News & Events 2020
A place for short notes about the events and news that have positively impacted us or organized by us. Some of them would be global in nature, some national and some very local. Our goal is to 'report' in an unbiased way about the news & events that we have truly 'felt' and 'experienced' in our lives.
Know about EIA 2020
With the newly proposed EIA 2020 Act (Environment Impact Assessment), projects that impact the Environment adversely may get approved easily.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has put out the draft notification for public consultation till 30th June 2020. Request everyone to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning your views before 30th June!
To understand the History of EIA, please click here
To read about the EIA2020, please click here
To know expert opinions about the EIA, please click here
After going through the information, if you believe the EIA draft notification needs to be altered, please draft an email explaining your opinion and send it to MOEFCC (Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change) via email email@example.com. If you are uncomfortable drafting on your own, you can copy paste the following content and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a responsibility every educated citizen of India should undertake, to participate in the shaping the governing policies of the Country!
Vegetables Raw Food - Demo & Sale
On 20th June 2020 evening, Sri Narayan Bhat came to Prakriti Store to demonstrate and sell various kinds of Vegetables raw food - a tasty snack/meal made out of uncooked fresh vegetables and spices. The participants were excited at the taste of such wholesome meal options and enquired about the composition, do's and don'ts of such food.
Sri Narayan Bhat has over 30 years of experience in making delicious snack/meal out of raw vegetables. He was the first to introduce Banana stem as a raw ingredient in the road side eateries 25 years back. He's creative, knowledgeable and simple. He has studies astronomy, astrology and various other traditional disciples.
The vegetables were cleaned properly and disinfected with extra care due to the current Covid-19 crisis.
Resource person: Sri Narayan Bhat
Learning the difference between cooked food and uncooked food can happen only through Experience!
Local Governance: Roots of Democracy
In the administration of Indian Democracy, Local Governance Bodies are established to empower the common man and to decentralize the powers of the State. As per the Constitution, the finance provided by the Centre to the States should be distributed to the Local Governance Bodies by the State Governments - for Infrastructure Development and other Essential Utilities work like road laying, water management etc.
For such works to happen effectively, Contract are to allocated based on the resolutions passed in the corresponding Local bodies. However, against this norm, the Tamilnadu Government took Suo motto decisions on issuing these contracts without involving the Local Bodies in 2019.
A few local leaders went to the Court saying its 'unconstitutional'. At the end of the proceedings at the Hight Court, the order was passed in favour of the Local leaders, cancelling contracts worth 2,650 crores of rupees.
Its a Judgement that every Indian who believes in the Constitution should appreciate and apply in their own context!Let's make Bharath Matha proud again!
For more details, the Judgement can be downloaded from here:
Translated from Anandha Vikatan, 21st Oct 2020, P6
Honey Adulteration in India
The Delhi based CSE (Center for Science & Environment) has yet again done useful research to bring out some ugly facts about Honey in India.
It took many months of investigation to find that Sugar syrup imported from Chinese companies can PASS the test prescribed by FSSAI for adulteration in India. Only when it was tested through the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) test, the adulteration was identified.
CSE has also exposed the modus operandi of different companies on both the Indian and Chinese side who are involved in the import/export of this high tech sugar syrup. 9 out of the 13 major brands has failed so far in this NMR Test. To know more, please read:
The fact that a Germany based testing laboratory is required to prove the purity of our Indian Honey shows how complex our Food system has become. How much more can be handle this ever increasing complication in the food we eat? The simplest and easiest thing one can do as a common man is start buying honey from the neighborhood stores which sells unbranded honey coming directly from local farmers and cooperatives.
Buying local improves Local Economy. Better Local Economy brings better Local Governance. Better local governance ensures better well being of the Community one lives in.