From the ASEF archive: Polish students learn how to cook Indonesian food, a great way to get to know Indonesian culture with Indonesia artists. The Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites youth between the age of 18 and 30 years to explore the synergies between sustainable urbanisation and heritage preservation by joining a dynamic two-week ASEF Summer University programme which will include dialogue-sessions with leading experts, hands-on workshops and a hack-a-thon. The 19th ASEF Summer University will take place in Pune, India between 9 and 21 August, 2015 and is themed on Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities. The organisers, which include ASEF; Ministry of External Affairs (Government of India); INTACH and Symbiosis International University, will grant a financial subsid...
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 . In the present year of 2014, 54% of the world’s population is living in urban areas . 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
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 17 (starting April 23, 2012) 2012. 1. Finally, a law to govern e-waste At Old Seelampur, an impoverished neighbourhood in Northeast Delhi, rows of hollowed-out computer monitors line a dingy lane. On another street here, room after room on either side is piled high with dusty keyboards and metallic innards of computers and other electronic goods. 2. Haryana, Delhi in water row Haryana and Delhi are on the verge of locking horns over an opening made by the latter in the under-construction Munak-Haiderpur concrete lined channel (CLC) for withdrawing water for a new water treatment plant for Dwarka in New Delhi. 3. The greatest challenge The city of Tughlaqabad, the previous incarnation of Delhi,
Your responses are what keeps this blog going, thank you for sharing. Continuing on the governance issues for urban slums in Delhi on how to justify providing water sanitation etc to the existing Jhuggi Jhompdi (JJ) slums? As you all have rightly pointed out the quality of life for a middle class in the city like Delhi is subsidized by people living in slums. They are ready to accept an inferior quality of life so that the middle class could have their service providing community, at a subsidized price. Another argument is that JJ slum dwellers are not ‘paying’ any property tax or other municipal taxes. Let us look at this argument. Yes, but they are consumers and as such pay excise duty and sales tax on all the items they purchase and hence contribute to the economy directly.