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Everything has been going on as planned so far and if it continues in the same fashion,By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: April 23 download Indian Express App More Related NewsEvian, Xinhua news agency reported. Share This Article Related Article State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran.

All the accused are in their twenties and have committed a crime for the first time.and the establishment of a uniform civil code aimed at depriving the religious minorities of certain features of their particular juridical identity.ICC’s Intercontinental Cup.Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom recently admitted the Test newcomers would be open to the idea “”We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn’t played one yet” Deutrom was quoted as saying by Cricket Countrylast month “In fact one might even argue that the four-day experiment is more likely to suit us given our familiarity with the Intercontinental Cup” South Africa had announced plans to play four-day Test against Zimbabwe for Boxing Day and are hopeful of getting ICC’s nod at the meetings in Auckland For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: February 23 2017 5:57 pm Vikram Vedha teaser: Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in intense cop film Top News The teaser of Vikram Vedha was released on Thursday and actor Madhavan who shared it on his Twitter page asked viewers as to what they think about this fifty-second long promo video The verdict is out: It appears the film is going to be iconic as it shows all the signs of being an intense crime thriller with two seasoned actors trying to outperform each other in their respective roles The teaser is high on the dramatic rivalry between Vikramadithiyan (Madhavan) a police officer Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi) an ageing gangster Going by the teaser which packs strong background music and performances Vikram Vedha seems to be one of the films that should be included in the must-watch upcoming films in 2017 More from the world of Entertainment: Earlier the film received positive responses from the audience and the media after the filmmakers released the looks of its lead actors The first look poster also generated positive buzz among the fans While Madhavan has trimmed down for the role Vijay looks convincing with his salt-and-pepper look in the gangster avatar He has also played the younger version of his character for the flashback scenes in the film which can also be seen in the teaser The is a crime thriller directed by director duo Gayathri–Pushkar Besides Madhavan and Vijay the film also stars Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Shraddha Srinath and John Vijay in important roles The film is bankrolled by Sashikanth of Y Not Studios The shooting of the film was wrapped up earlier in January and the post production work is underway Watch Vikram Vedha teaser: While Vijay is shooting for Paneerselvam’s untitled flick Madhavan will start shooting for the Tamil remake of the Malayalam hit Charlie which had Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role The film directed by AL Vijay also marks the debut of Premam girl Sai Pallavi in Tamil For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsNew Delhi: India is working with ASEAN to evolve "regional security architecture" in the Asia Pacific with the aim of finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday Discussing various aspects of India’s strategic partnership with the powerful bloc Swaraj said ASEAN-India trade was back on track after two years of slow growth with an increase of 8 percent in 2016-17 In her address on India-ASEAN partnership at the Research and Information System a think tank the minister listed terror financing arms smuggling human trafficking money laundering and cyber crime as major challenges facing the region India and ASEAN she added had been working to combat them File image of Sushma Swaraj AFP "India has been working with ASEAN towards evolving regional security architecture in the Asia Pacific that hinges on emphasising the peaceful settlement of disputes finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges and support for the centrality of ASEAN" Enhancing maritime cooperation and security had been an area of focus for both ASEAN and India she said Discussing economic ties she said the bloc had become India’s fourth largest trading partner accounting for 10 percent of total trade According to Swaraj India was actively engaged in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations involving ASEAN and its six FTA partners which when finalised would be the largest regional trading arrangement accounting for about 40 per cent of world trade "After almost two years of slow growth ASEAN-India trade is now back on track with an increase of 8 per cent in 2016-17 and with India’s exports to ASEAN having increased by almost 20 percent in 2016-17" she said Connectivity the minister felt was a "huge enabler" for stimulating trade and investment as well as to ensure peace and stability "We recognise that the single most important ingredient that can make a qualitative shift in our economic engagement with ASEAN is a major boost towards infrastructure and connectivity both within India and in the North East in particular and with ASEAN" The external affairs minister said efforts were on to enhance connectivity by land air and sea to transform the corridors of connectivity into corridors of economic cooperation "For enhancing digital connectivity specific proposals have been put forward involving the setting up of a regional high-capacity fibre-optic network supplemented by national rural broadband networks and digital villages in remote areas" Highlighting India’s Act East policy she said various communities of the North East share "ties of blood and history" with ASEAN countries "The North East is a ‘natural partner’ in India’s Act East Policy" Swaraj also talked about India’s cultural links as well as the influence of Hinduism in some ASEAN nations "Thailand incorporates significant elements from Hinduism in its architecture arts sculpture dance drama and literature The Cham temple complex of My Son Wat in Vietnam is dedicated to Bhadreshvara an incarnation of the Lord Shiva "The magnificent Angkor Vat in Cambodia was originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu "The Vat Phou temple in Lao PDR Ananda temple in Bagan Myanmar and the Borobudur Buddhist temple in Indonesia are examples of the influence of Hindu architectural principles" she said By Ila Ananya In April this year at the end of her four years at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur 23-year-old Arushi Kesarwani saw something that she had rarely seen in her time there At exactly 7 pm the electricity was turned off deliberately She remembers that some exams had ended that day And now suddenly there were no lights and no WiFi so instead of sitting in their rooms and working as they usually did students came out of their hostels in large numbers and spent their time doing nothing in particular Some were playing antakshari Many of them were walking around campus and some were sitting in small groups outside their hostels chatting and laughing loudly Kesarwani walked around the stadium with her friends listening to a DJ who was playing music there “There was big junta there and it was fun” she says laughing Representational image News18 When the electricity was turned on 40 minutes later everyone went back to their hostels and continued with what was left of their day But Kesarwani remembers thinking that being outside like that felt different She had got caught up on other things other than assignments and reading This decision for a deliberate blackout came after the painfully sad stories of three students from the campus committing suicide this year (there have been two more suicides at IIT Delhi) obviously telling of a deep problem in educational institutions that we’ve known exists but have never stopped to seriously address perhaps until this year The perceived success of this one-day event at IIT Kharagpur convinced authorities that they should bust out impromptu decisions like this more often The institute in what is being seen as an unusual move has decided to make these blackouts a regular practice Students say that the blackout/digital Sabbath is not yet an everyday session as a lot of websites have reported But hostel wardens are going to turn the power off for an hour occasionally (“not to save electricity or cut costs” Hindustan Times said helpfully) encouraging students to leave their rooms devices and books and go out and talk to their friends As Manish Bhattacharya the dean of student affairs at IIT Kharagpur put it this rule is for every student “Once the lights are turned off all the students are expected to come out of their room Normally those students who spend maximum time in their room and do not interact with others they are also forced to come out of their room and mingle with others” he told Quartz When I first told friends about IIT Kharagpur’s new idea most of them laughed Some of the comedy came from us not having any idea what these sessions would be like — would students simply be forced to sit in the courtyard of their hostels and talk to each other while their warden watched over them Would they go to sleep Would they rather work Satinder Kaur who is in her second year at the college clears up quite a bit of my confusion about the logistics She says the blackout happened once (in April) where students were encouraged to go to the stadium on their campus while a DJ played music there It hasn’t happened again since then but Kaur has heard this is going to be done once a month starting in the new academic year To Kesarwani her college’s decision to have such sessions instinctively seems like a good idea “When you start talking to your friends there’s a very high chance you’ll realise that they’re going through something similar or that they’re facing the same kind of pressures It’s a reminder that these things will pass too” she says She believes they’re important conversations especially when you’re in such a competitive place with hardly ever a moment when you don’t come under pressure And that pressure doesn’t have to be only academic We saw this in the disturbing death of Manjula Devak a 29 year-old IIT-Delhi PhD scholar who killed herself late last month who was harangued for dowry by her in-laws But the Kharagpur initiative hasn’t necessarily found a lot of takers The idea of being encouraged to go listen to a DJ at the college stadium makes Kaur uncomfortable “There are too many people” she says and that’s not her idea of fun At the April event she had stayed back in the hostel courtyard with her friends and had her own fun there What was nice was having that alone time with them Kaur doesn’t think having an evening like this where there is a DJ night is necessarily a solution to depression and stress; she says people who are depressed aren’t going to go for the DJ night and seeing a counsellor on campus would work better Kesarwani herself knows students who say that they’d much rather be finishing their work since the assignment deadlines aren’t going to go away Even at the one day event in April some people were irritated because the electricity was turned on after 40 minutes (rather than 30 like they’d been informed) “It’s (the blackout) something we’ve been thinking about too” says Prerna Singh who’s in her final year at IIT Gandhinagar and will graduate later this year But like Kaur Singh isn’t so sure and nor are her friends “Most students were concerned about the time to finish their submissions” Singhsays Then after a pause she adds to what has seemed a bit comical to everyone outside of the IITs reading about the enforced socialising aspect of this rule “We aren’t so sure about this idea of a forced interaction either What if someone just prefers keeping to themselves” What they would like to see are more open spaces for people to interact in places that they’d automatically add to their daily rhythm and visit with friends According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data there were 8934 student suicides in 2015 Of these 28 percent were at the graduate level (including IITs) Back in April various IITs across the country had suddenly woken up to the growing number of student suicides when an IIT Council met to discuss new initiatives that would help students deal with stress and depression The solutions ranged from the more standard parent-teacher meetings and counselling at IIT Delhi to the setting up of centres for music dance and art at IIT Guwahati and then extended to less common initiatives like tree hugging alternative therapy and Reiki (with courses on the “theory and practice of happiness”) at IIT Kharagpur They’re different from initiatives that some institutions abroad have taken — following multiple suicides in 2015 University of Pennsylvania for instance started a blog for students to discuss problems related to mental health started a peer counselling programme and encouraged the posting on “ugly selfies” on Instagram as a response to the perfectionism otherwise expected of students In the same year many colleges in the United States also showed a travelling exhibit to students where over a 1000 empty backpacks were arranged with stories and photographs of students who had committed suicide I went to a boarding school that had what we called ‘Asthachal’ every evening We’d all climb up to a spot and everybody would sit down some on rocks and some under trees and we would all watch the sunset in silence It was calming in a way that not many other things were IIT Kharagpur is probably right in choosing to give its students breaks like these but perhaps institutions need to think beyond them Colleges would do better if they asked students what they’d like because they’re the ones dealing with the pressure to stay afloat and appear like they have every aspect of their lives together And to most IIT Kharagpur’s plan is welcome but not enough The Ladies Finger (TLF) is a leading online women’s magazine delivering fresh and witty perspectives on politics culture health sex work and everything in between Mumbai (India):Tormented by blisters illness and injuries Indian ultra-marathoner Samir Singh got to within 36 kilometres of his goal of running 10000km in 100 days when pain and exhaustion beat him Singh dubbed "The Faith Runner" and inevitably compared to Forrest Gump spent nearly three months running between Mumbai’s slums and business district using donated clothes and equipment and living on just $3 (Rs 200) a day At the end of his attempt on Sunday the 5ft 7ins (170cm) running coach who also suffered stomach problems and viral fever weighed just 40 kilograms (88 pounds) Singh started on April 29 in Mumbai’s scorching heat and has been running through the monsoon rains without skipping a day He needed to clock 150km (93 miles) on the final day on Sunday after falling behind schedule through illness But the 44-year-old could only complete 114km falling agonisingly short of his target —which was the equivalent of about a quarter of the Earth’s circumference "He was plagued by gastro-intestinal infections and contracted viral fever but has run 996419 kms in 100 days" Vikram Bhatti who handled Singh’s campaign? 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s Mayurbhanj district. said Joshi.that is no reason to bring them under Lokpal and bring them down from the exalted position assigned to them by the founding fathers of the Constitution? He favours an alternative procedure that would not affect their security of tenure Rifts in government The Panchjanya reads a deeper conspiracy into the attempted bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjees office as reported by The Indian Express last week Echoing the BJP lineit says the bugging could be a result of internal rivalry within the Congress or prompted by big business lobbies But this government does not want the truth to come out?s case, he argues While admitting that the impeachment provisions against Supreme Court and high court judges are difficult and impractical, She began contemplating creating art around the subject of sustainable menstrual cups in 2015. I was surprised that it had been around for so long and yet very few people I knew used it. which is gearing up for an August release. how can Bollywood’s Dimag Ka Doctor ignore it.m. playing round after round with only top eight players getting first round byes The Indians had easy passages in the first two rounds but the third round posed problems However Sharath continued his good form and defeated the North Korean who despite putting up a brave front in the third game in which he stretched the Indian saved three match points after the third game saw several deuces For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: February 16 2017 12:14 pm Australia begin their tour with a warm-up match against India ‘A’ (Source: PTI) Top News All-rounder Hardik Pandya will like to make a case for himself in Test match selection as he leads a talented bunch of India A players against Australia in a three-day warm-up game acting as pre-cursor to the series opener starting February 23 Hardik who has been dubbed as a limited overs expert has improved as a seamer and a good show against the visitors may force skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble to keep him in their plans when they sit around for a discussion on playing during first two Test matches Against a quality side like Australia the performers at the domestic level will get a chance to test themselves against the likes of Josh Hazlewood or Mitchell Starc if Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann decides to give them a few overs Opener Priyank Panchal of Gujarat who has had a phenomenal season backed up by a century against Bangladesh in the previous warm-up game will also like to remain in selector’s radar for the slot of reserve opener This is the only practice game for the visitors and they would like to make full use of it with batsmen getting some good time out there in the middle and bowlers loosening up with some overs The home team has some other exciting young players such as the hard-hitting ex-India U-19 World Cup batsmen Rishabh Pant of Delhi and Ishan Kishan who were part of North and East Zones in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Inter-Zonals at the nearby Wankhede Stadium Both can keep wickets as well as bat flamboyantly but it’s Jharkhand’s Kishan who led the country in the Junior World Cup last year in Bangladesh who has been chosen as the wicket keeper for the game Then there are others like Mumbai’s highly rated batsman Shreyas Iyer and his teammate Akhil Herwadkar who is expected to open the innings with the in-form Panchal Iyer had scored over 1300 runs at one-down while guiding Mumbai to their 41st Ranji title last season but has had a dip in form this season while Panchal with a plus 1300 aggregate led Gujarat to their maiden national crown this season In the middle-order there’s Maharashtra’s Ankit Bawne an experienced campaigner although his is just 24 along with Tamil Nadu’s Baba Indrajit who may not get a chance to make the eleven as the match is to be held strictly as a first-class game according to visiting team’s coach Darren Lehmann “Proper first-class game” was the way Lehmann put it when asked at the media conference here two days ago That eliminates the prospect of testing all the players at some stage of the game or the other as has been the practice in recent times The game to be played at a venue where there’s always good bounce for the bowlers will be eagerly looked forward to by Australia as this is the only match where they will confront spin bowling in match conditions before the Pune Test series opener Apart from Kuldeep the home team has the wily left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem from Jharkhand who is capable of testing and teasing the rival batsmen along with Karnataka’s Krishnappa Gowtham who bowls off-spin These three spinners especially the 27-year-old Nadeem who has over 300 first class wickets to his credit will give Australia a real taste of what lies ahead in the Test rubber in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who are expected to play a key role In medium pace bowling the home side will have two other young bowlers Haryana-born Navdeep Saini of Delhi and Hyderabad’s Mohammed Siraj who worked up good pace for Rest of India against Gujarat in the Irani Cup tie at this venue to choose from to bowl alongside Bengal’s experienced Ashok Dinda and Baroda man Pandya himself As far as the visitors are concerned they have to decide whether to field the Test eleven or give some more rest to the fast men “(We are) looking forward to the challenge of going out and getting our side as best prepared for the Test match Whether we play the Test XI or not we’ll take a call” said Lehmann “We will look at how the fast bowlers have caught up from Dubai (where the team had trained for a few days before reaching here) and we will work out what we do there But otherwise I’m pretty happy with where everyone’s at” he further said in the run-up to the match Squads Australia: Steve Smith (Capt) David Warner Ashton Agar Jackson Bird Peter Handscomb Josh Hazlewood Usman Khawaja Nathan Lyon Mitchell Marsh Shaun Marsh Glenn Maxwell Stephen O’Keefe Matthew Renshaw Mitchell Starc Mitchell Swepson Matthew Wade India A: Hardik Pandya (Captain) Akhil Herwadkar Priyank Kirit Panchal Shreyas Iyer Ankit Bawne Rishabh Pant Ishan Kishan (WK) Shahbaz Nadeem Krishnappa Gowtham Kuldeep Yadav Navdeep Saini Ashok Dinda Mohammed Siraj Rahul Singh Baba Indrajith For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsEl Monte (California): Fourth seed Ajay Jayaram stormed into the semi-finals of the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to remain India’s lone hope as all the other shuttlers crashed out of the $120000 event In the men’s singles Anand Pawar lost to Jayaram while the men’s doubles combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy went down fighting The women’s doubles duo of Meghana Jakkampudi and S Poorvisha Ram also bowed out after losing in straight games in their quarter-final tie on Friday Ajay Jayaram Image Credit: Twitter @ajay_289 Pitched against fellow countryman Pawar World No 22 Jayaram took just 30 minutes to edge past No 93 Pawar 21-11 21-11 in their quarter-final match Jayaram continued his domination throughout the match giving no chance to the 30-year-old to set up a clash against Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama in the semi-finals on Saturday Meanwhile it was curtains for both the doubles pairs to crash out in contrasting fashion Rio-bound men’s doubles combo of Attri and Reddy gave a tough fight to Japanese duo of Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko before going down 21-18 7-21 16-21 After pocketing the first game with ease the Indian pair lost stem in the second but tried hard to bounce back in the third before losing the momentum once again The women’s duo of Meghana and Poorvisha was also eliminated after losing 15-21 12-21 to local pair of Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: April 14 2017 7:14 pm Tom Moody was not surprises when Sunil Narine opened for Kolkata Knight Riders (Source: BCCI) Top News The game of cricket has evolvedwith the advent of Twenty20 format and most players are now capable of playing many roles Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody observed “In Twenty cricket you have to be alert and aware that anything can be possible whether it’s spinner open the bowling or batting Most cricketers are pretty adaptable andversatile now” Moody said of Sunil Narine’s 18-ball 37 while opening the batting that set up KKR’s eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab last night It was not a surprise element for Moody who coachedMelbourne Renegades where Narine had opened thrice in the Big Bash League “As a side need to be prepared for the unexpected One of the key tactics is try to catch your opponent by surprise Even if you steal an over from the game with bat or ball itgives you a big advantage KKR felt good reason to go with the change at top of the order given the loss of Chris Lynn” One of the key decisions they have taken is to leave out Kane Williamson but Moody said the New Zealand captain was aware of that the team combination “It’s difficult for any franchise to leave high quality overseas players One of them being Kane We are aware of hisclass But it’s about getting the right combination to havethe consistency in a tournament Kane is fully aware of the situation He understands team comes first for him His chance will come” Drawing an analogy with Ben Cutting who returned with the man-of-the-match award in the last year’s final Moody said he sat on sidelines nearly 70 per cent of the matches last year “His chance came and he capitalised and made a significant contribution” Moody further said the IPL has given the right platform for Indian talented youngsters to make a successful transition to International cricket “Past nine years have seen a significant change inquality of domestic talents Most young talents are ready and prepared now They know what’s required to step up to next level In the first few years it was a big gap betweenquality Indian players and the overseas players But now it’s close considerably” Asked whether increasing the foreigners’ quota from fourwould be the way forward he said “We see a lot of Indian talents coming through If we flood the tournament with overseas we lose opportunity for Indian talent to emerge It’s the Indian Premier League so focus should be on domestic talents” Moody backed their star Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman who had a poor outing in Mumbai where he conceded 34 runs from his 24 overs “I don’t think it’s got anything to do with his injury He’s been playing the Test and ODI series in Sri Lanka His form has been good I think he can have an off day like anybowler With the opponent getting on top of him I still think he’s effective as he’s been in the past But it was not his day in Mumbai and I’m sure it will come back shortly” He further showered praise on leg-spinner Rashid Khan who has made a big impression with six wickets in three matches after becoming the first Afghan to play in the IPL “He’s unique in the sense that he spins the ball bothways Most of the batsmen who have come across him till todayare not able to pick which way it’s turning They are not sure whether it’s spinning to leg or off “It’s wonderful for Afghanistan cricket We are fortunate to have both of them — Khan and Mohammed Nabi They arematch-winners and players who have got the ability to change” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: December 1 2015 4:30 am Related News Congress and BJP councillors played politics on the issue of villages being merged in the municipal corporation It started from the villages not getting basic facilities even as compared to the urban areas that a ruckus was created The councillors alleged that there was no proper sewerage water facility streets and others In the house meeting on Monday the Congress agreed that they had given the go ahead for merging the villages in 2013 but on the condition of the villagers getting facilities Congress councillor Subash Chawla said they wanted regularisation of houses at the Lal Dora limit However BJP councillor Arun Sood also politicised the issue by saying that the motive of their party is to strengthen the panchayti raj system Meanwhile the councillors unanimously passed the hike in increase in the amount of honorarium paid to mayor senior deputy mayor deputy mayor and councillors The councillors stated that the honorarium here should be on par with Punjab Recently the Punjab government had raised the honorarium of the mayor senior deputy mayor deputy mayor and councillors Now all would get honorarium as per the new rates implemented in Punjab At present the mayor gets an honorarium of Rs 25000 senior deputy mayor Rs 20000 and deputy mayor Rs 15000 per month whereas the councillors get Rs 10000 per month The councillors also passed the agenda of segregation of waste to begin in Sectors 34 and 35 Specially designed rehris would be given by the MC Councillor Harjinder Kaur raised the issue A solar plant of 2MW capacity at Sector 39 water works at a cost of Rs 16 crore was also passed by the house The issue of making repairs at various primary schools under the municipal corporation was also passed The house also approved of the formation of special purpose vehicle for the implementation of Smart City Project For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Ahmedabad | Published: October 20 2015 2:06 pm Alia Bhatt who is in the city with Shahid Kapoor to promote their forthcoming romantic comedy film “Shaandaar” got a chance to perform Garba too Related News Actors Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt gave a “Shaandaar” Garba performance in this city of Gujarat where Navratri festival is being celebrated with great fervour Alia who is in the city with Shahid to promote their forthcoming romantic comedy film “Shaandaar” got a chance to perform Garba too She took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video of the duo doing the famous dance form In the video Shahid and Alia can be seen performing Garba along with other dancers “aliaabhattGarba nights in Ahemdabad!!said the police had also circulated the posters in villages with the help of phone messenger services.

REUTERS A new beginning However,something interesting happened a few years ago The citizen movement in waste has always been strong in Bengaluru This movement culminated in a PIL filed in the High Court asking for better waste management based on segregation (and management) at source The High Court responded by ruling that bulk generators of waste (offices apartment complexes hospitals restaurants etc) had to segregate and manage their waste and allowed them to use private contractors directly This transformed the waste management industry Today Bengaluru manages around 40 percent of its garbage That is 1500 tonnes of trash is now managed — made into biogas compost following different dry-waste pathways — rather than going to a landfill Most Indian cities manage only 20 percent of their waste much of it courtesy of waste pickers Speaking of waste pickers— is there a sorrier tale in India The unmentioned invisible millions who manage our waste for us Because they are exposed at point-blank range to the poisons in our waste they have a shockingly short life expectancy Someone told me this story: A grandfather was driving his foreign-born-and-raised grandson from the airport on the child’s first visit to India The car stopped at a signal and a young waste-picker approached the car begging The grandfather as many of us might have ignored the child But his grandson said “Baba there is a child asking for your help” “Where” asked the grandfather “There” said the grandson pointing at the child outside The grandfather finally realised who his grandson was pointing at It took a child to point out the truth: we often don’t see what see what is right before us Ragpickers exist on the “raw edges of humanity” rummaging for dry waste in the smouldering landfills and streets to sell to waste merchants They do so because we choose not to segregate This is unacceptable But this tale can be spun another way (L) Women work at a waste segregation unit; (R) A landfill in Bengaluru Photos courtesy the writer Thangamma wears thick blue gloves a mask and an apron She works with precision — unerringly taking one component after the other and placing it in the appropriate bin Her attitude attire and approach would not be out of place in a high-tech factory working with printed circuit boards but the truth is that Thangamma is working with soiled napkins bits of waste paper and used plastic bottles She takes a basket filled to the brim and with a group of other middle-aged women she puts the crumpled paper napkin into one bag a used paper cup into a second a Lays cover into a third They keep working quietly talking to each other while their hands move with surgical precision Each piece they sort is one less piece into the landfill – quite a bit more than that since segregation of dry waste allows the wet waste generated to be made into biogas or compost They work in dignity and safety – a far cry from their less-fortunate cousins working out in the open in the landfill She tells me that her daughter has finished her engineering degree “Is she working” I ask “No I got her married” Thangamma replies “But she is continuing to study” A ragpicker-turned-employee sending her daughter to college assured of a steady income facing no unnecessary danger in her work provided with security in the form of PF and ESI while ensuring less of our waste goes to landfill What a story I was hooked and this is why I invested in the start-up Saahas The Start-up Solutions The 2012-ruling facilitated the mating of Bengaluru’s innovation ecosystem with the city’s waste problem The children of this union are the numerous start-ups that do fantastic work in the city today – one of which is Saahas Wilma Rodriguez who founded and runs Saahas recently won the prestigious Global Citizen Award as a recognition of her achievements in this field Wilma believes we can win this war against waste Another start-up/NGO is Hasiru Dala that transforms waste pickers into entrepreneurs and manages the waste of 27000 apartments in Bengaluru How It helps to think of the waste management system in terms of a technology stack — front end middle and backend At the customer-facing top end there are the segregated collection and allied services to help customers migrate to a segregated lifestyle This is key Without the awareness the sensitisation the training and the handholding segregation won’t work In the middle of the stack we have the QC checking and further dry waste segregation Many dry-waste centres are adopting machinery which dramatically improves dignity and productivity of the workforce (and by extension how much they can be paid) At the bottom of the “stack” are the “destinations” for the different types of waste: biogas or compost for wet waste and various options for dry and hazardous waste Lately Wilma has partnered with yet another start-up Carbon Masters that generates biogas from waste A company like Carbon Masters could not have come about unless they had access to large quantities of segregated wet waste such as Saahas or Hasiru Dala can provide Carbon Masters provides biogas in cylinder form — used to fuel carbon neutral cooking or vehicular fuel Carbon Masters even runs its fleet of trucks on these cylinders — green transportation indeed About 40 percent of dry waste has ready destinations PET bottles supply a flourishing textile industry Paper finds a ready home in paper mills The problem is with lower grades of plastic and waste cloth which makes up 60 percent of dry waste today The informal sector converts some plastic into granules which are then made into pipes switches etc But melting the plastic to make the granules releases emissions and effluents that are problematic Low-grade plastic can also be mixed into bitumen to lay roads but is facing bottlenecks in adoption At the bottom the very low-quality plastic cloth waste and the hazardous waste are sent to the incinerators the cement factories or more commonly the landfills Developing the stack — from awareness training hand holding to providing segregated transport then secondary segregation and destination development — takes money Srikrishna Balachandran who co-founded I Got Garbage a technology-enabled waste solutions ecosystem also believes the waste problem is solvable But he says people need to pay for managing their waste Nalini Shekar who co-founded Hasiru Dala says the work of ragpickers mucking through 1050 tonnes of garbage saved the city Rs 84 crores annually They who have nothing subsidise the rest of us How ironic She says Rs 150-Rs 175 monthly fees per household should cover not only the management of residential waste but also street waste Once we the citizens realise that there is a vast difference between dumping waste in landfills and managing it through to the last mile we “should” be willing to pay for the privilege Right But reality challenges that wisdom: people are unwilling to pay Often we talk of rights; But very few of us speak of her mute twin sister: responsibility They are two sides of a coin — the right to clean streets and clean water comes with the responsibilityto pay and segregate Worth bearing in mind A girl sits on a sack of discarded clothes at a slum in Mumbai REUTERS Srikrishna says that most people do not want a landfill in their backyard Fair enough — landfills are terrible things They are modern hells — endless mounds of grey smoking garbage on which all manner of beasts (and humans) roam The real problem of a landfill lies under the ground As water seeps through the mountains of waste it gathers the toxins and enters the ground below contaminating ground water Incidence of many diseases— low birth weight in babies respiratory diseases and cancer in adults —skyrocket near a landfill Naturally citizens near landfills are beginning to protest So one by one the landfills are closing down This closure could force the development of more “destinations” for segregated waste The existing waste management centres are being overwhelmed for which surely a large part of the blame lies with the incentive systems in place for contractors and municipal staff Private waste managers like Saahas Hasiru Dala or Shudh Labh are different If they don’t do a good job of collecting segregating and monetizing the different waste streams they go extinct Because their survival depends on it they are innovating in collection and segregation techniques and spurring innovation in waste stream destinations They are also seeding the entrepreneurial space: “The expertise of waste pickers should be leveraged as a valuable resource They especially the women are terrific entrepreneurs” says Nalini who has transformed multiple waste pickers into entrepreneurs But private waste managers manage only about 100-150 tonnes of waste per day — a tiny fraction of the overall Bengaluru waste generation Their growth can be a very good thing Why Let me provide an example: some of you may remember the early days of telephones in India The state operator has a monopoly and there were long waiting lines for getting a telephone connection Charges were high and “cross-talk” was not uncommon Today India has 12 billion telephone subscribers Do you think this could have happened without opening up the sector and allowing innovation to come in A worker removes labels from plastic bottles inside a plastic recycling unit in Hyderabad It has been estimated that India generates around 5600 tonnes of plastic waste daily REUTERS Why should politicians care Waste Management creates jobs — especially among the urban poor Let us dive deeper There are collectors drivers to transport the segregated waste to collection centres and beyond In the dry waste centres there are workers manning the conveyor belt and the balers who compress the different wastes into bales for easy transport Then there are trainers marketers and management In one wet waste “destination” biogas there are the feeders of waste into the biogas machines the drivers who transport wet waste and the finished cylinders to the customers Then there are the supporting staff — fitters cleaners and watchman And finally there are the management staff the marketing and engineering teams There are more jobs in various dry waste destinations These are dignified jobs with benefits — a far cry from the waste pickers rummaging in the open Not all these jobs are “new” Some would simply be displacing workers already employed by the corporation their contractors or the waste pickers —primarily in collection But waste management creates entirely new sectors and new jobs How many jobs are we talking about Very conservative expert estimates are that 4-5 “new” jobs can be created per tonne of managed waste These estimates are far lower than what Saahas Hasiru Dala and Carbon Masters are creating on the ground today and do not include jobs created in Dry Waste destinations These estimates are also far higher than estimates in developed countries given the much higher levels of mechanisation there Managing urban India’s 150000 tonnes of municipal waste could generate 600000 to 750000 jobs while creating a cleaner environment and ensuring dignity and safety for millions And all we need to do is unleash the animal spirits that lie hidden within our dustbins This column is part of a series on waste Read more here The writer is the founder of the Sundaram Climate Institute cleantech angel investor teacher and author of a forthcoming book on Climate Change and India Follow her work on herwebsite; onTwitter; or write to her [email protected] United States chose to depart with tradition to name an Asian American as its candidate for the top job at the World Bank. Manish Sisodia and others mistaking these for their concern for Anna’s health. managed to come out of the building safely.

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