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Sustainability has to go beyond compliance tick-boxes: Seema Arora

Jul 23, 2013 06:09 PM Seema Arora, Executive Director at the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, is arguably one of those who have perhaps framed the dialogue of sustainability in India. Through almost two decades of work in the area, Arora has been helping corporate India understand the need for sustainability. In an interview with OneWorld South Asia, Arora talks about what she thinks of the Companies Bill, about her journey since the early talk of sustainability and her view of the future.
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Jobs for a ‘Smile’ on young faces

Jul 11, 2013 04:40 PM Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer of Smile Foundation, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that his NGO has helped around 10,000 deprived youth in getting jobs by providing them with placements in various companies.
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Uttarakhand disaster is man-made: Anil Joshi, Environmentalist

Jul 01, 2013 10:00 AM Environmentalist and founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), Dehradun, Anil Joshi explains how human activities have disturbed the fragile Himalayan ecosystem.
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Our mission is to become number one green innovation company: Panasonic India

Jun 27, 2013 03:13 PM Panasonic is known for its green agenda and trying to create awareness about sustainable development. This year, Panasonic India came up with its first sustainability report. Radhika Kalia, Head of Corporate Communications, who also looks after CSR of the company talks about Panasonic’s philosophy and work. Some excerpts from the interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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Sexual violence has been used as a tactic of warfare: Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN envoy

Jun 14, 2013 06:45 PM Conflict-related sexual violence has been used as a tactic of warfare in many armed conflicts around the globe, said Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Excerpts from the interview.
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Women can be the changemakers in promoting better energy sources

May 27, 2013 09:00 AM The Natural Resources Defense Council of the US is one of the nation's most effective environmental action groups, that brings together 1.4 million members, online activists as well as professionals like lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director International Program, who was in India recently, tells OneWorld that it is extremely challenging to tackle the use of dirty forms of energy.
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Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert

May 25, 2013 05:00 AM Wim Van Den Berg, Director of the Netherlands-based company, Van Amerongen CA Technology, said that Indian farmers would need to have better contacts with the market to raise their profits.
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We want a million active citizens in India: Marg Mayne

May 22, 2013 01:40 PM We have an ambition to create one million active citizens in India who can volunteer their skills, time or voice for the country, says Marg Mayne, CEO, VSO International, in an interview with OneWorld.
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Skilled manpower, a challenge for construction equipment Industry: Amit Gossain

May 21, 2013 12:45 PM By 2020, the construction equipment industry will need an estimated one lakh trained operators and three lakh trained mechanics. Skilled manpower remains a key challenge in this segment which calls for a skill development council, says Amit Gossain, the newly-elected President of the Indian Construction Equipment Manufactures' Association, also the executive vice-president, marketing, business development & corporate affairs, JCB India Ltd.
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Indian agriculture needs an integrated approach: Sanjeev Chopra

May 20, 2013 03:15 PM Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Agriculture Ministry & Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that agricultural growth in India can be a proven route to faster eradication of hunger and poverty.

Ensuring a profit for the small farmer

May 16, 2013 04:00 PM Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW), a Dutch family foundation, promotes sustained economic development in rural areas of developing countries like India. Dipankar Borah representing SHGW in India, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that consumers can enjoy better quality products if the farmers are assured of a price for their produce. Excerpts from the interview.
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Constant goading, prodding can make governments work better: Pradeep Mehta

May 03, 2013 08:10 PM Pradeep S Mehta, founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), in an interview with OneWorld South Asia, says that governments should pursue the growth agenda to make the ‘cake of wealth’ bigger and then ensure that equity is fostered. Excerpts from the interview.
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We train a hundred thousand Indian youth every year: Founder, Yuva Parivartan

Apr 22, 2013 07:46 PM Yuva Parivartan, an NGO working in the area of building skills of unemployed young people in India recently organised the ‘Third International Summit on Skill Development’ in New Delhi. The occasion provided for an exchange of thought on the subject of providing vocational training to millions of young people in India. Speaking to OneWorld South Asia, Kishor Kher, founder of Yuva Parivartan and President-Trustee of Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, spoke of the social and economic problems the country could face in the absence of any credible training to its youth population. Excerpts from the interview:
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Look forward to cooperation with India in renewables: Czech Minister

Apr 12, 2013 06:02 PM Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia said that Czech companies and institutions are keen to share with their Indian counterparts their know-how on handling generated waste as well as on waste prevention. Excerpts from the interview.
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'Indian women are among the most highly motivated in the world'

Apr 04, 2013 07:15 PM Sylvia Ann Hewlett is president of the Center for Talent Innovation and Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates. In a new research she conducted she discloses a startling fact: that India's women professionals in some critical ways are far ahead of their counterparts in the United States, Germany, and Japan. She talks to OneWorld South Asia about her study and the state of work for Indian women.

Mobiles can promote financial inclusion: President, Dun & Bradstreet

Apr 02, 2013 08:40 PM Byron Vielehr, President, International and Global Operations of Dun & Bradstreet, the 171-year- old provider of business data and risk-management services, in an interview with OneWorld South Asia, said that technological advantages should be leveraged to drive up financial literacy levels. Excerpts from the interview.
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Women’s Reservation Bill: Parliamentarians lack resoluteness of purpose, says lawyer Geeta Luthra

Mar 26, 2013 10:00 AM Eminent Indian lawyer, Geeta Luthra, laments that in all the successive Parliaments, the percentage of women has been gradually coming down in comparison to the first Parliament. Excerpts from Geeta Luthra's interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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Indian industries are joining the UN Water Mandate: HCC CSR official

Mar 22, 2013 07:12 PM Dr Manoj Chaturvedi, Deputy General Manager-CSR-UN Water Mandate, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), a leading infrastructure company, says that industries in the energy sector will consume 200 times more water by year 2025
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Women do not need special favours to progress: AVP, HCL Technologies

Mar 20, 2013 06:05 PM Srimathi Shivashankar, Associate Vice President, Diversity & Sustainability, HCL Technologies, urged the corporate world to have zero tolerance for violence against women at the workplace and beyond. Excerpts from Srimathi Shivashankar’s interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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Processed food business is more dangerous than tobacco industry: expert

Mar 17, 2013 05:00 AM Arun Gupta, Member, Prime Minister's Council on India's Nutrition Challenges and Regional Coordinator, International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia Pacific, said that there is a strong case of regulation to keep the vested interests out of India’s healthcare system. Excerpts from Arun Gupta 's interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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