Sustainable development goals (SDGs) proposed to succeed the MDGs
A UN working group has devised a final draft of ‘sustainable development goals’ (SDGs) to succeed the millennium development goals. The draft includes 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. The Sustainable Development Agenda will address persistent issues and new challenges facing people and the planet. The MDGs faced criticism for not...
CSR: Tata claims their awareness campaigns empowering people
Responses from over a million women from across India were collected and their issues studied before creation of the manifesto, called ‘Voice of 49%’. The major issues that almost all women underlined revolved around violence, safety, health and education...
Arunachal village to tackle power crisis with solar energy
‘The community living around any protected area is the first layer of the protection shield. In order to consolidate the shield, we need to understand the psychology and the needs of the people. The distribution of solar sets will further bridge the conservation support...
Food Security Bill a step towards hunger eradication: KV Thomas
‘The day is not far off when India will be known the world over for this important step towards eradication of hunger, malnutrition and resultant poverty,’ asserted Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Professor KV Thomas with regard to the National Food Security Bill. It will lead to massive PDS reforms including doorstep delivery of food
Solar energy: Pay-as-you-go model makes it affordable for rural
People in many emerging markets earn under $10 a day and often spend 30 per cent of their income on inefficient, dirty and expensive kerosene for lighting. That adds up to $38 billion a year for lighting and $10 billion for cell phone charging. Hence, there is likely a $100 billion global opportunity for small-scale distributed energy solutions...
Child marriage: Govt working on a national plan to prevent it
Accepting that ‘child marriages continue to take place at some places in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,’ and that ‘it is also prevalent in West Bengal,’ Women and Child Development Minister of Krishna Tirath has assured that a national action plan is being prepared to prevent child marriages
Vidya Balan endorses Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan
‘We are so far removed from the realities of the rural environment, that when I read the statistics about sanitation I did not want to lose the opportunity to be a part of this movement,' said actor Vidya Balan on being appointed as a Sanitation Ambassador who stands in support of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.