Environmentalist Nidhi, who also surveyed the stretch, suggested converting the tree line into a median. “How can KRDCL justify cutting down of trees on both sides of the road while not acquiring an inch of land for the project? Trees have been taken for granted,” she said. The KRDCL, they said, has not even given a space to create tree line once thousands of trees are axed. “Forest officials had planted 1,600 trees on the four-km stretch in Chandapura road after the road was widened. Similar provision could have been given in Sarjapura stretch towards Attibele but it has not been done,” a forest department official said. . … [Read more...] about 36 heritage trees at the mercy of the axe
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I recently read something that made me very proud: An Indian-origin doctor had saved the life of a young Covid-19 patient with severe damage to both her lungs. The success of the double lung transplant was the first of its kind during a pandemic, in the medical history of the United States. Dr Ankit Bharat, the chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, led the team of surgeons in performing the surgery. Dr Bharat is among the thousands of people abroad who are doing their country proud. Indian doctors are respected wherever they go. Most of our countrymen – including doctors – who emigrate to the US, do so to pursue the great American Dream. This was especially true in the old days. In the mid-1970s, when I was a medical student, there was no common entrance exam for postgraduate studies. In hindsight, of course, I understand that those students who left were also smart, and given the excellent training facilities in the US, they turned out just … [Read more...] about Indian docs abroad and problem of brain drain
The story so far: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020, with the intention of replacing the existing EIA Notification, 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The government wants to incorporate modifications made to the regulations through amendments in the interim period. An EIA makes a scientific estimate of the likely impacts of a project, such as a mine, irrigation dam, industrial unit or waste treatment plant. There is also a provision for public consultation in the rules, including a public hearing at which the local community and interested persons can give opinions and raise objections, based on the draft EIA report prepared by experts for the project. … [Read more...] about The Hindu Explains | What are the key changes in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020?
Lack of robust integrated spatial planning: The Constitution mandates formation of Metropolitan Planning Committees (MPCs) in all metropolitan areas with a million-plus population. MPCs are envisioned to ensure integrated planning for the entire metropolitan area, and are responsible for the preparation of draft development plans, synthesising priorities set by local authorities, State and Central governments. In reality, MPCs are either not constituted or are defunct. Janaagraha’s Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017 report found that only nine out of 18 cities assessed had constituted MPCs even if on paper. … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 crisis as a metropolitan battle
They measured both the quantity of water consumed in relation to stomach capacity and the feelings and experiences of the adults during the task. This included completing questionnaires examining different aspects of body image, such as appreciation of the body and appreciation of the body’s functionality. … [Read more...] about Here’s the link between feeling full and positive body image