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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 7 (October 2016)

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Respect for Wildlife: Need to Shirk Unruly Tourism with Ethics

Tourism and wildlife viewing in protected areas are intricately linked to each other. We in India especially need to understand, as human beings, that there is a need to give proper respect and space to wild animals while we amuse ourselves watching them as tourists in the wild. Subir Ghosh feels that we must learn to observe wildlife through quiet observation so that they are not scared or forced to flee their habitats. He also examines the developments that have taken place in the sphere of ecotourism since the United Nations’ Rio Summit in 1992 and also dwells on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) involving tourism and wildlife protection.

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Prospects for India’s Food Security: The Indo-Gangetic Plain as a Vital Link

We are bound to face unprecedented competition for food due to the world’s increasing population. Feeding the world’s growing population is a great challenge of the present times. In this regard, Monika Kumari and Md Maroof Azam assess the present scenario of food security in India highlighting the current situation of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) that not only fulfils the food needs of the vast majority of Indians but also generates employment and is a source of livelihood for millions of people. They analyse what needs to be done to mitigate the effects of global environmental change to ensure India’s food security.

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Maneka Speaks

Sad Abandoning of Police Horses: Why Employ them at all in Police Service?

Shaktimaan, the police horse, was allegedly attacked during a protest march and people believe that this attack broke the horse’s leg, which caused its death. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi opines that Shaktimaan was not the first casualty of this kind and such incidents have happened in the past as well. She strongly feels that the practice of employing horses in the Indian Police force is not of much use now and, therefore, should be made redundant or discontinued.

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TERI Analysis

Outreach Programme on Solar Rooftops: Making the Masses Cognizant

India is performing well in the renewable energy sector to reduce the deleterious effects of  greenhouse gases (GHGs) and encourage the application of renewable energy mechanisms especially solar power among people. In one such initiative, TERI: Environmental Information System (ENVIS) centre on renewable energy and environment sponsored by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) conducted an outreach and awareness exercise in which it did a grassroots level analysis and made a case study through which an informative folder was prepared.

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Special Report

Towards Sustainable Cities and Habitats: Averting the Global Crisis

As countries celebrate yet another World Habitat Day on October 3, 2016, homelessness remains a critical global crisis with nearly 100 million people having no roof over their heads. An additional 1.6 billion people worldwide are living in substandard housing, according to the United Nations (UN) statistics. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna dwells into the present trends and challenges of rapid urbanization and highlights the initiatives that would go a long way to realize a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient urban future.

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Vruksha Ropan Bihu: Celebrating Nature by Planting Trees

Megha Aggarwal takes us through the Vruksha Ropan Bihu—a pioneering event in Assam initiated by Jadav Payeng—the ‘Forest Man of India’ and his volunteers that seeks to revive the spirit of festivity in plantation and motivate disenchanted farming communities.

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In Conversation

Fostering Biodiversity

Pankaj Satija, GM (Ores, Mines, and Quarries) Tata Steel/Biodiversity, in conversation with Sapna Gopal for TerraGreen, details on the initiatives which will add impetus to the company’s sustainability drive.

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Brahmaputra River in Assam: A Tale of Life and Destruction

The mighty Brahmaputra is the lifeline for thousands of people in Assam. Millions of local people are dependent on it for their survival. It also carries an intrinsic value in the sociocultural life of the state. However, every year, this river creates havoc with people being displaced and property worth crores being damaged due to floods.

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Green Challenges

Alternative Products from Mahua: Ensuring its Future in Liquor-Banned Regions

In early April this year, Bihar was declared a ‘dry’ state with the government imposing a total ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol, including liquor, made from mahua. Dr Chandra Prakash Kala says that the need of the hour today is to produce alternate products from mahua so that mahua’s demand remains in the market and it continues providing livelihood opportunities to the rural population in liquor-banned states such as Bihar.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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