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
January 27, 2015: Best known as the creator of the ‘common man’, R K Laxman, India’s best known cartoonist, breathed his last on January 26, 2015. Born in the south Indian city of Mysore, in 1921, Laxman chronicled India’s day to day activities in political and social circles through his popular caricatures.
Through his iconic creation the ‘common man’, Laxman touched the lives of millions of Indians by his insightful humour and socially relevant messages expressed through his immensely popular cartoon strips. The picture shows R K Laxman receiving the Padma Vibhushan award from the then Indian President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on March 28, 2005. Photo: PIB
January 19, 2014: Ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has highlighted the need for ending child labour and child slavery. Calling children as unpolished diamonds, he said, “Millions of children in India and abroad do not get what they desire and deserve.”
Praising the Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi for his fight against child slavery over many years, Tendulkar also shared his concern for the healthy growth of children. “After retiring from cricket, the first responsibility I took was to become ambassador for UNICEF’s handwash campaign,” he said.
Talking about his role as UNICEF ambassador, Tendulkar said that this was the first responsibility he undertook after retiring from cricket. “The first part of my life was devoted to cricket, and it was after a lot of hard work that I became successful. The second inning started 13 months ago as the UNICEF ambassador,” said the God of cricket.
Tendulkar assured that he would give his fullest commitment as the UN envoy for children’s hygiene. “People would have a committed Sachin. I will try my level best and this would not be a disappointing exercise,” he said. Naina Gautam and Ashok Kumar
January 15, 2015: Since ancient times, the river has sustained tribes as well as agrarian communities that have lived on and around its banks. However, the river that is considered to be the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is facing challenges not of its own making. Climate change is now impacting the health of the river, which also impacts the sustenance of the lush green fields of wheat and chickpea around the Narmada. Member of the Rajya Sabha and social activist, Anil Madhav Dave who undertook an 18 day raft journey in River Narmada during the year 2007, from Amarkantak to Bharuch, said that at least fifty types of fishes that existed earlier are now extinct. Dave warned that climate change, in near future, will reduce Narmada into a cricket pitch as the river will die due to irresponsible human activities. Rupinder Kaur & Ashok Kumar
January 12, 2015: The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The Secretary General, who is on a three day visit to India, applauded Modi’s efforts towards sustainable development at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
The attention of the Summit was on the impact of climate change and it also focused on sustainable development and renewable energy.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for of providing universal access to energy to all seven billion people of the world by 2030. Photo: PIB