What makes a City Smart? This question has become more relevant today than ever before in the history of modern urbanisation! A city is considered Smart when it improves and develops. Here, development is primarily focused on improved technology, better infrastructure (institutional, physical, social and economic) and an integrated system of communication and information. The concept of a Smart city varies from country to country. This is also because of the varied connotations affiliated with the term development. Smart City: A Boon Development not only attracts people but also attracts investors. Thus it also benefits the economy. Citizens of a Smart city have improved quality of life and reduced risk of diseases. The localities in a smart city have wide roads and well...
Trees and plants are the only source of food and oxygen for us and their growth and protection is a prerequisite for human survival on this Planet. It is for this reason that it is believed that for a country to be sustainable, it must have at least 33 of its area under forest cover. Consequently, several measures are being taken across the world to carry out tree plantation activities and also to protect the existing green cover. The Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan recently informed the Members of the Lok Sabha about the ongoing national afforestation schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Environment,Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in India. To achieve the targets mentioned in the National Forest Policy of maintaining 33% forest...
Biosphere Reserve (BR) is an international designation given by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large area of terrestrial or marine ecosystems or a combination thereof. BRs are designated to deal with one of the most important questions of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity, the quest for economic and social development and maintenance of associated cultural values. BRs are thus special environments for both people and the nature and are living examples of how human beings and nature can co-exist while respecting each other’s needs. In India, as recently informed by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, in a writt
SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) along with ITC and Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust recently launched Code Unnati, a multi-year, collaborative digital literacy and software skills development initiative. The initiative will work to strengthen Government of India's Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDSA) and will enable employability through digital literacy. Code Unnati partners with 6 diverse non-profit organisations to impart digital literacy to children, adolescents, the differently-abled & other citizens and drive employment-led software skills development for the underprivileged. This initiative envisions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of - No Poverty, Quality Education, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and Partnership For the Goals. Th
The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Shri Piyush Goyal addressing at the release of the report Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy into Indias Electric Grid- National Study in New Delhi on June 29, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri P.K. Pujari and other dignitaries are also seen. The study, developed under the U.S.-India bilateral program “Greening the Grid”, confirms the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s power grid by 2022, and identifies future course of actions that are favorable for such integration. The Government of India in 2015 had set the ambitious target of adding 100 GW of solar energy and 60 GW of wind energy into the country’s energy mix
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to issue fresh equity shares of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). What is IREDA? For those who do not know, IREDA is a Public Financial Institution. Since its inception, IREDA has played a pioneering role in supporting and facilitating the policies and program of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) that has nurtured the renewable energy industry in the country. Why Was it Needed? Government of India has scaled-up the renewable energy (RE) targets to 175 GW by the year 2022. To achieve this ambitious target, substantial investments in RE sector will be required. IREDA, being the premier institution for RE Sector, has to cater to the incr...
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari planting a sapling at the premises of Embassy of India Complex, in Warsaw, Poland on April 28, 2017. The Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh and Smt. Salma Ansari are also seen.
The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal launching the countrys first solar boat at Vaikkom, in Kerala on January 12, 2017. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, the Minister of State for Transport, Shri. A.K. Saseendran and the MP, Shri Jose K. Mani are also seen. The solar boat, ADITYA, is a 75-passenger vessel which runs on solar power. It is definitely an innovative response to the climate crisis by shifting from fossil fuel based energy to solar energy! [cite]
DHFL Pramerica MF, one of the leading new mutual fund houses has recently unveiled their digital campaign to reach out to young investors with a series of video and banner ads urging them to invest in a S.I.P (Systematic Investment Plan). Developed in house by the marketing team, the campaign will be using social media extensively and has been kick started on Facebook and Youtube. The campaign has already managed to garner over 20 million video impressions till date and has seen very strong acceptance within the target audience. DHFL Pramerica MF has chosen to approach this Investor Awareness S.I.P campaign differently than what has been done earlier by the industry. The campaign has been designed to spur action without trying to explain what SIP is all about. Riding on the fact th
Shri Anil Madhav Dave taking charge as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in New Delhi on July 06, 2016. Delhi Greens congratulations the Minister and sends him good wishes for helping protect the environment and forests of India and tackle the impending challenge of climate change. A little more about the Minister: Born on July 6, 1956 in village Barnagar of Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh, Shri Dave received his primary education in Gujarat. He did his Masters in Commerce with a specialisation in Rural Development & Management from Indore. He was a student leader during his college days. He is well-known for his work on river Narmada through an organisation ‘Narmada Samagra’ founded by him, which works on conservation of Narmada and its c