The government's efforts in addressing air pollution in the last two years have been phenomenal but the results are marginal, a senior environment ministry official said on November 13.Speaking at an event here, Environment Secretary C K Mishra said tackling air pollution is not the government's duty alone but requires everyone to play a role."In the last two years, efforts by the government in tackling air pollution have been phenomenal but the results achieved are marginal. We need at least 50 per cent reduction in current air pollution levels.Close "This needs sustained efforts. Emergency and knee-jerk reactions will not help, " he said at the 'sustainable dialogue on air pollution', which was organised by TERI. related news Make banking regulation law applicable to cooperative banks, says PIL in HC Jharkhand Assembly polls 2019: NDA is strong in Jharkhand, says BJP Mishra said that "air pollution cannot be the government's business alone.""Everyone has a role to play. … [Read more...] about Govt’s efforts in tackling air pollution phenomenal, results marginal: Environment secretary
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advertisement advertisement Earlier this year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke about discovering that truckloads of single-use plastic shopping bags imported into his war-torn nation were squandering precious resources of fuel while risking the lives of truck drivers as they passed through insurgent held territories. Recognizing the true cost of wasting scarce resources in a place with so few to begin with–call it the Afghan Price of goods–he led the effort to ban the use of those wasteful bags. He may want to measure the Afghan Price of a much bigger threat to his people next–the air pollution that kills more people than the war itself. Recent studies show that some 3,000 people die every year in Afghanistan from air pollution, more than the 2,777 civilians killed in the war in 2010. Nearly half a million suffer from respiratory disease. The sources of air pollution are mainly old cars, dirty fuels, diesel generators, and the burning of trash, all of which … [Read more...] about Afghanistan Banned Plastic Bags, Can They Also Go Farther Than The U.S. In Fixing Air Pollution?
Through hit sitcoms such as All in the Family, Good Times, and Maude, Norman Lear has taken on all kinds of contentious topics during his legendary television career: civil rights, women’s rights, the Vietnam War, and more. advertisement advertisement But as it turns out, the 95-year-old has long had his eye on another issue with huge societal implications: the way that many businesses push to rake in ever bigger financial returns—often in the short term—with little regard for anything else. “This is the greatest fallacy I think I know,” Lear told me on the latest episode of my podcast, The Bottom Line. “When nothing in nature suggests anything can grow forever, the American corporation is dedicated to a profit statement this quarter larger than the last. . . . Even as I repeat it, it sounds just ruinous.” Of course, this relentless pursuit of profit stems in large measure from the fact that, over the past 30 years, companies have … [Read more...] about LISTEN: TV Legend Norman Lear Thinks “Maximizing Shareholder Value” Is The “Central Disease Of Our Time”
What can you buy with a quarter? Maybe a few drops of gas or a Jolly Rancher–unless you’re a former music exec named Tony Fernandes. Seven years ago, Fernandes paid 25 cents for a near-defunct carrier with two creaky planes and $12 million in debt. Today, AirAsia is one of the world’s fastest-growing, most profitable carriers, making its name–and money–by defying industry convention and democratizing air travel. advertisement AirAsia is innovative down to its corporate bones. Most passengers think of it as one carrier, but it’s actually a co-branded collection of several, a unique structure Fernandes devised to allow AirAsia to set up hubs in three countries (Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia). It built its brand in part by being surprisingly cheeky; when AirAsia began flying from Singapore to Bangkok in 2004, Fernandes ran full-page newspaper ads taunting Singapore Airlines’ famed Singapore Girl flight attendants: “There’s … [Read more...] about Fast 50 2008: Air Asia
A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India to make the Banking Regulation Act (BRA) applicable to cooperative banks on par with public sector and private banks.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar on November 13 listed the petition, filed by a society, for hearing on January 24.The plea referred to the scam-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank Ltd and sought directions to the central government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to amend the BRA to make it applicable on such financial institutions.Close It has also urged the court to issue directions making the Depositor Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a subsidiary of RBI, liable to pay depositors 100 per cent of the amount they have deposited in crisis-hit banks like PMC. related news Protesting JNU students paint 'messages' for VC inside admin block Govt eases norms for change of address on Aadhaar SC … [Read more...] about Make banking regulation law applicable to cooperative banks, says PIL in HC