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Save Energy to Have Energy 05/12/2009
We all know energy is scarce and expensive and more so, when the country is facing energy shortage. Demand management and energy efficiency, therefore, are the new-age mantras for the power sector. The strategy developed to make power available to all by 2012 includes promotion of energy efficiency and its conservation in the country, which is found to be the least cost option to augment the gap between demand and supply.


Considering the vast potential of energy savings and benefits of energy efficiency, the Government enacted the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The Act provides for the legal framework, institutional arrangement and a regulatory mechanism at the Central and State level to embark upon energy efficiency drive in the country. The Government has set a target for energy savings eq...


Eco Marks-Right Environment Choice 05/12/2009
The issue of environmental protection has brought the consumers, the industry and the government to a common platform. The government and legislatures are using their influence to reduce environmental and health hazards due to industrialization and to stimulate the development of clean technologies. However the environment is under tremendous stress from rapid industrialization, unplanned urbanization and changing consumption patterns in the race to achieve better living standards. It is absolutely clear that regulatory actions by pollution control agencies alone can not restore the environment to its pristine state. Pro-active and promotional roles should also be geared up in harmony with the overall environmental protection strategy. The time has come for consumers to take lead in performing manufacturers to adopt clean and eco-friendly technologies and environmental-safe disposal of used products, along with preventive and mitigative approaches.

Eco Mark Scheme
Eco Mark is a voluntary non binding scheme which labels consumer products as environment friendly based upon certain environmental as well as quality parameters. To increase consumer awareness, the Government launched the eco-labelling scheme known as 'Eco Mark' in 1991 for easy identification of environment-friendly products. Any product which is made, used or disposed of in way that significantly reduces the harm it would otherwise cause the environment could be considered as Environment-Friendly Product. They have less potential for pollution during their entire life cycle i.e. raw material, manufacturing, use and disposal.
Twenty Eco Mark licenses to fifteen companies have been awarded in the country under three product categories i.e....


I can repeat world cycle tour: 60-year-old 08/11/2009
When he was in his thirties, Subhash Panchhi Sehgal spent eight years cycling through 84 countries to promote Indian culture. Now he is 60 and wants to do it again - "this time to encourage our youth to perform well in sports".

Born and brought up in the congested lanes of Teliwara in Delhi's walled city, Sehgal was an avid reader from childhood. And it was a book which motivated him to set out on his first journey.

"I had read a Hindi book named 'Ghumakkad Shastra', " Sehgal told IANS here. "It had a deep impact on me. At that point I started touring India, but even that was not enough for me. Rather, it raised my interest to see more."

He still fondly remembers the help he received from Indian missions around the world during his 1972-80 odyssey, during which he covered 134...


Chandigarh court convicts father, son of honour killing 08/11/2009
In one of the fastest trials in India, a local court in Chandigarh has convicted two people in a case of honour killing in just three hearings within a span of 10 days after the framing of charges.

The cae was heard in the court of additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg, who Thursday held the father and brother of the victim of killing the teenager, Promilla. The sentence will be announced Saturday.

"The girl was strangulated and then her face was smashed with a stone and acid was thrown all over her body to hide her identity. Her clothes were also torn off to give the impression that she was also raped. However that was not proved in the medical reports, " Manu Kakkar, the public prosecutor, said here Friday.

After the framing of the charges against the two accused Nov 28 last year, the court recorded the statements of the witnesses Jan 12. Defence's evidence was recorded and final arguments were heard Jan 15. The court Jan 22 convicted the accused for murder.

According to the police, the body of 17-year-old Promila was found in a forest near Kajheri suburb here July 20 last year.

During interrogation, her father Jaswant Singh and her...


Breastfeeding – the best start in infant’s life 04/08/2009
Breastmilk is natural and perfect food for the baby. WHO recommends that all infants should be fed exclusively on breastmilk until they are six months of age and continued to be breastfed till two years or beyond along with the introduction of adequate complementary foods after six months of age. Breastmilk provides uniquely appropriate concentrations of almost all the nutrients for infants at the time when the growth and development rates are maximal.

Mother's milk comprises of White Blood Cells (leucocytes), macrophages and epithelial cells; lipids (triacylgycerols, free fatty acids, phospholipids, sterols, hydrocarbons and fat soluble vitamins); carbohydrates (lactose, galactose, glucose, oligosaccharides, and glycoproteins); protein (casein, %B1-lactalbumin, lactoferrin, immunoglobins like SlgA and others, lysozymes, enzymes...


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