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Everything is going to chaos, and our earth, is losing its once boastful green cover. The quest for more has lead us to the destruction of the earth.

Some of the problems are:

1. Deforestation: this particularly happens in the developing countries which export felled trees to the developed nation, so that they can sustain their economy. This leads to mass felling of trees, which also renders the area unfit after agriculture has been practised. The greatly threatens the flora and the fauna of the surrounding areas. The forest, unfortunately doesn’t recover even after planting of new saplings.

Awareness campaigns aren’t the only way to sensitize people. Stricter laws must be enacted and enforced for us to check this menace. Trees should be planted wherever possible. We can try having a Bonsai garden in our house too!

2.Global warming: It is associated with the effluents from the automobiles and the factories. This could have been controlled, but thanks to deforrestation, the quality of the air we breathe has been dissociated. The best example is the smog in Delhi.

Pollution is to be checked by the factory. It must invest in Catalytic filters so that most of the particulate can be taken off before the smoke is let off from the chimneys. Factories refusing to install these should be closed down with immediate effect. Try using public transport as much as possible. We must start using the non-conventional sources of energy in our everyday life.

3.Population levels: Because of inadequate awareness in the public, the population has been exponentially growing (to be apt, exploding). There are people who believe in the philosophy of more hand and more work. Hence, more hands in for the same resources. The resources become scarce.

The vehicles do carry the signs “We two, ours one” or “We two, ours two” but i believe that the major part of the public doesn’t understand. Government should take more steps to highlighten people about the positive aspects of a small family.

We, as the people, are very much the part of the democratic government. We must not blame the govenment for its lapses. We must work in tandem with them to achieve what we desire. Its high time all  of us work together in making this world a better place to live!

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Dr. Kiran Bedi is the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1972 batch. Her 35 years of service had bought in fear into the criminals and discipline to the police force. She was born on 9th june,1949  in Amritsar, Punjab. She served as the Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department. Now, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. For her noteworthy performance, she was awarded with the UN medal. She received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law in the year 2005.

Her educational qualifications

She did her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School, Amritsar, where she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC). She also took up tennis, a passion which flowed throgh her blood, who’s  father himself was a talented tennis player.she obtained her B.A. in English (Hons.) (1964-68) from the Government College for Women, Amritsar.She went on to earn a Master’s degree (1968-70) in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh, topping the University.She later obtained a Law degree (LLB) in 1988 from Delhi University, Delhi. In 1993,she even did her Ph.D. from Social Sciences from the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, where the topic of her thesis was ‘Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence’. She had virtually geared up for the IPS examinations!

Awards

She has added many feathers to her cap. Some of them are:

  • President’s Gallantry Award (1979)
  • Women of the Year Award (1980)
  • Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991
  • Magsaysay Award (1994) for Government Service
  • Mahila Shiromani Award (1995)
  • Father Machismo Humanitarian Award (1995)
  • Lion of the Year (1995)
  • Joseph Beuys Award (1997)
  • Pride of India (1999)
  • Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice (2005)

Initiatives

She has also started two NGOs, Navajyoti (which literally means New Enlightenment), set up in 1987, and India Vision Foundation, set up in 1994,  the two major voluntary organizations established by her with the objectives of improving the condition of the drug addicts and the poor people. They reach to about 10,000 beneficiary daily. Her efforts have won national and international recognition, and her organizations was awarded the Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention by the United Nations.

She has also started a website www.saferindia.com, where a complaint can be logged regarding any crime if the police at the concerned area denies to accept complaint. The NGO behind this site mails registers a complaint to the DGP of concerned area.This mail can also be used as the legal document in case of filing a case in the court of judgement.

There are three books on her,

  • ‘I Dare!’ biography of kiran Bedi by Parmesh Dangwal.
  • Kiran Bedi — The Kindly Baton, by Dr Meenakshi Saksena,
  • “Government@net” by Sandeep Srivastava and Parminder Jeet Singh

She has also written a biography, ‘I dare, its always possible’, which was released in 1998.

Such is her greatness that a non fiction movie Yes Madam Sir had been created by the Australian film maker, Megan Doneman. This movie got an unanimous vote from the Santa Barbara International festival.

She is definitely one of the greatest IPS officers India has ever produced. She has bought in several reforms into the policing, such as changing the way how jails and prisons work. She has bought in yoga and meditation. She had bought in vocational training and a suprisingly unprecedented panchayat system into the prison! We need women IPS officers into the fold because not only are they as brave as the male counterparts, but also are creative in their own sense. 🙂

Jai Hind!

Check out her website, www.kiranbedi.com

ndia Vision 2020 was initially a documanet prepared by TIFAC under the chairmanship of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul kalam and a team of 500 experts. Dr.Kalam further gave shape to this concept through his seminal work along with Dr.Y.S.Rajan – “ India 2020 : Vision for the new millennium “.

Dr.Kalam in one of his speeches elaborates the concept :

“Transforming the nation into a developed country, five areas in combination have been identified based on India’s core competence, natural resources and talented manpower for integrated action to double the growth rate of GDP and realize the Vision of Developed India.

These are:

  • Agriculture and food processing — with a target of doubling the present production of food and agricultural products by 2020. Agro food processing industry would lead to the prosperity of rural people, food security and speed up the economic growth;
  • Infrastructure with reliable and quality electric power including solar farming for all parts of the country, providing urban amenities in rural areas and interlinking of rivers;
  • Education and Healthcare: To provide social security and eradication of illiteracy and health for all;
  • Information and Communication Technology: This is one of our core competencies and wealth generator. ICT can be used for tele-education, tele-medicine and e-governance to promote education in remote areas, healthcare and also transparency in the administration; and
  • Critical technologies and strategic industries witnessed the growth in nuclear technology, space technology and defence technology”

Source: http://www.indiavision2020.org/whatis_2020.html

Vision for 2020 aircraft by Dr. Abdu Kalam envisages  70 seater planes which can connect all the cities in India. As not much investment is needed as it is in the case of Roadways and railways, we can go for it, provided there is suffiecient technology in engineering the design and working out the cost details. A way Dr. APJ says is to shape the size of fuselage. read more about it in this link

Dr. Abdul Kalam has also thought a lot for the future, such as removing the difference between the urban and the rural, effective healthcare, where people are proud of their governments, etc. Link

More about our beloved Dr. Abdul Kalam can be found on this site

India is a country which is notoriously famous for the second largest populous country in the world. Despite this, we put up a very dismal performance in the Olympics. There was a small respite last Olympics where we managed to bag a gold medal. But this is no reason to celebrate when a poor country like Jamaica with their small population can bag two medals, and a populous country of China gets 51, why not us? This is something we should take a serious note of. There are many reasons attributed to the meager medal tally, with the only solace of the individual gold in the previous Olympics by Abhinav Bhindra. He does deserve a pat on his back for bringing a gold to India. With the aesthetic way our Indian Olympic Association works, we would have missed this gold too hadn’t he had enough resources with him to travel to Athens. He was having his training in Sweden ( I believe) and he wanted the IOA to sponsor his trip to Athens. True to its being as the government agency, the IOA asked him to come all the way to India and hit Athens, else he had  to pay on his own if he had to go direct. Truly shocked, he decided to go on his own as it was cheaper travel to Athens than to New Delhi! Thank god that he had the money to fund himself, else India would have said good bye to the gold.

Some of the reasons I feel India still lags..

1. Little or no facilities for sports and training in almost whole of the rural areas and in some urban areas. Comparing to China where talents are groomed once found, this happens once in a blue moon in India.

2. Access to modern facilities is of a major concern. Government doesn’t provide good facilities to the public. It is only available for a lucky few who have somehow managed to get into the top echleon. Also, the middle class and the rural public simply cannot afford the fees for the private training.

3. Genetics is not much of a concern. It may, but I feel this is just a lame excuse.

India being a large country, the government alone cannot reach out to all the places of human habitation to find out talents. NGOs must also devise strategies and conduct camps. If they find someone, the must take the onus of finding a sponsor to train him/her. We on our part should contribute monetarily or/and provide logistics. We have no right to blame someone else unless  we have undertaken the burden of reaching out to the less fortunate ones. The private public venture will help us to obtain satisfactory results, and more golds in the coming Olympics and other athletic means.

Lets do our part! Jai Hind!

World No Tobacco day is observed around the world on May 31st of every year. This day was created by the members of the United Nations in 1987 to reduce the deaths due to Tobacco which is around 5.4 million deaths in a year. Since 1988, the World Health Organization has been presenting awards to the groups and the individuals who have been shown exemploarary efforts in the prevention of Tobacco abuse. The members of the UN, on 31st May 2008 had called for a complete ban in tobacco advertising. In India, the Health ministry had instructed the manufacturers of tobacco products to print the pictures of skull and bones and infected lungs. to educate the users about the ill effects. But not many had followed the Govenment’s order. The police in Tamil Nadu have confisticated products from shops in Kanchipuram where the products did not bear the warning. But the Government has given the deadline as June 15th failing which the products will be confisticatPoster Child Postered.

Its time people woke up to the bad news about tobacco. I have seen my friends smoking, some even go to the extreme of smoking two packets a day. These youths, who are supposed to be the “educated”, don’t want to understand the ill effects, because they have got addicted to it and do not want to accept that smoking is injurious to health. The picture to the left of this text is titled “Tobacco Industry’s Poster Child”. Click on this link to read more about it.

Wanna know what are the future effects of smoking a pack a day, click here.

You guys won’t be smoking after you see this!

Hope I am making some of you to think of quitting smoking!

Forming a habit is quite easy, but coming off is the most difficult part. There’s always time to start recuperating. Why don’t we all atleast try to reduce tobacco consuption and bring ourselves to deny tobacco! We all have the power to do it. Its all within us. We can tame our mind to our whims and fancies. Stop consuming tobacco and educate others about it.

Check out this website for more information: http://www.tobaccofacts.org

Start working for a better tomorrow. Live your life to the fullest. Don’t smoke it out!

This is one of the best short movies I have seen.  Please take some time off to watch this one. It was a short and crisp documentary which shows how much we waste the food and also,  how many there are who would not hesitate to eat the food in the garbage. Can you believe that 25,000 people die everyday just because of hunger? This is the apathy of the current situation. Here a person collects all the leftovers for the children in his locality to eat and also for his family. What also moved me was that the guy stopped his child from eating so that they pray to god to thank him for the food they have, and they resumed their “feast”.  He is a true altruist and a true human being. There are many subtle things which can be learned from this short film. Please do watch it!

We can also do something. When there’s some function going on in your locality, in ur friend’s place or in your relative’s location, and if there’s a substantial amount of food being wasted, ask them not to dump, but donate it to some orphanage where the children would gladly have the food and the management would also be thankful for your gesture. A small step in the right direction goes a long way! Do whatever you can. Educate others about it, blog about it, do whatever you can! Each step of yours in the right path will turn you to be a better human being. 🙂