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New Government's swearing-in ceremony to observe green protocol – First time in its history!

Written By kvartha delta on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 10:14 PM

Corporation and Suchitwa Mission teams up yet again to implement green protocol

Thiruvananthapuram:(news.kvartha.com) Suchitwa Mission join hands with Corporation to implement green protocol in the swearing-in ceremony of new government in Kerala. The green protocol team will mark history by creating a zero-waste event , as this will be the first time ever a government swearing-in ceremony will be priortizing on minimizing the waste and there by the carbon foot print by observing green protocol. The new government will take office after the swearing-in ceremony at the Central Stadium, which can accommodate about 30,000 people. Team has been deployed to ensure green protocol during the event, Corporation will provide 5000 steel glasses which was collected during the Attukal Pongala steel ware collection drive. Suchitwa Mission will arrange for 100 green volunteers who will be responsible for maintaining a disposable free 'green event', which will be its mission.

Kerala Zero Waste projectMayor V K Prashanth said the green protocol will mark a history in Kerala's Government, this will be the beginning of a new era and gives hope to citizens that the new government has a certain agenda in terms of waste management. I wish all the best to all the ministers who will be sworn tomorrow. Ours is a humble attempt to reduce and manage waste in a systematic manner, Corporation is very particular about observing green protocol in all its events and will stick to it in future also. There will be water kiosks at 40 different locations spread at the venue, green volunteers will be more than happy to serve people with drinking water”. He further added

Suchitwa Mission's Executive Director Dr. K. Vasuki IAS said “ It is first time in the history that a State government swearing-in ceremony will be observing green protocol. We would request all the people who will be attending the swearing-in ceremony to avoid the usage of disposables and make the event a successful one. The motive behind such an activity is not only to reduce the waste during the event but to convince the people that the public also have a crucial role in managing waste and the first step towards this is waste reduction. Also people should realize the adverse health impacts of having food and water in disposables. Lets kick start this government on a green note. Our humble effort is to convey a strong message that the current trend of indiscriminate use of one time use and throw items can never sustain us on this planet. This is an effort to showcase that it is each and every ones responsibiity and prevention /minimisation of waste is the only evironment friendly solution. People should understand that a little incoviniences can present larger disasters. She further said

It is not just the responsibility of the green volunteers to keep the green momentum but also of each and every one involved in this event. Water kiosks will have bubble top dispensers, adequate water will be stocked, volunteers will ensure almost hygiene by cleaning used steel glasses in Potassium dissolved water. The team will also stock sacks, cleaning accessories to make sure the venue is waste free post the event.

About Suchitwa Mission
Suchitwa Mission is the state nodal agency for sanitation. It is constituted under local self government with the VISION of creating - A waste free Kerala with unpolluted environment public hygiene and cleanliness. It is expected to be reflected in better quality of life due to improved health and general well being, economic gains, better aesthetic surroundings and overall environmental up-gradation. Suchitwa mission is entrusted to provide technical and financial support to local self governments in the state for establishing facilities for waste management and sanitation. It is also the responsibility of Suchitwa mission to formulate and identify appropriate new and indigenous technologies for managing different types of waste, implementing sanitation and waste management schemes of state and central government through local self governments, ensuring financial support, executing information-education & communication activities, enhancing the capacities and technical knowledge of officials, elected representatives, conducting training's on waste management and sanitation to all relevant people and organizations etc. Based on analysis and verification Suchitwa mission will provide technical and financial sanction to the projects submitting by local bodies and also disburse financial assistance in installments to the local bodies.
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Burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared: Turkish President

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, May 23, 2016 | 9:48 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy sceptics at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gathered over 60 heads of state and government with top NGOs at the summit, aiming to better keep conflicts from erupting and ensure legal retribution for those guilty of humanitarian crimes.

Celebrity stardust was sprinkled on the event by actors Daniel Craig and Forest Whitaker, who urged participants to seize a unique chance to make a difference for the world's worst off.

With some 60 million people displaced around the world and at least 125 million requiring assistance and protection in the biggest humanitarian crises since World War II, Ban said that the summit represented a chance to forge a "different future".

But the event has been shadowed by the boycott of medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and doubts that the two-day event can make any genuine impact.

"Let us seize this opportunity, let us make our mark as agents of change," said Ban.

He warned that realising the aims was not "an easy task" and required a "political will on a scale we have not seen in recent years."
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Breads, pavs, buns and pizza contain cancer-causing chemicals, says latest CSE report

Do you know the bread you consume can increase the risk of cancer? And no, this is not restricted to just white bread, but brown, multigrain, wholewheat and even your pavs, buns and pizza breads.

According to a study released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), 84 per cent of bread and bakery samples collected from across Delhi contain residues of potassium bromate, potassium iodate or both. While potassium bromate is said to be a Class 2B carcinogenic, which means it may cause cancer, potassium iodate can lead to “thyroid disorders, increase the incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis and increase the risk of thyroid cancer,” the report said. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/breads-buns-pavs-contain-cancer-causing-chemicals-latest-cse-report-2815320/#sthash.NY7ktMLK.dpuf
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Swamy goes loose again; Now against Rajan

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 1:50 PM

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate sacking of Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor.

"The RBI governor is wilfully and deliberately wrecking the Indian economy," Swamy has written in the letter, adding, "He is mentally not fully Indian."

"The reason why I recommend this is that I am shocked by the wilful and apparently deliberate attempt by Dr Rajan to wreck the Indian economy," Swamy has written.

Bad loans with public sector banks have doubled to Rs 3.5 lakh crore in two years, Swamy said.

"These actions of Dr Rajan lead me to believe that he is acting more as a disrupter of the Indian economy than the person who wants the Indian economy to improve.

"Moreover he is in this country on a Green Card provided by the US government and therefore mentally not fully Indian. Otherwise why would he renew his Green Card as RBI governor by making the mandatory annual visit to the US to keep the Green Card current?" he has written.

Swamy in his letter to the Prime Minister said the BJP came to power under his inspiring leadership. "I cannot see why someone appointed by the UPA Government who is apparently working against Indian economic interests should be kept in this post when we have so many nationalist minded experts available in this country for the RBI governorship."
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Rupee Appreciates Against USD

The rupee appreciated by 6 paise to 66.74 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday, tracking positive trading in most Asian currency.

The domestic currency had slipped three paise to hit a two-month closing low of 66.80 on Monday on persistent dollar demand from banks and importers.
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Jawan Dies In Northeast Unit, speculation of 'Mutiny' denied

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 5:09 PM

An army jawan in a frontline unit in the Northeast has died, possibly of a heart attack, after the entire unit was sent on a 10-km march.

The incident sparked an angry outburst among a group of 4 to 5 jawans in the area, which resulted in a fight between soldiers and officers. The Army confirmed this fight resulted in injuries.

In a statement to the media, the Army said: "A case of death of a jawan during routine training activity has taken place in an infantry unit in the North East. It is NOT a case of any mutiny. The Jawan complained of chest pain prior to route march - was checked by unit MO (Medical Officer) and found fit. The jawan later collapsed during route march - was brought to the Field Ambulance where he succumbed. (sic)"

The statement was issued after reports emerged on social media of a "mutiny-like" situation in the area. According to these reports, the 10-km march was a punishment drill, which was ordered after a confrontation between a Captain and a jawan. '
In the clash, a Captain and three officers were badly injured. The Captain reportedly is in critical condition with skull injuries.
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Boris Johnson compares EU's aims to Hitler's

Boris Johnson has compared the EU's aims to Hitler's, saying both involved the intention to unify Europe under a single "authority".

The pro-Brexit Tory MP said both the Nazi leader and Napoleon had failed at unification and the EU was "an attempt to do this by different methods".

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, who backs Remain, said the comparison was "offensive and desperate".

Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has backed Mr Johnson to be the next PM.
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“The buck will eventually stop with the Government of India”, Supreme Court

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 10:14 AM

Ruling that “the buck will eventually stop with the Government of India”, the Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Centre to consider drought as a disaster and constitute a national response force along with a consolidated fund within six months to deal with drought situations.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana also issued directives for updating the drought management manual – published in 2009 — after taking into account rainfall deficit, timely declaration of drought and other factors like dry land farming, water harvesting, drip irrigation etc.

“Humanitarian factors such as migration from affected areas, suicides, extreme distress, the plight of women and children are some of the factors that ought to be kept in mind by state governments in matters pertaining to drought and the Government of India in updating and revising the manual. Availability of adequate foodgrain and water is certainly of utmost importance but they are not the only factors required to be taken note of,” said the bench.
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Hillary promises to release 'Area 51' information

Washington: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has promised to release information about Area 51 - a Nevada Air Force base where many believe the US keeps top secret information about extraterrestrial (ET) beings - if she is elected president.
However, President Barack Obama has no plans to open up government files on the matter, Politico quoted White House press secretary Josh Earnest as saying on Wednesday.

“I have to admit that I don’t have a tab in my briefing book for Area 51,” Earnest said after he was asked whether the president wants to beat Clinton to the punch before he leaves office.

The spokesman said he is “not aware of any plans the president has to make public any information about this,” adding that he’s not sure whether Obama has reviewed any government files on extraterrestrial life forms.

Clinton made the proposal in all seriousness last month during a radio interview and has demonstrated more than a casual understanding of the issue, The New York Times reported.

When she appeared on talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, the host asked her whether she believes in unidentified flying objects (UFO). Clinton, a noted policy wonk, quickly corrected Kimmel's improper terminology.

"You know, there's a new name," Clinton said, adding "It's unexplained aerial phenomenon. U.A.P. That's the latest nomenclature."

Her position has elated UFO enthusiasts, who have declared Clinton the first 'ET candidate'.

“Hillary has embraced this issue with an absolutely unprecedented level of interest in American politics,” said Joseph G. Buchman, who has spent decades calling for government transparency about extraterrestrials.
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PM’s certificates fake: AAP

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 9:32 AM

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), refused to back down on the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications and questioned the authenticity of the documents displayed at a press conference on Monday afternoon by BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“Docs in DU hv been sealed. BJP presents Farzi[forged] docs in a PC n gets real records sealed? Why? Implement CIC order. Allow inspection,” Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

At a press conference, senior AAP leader Ashutosh, said the degree certificates and mark sheets had many discrepancies.
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for past 3 years India has trade deficit with 27 countries

India has a trade deficit with as many as 27 major countries, including China, Australia, Iraq and Iran, during the last three years.

With these countries, India has trade deficit continuously during the last three years, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

She said India generally runs a deficit with those countries from which high-demand commodities are sourced.

These include items like crude oil, gold, diamond and fertiliser. In 2015—16, India’s trade deficit fell 14 per cent to $118.35 billion.

Other countries with which India has a trade gap include Indonesia, Korea, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Russia and Ukraine.

In a separate reply, she said India’s exports have been adversely affected by recessionary trends across the globe, including in the EU and the U.S. — PTI
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