Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hindus Sarv Jati Maha Panchayat against Muslim Reservation on May 20 in Delhi

New Delhi, May 17, 2012. Agitated by allotting 4.5% quota out of Hindu OBC category and accepting recommendations of Sachchar committee and Rangnath Mishra committee by the Union Government, Hindu Sarv Jati Mahapanchayat (all cast Maha Panchayat of Hindus) has been first ever called by VHP in Delhi on May 20  in TalKatora stadium. The large gathering will be addressed by the international working president of VHP Dr Parvin Bhai Togadia & Dr Subhramanyam Swami amongst others.
‘Hindu Roti-Shiksha Bachao’ agitation (save Hindu Roti & Education) will also be launched in the program, said shri Vinod Bansal, the media chief of VHP Delhi.
Vinod Bansal
(Media Chief)
Vishwa Hindu Parishad-Delhi
Worldwatch Institute
Thursday, May 17, 2012
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  Green Economic Transition Needed to Achieve
More Equitable and Sustainable Development

Worldwatch Institute explores how a green economy can address today's
critical social and economic concerns 
Washington, D.C.----As global unemployment continues to rise and job opportunities remain scarce, especially for youth, the creation of a green economy might hold the answers to addressing some of today's most critical challenges. Global unemployment reached an estimated 205 million in 2010, up from 177 million in 2007, according to the Worldwatch Institute's recently released report, State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity. The report highlights the need for a green economy to address current social and economic woes.

The Earth's ability to absorb waste and pollution is increasingly challenged by the rise in resource consumption and the corresponding throughput of energy and materials. Stress on ecosystems is evident in many ways, from species loss and deforestation to the overuse and pollution of critical resources like water. A study published in Nature estimates that, by 2009, nine critical environmental thresholds either had already been crossed or were on track to be, pushing beyond the planetary boundaries upon which all life depends.

Critical environmental issues are too often pushed aside in pursuit of short-sighted economic goals. But to effectively address the ongoing economic crisis, environmental concerns must take center stage. By transitioning to a green economy that values both development and sustainability, societies can work to simultaneously alleviate the economic, environmental, and social concerns that threaten stability. Both industrialized and developing countries must play a role in----and benefit from----the move toward a green economy and toward sustainable prosperity that meets the needs of all people, present and future.

Unlike the conventional pattern of economic competition that produces winner and losers, the quest for a green economy needs to focus on win-win outcomes that render economic activities sustainable everywhere. In relative terms, the poor have to win more in a green economy than the rich do, so as to reduce and eventually overcome the stark differences in claims to the planet's remaining resources. Environmental sustainability is ultimately impossible without social equity.

Creating stable livelihoods is one of the most important tasks for a sustainable economic system. "Green jobs provide immense opportunity----but unfortunately, jobs that are in accord with environmental needs remain limited," said Michael Renner, State of the World 2012 project co-director and a senior researcher at Worldwatch. "We need a 'green for all' strategy that combines technical and structural change with social empowerment, with new approaches to everything from energy provision and transportation to housing and waste management."

In Chapter 1 of State of the World 2012, "Making the Green Economy Work for Everybody," Renner discusses four proposals to achieve sustainability with equity:
  • Green Innovation Centers: New cooperative models should be developed for green research and development, so that green innovations can be spread as widely and quickly as possible. When it comes to technologies that can help save the planet, competitive advantage is of limited value if others continue to rely on unsustainable ways of producing and consuming.
  • Global Top Runner Program: For a range of consumer products, Japan's Top Runner program makes the most efficient model the standard that every manufacturer has to match. Adopting such an approach on a global level would promote sustainability. Paired with a social top runner policy for wages, it could also promote greater equity.
  • Green Financing: An important undertaking in transitioning to a green economy is to make green products more affordable. A green financing program could offer preferential interest rates and loan terms for green products.
  • Economic Democracy: Irrespective of how countries are governed, their economic spheres often function in an undemocratic manner. In the United States, corporations are now entitled to the same free-speech rights as individuals, while the majority of the population has no say in how such corporations operate. A more participatory model, where each worker has greater involvement in corporate decision making and day-to-day processes, could help better align corporate actions with urgent social and environmental needs.
Worldwatch's State of the World 2012, released in April 2012, focuses on Rio+20, the 20-year follow-up to the historic 1992 Earth Summit that was also held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The report analyzes the steps that must be taken to make progress toward sustainable development.  
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CM inaugurates a Mega Agro-festival in Valsad

 ImageCM inaugurates a Mega Agro-festival of South Gujarat at Nana Pondha in Valsad district:An impressive agriculture exhibition and Cattle Health Camp:
 May, 17th, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that, Gujarat Government, with a view to encouraging value addition in agro-industries, has decided to set up a high level committee that will study and suggest measures for strengthening agro-infrastructure, agro marketing and preservation of agro products, food packaging and marketing, with absolute holistic approach. The committee that will consist of renowned agro experts, agro scientists, agronomists, progressive farmers and experts from Government side will ensure absolute forward linkage for agro infrastructure.  This will bring about a revolution in agriculture sector and help future generation getting attracted to agriculture, he added.
Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated Gujarat’s fourth zonal mega Krishi Mahotsav of South Gujarat at tribal dominated Nana Pondha village, full of flora and fauna, of Valsad district, on Thursday.
Lambasting Center for its meat export policy, he said, while Gujarat was heading for green and white revolutions, Union Government had adopted the policy of encouraging “pink revolution” and that was export of mutton to foreign countries. Centre was committing a sin with pink revolution policy.  Such anti-peasant policy would ruin the agriculture sector that was mainly supported by animal husbandry, he said. “Gujarat will never tolerate such anti-farmer policy, he warned.
Coming down heavily on Opposition in Gujarat, he said, “They have set up a “Lie Manufacturing Factory” in Gujarat, whose sole aim is to spread lies about Gujarat. They say: Farmers in Gujarat have ruined with the growth of industries in Gujarat. The fact is that, the fertile land of South Gujarat that spreads from Ankleshwar to Vapi belt on National Highway was allocated to industries by the past Governments ruled by the Opposition. We have allotted completely barren land to industries and yet getting optimum results of it,” he added.
Underlining Gujarat’s pro-agro policy he said, “We have set up 22 Agriculture colleges in Gujarat. We have planned to set up an Agro-Engineering college in Dediapada and a horticulture polytechnic college in Dharampur, the areas dominated by tribal population. We are planning to start an Agro Bio Technology college in Surat, that will help future generation to adopt ultra modern and scientific methods in agriculture”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
“Gujarat Government by organizing mega agriculture festivals (Krishi Mahotsav) for the past eight years, has made Government answerable to people. This festival is a festival of reckoning. No Government in India can even think of such revolutionary step”, he added.
He gave away cash awards over Rs. 60 lakh to 11 progressive farmers of south Gujarat, who have applied modern technology and new methods in agriculture.
 He also felicitated Sardar Patel Agriculture award and Agriculture Technology Management Award (ATMA) farmers for their extra-ordinary contribution in the field of agriculture. The Chief Minister inaugurated an impressive exhibition, contains over sixty stalls, depicting new methods of farming, research and value-addition technology in agriculture and visited a Cattle Health Camp. The Chief Minister released a souvenir being published by Agriculture University.   
Thousands of peasants from Surat, Narmada, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and Dangs districts participated in this mega zonal Mahotsav. Ministers Mangubhai Patel, Dilipbhai Sanghani, Narottambhai Patel, Ranjit Gilitwala, Ishwarsinh Patel, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary A. K. Joti and other dignitaries were present.
Gujarat to set up a high level committee for strengthening agro-infrastructure: Chief Minister.Centre’s “pink revolution policy will ruin agriculture in the country: CM warns
Opposition has set up a “Lie Manufacturing Factory” in Gujarat:

Two Pakistan Air Force (PAF) light aircraft collided mid-air on Thursday, killing four pilots on a routine training mission IN Rashkai area of Nowshera, police said.This is  sixth PAF crash in seven months and the second in a week, raising concerns over the safety of its largely Chinese and locally made fleet.
The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
One of the two-seater propeller Mushshak planes crashed on a house, injuring a girl and an elderly man, and the second fell in nearby fields in Rashkai, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of the capital. The injured were shifted to the hospital with the help of local residents, police told."Two PAF trainer aircraft collided mid-air. Four pilots were killed, two were trainee pilots and two were instructors," district police officer Mohammad Hussain said."One of the aircraft crashed over a house, injuring a girl and an elderly man, and the second plane crashed in the fields."
Last Friday, a fighter jet crashed near the southwestern town of Sonmiani but the pilot managed to eject safely. Pakistan Air Force has a fleet of Chinese aircraft including F-7PGs and A-5s, plus US-built F-16s and French Mirages. It recently acquired medium-tech JF-17, or Thunder jets, manufactured jointly by China and Pakistan.

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