Despite the best phase of economic progress, India losses quarter of its HDI value due to inequality. It requires more attention to bridge the regional and gender inequality to improve its relative rank globally.
It’s fascinating to look back on the advancements in technology and see how far the world has come in the last two decades. At the same time, the manner in which technology has proliferated and come to become an integral part of our daily lives has led to the diminishing of distances. Tech has made it possible for people in remote areas to access health and related services as well as interact with doctors and caregivers, without having to travel vast distances.
Yesterday, the United Nations honoured me with the ‘Champions of the Earth Award’. While I was extremely humbled at receiving this honour, I do feel that this award is not for an individual. Instead, it is recognition of the Indian culture and values, which have always placed emphasis on living in harmony with Mother Nature.
It was a proud moment for every Indian to see India’s proactive role in mitigating climate change being acknowledged and appreciated by the UN secretary general António Guterres and Erik Solheim, executive director of UNEP.
The development of natural resources dates back to about 50,000 years – in the Middle Paleolithic Chert mines of Nazlet Sabaha (or Safaha), a site on the western banks of the Nile River in Egypt. In India, zinc mining dates back to over 3,000 years in Rajasthan at Zawar.
Prime minister Narendra Modi rolled out the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan from Rajghat, New Delhi, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (October 2) in 2014. The movement pledged to make India ‘open defecation free’ by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation.
As cities get flooded because of climate change, and the unusual circumstances following from this, people live in daily dread. They have no idea from where they will get their water and electricity or food in the days to come. Two weeks of heavy rains are expected (weather.com Warmer conditions expected across India, with heavy rains in South, September 30, 2018).
Mom went away last week. But mom will remain mom forever. When I lent my hand to carry the light coffin from the small chapel at the Goan Cemetery in the heart of Pune city to her freshly dug grave, it was heavy. Mom was indeed lucky carrying with her to heaven all the blessings and gifts from the hearts of mourners who had come in large numbers to bid her one last farewell. Santana, 89, who passed away peacefully following a brief illness was lucky to have gathered together all her scattered children but in the hospital.
Cyber security, which today is a major concern for corporates across the globe, will soon emerge as the single biggest risk eclipsing regulatory risks and technology disruptions.
Ensuring availability of enough gold in the system is always a challenge in India where about 90 per cent of the yellow metal is used for manufacturing bars, coins and jewellery. The demand-supply theory is not largely applicable to gold as the supply is controlled to maintain economic equilibrium.
The intent to ensure sufficient gold available to the industry is defeated to a certain extent, as there is a lack of quality standardisation, transparency, price-difference as well as mobility of gold across the supply chain.
On September 23, the prime minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat and termed it a “game-changing initiative to serve the poor”. The scheme aims to provide a health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family, per year, and will benefit 10 crore households. Earlier, the World Health Organisation’s director general had praised the programme for its scope of ambition and boldness. But calculations bear out certain obstacles to a smooth implementation.