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Earthquake Epicentering Closer Home, Delhi Needs All the Godliness

Earthquake Epicentering Closer Home, Delhi Needs All the Godliness

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Akshardham Temple in Delhi stands in the proximity of River Yamuna. The Commonwealth Games Village alongside it is also constructed on the Yamuna floodplain. It took an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale for Delhi to wake up to the reality that the city is located in Seismic Zone IV and lies among high-risk areas in terms of earthquake frequency and intensity. It was not really the intensity that "shook" the city as much as it was the proximity to the quake. The Wednesday earthquake event--that occurred in the late hours of September 7 2011--was epicentered at Sonipat in Haryana, a few kilometers North of Delhi.  The tremors were felt across north India, including in Kashmir and in Uttarakhand. Many people in Delhi came out of their houses into open areas and a large numb
Lets Make the Phoenix Rise from Commonwealth Games 2010

Lets Make the Phoenix Rise from Commonwealth Games 2010

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Dola Banerjee, Bombayala Devi and Deepika Kumari who brought India the Gold in Archery at the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Ever since the CWG 2010, and even before that, the media, and through it all of us, are telling and sharing the scandals that revolved around the making of these Commonwealth Games. Corruption in awarding contracts and shoddy jobs done (or not done) are being highlighted and continue to be done so for the past one week. The sad stories highlight how private gains were made at a public cost, by people in the positions of power. This is a constant and recurring theme and the as has been the case before, those in positions of power refuse to take responsibility for the shoddy job, for civil contracts and all the other work that was required to make the Games a success...
Health Advisory for Traveling in Delhi this CWG 2010

Health Advisory for Traveling in Delhi this CWG 2010

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Healthy body and healthy mind are the pre-requisites for a good journey Whoever said, "Prevention is always better than cure" must have had a bad experience while traveling! India is going to host its biggest sporting event ever: the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi from October 3-14 next month. Citizens from more than 85 countries will be visiting India during these  Games which will also attract tourists across the world. Delhi is still reeling under the dengue and swine flu outbreak. Here are some health precautions which participants and delegates must take while visiting India during the month of October for a better and more healthy experience. Wear appropriate clothing (long-sleeved shirts and long pants, for examples) especially when you are outdoors to avoid mosquitoe
Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

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Satellite image of River Yamuna and its floodplain (in lean period) clearly shows the encroachment that may have intensified floods in Delhi this year If you think the massive traffic jams, national shame, broken infrastructure that crumbles even as it is being constructed and the caving in of roads are all the direct impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that we are facing as citizens of Delhi, there is more to it that got overshadowed amidst it all. And these are impacts that may keep returning to plague Delhi long after the Games are over. If you are among the people whose houses got flooded this monsoon and think it is the incessant rains because of which the Yamuna became so swollen and caused the damage, there might be more to it that you should know. Predictions had already b...
Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

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As if it was ceremonial and a thing of pride for self and the country, Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi reportedly owned up the responsibility of the CWG mess yesterday by stating, "As the Chairman of the Organising Committee I will take all the blame. There is no issue about that." While only a few weeks back, there was 'no issue' to worry for the nation was assured it will witness 'better than Beijing' Games, that was not how Mr. Kalmadi's statement ended. Neither is it the end of the story for Mr. Kalmadi concluded it with, "But I wish that the venues were handed over to me earlier." With this, the great Indian blame game, already on for quite some time, only got more interesting for the 'spectators' who have everything from national pri...
“Go Green, It Works”, A Low Carbon Campaign for CWG 2010

“Go Green, It Works”, A Low Carbon Campaign for CWG 2010

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The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have jointly developed a low carbon campaign for Commonwealth Games 2010. Young Indian sporting icons are shown in real life situations promoting green behaviour. Launched with the theme and title, 'Go Green - It Works', the campaign is aimed at inspiring the common man to adopt green behaviour in his/her everyday life and lifestyle. Even the Shera is promoted and utilized in the campaign as the CWG Mascot is seen cycling, promoting the use of CFL and biogas, advising viewers to carpool and plant trees and live a green lifestyle. Click here to view the videos, hosted on YouTube, on the MoEF's website
Celebrating ‘World Green Building Week’ for Sustainable Development

Celebrating ‘World Green Building Week’ for Sustainable Development

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The week starting September 20th until September 26th marks the 'World Green Building Week' and is celebrated annually to draw attention to the role of green buildings in the creation of healthier and more sustainable communities. The Indian Green Building Council defines a green building as one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building." We at the Delhi Greens Blog spoke to Daman Sood, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to learn about his views on the benefits, trend and future of green buildings in India, upcoming 'eco' real estate and the 'Green' claimed Commonwealth Games 2010. IEEE is th...
Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

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A girl tries to wade through water at the P.G. Women's Hostel in Delhi University. The students at DU this year are the worst hit beginning with the half hearted introduction of the semester system--in some courses--by the administration, which never went well with the lecturers, to being evacuated from the hostels for the Commonwealth Games 2010, to breathing in dust filled air and walking on broken footpaths and mudslides owing to the CWG construction and now the wrath of the monsoon and an annoyed river for the city's governing agencies' disrespect for Nature and the Yamuna River and its floodplain.
The Opening Ceremony of Delhi’s Pandora’s Box!

The Opening Ceremony of Delhi’s Pandora’s Box!

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Fireworks? Nah, an overloaded electric pole could hold it no more, in North Delhi's Vijay Nagar colony. World class city (if there's such a thing) will take more than a CWG in its making! Earlier this year during the month of March, I met with the wife of a foreign dignitary who was recently posted in Delhi. It was her first visit to India and she expressed her interest to tour the country in the coming days and learn more about the culture and tradition of the people. I told her, when she asked me what was the best thing about India, that it is the diversity one finds here which makes India an exciting and interesting place. She narrated how her father who visited India decades ago had told her about the cows and other animals that roam freely on the roads. She said it was hard for he...

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