sulabh swatchh bharat

Friday, 19-April-2019



115 weeks ago
  IT is very exciting to know that Mahtma Gandhi had not only played a vital role in the independence of India but he was the one, to light the torch of independence for many other island and countries where Girmitiyas (descendents of indentured Indian labourers) were living. Gandhi was like a family head to all dispersed Girmitiyas, who were transported in huge numbers from India to different countries. Mauritius was one of the many crown colonies (British Overseas Territories).My Mauritian friend Raj Hiraman keeps narrating me the stories from Mauritius and everytime it leaves...


116 weeks ago
 India Abroad News Service Vatican is allowing the homeless in the area to sleep in one of its churches in central Rome, during the ongoing cold snap that has already claimed several lives. It has also keeping its dormitories open around the clock and on the orders of Pope Francis down-and-outs are being allowed to sleep in Vatican vehicles. Around 30 homeless people including Italians and foreigners are being allowed to sleep in St Calisto Church and its adjoining buildings in Rome’s Trastevere district as long as the cold weather lasts. The areas of the church allocated for sleeping are heated and equipped with beds, blankets, washing facilities and sanitation, t...


116 weeks ago
 India Abroad News Service Out of the 102 researchers set to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the government has chosen four of the Indian American scientists for the US administration’s highest honour to science and engineering professionals.“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work. These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our know...


116 weeks ago
Chai is an integral component of Indian lifestyle. Be it a family function or a team outing or a social gathering, chai is an inevitable part. It provides a mental stimulus and creates a conducive environment for bonding. But for Uppma Virdi, above everything, chai has brought her laurels.  She has found resounding success through tea selling. Sounds strange! Meet 26-year-old Uppma Virdi whose love for tea has won her the title ‘Businesswoman of the year’ in the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) held in Sydney, Australia. “I tried, but couldn’t find many good tea pla...


117 weeks ago
In a historic breakthrough for the bilateral relationship of the two nations, five Indian-Americans have been sworn in as members of the US Congress. All five of them are Democrats, two of them, Kamala Harris and Ro Khanna are from California, while the other two, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal are from Illinois and Washington State respectively. Ami Bera, who was already in Congress, till now the only Indian-American in the 435-member House of Representatives, was joined by the four others, increasing the Indian-American contingent to five members in the Congress. One of them, Kamala Harris, is the...


117 weeks ago
A  fter the New York police department allowed its Sikh officers to wear turbans and grow beard, albeit a short one, the US Army heads have also been ordered to allow Sikhs to wear turbans, karas (iron bangles) and keep beards. Defence Secretary Eric Fanning signed the order recently. It said: “The soldier’s brigade-level commander will approve a request for a religious accommodation,” by Sikhs. Till now, Sikhs had to get permission from the Army Secretary, a cumbersome process prone to delays and not automatically given. Now they need to apply only to their brigade-level commanders, who will h...


117 weeks ago
“I  ask people how many times they eat in a day, and they know the answer. But no one knows how many times they go to the toilet. It is so basic and so very important. Yet, the stigma around toilets makes it difficult to discuss about it,” ‘sanitation soldier’, Jack Sim, the founder of World Toilet Organisation, told Time magazine. But he is changing it slowly, in fact, even making toilet owning a matter of ‘prestige’ and a ‘business proposition’, what with November 19 being first proposed by him, and now adopted by a very worried World Health Organization (WHO), as Wor...


118 weeks ago
New York Police Department (NYPD) will now allow Sikh officers to wear turbans and beards marking another milestone for members of that religion, although it restricts the beard size to half-an-inch. Announcing the change in uniform and appearance policy, City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said: “We want to make the NYPD as diverse as possible.” Welcoming the change, the Sikh Officers Association tweeted: “This is a proud moment for Sikh Community.” But because of the half-inch beard restriction, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a human rights organisation, appeared to ...


118 weeks ago
Do you ever use algebraic expressions or linear and two-variable equations in your day to day life? And not to forget the unending chain reactions in chemistry, adding to the memory baggage of students. Well, Finland’s of education system has a solution to offer The country is the first one to get rid of all subjects learning in the schools. Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. It is consistently placed in the top ranks of Programme for Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide assessment framework conducted by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The co...

Kerry’s Praise

120 weeks ago
Kerry said: “Now, significantly, the renewable energy boom isn’t limited to industrialised countries. In fact, emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil invested even more in renewable technologies last year than the developed world. Despite China’s coal-fired power plants for pollution, Kerry defended China saying the country alone invested more than $100 billion on clean energy sources. Ultimately, clean energy is expected to be a multitrillion dollar market, the largest market the world has ever known.

River Cleaning epitome

120 weeks ago
Germany’s Elbe river was so polluted till a few years ago that fishes in it suffered ulcers. Plastic packets and other pollutants had swamped the river, as is known, till a few years ago.  But today, the Elbe has not only been cleansed, it has become an example of river cleansing projects around the world, holding out a beacon to our very own Yamuna. The Elbe is a river corridor to the North Sea from the very important town of Hamburg, a major German industrial hub, and here there are parallels with India. Just like Kanpur, a city lo...

Renewables take over coal

129 weeks ago
Last year’s COP21 summit at Paris saw huge mobilization from energy leaders all across the world. There was a comprehensive push for ‘100% renewable’ by business executives, political leaders as well as the environmental activists. If recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report is any indication, world is on the right track to achieve this target. According to the report, renewable energy has surpassed coal to become the largest source of power capacity for the first time in human history. In the revised estimates, renewables will be responsible 28 percent of electricity generation by 2021. "We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets...