February 25, 2015: A farmer is pictured protesting against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill by the Narendra Modi government on February 24 in New Delhi. Farmers from across the country assembled in the national capital under the leadership of noted Gandhian Anna Hazare who also led the massive anti-corruption agitation in New Delhi around three years back. The Opposition parties along with the key allies of the ruling government rallied the protesters to oppose the Bill which has been termed as anti-farmer by social activists and political parties. Photo: Saurav Mukherjee/OWSA
February 12, 2015: The Indian Open Water swim team ‘The Sea Hawks’ is taking on the world record for the longest open water swim in the world this month. This 6-man relay team, led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, is preparing to swim a distance of 490 kms along the Konkan coastline in support of the National Mission ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Towards this objective, the team intends to raise awareness and donations for Project Nanhi Kali, an NGO supporting the cause of the Under-privileged Girl Child Education in India.
February 10, 2015: The Aam Aadmi Party is on its way to register a historic victory in the capital city of Delhi. Riding high on its anti corruption campaign, the party which claims to be flagging the common man’s agenda is on the verge of decimating both the national parties, the Congress and the BJP in the national capital. The party which had connected with people on the promise of making electricity cheaper and ensuring free supply of clean drinking water is leading in 67 constituencies out of the total 70. During his last tenure, which lasted for 49 days before Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the chief minister of Delhi in 2014, the helpline launched by him to nail the corrupt government servants gained huge popularity. Ashok Kumar
February 9, 2015: The 11th Sustainable Development Leadership Award was last week presented to DrJosé Manuel Durão Barroso by Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The award felicitates global leaders for their contributions in the field of sustainable development, and for encouraging global initiatives that can lead the world towards a sustainable future. Instituted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2005, the award was presented at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015 (DSDS) as TERI’s tribute to eminent individuals engaged in encouraging global initiatives that can lead the world towards a sustainable future. As President of the European Commission (EC), Dr Barrosos headed the first international legally binding agreement for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, when he launched the historic 2020 package on Climate and Energy.
January 30, 2015: In a strategic meeting with industry partners both philanthropic and corporate, on the country’s skill development agenda, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy has asked various industries and corporations to come together to scale skilling initiatives with speed and bring about standardisation in the process of skilling. Addressing the meeting in New Delhi, the Minister said, scaling skill development initiatives is one of the bigger challenges but addressing the need to assure quality while scaling up initiatives is extremely crucial. He said, in order to have a synergy between attaining scale and ensuring quality, we need resources in terms of infrastructural support, efficient credible trainers, setup for conducting sessions and so on. Photo: Naina Gautam
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