Policy-making too complex an issue

04 Oct 2016 | | The Pioneer

Of late, the judiciary has been in the news for various reasons — from dictating the age and size of diesel cars that can ply in the national capital to deciding the retirement age of cricket board officials. From a common man's perspective, judicial activism may seem appealing, but at times it is deceptive. This because instead of interpreting the law as it exists and finding whether a certain action/behaviour is legal or illegal, a judge may prescribe that a certain action/behaviour should be legal which can even be in contrary to the law as it was meant to be by the legislature.

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM): The Way Forward for Goa

02 Oct 2016 | | The Goan


The state of Goa with its high literacy, financial resources, an active civil society, and a strong private sector presence in the tourism, mining and other industries, is in an advantageous position to cover the existing gaps and achieve the desired SBM goals.

Swachh Bharat Mission: Opportunities for Goa

01 Oct 2016 | | The Goan


On October 2, 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by the Prime Minister of India, to speed up the efforts in India's sanitation sector. Prior to this, a number of initiatives integrating water and sanitation were introduced including the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), in 1986. After realising considerable success the TSC was revamped as the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in 2012 with the aim of creating clean environment and eradicating open defecation in the country by the year 2022.

Cauvery: rethink needed on growing water guzzler crops

27 Sep 2016 | | Deccan Herald

The last few weeks have witnessed violence and chaos in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery river water in the wake of the Supreme Court's order this month directing Karnataka to release to Tamil Nadu 12,000 cusecs water per day till Sept 20, 2016. The disturbance in that region is now subsiding, but the question remains: how to ensure its non-recurrence in future? Is there any solution to this vexed problem?

Climate change: Here's why India needs to be at the forefront of effort to phase out HFCs

21 Sep 2016 | | The Financial Express

India has historically had a low consumption of CFCs and now of HFCs; in 2013 the country’s consumption of HFCs was 1.6% of the global consumption.

World Water Monitoring Day

18 Sep 2016 | Ms Shabana Mehmood Kazi | The Goan


Zero Emission Day – Do your bit!

17 Sep 2016 | | The Goan


On March 21, 2008 "A Global Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Combustion" was launched with a simple yet undeniable message of "Giving our planet one day off a year". A message that hopes to bring back the forgotten age old principles of 'stopping, resting, recharging and reflecting' back into the mainstream. Zero Emission Day, or ZeDay as it is also known as, is now a globally celebrated day for universal benefit.


The Mangrove interpretation Facility, Chorao Islands

10 Sep 2016 | | The Goan


India needs to have a multipronged approach towards sanitation

10 Sep 2016 | Ms Sonia Grover | The Hindustan Times

Initiated by the prime minister in 2014, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) aims at making India clean by 2019. This year, Rs 9000 crore was allocated for the mission. Additionally, the government is charging 0.5% as Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) on all taxable services from November 15. The mission has a rural and an urban sub-mission, with different objectives and approaches for tackling the issue.