A clean environment for human empowerment

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.

Mining data for mining

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.

Opinion: Women’s role in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan vital

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.

Urban Rehabilitation

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’s binding love till the end

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 threats

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.

Opinion: Prescription for success of PMJAY

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.

Expanding aviation sector

India’s aviation market is the fastest growing in the wo­rld. It is projected to be the third largest by 2020 and the largest civil aviation market by 2030. One of the biggest contributors to this projection is the progressive role played by the ministry of civil aviation. The ministry has taken several steps in the recent past that led to this rapid increase.

Credible ranking method needed

Ranking is an integral part of every race, be it in business, sports, politics or any other di­scipline. We all run races to win and get acknowled­g­ed. And that we run races ev­eryday for everything we do make it even more import­a­nt for all of us. In such ra­ces, ra­n­kings play an import­a­nt pa­rt. The advertising bu­s­iness is one such industry where the race is stiff and ph­oto finishes are prevalent.