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wow ! Democracy …

March 20, 2009
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Author Dinu

India is the largest Democracy in the world. Is it the most powerful democracy in the world ? That’s a different question, still better than our neighbors, so that’s fine.But now, I have started thinking if our people are actually serious about Democracy. If we are really serious about democracy, why can’t we say no to IPL cricket until the Elections are over ?

Don’t tell me not to blame general public for this, because they don’t make decisions but their leaders does. I feel our leaders have a clear idea how crazy we are about cricket, and they do not want to play villains during the IPL season. Did any of our leaders come out and say, lets play IPL after elections, ? I did not see anyone ?

Okay, forget IPL. There is the most discussed criminals in politics question. We vote for our leader even if he is found guilty by a court of law. We support him even when he is in jail. What else could be the reason for increasing number of such politicians ? those criminal turned politicians ?

We love it when cricketers jump in to politics, when actors come to politics …. did you read in the news that two of our movie star + politicians were leading with 12% and 27% attendance after their 5 years as MPs ? Okay, we did a mistake last time, don’t give them a second chance .. please !!!!!!!!!

The Water Day Quiz

March 20, 2009

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Author : Reema

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

The theme for World Water Day 2009 is “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities”.

The world’s 263 trans boundary lake and river basins include the territory of 145 countries and cover nearly half of the Earth’s land surface. With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict. But cooperation, not conflict, is the most common response to trans boundary water management issues. The government of every country has to bear the responsibility of managing the world’s trans boundary waters for current and future generations by mutual cooperation.

To celebrate this day and to contribute to the campaign to spread awareness regarding water and issues related to it, I have made this quiz.

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Water Aware or Water Beware?

You use it every day in every way possible. But how much do you appreciate the finer points of the liquid that sustains life? How well do you know about water? Are you a responsible person who is aware of issues related to water and believes in conserving water? Or do you need to know “Beware! Water is not forever” ? Take the quiz and find out!! BE HONEST 😀

Write in your replies in the comments space which will be held in moderation till the next post. The person who gives the maximum number of correct answers will get a badge to flaunt on his/her blog’s sidebar.

  1. How much of the earth’s surface is covered by water?

    • 75%
    • 50%
    • 65%
    • 70%
  2. What percentage of the world’s water supply is fresh?

    • 2.5%
    • 7.5%
    • 10%
    • 20%
  3. How many percent of the world water is suitable for human use?

    • 25%
    • 10%
    • less than 1%
    • 40%
  4. Water that is safe to drink is called

    • Tap Water
    • Potable water
    • Distilled water
    • Piliated water
  5. The average Sub-Saharan African uses the same amount of water in a day as someone in a developed country uses when they do what?

    • Brush their teeth for two minutes with the tap running
    • Run a lawn sprinkler for a minute
    • Flush a toilet
    • Any of the above
  6. How many people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water?

    • 1 in 3
    • 1 in 6
    • 1 in 10
    • 1 in 20
  7. What proportion of the world’s major rivers are seriously polluted or depleted?

    • 10%
    • 25%
    • 50%
    • 75%
  8. Which of these countries uses most water per person per year?

    • Russia
    • India
    • Egypt
    • Germany
  9. The World Commission on Water estimates that it would cost an extra $100bn a year to tackle global water scarcity. What is this roughly equivalent to?

    • The amount spent on ocean cruises, make-up and ice-cream yearly
    • The net worth of Microsoft chief Bill Gates
    • The estimated value of the worldwide bottled water industry
    • A quarter of the US budget deficit
  10. Which human activities need the most water?

    • Personal hygiene
    • Cooking
    • Irrigation
    • Drinking
  11. What are the main sources of water pollution in India?

    • Municipal sewage
    • Bathing in rivers
    • Industrial discharge
    • both a and c
  12. What minerals are found in the run-off from agricultural land and treated and untreated sewage effluents, which are highly responsible for eutrophication of water bodies?

    • Phosphorous and carbon
    • Nitrogen and phosphorus
    • Potassium and arsenic
    • Iron and manganese
  13. What is the project to clean up the polluted waters of the Ganga called?

    • GPP
    • GOP
    • GAP
    • GCP
  14. Imagine your tap is leaking drop after drop. How much water is lost from this leaking tap per day?

    • About 75 litres
    • About 20 litres
    • About 50 litres
    • About a glass of water
  15. How much water do humans use daily?

    • 100 litres
    • 190 litres
    • 75 litres
    • 160 litres
  16. How long could you live without water?

    • About 3 weeks
    • About 1 day
    • About 3 days
    • About 7 days
  17. Currently what percentage of world’s population is facing serious water shortage?

    • 50%
    • 30%
    • 40%
    • 25%
  18. How many people in world lack access to adequate sanitation facilities?

    • 2.4 billion people
    • 1.2 million people
    • 3.5 billion people
    • 5 million people
  19. How much water is used to flush a toilet?

    • 4 to 20 litres
    • 10.5 to 30 litres
    • 7.5 to 26.5 litres
    • 20 to 40.5 litres
  20. How much water is used In a five-minute shower?

    • 95 to 190 litres
    • 40 to 90 litres
    • 100 to 150 litres
    • 20 to 50 litres
  21. The cost of providing safe drinking water and proper sanitation to everyone in the world by 2025 will be

    • US$100 billion a year
    • US$150 million a year
    • US$400 million a year
    • US$180 billion a year
  22. How many children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation?

    • 4.2 million children
    • 1.8 million children
    • 2.8 million children
    • 3.4 million children

Also check out these links :-

The Official World Water Day website

25 ways to conserve water at home

Download water conservation tips for home and office here.

Quiz questions taken from BBC, TERI and Lenntech

P.S. After making it at quibblo.com I realised the code can not be integrated in free wordpress blog 😦  Sorry for the inconvenience.

India May Fail to Meet 7.1% Growth Forecast as Harvests Decline

March 18, 2009

Author: Kartik Goyal

India may fail to achieve the government’s 7.1 percent economic growth forecast if crop harvests don’t meet expectations, according to the finance ministry’s top economist.

Agricultural output in Asia’s third-largest economy fell 2.2 percent last quarter from a year earlier and the nation’s farm ministry expects food-grain production in the year to June to decline by 1.3 percent to 227.9 million tons.

“To the extent that agriculture growth turns out to be below the 2.6 percent expectation” then our forecast for gross domestic product in the fiscal year ending March 31 would have to be adjusted, the finance ministry’s Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Virmani said in an interview in New Delhi yesterday.

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The Aasha Build – Hope for a home

March 14, 2009

Author: Shivya 

Slumdog Millionaire knocked at our hearts and made us confront, yet again, the hideous reality that some of our fellow countrymen live with, everyday. 170 million Indians, both young and old, still go to sleep with despair on their bedside and a broken thatch roof over their heads, darkness peaking through the whole time. The same people wake up with an expectant ray of hope that someday, people like you and me will help change their lives for the better. 

The Aasha Build is an initiative started to address the pressing need of homing our countrymen, by funding and building a sustainable shelter for their families. Aasha is the Hindi word for hope and The Aasha Build is our chance to give back to our community. Together with the rest of The Aasha Build team, comprising 14 members, I am going to spend 2 weeks in a slum area in Devanahalli, on the outskirts of Bangalore, and aim to construct 5-6 houses (2 stories each) to home 12 families in the region. 

I don’t have to be psychic to know that as we speak, you and I are both sitting in the comfort of our room, taking a break from our daily chores, and trying perhaps (and hopefully) to imagine the lives lived in the slums of India: kids who have been thrusted in such circumstances by a twist of destiny, mothers who have to watch their babies cry for being exposed to the elements of nature, without even a roof to protect them, and fathers who haven’t been able to fend for their own families. Then again, who says life is fair?

Habitat for Humanity, an international organization that aims to provide affordable housing for all, has given this opportunity to us, The Aasha Build team, to do our bit for our world. In the process, I am sure we are going to learn and grow as individuals, moved by the sheer willpower and determination of these families to go about their lives so bravely. Of course, time will reveal the kind of inspiration and hope this experience will bring to us. 

As members of Youth Unite, I hope that you can lend your support to the cause of The Aasha Build. Any comments, feedback, suggestions and wishes are very welcome at The Aasha Build blog.

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 

Celebrate Tilak Holi, Save Water

March 8, 2009

Author: Reema

People are busy fighting over petty issues like jeans, pub culture, land or number of seats in Parliament. They tend to neglect the bigger issues endangering the very existence of human race on Earth. There is a global water crisis going on. Here are some facts about water.

  • Water covers 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface — 97.5 per cent of that is salt water, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. Icecaps and glaciers hold 74 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Almost all the rest is deep underground, or locked in soils as moisture or permafrost. Only 0.3 per cent of the world’s freshwater is found in rivers or lakes.
  • Within 25 years, half the world’s population could have trouble finding enough freshwater for drinking and irrigation.
  • Currently, over 80 countries, representing 40 per cent of the world’s people, are subject to serious water shortages. Conditions may get worse in the next 50 years as populations grow and as global warming disrupts rainfall patterns.
  • A third of the world lives in water stressed areas where consumption outstrips supply. West Asia faces the greatest threat. Over 90 per cent of the region’s population is experiencing severe water stress, with water consumption exceeding 10 per cent of renewable freshwater resources.
  • One in six people still have no regular access to safe drinking water.
  • More than twice that number (2.4 billion people) lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.
  • In Africa, 300 million people—40 per cent of the population—live without basic sanitation and hygiene, an increase of 70 million since 1990.

dam-gun520The Festival of Holi will be celebrated in India on March 11 by people throwing colors and spraying colored water on each other. But is it really necessary? Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors. A leading Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar has launched a campaign called “Tilak Holi” requesting Indians to celebrate Holi wisely by just applying a “tilak” on each other.

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Kudos to Dainik Bhaskar’s team for such an important campaign and about time too! Personally I have never liked Holi 🙂

Let us all join the campaign as responsible global citizens and human beings and make our contribution towards conserving water by celebrating Holi with as little color and water as possible.

DO NOT USE WATER SPRAYS OR WATER BALLOONS.

DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE COLORS. JUST WISH EACH OTHER WITH A TILAK.

ONE DAY OF “FOLLOWING TRADITIONS/CUSTOMS” WILL PROVE TO BE A DISASTER.

SPREAD THE WORD, INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS, PEERS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS TO CELEBRATE A “TILAK HOLI”.

CONSERVE WATER.

WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY TILAK HOLI.

Three months and tidbits!

March 5, 2009

Author: Manoj

Recession and terrorism have been the buzz words in the past three months.Apart from these, here are a few interesting tidbits of news that caught my attention, and hopefully yours too, during my 3 months of break from the blogging world.

1) The Yeti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot or the abominable Snow man, whatever you call it, perhaps, is the only creature that caught the fantasy of almost everyone in this world. Debates and controversies since years have only added to the already mysterious creature. The mystery has only increased what with the likes of Sir David Attenborough saying that the evidence of Yeti is convincing.

2) Euthanasia or ‘assisted suicide’ has always been a sort of taboo in medical field. Perhaps this has much more to it than just passing a mere bill or law. Washington State (U.S.A) is going to allow this. Read it here.

3) While this one has nothing to do in the past 3 months, I somehow, was drawn towards the phenomenon of Global Warming. Everytime scientists prove the existence of this phenomenon, someone would take the ownership of disproving it. Global Warming is still a topic of debate. Do we have enough knowledge to prove this phenomenon? Well, this one makes an interesting read.

4) This one is a far cry from the above three in terms of its “Genre”. The internet is abuzz with yet-an-other apocalypse. The 2012 phobia. Well, the Mayan Calendar seems to have ended on 21st, December 2012. This has soon been concluded as an end of the world, or atleast a beginning of a new era. While few researchers on Mayan Civilization has trashed this, many a people believe it, nonetheless. Here is one of the numerous websites explaining this, that dotted across the internet.

5) Last, but not the least, is the amount of Moral policing happening in India. From the “Mangalore pub fiasco’ to banning Valentines day. Well, I will not write much on this, for, everyone of us have already condemned.

The Hudson river plane-landing in New York City, the ‘giant snake’ in the Borneo river, the unending quest for Aliens and UFOs and the lost city of Atlantis in Google Ocean are among the few others that made prominent news. The Hudson river plane landing, though, deserves a kudos to the Pilot!

Well, I haven’t talked about recession and terrorism. That’s a big win for me! And if I diverted your minds from these two, atleast for a few minutes, I consider my purpose solved. And by the way, this is my first post in YU 🙂

Management Education In India

February 17, 2009

I’m sure every student dreams of making it big, and I’m sure that more than half of us wanted to do an MBA sometime in our lives. Strangely enough, the condition of the markets in India right now is such that an MBA is considered a necessary evil to make it big. More people are now valuing their education by the number on their paycheck. Maybe it’s not so sad a situation after all.

bakul-dholakiaThe other day, Sandeep, Joel and I had quite an enlightening dinner with the country’s more accomplished educators – Dr. Bakul Dholakia. He’s currently the director of the Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management and the Advisor to Adani Group.  Prior to joining the Adani Group, he was the director of IIM, Ahmedabad.  A gold medalist from Baroda University and PhD in economics,  he has 39 years of professional experience including 33 years at IIM, Ahmedabad.

During the course of his long tenure at IIM Ahmedabad, Dr. Dholakia occupied the Reserve Bank of India Chair from 1992 to 1999, served as the dean from 1998 to 2001 and as the director of the institute for a period of five years from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, Dr. Dholakia was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of his distinguished services in the field of education.

So, understandably I was a bit apprehensive about meeting such an accomplished individual. We spoke a lot about the offerings of AIIM and how it stands out from other business schools in the country, and we also discussed the potency of the online media, especially blogs and SNSs (Social Network Sites), in building businesses, networking and reaching out to a large number of people, and have an immediate impact on the operations of any business.

New tools and techniques are continually being introduced to improve the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of any organization. All organizations and their departments, functions, or groups use management methodologies, which include problem solving techniques and guidelines for various related activities.

According to Dr. Dholakia, any institution offering an education in business management must aim at increasing the understanding of the factors which influence the ‘conduct’ of organizations, while providing students with the tools and techniques that they may use to influence organizational life. Perhaps this is what is happening nowadays. Institutions aim to influence the economy in general, but are found lacking in certain major areas of development.

More about the courses at AIIM can be found here.

Sandeep’s post about the dinner meeting can be read here and Joel’s post can be read here.

– Nikhil

Bloggers Against Plagiarism

January 29, 2009

Author:-Vishesh

Most of us are burning within,by the actions of certain groups,  for my head’ sake(headache) I was recently plagiarized.As soon as found out about it I mailed and messaged a few bloggers whom I thought would have faced such plagiarism. Among them were Nita and Anshul – they gave me the necessary links to flag the person and report it.

After which it was time for a few shocking discoveries -I was amazed to see that plagiarism is so rampant online,that it has almost become blase.And there is no comfort in the fact that to write about your content being stolen,you need to fax or send a courier to the hosting service.

Plagiarism is  worse than piracy,in the case of piracy(no not the Somalian pirates,I mean pirated goods),they at least give you the acknowledgement(no please I am not promoting piracy! ).So who is going to take an initiative?

Of course the simplest way to deal with this is,this:-

But then we all like to write.And why should we anyway let those bugs win?

And since no one has taken the initiative,we at YU! have decided to start against it.No we are not planning to take to the streets of our cities,rather we going to try and make the plagiarisers know that there is someone who is working against them, by displaying banners. Everything today has a badge/banner.So is this also going to be just another banner among all?

That I leave it to you all.Once you add the banner and still find out that you are plagiarised,come back and tell us.Spread the word ,so that all the blogs have this banner.Of course we all use copyscape,but than that is to tell them,we have a way to find out,this is to tell them to stop it,we will fight you! This is the starting of what we can and should do against thieves.There will be a post soon on how to handle plagiarism from one of us here.If any any non-member wants to write a post on their encounter with plagiarism,please mail us,your post.I also urge everyone here,to discuss the problem and ways to keep it in check.

We have decided to deal with a problem which exists within the blogosphere.And since we all are a part of it,it is left to us!

Chirag created the following badge/banner. I urge everyone to display this(the codes given below) banner.This is the first step,let us hope,what we write is our own! Long live originality!

The code(if the code does not work,remove the quotes(“) and retype them,this happens because we have used block quotes for highlighting the code):-

<a href=”https://youthunite.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/bloggers-against-plagiarism/”><img src=”http://chiragchamoli.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/against-plagrism.png”></a&gt;

Update(30/1/2009) :- To those who don’t know who made the cartoon,it is Anshul.(I thought everyone knew that :P) And if you want to know how to flag a wordpress blog see here.

Happy Republic DAY!

January 26, 2009

Happy Republic Day to all.So what do you think of us as a nation and where have we come,in all these years?

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And can we live to such a task?

Please help this cause…

January 26, 2009

http://helpgaurav.com

This link landed in my inbox today.

And I wish to take this forward to a larger audience of people. 

Please read the “How can YOU Help” section… and please make a small difference…

Praying for your speedy recovery….

 

– therhymeoflife