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!
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
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. With this approval and the subsequent association, India stands to benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation. Management of wildlife areas and combating illegal trade of wildlife and their derivatives will also benefit from this development. India and the United States of America are both endowed with rich biodiversity and natural heritage and have established a network of Protected Areas in their respective territories. As there is scope for both the countries to...
The Government today outrightly rejected a study on status of pollution in India published in the Geophysical Research Letters Journal of the American Geophysical Union. The research paper in question has been put together by researchers at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune in collaboration with Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado, USA. The research paper concludes by stating, "The associated lost life expectancy is calculated as 3.4 ± 1.1 years for all of India with highest values found for Delhi (6.3 ± 2.2 years). Rejecting the findings of the paper completely, Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar stated, "We reject the claims made in the so-called research article that