Newsletter - July 2019
The Millennium Development Goals
By Dr.Sanjay Banerji
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business
This month we shall briefly talk on The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), how they were conceived and implemented. As we have seen so far, the movement for sustainable development started with the UN convention in 1972, and had a mixed scorecard. On the positive side, the movement brought to focus the need for sustainable development, and created a great deal of awareness and understanding about it. However, affirmative action towards sustainable development required major departures from the developmental path adopted by the developed nations of date, post-World War II.
Solid Waste Management
By Hand in Hand, Chennai
The month of Aadi (Tamil Calendar) is special for ‘Aadi Ammavasai’, a religious event marked by the presence of lakhs of pilgrims arriving in the town to visit the Ramanathasamy temple. This year, around three lakh devotees arrived in the town on 31st July, to celebrate the auspicious day.
Prior to the occasion, Mr. K. Veera Raghava Rao, District Collector, Ramanathapuram, along with other govt. officials visited the four car streets on 30th July and inspected the arrangements for the event. The visit was from 6 pm – 8 pm, during which The Collector gave instructions for the proceedings.
Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Dr. A. Abirami
C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre
Botanical Name: Acalypha indica L.
Tamil Name: Kuppaimeni
Sanskrit Name: Harita manjari
English Name: Indian Acalypha/Indian Copperleaf
Distribution and Habitat:
Acalypha indica is an annual weed. It belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. It is a common weed found in many parts of Asia. It grows in the common farmlands, gardens, roadside waste lands (Syed et al. 2014). Apart from India, this plant is also found extensively in many other countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Yemen, South Africa and also the tropical regions of Africa.
Landscaping and Beautification
Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep
Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies (Teerthas)
By Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep
NSE Foundation signed Statement of Intent with Ramanathapuram district administration
Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep
On 9th July 2019, conducted mass cleaning of Agni Teertham. This is the place where thousands of pilgrims do their Tarpanam on a daily basis. On New moon and Full moon day lakhs of pilgrims do religious rituals at Agni Teertham. It is a place which throws challenge for Waste Management both in land and water. Hence every month a mass cleaning campaign with the support of local stakeholders is organised. On 9th July 2019. Following teams volunteered for the campaign
July, representatives of LIC India from Madurai visited the construction place.
Agni Teertham Cleaning is on …