Envisaging India’s National Wind Energy Mission

New Delhi: Over the course of the past year, India’s ambitious solar energy plans have been consistently reaffirmed after the 100 GW capacity expansion plan for a whopping Rs 6 lakh crore. Relatively neglected is India’s wind generation ability and capacity. With an off-shore wind policy on the cards, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) is looking to re-launch India’s wind energy prospects.

Wind Energy projects in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu | Photo courtesy: Sindhu Hariharan
Wind Energy projects in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu | Photo courtesy: Sindhu Hariharan

Sources say that the new Off-Shore Wind Policy would seek international competitive bidding for projects. “The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) would call for bids on behalf of MNRE. We expect keen participation from countries around the North Sea. States like Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat would benefit as they have immense offshore wind potential,” an official said. Continue reading “Envisaging India’s National Wind Energy Mission”

Chennai schools to revamp security measures after LKG student kidnapping incident

Chennai schools to revamp security measures after LKG student kidnapping incident

In light of the recent kidnapping of a lower kindergarten (LKG) student, the Chennai police urged schools to step-up security measures for ensuring the safety of children. While addressing a meeting of around 200 school principals, the police urged for schools to coordinate with parent-teacher associations (PTAs). They also called for having the identity of van owners and drivers carefully verified.

Principal, St Michael, Brother Johnson with the CCTV surveillance monitor.
Principal, St Michael, Brother Johnson with the CCTV surveillance monitor.

Toeing the line drawn by the city cops, Academic Coordinator, Bala Vidya Mandir School, Vasathi S mentioned about the probable installation of CCTV cameras inside the school campus. She said that all security measures are undertaken with the teachers. She insisted that teachers are present near the school gate till 3:30 PM to look over the children being escorted by their guardians. She also mentioned that the school maintains a detailed account of all the auto drivers and private van drivers who carry children to their homes.

Taking the higher ground on the directives issued, Principal, St Michael’s Academy, Brother Johnson elaborated on the existing security measures at his institution. He stated that CCTV cameras were already installed and that their school was involved in ensuring the safety of children much before the LKG student kidnapping incident. He mentioned that earlier there were PTA and school meetings once in two months and with the new directives, these meetings would be a monthly affair.

Principal, St Patrick School, Brother Doctor A Stanislaus expressed his inability to cater to students and their needs beyond the school boundary. He insisted that students were a responsibility of the institution as long as they are within the campus; but beyond the school gate, they were helpless.

While schools are responsible for the safety of pupils, it is imperative to emphasise that the police force cannot shrug off the onus with such ease. The safety of each citizen of our nation falls on the shoulders of the police mechanism. And overstepping this responsibility by holding schools accountable is not a rational solution.

Schools in Adyar come together to counter traffic congestion

Schools in Adyar come together to counter traffic congestion

Schools at Gandhi Nagar Fouth Main Road have come together to tackle the traffic congestion problem arising due to the large number of vehicles plying the locality. Roads in the posh locality are clogged at 3:10 PM and schools are coordinating with parent teacher associations, amongst themselves and city police to look into the matter.

The police set-up roadblock at the Fourth Main Road, Adyar
The police set-up roadblock at the Fourth Main Road, Adyar

Principal, St Michael’s Academy, Brother Johnson explained how the schools have coordinated their timings so as to reduce the traffic congestion. He mentioned that besides the synchronized timings of schools in the locality, there would be more steps to help counter the traffic jams. Expressing contentment with the efforts of traffic police, Brother Johnson also talked of engaging a private NGO to study the issue.

Academic Coordinator, Bala Vidya Mandir School, Vasathi S talked about the daily traffic program conducted at her institution. City traffic police personnel and the school authorities come together to guide the students about the basics of traffic and road safety rules during the daily traffic program sessions conducted by the school authorities.

While identifying the reasons for traffic congestion, Principal, St Patrick School, Brother Doctor A Stanislaus lambasted the Adyar club and residents for their callous approach. He mentioned that the traffic jams were a result of residents and attendees at the Adyar club parking their cars on the road despite have adequate parking spaces within their campuses. He also mentioned that traffic police were not directing traffic during some days of the week, which further magnifies the issue of traffic congestion.

The Fourth Main Road is made a one way route during peak traffic hours to tackle the congestion, but it is evident that this measure is not sufficient. Police personnel present at the venue refrained from commenting on the issue. A number of parents and students are also engaged in Road Safety Patrol (RSP) programmes but they too are unable to counter the traffic situation in the locality.

Pranab’s ascent to Rashtrapati Bhawan: Implications and Assumptions

Pranab’s ascent to Rashtrapati Bhawan: Implications and Assumptions

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride – Barkha Dutt

The night that Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi officially declared Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature for the Presidential poll, Barkha’s avowal on NDTV 24×7 was forlornly precise. The former journalist had played the knight in shining armour to the congress party for over four decades, yet always settled for penultimate designations.

After rising into prominence during Indira Gandhi’s regime as the Finance Minister, Pranab had carved a clout within the Congress party for himself. Relations with the Gandhi family soured after Indira Gandhi’s assassination when the dynamic bong expressed desires to be the Prime Minister of the country. Continue reading “Pranab’s ascent to Rashtrapati Bhawan: Implications and Assumptions”

13th Presidential Election of India

13th Presidential Election of India

The 13thPresidential election of India is turning out to be far more byzantine than any presidential election in the previous two decades. Spearheaded by the rising relevance of regional parties in the country, it is fascinating to witness the riot of political designs that are fuelling the ascent to the most sanctified position in the country.

President of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan

The President of India by constitution is envisioned to be an individual with impeccable repute and acceptability. Being the first person of a nation of billions the President is in merry times a ceremonial designation but in turmoil is poised to be the guardian of the constitution. Continue reading “13th Presidential Election of India”

Legally Inclined

Law is a set of rules that a society adheres to and those who are given the responsibility of interpreting the legislations for the common man are known as ‘lawyers’. The deteriorating legal framework and the questionable stance adopted by the judiciary has been a matter of concern for long. This write up would abstain from the rhetoric questioning the judiciary and would adhere to an altered track.

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Once considered a respectable profession, today the perception of a lawyer has disfigured into ambiguity of stone-pelting and resentful rebellions. The recent clash between lawyers and media persona at Bangalore is not a lone incident. The credibility of the foundation stone of the legal framework in our country has been under heavy disparagement for long. The vilification of any other profession might not have repercussions as abysmal as this particular occupation due to the withering faith of the populace in the justice dispensing mechanism.

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Who does this country really belong to?

With the state elections more specifically the Uttar Pradesh elections round the corner one can help but notice the essence of politics that is crowding the conscience. Various political parties have declared their election manifestoes and further made eloquent promises to the masses.

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Uttar Pradesh Elections 2012

The now rhetoric anti-corruption stance and claims of uplifting the state from the shambles of under development flowed through the dreams woven for the voters.

A novel inclusion to these manifestoes was the concept of promising reservation for minorities and backward castes. The SP manifesto promises to implement all recommendations of the Sachar commission, including job reservation on basis of population ratio. The Communist Party of India’s manifesto promises reservation on the basis of Ranganath Misra commission and Sachar committee further that they would continue to pursue the demand for the women reservation bill. Continue reading “Who does this country really belong to?”