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Haritha Gramam: Story of a Green transformation By Gopakumar Pookkottur
This project has emerged as an alternative to pipe compost technology which faced so many drawbacks. Pipe compost creates bad odour in the house due to concentration of water in waste materials, and is very difficult to handle properly.
Better living through nuclear energy
In relation to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide in order to prevent climate change, an essential element of energy policy today, especially after the Paris Agreement, the real competition is between renewables and nuclear power. These electricity sources are both carbon free in their operation and therefore both contribute to avoiding climate change in the electricity sector.
Worldwide, 50 million domestic workers are employed informally
According to Claire Hobden, ILO specialist on domestic work, the employment relationship takes place within the private sphere – the household. So it can be blurred or disguised by social norms. Households and workers are often not aware of their respective rights and responsibilities, and may perceive formal arrangements as costly and complicated.
In 'Wake-up call' to Asia-Pacific, UN report urges region to do more to achieve zero hunger by 2030
The report indicates that the Asia-Pacific region is home to more than 60 per cent of the roughly 800 million hungry people in the world, 12 per cent of whom remain undernourished – mostly in Southern Asia.
With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide'
The data predicts that by the end of 2016, close to four billion people will still not be using the Internet, meaning, among others, that two out of three households in developing countries simply do not have access to it.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Late Ms. Selvi J Jayalalithaa
She was educated at the Bishop Cotton Girls' High School in Bangalore and later at the Presentation Convent Church Park in Madras. On completion of Matriculation in 1964, she won a scholarship from the Government of India for higher studies but did not accept it as she took up a career in films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, English and Malayalam.
Yes, India can have less-cash economy By Shivaji Sarkar
It is a plausible system. There are over 71 crore debit cards and 2.6 crore credit cards. Considering that many have multiple cards, the actual may be around 65 crore cards. Over 80 crore people have mobile phones, which can work also as a wallet. The wallets are being used by the youth and it is solving the problem of small coins as well.
Afghanistan should be at the centre of our connectivity networks
Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity. And, the growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region. As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough.
Iraq: ‘staggering’ number of civilian casualties in November; Baghdad hardest hit
Baghdad, the worst affected Governorate, suffered 733 civilian casualties –152 killed and 581 injured. Elsewhere, 332 were killed and 114 injured in Ninewa; 60 killed and 88 injured in Salahadin; 56 killed and 23 injured in Babil; and in Kirkuk, 18 were killed and 17 injured.
Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda
I was a child with weak sight. I lost my sight when I was in high school. After being hospitalized for nearly two years, I transferred to a school for the visually impaired that offered a high school-level programme, where I studied for three years and learned Braille. Fellow students taught me how to walk with a white cane.
Some 21 million people, including children, trapped in forced labour around the world
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, commemorated on 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.
New Process Quickly Analyzes Acrylamide in French Fries By Sandra Avant
Acrylamide is a potentially toxic compound that forms in potatoes and other foods when they are fried, roasted or baked at high temperatures. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued recommendations to help the food industry reduce the amount of acrylamide in certain foods.