It’s also a goal India can no longer put off. Electricity consumption has skyrocketed in the last two decades — we now use twice as much energy as we did in 2000, and eight times as much as in the 1970s. “The estimated fuel costs to power India are enormous, and it’s devastating for the environment,” says Divya Charen, a senior analyst specialising in power companies at the credit-rating agency India Ratings and Research. More than half our power currently comes from burning coal and natural gas – they heat up the planet, they pollute, they’ll eventually run out. … [Read more...] about Ray of hope: India’s solar dreams are big and bright. Are they realistic?
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"Our hospital was definitely, all the rules that we had negotiated to have no arms inside the hospital, was respected. So that's first of all. Second, what we knew already of course, was that it was a full, functional hospital, full with sick people. Third, that there was no fighting in or in the near vicinity of the hospital," MSF president Meinie Nicolai said. … [Read more...] about MSF labels ‘relentless and brutal attack’ by US gunship on Kunduz hospital a war crime; patients burned in beds and shot as they tried to escape
Mr. Aravindhan said that the device will be installed in three shops in Thirumazhisai market as of now, and will be installed at banks and other shops in the district in the coming days. “We are trying to enforce physical distancing as of now, and if people don’t follow these norms, then we will start fining them,” he added. … [Read more...] about Now, a machine to ensure physical distancing in Tiruvallur
Impact of the lockdownThe government proved inept in not anticipating the adverse impact of the lockdown on millions of migrant labourers, who were overnight deprived of their means of livelihood. It failed to foresee, and therefore mitigate, the adverse consequences of its sudden decision. While extensions of the lockdown were rightly preceded by consultations with the State governments, keeping the initiation of the lockdown a secret from all the stakeholders defied logic. In addition to the distress, the fact that this exodus of migrants to their homes would cause the infection to spread to the rural hinterland was not contemplated. Much later, after untold sufferings had been inflicted on the migrants and the Supreme Court had taken cognisance of the problem, the Centre and the States woke up to facilitate the return journeys of the migrants. This too was poorly managed. In hindsight, it is evident that the strategies employed to control the spread of the disease have achieved … [Read more...] about The search for unity in a moment of crisis
In a veiled attack on government functionaries, Mr. Khera said, “Therefore, we are not even interested in where the Foreign Minister’s son works and that organisation has received funds from the Chinese embassy. These are irrelevant issues as far as people of India are concerned because they are worried about the borders of India,” … [Read more...] about Attack on Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to divert attention from border row: Congress