A Guinness World Record shattered last weekend when 173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries, demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The "Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!" campaign, now in its fourth year, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history, an increase of about 57 million people over last year. "The more than 173 million people who mobilized this weekend sent a clear message to world leaders that there is massive, universal, global demand for eradicating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals," said Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. "In particular, we...
Recently I got an opportunity to visit some of the colleges in Delhi for my project work. I must say that it was a good exposure for me and it helped me a lot in understanding the youth of the city. I believe that the young generation is the mirror of a city-country leading to the making of a great Nation. The youth of Delhi are enthusiastic, energetic and remain cheerful always. But this is one side of the story. Just like many other young people across India, most of them don’t know what they want from their future. At the same time, Delhites must be thankful to their young adults. During my visits to not less than ten colleges, I could not find more than ten students smoking in their campuses. That is only about one student per college and is much less than what it is in other pa
The latest report on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) says that in South Asia 87% of total population had access to safe drinking water in 2006. Another source (UNICEF Report) confirms that nearly 89% of the people in India have access to improved drinking water resources. This symbolizes a good change in the percentage of people with access to safe drinking water in India than earlier decades. As a reminder to all, MDGs are internationally accepted eight goals which need to be achieved by 2015. The eight goals are as follows: Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women Goal 4: Reduce child mortality Goal 5: Improve maternal health Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and othe
Editor's Note: Sampa Kundu has been working in the development sector for the past few years and after having finished her M.Phil from the University of Calcutta, has just moved into Delhi and has already begun exploring the city. After the sunset, its time to green the sunrise, the very next day! We all agree that a clean and safe environment is our first priority and requires immediate attention. But do we really bother about this issue? We all love to give advice and suggestions. We also love to make comments and criticize others and do not take into account our own faults. This is common and general human nature. So don’t feel bad and don’t put pressure on yourself by thinking "Yes, I did this wrong thing and I polluted my own environment...I threw up a plastic bag on the ro