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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 10 (January 2017)

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Understanding Biodiversity:Its Concerns, Management, and Conservation in India

Every year we recognize and observe India's commitment towards its biological diversity on 'World Biodiversity Day'. Such days remind us to reflect upon the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of targets to national-level action and help in protection of our natural heritage, and biological and cultural diversity. In this regard, Biba Jasmine takes into account the developments and approaches that have taken shape in India in the last few years, in view of conserving both cultural and biological diversity. She further elucidates the obstacles in developing effective strategies for conservation and says that while a broadened mandate for expanding conservation support is required, we must utilize this time to introspect our current actions with respect to conservation.

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Drumstick:A Boon for Healthy Living

A fast growing food tree, drumstick or Moringa oleifera, is planted by people in their backyard or the space available in their kitchen garden. This multipurpose and highly adaptable tree is best known for vegetative propagation, apart from seeds. Drumstick is also used in making multiple mouth-watering recipes, particularly in the western and southern parts of India. Dr Chandra Prakash Kala takes us through an interesting journey of highlighting the various health benefits of this highly valuable tree that makes it one of the most rewarding gifts of nature for mankind.

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Maneka Speaks

The Dairy Addiction:Do you Encounter a Craving for Cheese and Milk?

Most of us enjoy eating cheese and other dairy-based products. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that this could be a form of addiction as concentrated milk products, such as cheese, ice-cream, and milk chocolate contain concentrated quantities of addictive opiates. That is why she feels that there are a many adults who cannot resist the addictive effects of milk and therefore they always insist on eating milk-based food products.

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TERI Analysis

Project Flow: Facilitating Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) as a Human Right

Access to clean drinking water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene awareness is the right of each and every individual around the world. According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, globally. It has also been estimated that 88 per cent of diarrhoeal deaths are due to lack of access to sanitation, combined with unavailability of water for hygiene purposes and unsafe drinking water. With an introduction to the concept of 'WASH' or water, sanitation, and hygiene, the development sector all over the world has undertaken several projects on promoting awareness and construction of drinking water infrastructure in rural and urban areas. However, a large section of the population still lacks access to all these basic resources that are necessary for leading a normal life.

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Special Report

The Alarming Delhi Smog:Genesis and Post Analysis

Environmental problems in Delhi are a menace to the well-being of its inhabitants as well as the flora and fauna. Air pollution caused due to particulate matter pollution is a recurring problem in the city. A dense cover of grey haze shrouded Delhi for about a week, from October 31 to November 7, 2016. In this regard, Dr Pradeep Kumar Mukherjee provides a post analysis of the distressing 'Delhi smog' that gripped the entire Delhi-NCR region. While discussing the causes and implications of this hazard, he suggests some measures to mitigate the threat.

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Bullock-Driven Power System: A Boon for Irrigation and Generating Electricity

The bullock pair may be regarded as the backbone of Indian agriculture. Sarita Brara writes about a pioneering initiative of the Bioved Research Institute of Agriculture and Technology (BRIAT), which has developed a unique system by using bullock power for various purposes including pumping water for irrigation and for generating electricity. On the one hand, this bullock-operated pump is helping the farmers who have adopted the technology, but it still needs more support from the government.

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In Conversation

 Satellite Data for Studying Environment

Dr Jadu Dash, Director of Enterprise and Professor of Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton (UK), in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Walking on a Tiger’s Trail in Central India

On November 10, 2016, 28 nature enthusiasts from several states of India set out on a unique journey through the forests of the Kanha–Pench corridor in Central India. The journey gave the participants a close insight on this crucial wildlife corridor and the need for its protection. Living amidst the forest for the next eight days, the team covered more than 70 km on foot and experienced nature in purest of its forms.

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Green Challenges

Problems Plaguing Indian Farmers in Recent Times: An Environmentalist's Perspective

From a careful examination of early river valley civilizations, it is clear that the earliest human society was an agriculture-based society and the earliest profession was farming. In present times too, agriculture continues to be the backbone of the economy of many countries, and farmers are the ones who feed the entire population. However, with time, socio-economic, political, and environmental insensitivity towards farmers has grown leading to death and despair. Monika Kumari examines the environmental aspects with regard to the issue of farmer suicides in India. Factors, such as unusual weather events and climate change, land degradation, water crisis, introduction of genetically modified (GM) seeds, and increased cultivation of cash crops are discussed.

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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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