rs 28,000 crore) into the country by 2012 through sale of Certified Emission Reduction certificates. These projects have seen an investment of more than $33.7 billion(Rs 1.6 lakh crore).
Sustainable Urban Transport System of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has recently (December 2009) got approval from the world bank for loans worth $ 405 million to promote environment-friendly urban transport projects. World Bank has allocated $105 million to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) to funds model projects on sustainable transport solutions, which can be replicated by other Indian cities. Urban Transport Project is also supported by a $20.5 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This will be used in building new bus systems and non-motorized transport development such as cycle track investments. Another $300 million loan for the Andhra Pradesh Municipal Development Project (APMDP), which will finance sustainable, high-priority urban infrastructure projects, implemented by local bodies.
Troubled Asset Relief Program & Citigroup
Please note , $ 45 Billion was the bailout money pumped in Citi by US Government. Out of this money recently CITI said it will repay $20 billion bailout money to the US government. Citi has to pay back only $20 billion, since the government got a 34 per cent stake in Citi for $25 billion. Bank of America had also got $ 45 Billion Funds and it has repaid the funds in December.
World’s First Hybrid Bike
Eko Vehicles has launched the world’s first hybrid bikes and scooters. It`s a Bangalore based company. The ET-120 and Strike two wheelers have been developed in collaboration with US and UK based companies. Promises to halve the carbon emission and state government is considering tax subsidies to promote the Green Technology hybrid automobiles.
India’s First Mega Food Park
country`s first mega food park would be inaugurated on January 6, 2009 in Haridwar. It belongs to Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev , popularly known by Baba Brand Dev in Marketing & Advertising circles. An investment of Rs 500 crore is expected in the food park, which is considered to be the biggest in India. At least two-dozen factories related to organic, herbal and other agriculture products would be set up in the food park.