Photo Essay: From footwear to guthka pouches, saving our seas from plastic pollution

By Rishabh Shrivastava India is the 12th largest source of marine litter & is estimated to become the 5th largest by 2025. Water bodies are facing an enormous crisis of plastic pollution. On my recent visit to Goa, I document some of the most heart-wrenching photos of how plastic waste continues to pollute our seas. It is estimated that almost 80% of marine plastic waste is … Continue reading Photo Essay: From footwear to guthka pouches, saving our seas from plastic pollution

Making online spaces safe for women

NCRB data shows that every 6th cybercrime in India is committed through social media. Online harassment has become a common occurrence on social media and women often find themselves on the receiving end. The time is to make online spaces safe for women and #BreakTheBias. The issue of online violence against women needs a systemic inquiry. Studies & data exist in bits & pieces giving … Continue reading Making online spaces safe for women

What do we know about the new Omicron variant till now?

What do we know about the new #Omicron variant till now? #Omicron variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24th Nov 2021. WHO says, “this variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs.” As the news of #Omicron reached nations, governments started … Continue reading What do we know about the new Omicron variant till now?

Trying to make sense of what did the Glasgow summit achieved?

Trying to make sense of what did the Glasgow summit achieved? “Keep 1.5 Alive” – Parties have agreed to ramp up 2030 climate action plans (nationally-determined contributions) by next yr. Created a 2 yr work programme to define a global goal on adaptation. Called for an annual synthesis report to track the progress of countries. Rules for carbon markets – The new rules provide developing … Continue reading Trying to make sense of what did the Glasgow summit achieved?

Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

J. Fathima Beevi broke the glass ceiling and became the 1st woman judge of the Supreme Court in 1989. She later went on to become the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Her appointment paved the way for other women to pursue a career in a male-dominated judiciary. J. Sujata Manohar was the 1st woman Chief Justice of Bombay High Court who went on the become the … Continue reading Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

Women Representation in High Courts

11 women in the list of 68 recommend for the elevation as Judges for the various High Courts. These 11 recommendations have been made for J&K, Calcutta, Gauhati, Madras and Kerala High Court. The other 7 HCs do not find any woman’s names. #gender #HighCourts #judge Names of women recommended for the judgeship No woman name in the list of 13 names recommended to be … Continue reading Women Representation in High Courts

Ganga and Plastics

#Thread – Ganga and Plastics A new study by Delhi based @toxicslink has revealed that Ganga remains the second most plastic polluted river in the world. 44,500 tonnes of plastic waste is discharged in the river during the monsoon season, says the study. @JambeckResearch Ganga cities are seeing alarming trends with respect to #plasticpollution and this is despite policies like Swachh Bharat Mission, PWM rules … Continue reading Ganga and Plastics

100 years of Communist Party of China

100 years of Communist Party of China (CPC) China’s CPC is all set for its centenary celebrations on July 1. CPC has played a big role in the country’s transformation. China that we see today was very different almost 4 decades back. The economic, military and technological prowess, of which it boasts today, was not developed overnight. CPC, its ideology and leaders played a key … Continue reading 100 years of Communist Party of China

Mapping India’s response to the crisis of orphaned kids due to COVID19

Mapping India’s response to the crisis of orphaned kids due to #COVID19. We track the welfare measures announced by 21 states to address the issue. As per @smritiirani, 577 children have been orphaned. But, this data is only for the second wave (1 April to 25 May). 7 children have lost both parents in Himachal. For Madhya Pradesh, the number was 250. In Uttar Pradesh, … Continue reading Mapping India’s response to the crisis of orphaned kids due to COVID19

Bhopal Vaccination Drive

Mismanagement marks the first day of the vaccination drive. Bhopal kick-started its first day of the vaccination drive for 18 plus today. Experiences from the field – Naveen sr. sec. school was the only #vaccination centre identified by the govt. for administering the doses to 18 plus from today. More than 500 residents registered for the centre and started queuing as early as 7:30 AM. … Continue reading Bhopal Vaccination Drive

Net-Zero Goal

US President’s Climate Envoy, John Kerry was in India recently. One of the major agendas of the visit was the #NetZero goal for 2050, which the US wants India to be on board. What is net-zero? what are India’s objections? Net-zero is a situation where the country’s emissions are balanced by the absorption & removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Net-zero doesn’t mean carbon … Continue reading Net-Zero Goal