Cap and Trade System to Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Ontario
To fight climate change -- one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced -- Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren.
May 22: Tour the World Without Leaving the City
Carassauga set to launch its 30th festival
With more than 70 cultures showcasing their sights, sounds and tastes, a pan-global cultural experience awaits during the annual Carassauga Festival of Cultures.
Narendra Modi: India’s Reformer-in-Chief
By Barack Obama
As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.
Canadian Court Issues Summons for Prime Minister Modi
Attorney General blocks it
American Justice Center welcomes recognition of prima facie evidence to prosecute Modi
By A Correspondent
The American Justice Center, an organization established to bring to justice perpetrators of mass violence and genocides, today welcomed a Canadian Court's summons to visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Section 269.1 of the Canadian Criminal Code, although the summons was immediately blocked by the Attorney General.
INDIA: News Briefs
Security establishment alerts Government about the activities of IS in the Af-Pak region: The Indian security establishment has alerted the Government about the activities of Islamic State (IS) in the Af-Pak region, named as the Wilayat Khurasan-WK (Khurasan Province) by the terror group. The alert was about the possible linkages of top WK leaders with the Pakistani establishment. Times of India, April 30, 2015.
Land Acquisition Bill vs 'Make in India'
Land Acquisition Bill Takes Away Rights of Farmers and Pits Them Against 'Make in India'
Dr Rahul Pandey and Dr Sandeep Pandey *
Since the past several months we have seen the NDA government aggressively pushing through changes in land acquisition policy, first in the form of Ordinance in December 2014 and then, as it was passed as a Bill with nine changes in Lok Sabha but faced roadblock in Rajya Sabha, re-promulgating it before its expiry in April 2015. With the government calling the Bill pro-farmer and pro-development and most of opposition parties and social activists opposing it as anti-farmer, it is useful to sieve through the noise and look at the changes proposed and what existed earlier.
Ravindranath Tagore: His Concept of the Nation/State
Dr. Suresh Khairnar
The mythological tale of the demon Bhasmasur is wellknown. On whomsoever’s head he would put his palm on was burnt to ashes. It appears that now-a-day it is the Sangh Parivar which is bent upon converting itself into Bhasmasur. It has started putting its hand on the heads of many of our national leaders—right from Swami Vivekanand to Yogi Arvind to RamkrishnaParamhans, to SardarVallabhai Patel and Mahatma Gandhi. Everyone has fallen under its pail.
How Power Can be Cleaned
By Sunita Narain *
Coal is an environmentalist’s bugbear. The use of coal to generate energy is the key reason the world is looking at a catastrophic future because of climate change. Recognising this, global civil society has given a rousing call for coal divestment, asking companies, universities and individuals to stop investment in coal thermal power plants. They want coal to go, renewables to be in. And in the interim, clean gas, also a fossil fuel, to be used as a “bridge fuel”. In this scenario any talk of “cleaning” coal to make it less damaging is untenable.
Mr Prime Minister, your words do not match your actions
Dr Rahul Pandey *
In an impromptu debate in the Lok Sabha on the tragic suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed pain and said that farmers cannot be left to fend for themselves. He admitted that the problem afflicting the farmers is old, deep-rooted and wide-spread. While the PM appeared to be concerned about farmers’ crisis, his government’s actions on the ground tell quite an opposite story. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, about 3 lakh farmers have killed themselves in India since 1995, with an average of 46 farmer suicides every day.
“She Who Does Not Tire, Tires Adversity": Savitri
By Shobha Shukla *
Savitri, a mother of 6 children—5 daughters and 1 son—became a widow 12 years after her marriage, when her husband, the eldest of three brothers, died of electrocution. Narrating her tearful story, Savitri said that fate had been unkind to her from her early childhood. Her father died when she was a child. They were two sisters and one brother. Savitri had to discontinue her studies after Class 8, and had to stay home to do household chores as her mother would go out to work in the fields.
Indian Parliamentarian Doubts if Tobacco Kills!
Do not reinvent the wheel
By Bobby Ramakant *
Indian parliamentarian who is chairing the committee which told the government not to implement stronger pictorial graphic health warnings on tobacco packs (and raise the warning size from 40% to 85%) from 1st April 2015, casted doubts whether tobacco causes cancer. India is at risk of reversing the gains made in saving lives from tobacco! He is the same parliamentarian who had raised similar questions in the parliament in 2011 and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India had given him detailed response underlining the alarming magnitude of the tobacco pandemic in the country.