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What’s That October ‘Devilish’ Smell, Delhi?

What’s That October ‘Devilish’ Smell, Delhi?

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It's the October Delhi evening and you are walking briskly along a tree lined road with the hustle and bustle of city life in your head. Suddenly a somewhat confusing smell attracts your senses with an intensity so strong that it diverts all the chaos in your head to capture your attention almost completely. Memorable yet not so sweet, the smell makes you pace up a little, for something tells you you shouldn't be under its spell for long. But you've only gone a few steps ahead of it that the now fading but still enchanting and intoxicating smell makes you stop and look back. And you perhaps take a few steps back in an attempt to experience the mesmerizer smell once again! If you live in a colony blessed with trees, especially in the Lutyen's part of Delhi, chances are that this smel...
Global Protest Indicate Not All Are Game for the Games

Global Protest Indicate Not All Are Game for the Games

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A woman worker along with her children at the CWG 2010 Games site in DU In a very clear statement made by Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Federation, the worm that has been infesting the CWG and other sporting mega events like the Olympics seem to have almost come out in the open. According to him, the Games' organisers need to focus on issues that affect the athletes i.e., the Games Village, transport, security and smooth running of the actual sporting events. He said, "If you get those sorts of key issues right, then I think we have got a very good chance of the athletes at the end of the Games looking back and saying 'we had a great time’. That is the target, that is the objective - the Games are for the athletes of the commonwealth." And in doing so, he
Carbon Offsetting Plantation Programme by Advit Foundation

Carbon Offsetting Plantation Programme by Advit Foundation

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Advit Foundation invites the citizens of Delhi and Gurgaon to come together and join hands in support of the carbon offsetting plantation programme carried out with the Delhi Metro near MG Road Metro Station, Gurgaon. The programme is meant to develop and enhance the green belt under the Gurgaon Metro track. Date: 8th August, 2010 (Sunday) Time: 8 am Venue: MG Road Metro Station (in front of City Center Mall) While the green cover of Delhi has reportedly enhanced in the past decade, rampant urbanization and urban sprawl in the satellite towns has led to a considerable decrease in number and diversity of trees there. However, in order to sustain a healthy NCR, it is critical to address this issue at the earliest and promote the development of city parks and forests in the NCR in lin...
Growing Young With Green Mangoes

Growing Young With Green Mangoes

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It is my friend’s birthday today. I picked up the phone and wished him. While talking on the phone, we tried to relive our past of climbing trees and eating green mangoes. Staring out of the window, there it is, a bunch of green mangoes, between the delicate white flowers of Jamun tree, and the light yellow spotted flowers of the Tamarind tree on the compound wall of our society. I have looked at them almost every day since the past one month, but have no courage to do anything to get them. We, as kids, have often climbed these trees and thrown stones so as to drop some mangoes and almost always gotten scolded by adults. As an adult, I now continue this tradition of scolding the kids for doing so! As I look out, there are a few kids from the block who have gathered around the tree w
Nature Camp and Workshop on International Day of Biodiversity

Nature Camp and Workshop on International Day of Biodiversity

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The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)’ to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This years theme for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.The very enthusiastic Department of Environment (DoE), GNCT has come up with an interesting concept to observe this day.  Welcoming the day ahead, the Dept. of Environment is calling for a Nature Camp inviting students from the various Eco-Clubs across Delhi. The overnight camp will be organized on May 21, 2010 from 6.00 pm at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Vasant Vihar. The camp will culminate the next day with a workshop on Biodiversity at 9.00 am. Over 25 school students will be participating in t
Yellow Bliss in the Greens of Delhi

Yellow Bliss in the Greens of Delhi

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Commonly these trees are called “Amaltas or Laburnums”, but lovingly I call them “yellow bliss”. Travelling the Delhi’s road has never been so delightful making the traffic madness a bit lighter to bear. Looking at the yellow flowering Amaltas trees, I bet you can’t help but be delighted and whisper a silent thanks to the hands that planted them and bless the minds that drove such initiative of planting. The Department of Environment, GNCT has been one of the dedicated departments in terms of tree plantation and greening of the capital city. Also, a lot of other social organizations working hard to make the city a better place need a special acknowledgment. A simple word like ‘thank you’ could do magic and act as balm of encouragement to many tiring souls and hands. So here I am doi
Blog IMPACT: Students Use RTI to Dechoke Trees

Blog IMPACT: Students Use RTI to Dechoke Trees

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Here's another tree dechoking success story we present as a model for the citizens of Delhi. After reading the blog posts, Trees Dechoked: GK-I Residents Show the Way Against Concretization, students of B.Tech (Biotechnology) at GGSIP University took upon themselves to save trees from concretization and old rusted tree guards that are generally planted along with new tree saplings for protection and are often left unremoved thus hampering the growth of the trees. The students had previously written to the authorities at the MCD and PWD for removal of concrete and old tree guards but no action was taken whatsoever. This was discouraging since although large number of rules and regulation for protection of environment and especially trees existed, no civic authority bothered to follow...
Saluting the Earth on Her Day

Saluting the Earth on Her Day

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Flying past, rolling on the roads, flying above them on major roads in Delhi are parachute shaped tiny seeds of “Saptaparni” going the way the wind will take them. The flowers of this tree are not so prominent. Then there are small round seeds coated in soft cotton balls seeds of the Silk Cotton tree of the “Panchparni.” These have, almost a month ago, displayed their splendour of bright large red to orange coloured flowers. These are especially noticeable as there are no leaves on these trees. Both blossomed six weeks ago. Then the Gulmohars and the Laburnums and the Pongams are in full bloom because of the heat and the sun. These are trees planted way back in DDA colonies, school compounds and open spaces. While the Neem, Peepal, and the Banayan trees compete with these and grow any w
CM Sows Seeds of City Forest on World Forestry Day

CM Sows Seeds of City Forest on World Forestry Day

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Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Shiela Dixit planted saplings to create an urban forest at ITO chungi intersection on World Forestry Day 2010 Originated at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971, the World Forestry Day has been celebrated around the world for 30 years to remind communities of the importance of forests and the many benefits which we gain from them. The event saw participation from various members of the civil society and also volunteers from Delhi Greens. Also present along with Smt. Shiela Dixit were Hon'ble MP (Lok Sabha) Shri Sandeep Dixit, Hon'ble Minister of Finance and Urban Planning Dr. A.K. Walia, Hon'ble MCD Councillor Shri Sohan Lal and senior officers from the Dept. of Environment. All of them engaged themselves with tre...
Students Protest Against Felling of Trees, Eating of Footpath Space

Students Protest Against Felling of Trees, Eating of Footpath Space

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Students of Kamala Nehru and Gargi College, along with representatives of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of Anand Lok, Gulmohar Park and adjoining areas came together to demonstrate against the rampant felling of trees and the 'killing' of footpath space in the area. Students and residents carried posters and display banners reading "Don't kill our footpath space. Don't kill us on the road" in the protest march from the Mithaas Complex in front of Gargi College to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) office. The road stretch and the intersection near the college premises is already a congestion site and a traffic mess. Two trees have been cut and the CPWD plans to fell more and also break the pavement on both sides of the road, leaving barely any space for the pedestr...
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