A Nation on the March

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby kmkraoind » 10 Apr 2015 11:26

If this thread is okay to post social-political reforms too, then I think this is most appropriate thread for this news items.

Khap panchayat comes to bride’s rescue, bans army jawan from marriage over dowry demand

In a novel move, a khap panchayat banned an army jawan from marriage for two years after he demanded a dowry from the girl’s family at Rasoolpur village in the district.

Balyan khap panchayat Chief Naresh Tikait said the panchayat banned the jawan from marrying for two years and
also fined him Rs 81,000 last evening for demanding a car in dowry.

The jawan’s marriage was fixed for April 24 but later his family demanded a car as dowry from the girl’s family who are residents of Kasimpur village, he said.

Tikait said the panchayat was convened following a request by the girl’s family to decide the dispute and both parties attended the meeting, he said.

Previously, Jat leaders promised to Modi in curtailing female infanticide and now this.

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby Kakkaji » 14 Jun 2015 08:10

Poor Chhattisgarh district is now a textbook success story

Self-Help Groups linked to government schemes see Oraon women running farms, working as contractors, driving autorickshaws in impoverished Surguja

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Postby Kakkaji » 23 Aug 2015 05:56

Murder count in India falls to its lowest level since 1960s

Believe it or not, the murder rate in India in the past few years has been at its lowest level since the 1960s. Even the absolute number of murders in 2014 was lower than in 1992, the year when the murder rate (number of murders per lakh of population) was at its highest.

The counter-intuitive fact emerges from an analysis of data from the National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) annual publication, Crime in India.

In the past two decades, the population of all states has gone up by several millions and therefore the rate of incidents has dropped significantly, in some cases to less than half their 1992 levels. It is not clear why the murder rate first increased rapidly and then has dropped equally sharply, but what is clear is that impressionistic ideas of society getting increasingly violent may need to be revisited.

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Postby Kakkaji » 24 Aug 2015 05:32

Fewer girls are missing at birth, show latest SRS data

The SRS data show that the number of girls born for every 1,000 boys has been steadily rising, and SRB for India during 2011-13 was 909 girls per 1,000 boys. Though the rate of improvement has plateaued in the last 5-7 years, the numbers of girls missing at birth are not as bad as they used to be a decade ago.

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby Kakkaji » 13 Sep 2015 06:23

Very interesting article, worth reading in full:

How villages in Jaipur have become water-sufficient by using the simplest water conservation methods

"Life used to be miserable. There was always tension in the air and every morning would begin with the sound of people shouting at each other," adds Prahlad, a resident of one of the villages of Phagi block, about two hours away from Jaipur. As there was hardly any water for daily use, a bath used to be a weekly affair.

The high prevalence of fluoride in water also led to several children becoming physically challenged. Nand Singh, a farmer, says farming was also a difficult proposition and they could manage to grow only one crop a year. Due to the extreme paucity of water, every year hundreds of youngsters had to leave their villages in these parts and work in distant cities.

As the group of middle-aged men discuss the past, they break into laughter. The smiling faces and the camaraderie are evidence of the change, and the water conservation tank brimming in the background gives away the reason behind the change in the last 10 years.

Looking around them, it is easy to relate to why they feel so good about their present. Pachala village now has a rainwater harvesting structure that appears to be overflowing. Similar stories of abundance in the adjoining villages can be heard, of tanks that are full all through the year.

The story of how Phagi Block became water sufficient dispels many misconceptions and even offers a rather simple route map to achieving superlative results in taking water to the drier parts of the country.

Initial assessments revealed that water was at least 600 feet under, making any project prohibitive. So they advised the villagers to consider migrating from the village. For their part, the villagers were in no mood to leave."They are very attached to their land and so we were forced to revisit the project after a couple of years," says Jain.

In order to be sure about their analyses, the Advit team collected satellite data, land use and village level data. A participatory resource appraisal (PRA, which takes into account the knowledge and opinion of villagers) was conducted in each project village to ensure the participation of village communities.

The team then began deepening the existing low-lying areas in this villages and constructing structures that would save the rainwater. Each of these structures cost less than Rs 7 lakh and each structure was completed in less than a month. Having built eight structures in four villages in phases, the Advit team also spent considerable time interacting with the villagers and ensuring they took to maintaining the projects.

"They have really taken this project to heart. We had asked them not to pump water and last year even during peak summer the water bodies were full as no one pumped out from them," says Chandrasekaran.

Now we can grow up to three crops a year and the youngsters won't have to go out looking for work. The average income in these parts too has more than doubled," adds Prahlad Singh. And the women of the village do not have to walk a distance to get water

According to Jain, much of the problems that are associated with water scarcity in India have to do with the fact that governance and planning have shifted focus to "big projects" in recent years.

Water conservation experts say that life may not have been so easy, if they had to go through the government to get things done. In the case of Phagi project, Advit only had to deal with the local community, banks and other stakeholders.

Advit Foundation believes that to ensure water security, implementation at a micro level is the only sustainable way. Instilling a sense of ownership and responsibility among the community towards the harvesting structures is easier when the sizes are smaller.

"This renders the structures much more effective as they are easily maintained," explains Chandrasekaran. He adds that small, easily manageable water conservation projects would become significant for the country in the coming days.

Chandrasekaran takes the instance of Kerala, which despite being a rain-blessed state is in desperate need of conservation. "On the one hand, Kerala has plenty of rivers, lakes, ponds and brackish water and receives two monsoons but, on the other hand, it is a water-stressed state with water availability per capita being lower than that of Rajasthan," :eek: says Chandrasekaran.

Although Kerala has low groundwater potential because of its geography, most of its domestic and agricultural needs are met only by groundwater. Kerala has the highest density of wells in India, which has caused the water tables to fall.

Going by the manner in which Advit executed the water conservation project at Paghi, it appears as if water is a problem that can be easily solved and with minimal efforts.

Yet, the state governments in India appear to have been fighting the problem forever. The Advit team says that all it takes is two water conservation structures per village to ensure round the year availability of water. How difficult is that?

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby Vayutuvan » 13 Sep 2015 07:15

Kakkaji garu: Jaipur is a city ain't it? So what is this "villages in Jaipur" bijiness, saar? Is it more like Jaipur district?

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Postby Kakkaji » 13 Sep 2015 07:29

vayu tuvan wrote:Kakkaji garu: Jaipur is a city ain't it? So what is this "villages in Jaipur" bijiness, saar? Is it more like Jaipur district?

I think the city of Jaipur is inside Jaipur district.

IIRC Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's constituency is Jaipur (Rural).

In Rajasthan a lot of good work on local water reservoirs has been done in Alwar and Bharatpur districts also. Agriculture has boomed there.

I think the key in this article is the use of modern technology (satellite mapping etc) to plan how to build local water storage structures that recharge the ground water. Involvement of the locals in building and maintaining them is crucial.

The massive building of check dam in Gujarat under Modi, in conjunction with surface irrigation from Narmada project, was instrumental in raising agricultural productivity there.

In Maharashtra, Dev Phadnavis is applying the same techniques in his "Jalyukt Shivir" projects in rural areas. Initial results have been very encouraging.

States like Punjab where the water table is depleting fast, need to take this up on a war footing.

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby gashish » 13 Sep 2015 08:46

some positive testimonials for Jal Yukt Shivir right from the farmers of severely drought-hit marathwada..

Jal Yuktshivir in M'wada

I really hope this work continues on war-footing in all districts of M'wada. Will go some way to ameliorate situation and reduce suicide incidences in the region.

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Postby panduranghari » 13 Sep 2015 13:25

As the reporter said in the last statement, this is a game changer for BJP.

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Postby kmkraoind » 07 Oct 2015 10:02

RSS publishes books on Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana in a bid to acquaint kids with sacred Hindu texts

Indeed a great move by RSS.

RSS national Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said this series comes after Bharat Bharati, a publication house affiliated to the Sangh brought out 510 books on Indian saints, reformers and kings in Kannada way back in 1972.

"Different publications affiliated to the Sangh across the country are now bringing out books for children in regional languages. This is happening because families and people want their children to know about our culture," said Vaidya. Other titles in the series include Ganesha, Hanuman, Kalidasa, Nala and Damayanti, Vivekananda and Arjuna.
They are interesting stories. We have made sure the author understands the psychology of the children," said Sapla.

The books, costing Rs 40 each, will be distributed in phases in 1.5 lakh schools across the country run by Sangh-affiliated organisations, people familiar with the matter said.

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby wig » 10 Oct 2015 10:24

while I am not very conversant with the technology I am of the opinion this as a technological achievement is laudable
Rare Earth (RE) magnets, such as samarium-cobalt, find use in Atomic Energy, Space and Defence industries for a variety of strategic and non-strategic applications. These exhibit superior quality in terms of performance ability, device miniaturization capability and stability at high operating temperatures. These are becoming increasingly indispensable components in high power motors, micro motors, alternators, couplers, bearings, and actuators etc. that cater to various non-strategic industries. The requirement of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets (REPM) in the country is currently met by imports. Considering the dual uses of these and the fact that India is a non-signatory to Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), the availability of the magnets has been scarce to the country. In view of the above, there is a dire need for making indigenous effort to produce REPM.

Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) has set up facilities for producing separated high pure RE oxides from mixed RE chlorides produced from its 10000 tons per annum monazite processing plant. The major RE's used in production of REPM are Neodymium (Nd) and Samarium (Sm). IREL has facilities to produce Nd, Praseodymium (Pr) and Sm oxide.

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a novel metallurgical process for making RE alloy powder using indigenous RE oxides prepared by IREL. The technology for converting the RE alloys to magnets is available with Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad. The magnets are then machined at BARC, magnetized and characterized for the required application.

RE alloys are industrially produced by melting pure RE metal and the alloying additions at high temperatures. However, high melting temperature, very high cost of pure RE metals and loss of RE at high temperature due to evaporation make the alloy product very expensive. Moreover, solid ingot requires further pulverization to yield powder, from which the magnets are made. All these processes are energy intensive. On the other hand, the process developed by BARC yields the alloy powders directly from inexpensive oxides at much lower temperature, thereby resulting in lower cost magnets made out of samarium available in Indian ore.
RE alloy powders thus prepared using BARC technology were converted to magnets by DMRL. Magnets of different shapes have been prepared and these have been found at par with imported magnets in terms of magnetic properties.

Based on the above mentioned indigenous efforts, IREL is considering to set up a plant for production of RE permanent magnets for use in the strategic sectors. BARC is now transferring the technology to IREL.


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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby Santosh » 16 Oct 2015 08:56

Remarkable if true -

BJP document ‘forced’ religious conversion, NGO on par with Maoists

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 365288.cms

NEW DELHI: The BJP's indoctrination document has identified 'forced' religious conversion and NGOs that receive foreign funds as internal threats the nation faces and has categorised them along with the threat from Maoists.

The document prepared by the central BJP to train 1.5 million cadres from over 100 million party members, recruited from across the country earlier this year, highlights religious conversion as a "serious domestic threat" and a "conspiracy" by Christian and 'Jihadi activities.

"For several years, a conspiracy has been on to disturb the demographic structure of the country through Christian and Jihadi activities thriving with the help from funds and force. This is a serious domestic threat for us," the document said.

"There has been so much religious conversion in some of our states that it has disturbed the d e m o g r a p h i c structure. There is pent-up anger and agitation in such states that can burst out anytime," the document warns, ..

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Re: A Nation on the March

Postby Vips » 17 May 2018 18:56

India’s private wealth could triple by 2027—the fastest growth in the world.

Indians are minting money like nobody’s business.

Between 2017 and 2027, India’s total wealth—the private wealth held by all individuals in a country—is slated to grow from $8.23 trillion (Rs557 lakh crore) to $24.7 trillion, rising 200%, as per the 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review by the AfrAsia Bank. The total wealth includes assets—property, cash, equities, and business interests—less any liabilities.

The estimated growth of total wealth in India is far higher than global trends.

Global wealth is expected to rise by 50% over the next decade, reaching $321 trillion by 2027. After India, China is expected to log the next highest growth rate of 180% to reach a total wealth of nearly $70 trillion.

Aside from a strong growth forecast in the traditional industries like financial services, IT, real estate, health care, and media, AfrAsia Bank credits a “large number of entrepreneurs, good educational system and (an) English-speaking” population for pushing India into the league of the world’s fastest-growing wealth markets.

India’s richest have historically belonged to prominent business families like the Tatas, Birlas, and Ambanis, but self-made individuals now comprise more than two-thirds of the country’s billionaire cohort. For example, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of India’s largest digital payments platform, Paytm, is India’s youngest billionaire.

The share of Indians in the global billionaires club climbed up from 1% to 5% (pdf) over the last twenty years. Currently, India is home to the third-highest number of billionaires in the world at 119.

In addition, six of the ten Asian cities that will drive global wealth growth, as per AfrAsia, are in India.

The promising predictions for India are in line with the country’s performance so far. India’s wealth growth between 2016 and 2017 was the fastest among all nations at 25%.

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Postby Singha » 25 Dec 2018 01:49

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