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The Monkey Menace Turns Fatal in Delhi

The Monkey Menace Turns Fatal in Delhi

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The monkeys in Delhi have been a nuisance for many. But never before did this lead to an incident as shocking as leading to a loss of human life. Delhi’s Deputy Mayor, Late S.S. Bajwa, who died after falling from the terrace while trying to stave off an attack by the monkeys became the unfortunate victim. Monkeys had been a problem in the area for long but none could have imagined that an incident of this magnitude could occur. Despite citizens continuously complaining about monkeys making trouble in different parts of the city, the Municipal authorities have not been able to do enough. Trouble is, such incomplete attempts (where a few monkeys are captured in cages and located further south of Delhi) only makes the remaining monkey population irritated and more aggressive. If adequat
A tale of two (NCR) cities!

A tale of two (NCR) cities!

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The third week of last month saw two contrastingly different green incidents in two different National Capital Region (NCR) cities, on the same day. While the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to save over 1,000 fully grown trees while widening roads and has also come up with an idea to carry out "development around the greens" instead of through the greens, NOIDA on the end had a completely different story to tell. A resident of NOIDA, who tried to resist the cutting of trees in a park near his house was threatened and nearly assaulted by men who came to cut the trees on the pretext of pruning them. News Image Source
Jackal in the city!

Jackal in the city!

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A few days ago, a full grown jackal was found right in the heart of the city behind Regal Theater in Connaught Place. The animal was first thought to be a dog that had entrapped itself amidst the generator sets behind Regal. But a few onlookers soon realized that it was a jackal and quickly informed the police. The animal was finally rescued by the Delhi based NGO Wildlife SOS, which was called in by the police. It should be noted here that sometime around the beginning of this year, a pack of jackals that had made the Delhi Airport its home was caught by the same NGO as part of the plan to relocate wild animals roaming the airport premises. The six jackals that were then caught were later released in the South-Central Ridge after being examined by a team of veterinary doctors. Apparently,...
‘Understanding EIA: From screening to decision making’, CSE’s hands-on training programme

‘Understanding EIA: From screening to decision making’, CSE’s hands-on training programme

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important tool for informing decision-makers, regulators and stakeholders about the possible environmental, social and economic costs of a proposed project. To be effective, it requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders. There is a genuine need to develop the capacity of state-level regulators and state-level appraisal committees to screen and scope the EIA process, to conduct transparent public consultations and to evaluate EIA reports, especially after the new EIA notification. At the same time there is a need among community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, academicians and environmental managers to review and interpret EIA reports, as they are technical in nature. Centre for Science and Environment, N...
Training Programme by Sambodhi

Training Programme by Sambodhi

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Sambodhi - an initiative catering to research and allied service needs of the social sector for design and development of state-of-art knowledge ware products and provision of knowledge-based services is organising a training programme for trainers! Programme title: Training of Trainers on Design and Delivery of Training Duration: 5 days, From 19th to 23rd November 2007 Venue: New Delhi The training is aimed at augmenting the knowledge and skills of personnel in development projects and agencies involved in capacity development especially training; for efficient design and effective delivery of trainings. Sambodhi's previous programmes in the Capacity Development Series have been subscribed by personnel from leading development organizations and projects including Action Aid, BBC-WST,...
Draft Guidelines for E-Waste Management

Draft Guidelines for E-Waste Management

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E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. In developed countries, it equals 1% of total solid waste generation and is expected to grow to 2% by 2010. In USA, it accounts 1% to 3% of the total municipal waste generation. In EU, historically, E-waste is growing three times faster than average annual municipal solid waste generation.  In developing countries, it ranges 0.01% to 1% of the total municipal solid waste generation. In China and India, though annual generation per capita is less than 1 kg, it is growing at an exponential pace. The increasing “market penetration” in developing countries, “replacement market” in developed countries and “high obsolescence rate” make E-waste as one of the fastest waste stream. Consequenty, the Central Pollution Control Board h
Center may give a “green” signal to Dow Chemicals?

Center may give a “green” signal to Dow Chemicals?

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Even as the Alumni of various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) team up to put pressure on the institutes to prevent campus interviews being conducted by Dow Chemicals (which now owns Union Carbide).... American Giants run into IIT backlash IIT alumni gang up agaist Dow Chemicals Alumni urge IITs to boycott Dow Chemicals IITs urge bar on any tie with Dow Chemicals Blacklist Dow Chemicals, demand IIT Alumni ....it's a totally different scenario at the Center. Far from banning the entry of Dow Chemicals into the country, the Center is gearing up to give the company a green signal to invest in India - even when the people of Bhopal are still suffering from not just the horror of the Bhopal Legacy but also from the threat of contamination from the chemicals that still lie around

Another feather in Delhi Metro’s ‘green’ cap!

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Delhi Metro has now got another feather in its 'green' cap! In an attempt to promote cycle as an eco-friendly mode of transportation, Delhi Metro has now begun to rent out cycles at its Vishwavidhalaya Station! Parking space for people who get their own cycles is also being provided.  Following is a news story from ExpressIndia.com on the same: Metro goes green, to rent out cycles now Express News Service New Delhi, October 17 IF you thought Delhi Metro is only about swish trains that can take you places in matter of seconds, think again. In a novel experiment, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation today launched an eco-friendly initiative to promote cycling at Delhi University’s North Campus. Starting Thursday, commuters can take cycles on rent at the Vishwavidyalaya station for Rs 10 for e