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German-Indian Ideas Competition on Waste Management

German-Indian Ideas Competition on Waste Management

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Shout out to those environmentalists with a scientific inclination; the initiative 'Germany - Land of Ideas' in association with the Federal Ministry of Education & Research is organizing a German-Indian ideas competition. This venture is part of their international campaign 'Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow', and the search is on for sustainable innovations that'll help solve the challenge of waste disposal in modern Indian cities. Titled From Waste To Resource – How Can We Turn Garbage Into Gold?, the contest opens on April 27th 2016, and the deadline for the same is June 10, 2016. All interested participants from India and Germany are invited to share their concepts for successful waste management so the ideas can be actualized. These ideas will first
Reflections On the Ongoing Administration Crisis In Delhi

Reflections On the Ongoing Administration Crisis In Delhi

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Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal paying his respects to the first Chief Minister of Delhi Ch. Braham Prakash. There has always been a strain in the Centre-States relationship in India owing to our Quasi-Federal structure and the multi-party system we have. At any given time, there are usually two different parties in power at the Center and State levels. This makes things a little complicated, as we are witnessing in the case of the NCT of Delhi today. The tiff between the Hon'ble LG Najeeb Jung and the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal started as soon as the latter took up the office. For the Delhi Government, it became logical to claim that having LG as the chief administrator practically means a permanent President’s Rule in 'Delhi State'. What makes the situat
Urban Ecology & Ecosystem Inputs – Need of the Urban Era

Urban Ecology & Ecosystem Inputs – Need of the Urban Era

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The present century is witnessing a global urban transformation, which is rapidly ongoing. Urban centers became the drivers of economic growth in the post-industrial world. The economies of scale worked with large populations inviting synergy which has and continues to facilitate the urban growth process. Consequently, the twentieth century witnessed a massive urban transition so much so that at the turn of the century, the world urban population crossed the 50% mark [1]. In the present year of 2014, 54% of the world’s population is living in urban areas [2]. The first fourteen years of the twenty first century have therefore clarified that this century is going to be the epitome of the Urban Age. At the same time, urbanisation has now become an integral part and the central focus o
Discover Delhi: A Series of Excursions to the City of Cities!

Discover Delhi: A Series of Excursions to the City of Cities!

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(Too early to complain about your blistered feet, O Mir. Delhi is yet far away, hold a while.) Delhi - the city of cities, the city of djinns, the city of lost souls and found glories – conceals within itself many an untold stories. One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Delhi has served as the capital of several empires. It is a city of long, intriguing histories; deep, rich culture; and a vibrant, pulsating present. Today, the city contains within it the remnants of several capital cities. The past, the present, and the future appear to live simultaneously in its streets and boulevards. From the narrow by-lanes of Chandni Chowk to the wide, tree lined avenues of Lutyen’s Delhi; from the swanky malls of South Delhi to the bustling street markets all over the city, and
Monsoon Delhi 2010: An Urban Ecology Experiment by Delhi Greens

Monsoon Delhi 2010: An Urban Ecology Experiment by Delhi Greens

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The recent announcement at the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2010 in Singapore crowning New Delhi among the top four global cities on the one hand and the burns of the construction work as well as ad hoc planning for the Commonwealth Games that the city is grilling under on the other makes a perfect base to study and understand the city’s relation to its physical, biological and social environment. And with the monsoon around the corner, what better way to do explore the urban ecology than through the Monsoon bioscope. And why not! After all, the Monsoon provides critical ecosystem services to Delhi city each year. The Govt. may have spent crores of rupees on the cleaning of Yamuna River in Delhi, all of which went, for lack of a better phrase, down the drain. But the
Nature in the City: Bugs and Beyond

Nature in the City: Bugs and Beyond

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The most empowering context that we as human beings have created for ourselves as a species is the possibility of language. Creation of words to fit the world that we live in gives us the power to control it and manipulate it. So, while language has a collective, a supra-organic existence, an existence outside of each one of us, it is only because we all continue to use it to describe our world, that it exists. For this is the only way we have created to understand the physical world around us. Today I went out to the garden for a walk after a long time. The overcast sky made it easier. I was very present to the environment around me and what did I notice. There were a lot of mites, fruit flies, Lady bugs, dung beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, dragon flies, black bugs bees, wasps an...
Take Care Take Charge: Submit your Idea for Greener Cities

Take Care Take Charge: Submit your Idea for Greener Cities

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Take Care | Take Charge, a Garnier Times of India Campaign with the Center for Environment Education as the Knowledge Partner invites ideas on green and sustainable solutions to environmental issues under various themes. These can include an innovative technology solution, a marketing solution, practice, or a way of impacting behaviour for positive change. The ideas should be innovative and have the power to change the world: Something you can do yourself, Can be done in your community Or you would want expert institutions/Govt. to pick up and implement to Make your city Green! The campaign is primarily being run in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore but invites young people from across India to participate. The broad themes of the campaign under which ...
UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

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Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN Habitat at the WUF The World Urban Forum is one of the world's premier conferences on cities. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum recently concluded in Rio de Janeiro with speakers and participants hailing it as the most successful one ever staged. Over 13,000 participants from 150 countries around the world attended the Session and shared ideas on how to cope with the challenges of urbanization. In her speech, the UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka challenged the Forum participants to think long and...
Call for Proposals: The CITY as STUDIO Sarai-CSDS Fellowship

Call for Proposals: The CITY as STUDIO Sarai-CSDS Fellowship

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The Sarai Programme at the Center for Study of Developing Societies, Delhi is an interdisciplinary platform for the investigation and interpretation of contemporary urban experience. Sarai produces events and processes, publishes offline and online content and generates contexts for research and creative practice concerning contemporary urban conditions. The Sarai Media Lab invites expressions of interest and intent from artists and practitioners in diverse media - textual, visual, aural, spatial and temporal - who could be - visual artists (photographers, sculptors, installation artists, graphic artists), writers and independent scholars, filmmakers, architects, experimental musicians and composers, sound recordists, performers and people whose practices straddle or transcend diffe...

Vitality and Abundance

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May this Diwali be a celebration of vitality and abundance to all of us. Let me be authentic about who I was before I started writing in this blog. I tended to look at vitality as something that is limited to what I could provide and the planet we live on, to have limited resources. Therefore the constant concern for me was, what would create the necessary energy? The easiest option I chose was always to nap or sit before the TV surfing channels so that I would have enough energy to get into action. I realized that no amount of rest and recreation was enough and I became lazy and bound to home. Fifty Blogs down the road (yes! unbelievable isn’t it?) I realized that you are the creators of my vitality. With the Blog I am committed to creating a possibility of a green and clean city while

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