Category: India

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Calls on World to Pay Attention to India’s “Fascist, Racist Hindu Supremacist Ideology and Leadership” | Common Dreams News

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, pictured in Beijing, China in November 2018, called on the world Sunday to watch neighboring India's right-wing tilt.

via Pakistan PM Imran Khan Calls on World to Pay Attention to India’s “Fascist, Racist Hindu Supremacist Ideology and Leadership” | Common Dreams News

Solar Growing by leaps and Bounds in India, fueling Irrigation and Jobs

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Sky New’s Peta Credlin was paid by Adani to do an advertorial on coal entrely ignoring the real facts of what is occurring in India and why Adani is divesting away from coal and to Solar energy. The total avoidance of mentioning the reality of what is occurring  renders that Sky News as Fake (ODT)

India is now for the first time in history investing more in solar energy than in coal.

There is a simple reason for this. Coal costs roughly 5 cents a kilowatt hour to generate electricity. India just let a bid for 1.2 gigawatts of solar energy and four companies scooped it up at 3.6 cents a kilowatt hour. The only advantage coal and gas had is that the sunk costs of plant construction have already been written off. But in India today, it is actually cheaper to build a new solar park than to go on operating a coal plant.

Over-all, India is now the lowest-cost producer of solar electricity, at about 8.5 cents a kilowatt hour. Solar photovoltaic has been declining annually by about 23% year on year since 2010.

Asia hosts over 3 million photovoltaic power jobs, nearly 90% of the global total.

India has grown from 3 gigawatts of installed capacity in 2014 to over 30 GW in 2019!

India might not be able to triple that amount but it will at least double it to 60 gigawatts. From the beginning of time till now, the US has only put in 63 gigawatts of solar, total, and Japan has done 60. For India to catch up to those two countries (#2 and #3 for solar panels) in only two years will be almost a miracle.

via Solar Growing by leaps and Bounds in India, fueling Irrigation and Jobs

From India’s ‘Diamond King’ to jail: Nirav Modi’s fall from grace

Modi’s uncle and co-accused, Mehul Choksi, with Bollywood actress Urvashi Sharma.

Nirav Modi’s rise from a $70-a-month trainee to the biggest player in India’s multibillion-dollar diamond industry was swift. But now he’s in prison, accused of fraud on a truly massive scale.

Adani rose out of the same Industry with the same dark background.

via From India’s ‘Diamond King’ to jail: Nirav Modi’s fall from grace

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

A joyful reaction to the ruling at an NGO in Mumbai

Global numbers just recieved an almighty boost (ODT)

Although public opinion in India’s biggest cities has been in favour of scrapping the law, there remains strong opposition among religious groups and in conservative rural communities.

Joy in India as gay sex legalised
The privacy case that paved the way
How previous ruling shocked the gay community
Where is gay sex still against the law?

But this ruling, from the top court, is the final say in the matter and represents a huge victory for India’s LGBT community.

One activist outside the court told the BBC: “I hadn’t come out to my parents until now. But today, I guess I have.”

via India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

India stands with Iran against Trump Sanctions

 

India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Monday did not mince words in delivering a sharp rebuke to US plans for sanctions on trade with Iran, including National Security Adviser John Bolton’s threats against third parties like India. She said, according to The Hindu,

“Our foreign policy is not made under pressure from other countries . . . We recognise UN sanctions and not country-specific sanctions. We didn’t follow U.S. sanctions on previous occasions either.”

via India stands with Iran against Trump Sanctions

A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

NEW DELHI — “Tear off her clothes!” the policewoman shouted as several pairs of hands ripped at Sheena Thakur’s blue-and-white cotton shirt. Another officer yanked her bra, and Thakur went into shock as she tried to shield her body from being grabbed, punched, and groped.

Around her, students, professors, and journalists were drenched with dirty water from a police water cannon, before a group of male and female officers rained down blows with fists and truncheons.

via A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

India’s #MeToo moment is still about the struggle to survive

In her suicide note she wrote: “Wherever I go, there are men everywhere. I am tired. They won’t let me live.”

By removing herself, she wrote, her parents would no longer have to face eviction.

via India’s #MeToo moment is still about the struggle to survive

Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’

Professor Hamilton’s book has been flippantly dismissed as nonsense by those he named as agents of influence for China, but none of them have produced any proof that what he has said is untrue. The proof that Professor Hamilton has provided, however, is quite overwhelming, and other western countries have now begun to follow Australia’s lead in resisting Chinese subversion of our political and social systems.

What a load of alarmist rubbish. Demographically China has an aging problem where some 25% of it’s youth and energy will be devoted to the singular purpose of supporting a non-productive population. Australia in fact most of the world is faced with this problem other than India which is not only moving towards a productive youth-age but is being brain drained by the global corporate world to run the world’s biggest corporations. India is positioned to be the productive power house and management on the planet via simple demographics and a necessary revolution in it’s Education systems. It’s easier today for Indians to get fully paid scholarships to Harvard than to get into its own ITTs Indian Technical Teaching Services . 50% of India’s population was under 25  five years ago.          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcW4ABcY3zI

 

Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’

Salute this Forest Officer who built 497 Toilets in Kerala’s Tribal Colonies- let’s appreciate her – The Youth

What makes her so special?

Hailing from Ernakulam district of Kerala, P.G Sudha is a potential beat forest officer by trait. She deserves a certificate of excellence for coming up with an initiative of building as many as 497 toilets in the tribal colonies of the Kuttampuzha forest in a bid to get rid of defecation. She chose this activity as her personal interest because she always wanted to make the environment neat and clean.

via Salute this Forest Officer who built 497 Toilets in Kerala’s Tribal Colonies- let’s appreciate her – The Youth

Grievance Politics for Insecure Majorities: Trumpism Worldwide | Informed Comment

Grievance Politics for Insecure Majorities: Trumpism Worldwide

It’s about propping up “besieged majorities” in multiethnic countries.

Washington and New Delhi are having a mutual lovefest these days.

Donald Trump is popular in India — where only 17 percent of the population considers the president “intolerant,” compared to a global average of 65 percent — and he has warmly welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House. Both leaders are eager to bump up bilateral security cooperation to the next level.

Even Donald Trump, Jr. is getting in on the act. He’s visiting India this week as part of the Trump organization’s myriad economic connections to the subcontinent. Indians, treating the president’s son as a representative of the White House, are paying a lot of rupees to gain access to his ear.

Who can blame them? It’s virtually impossible to disaggregate the different components of the Trump megaplex.

via Grievance Politics for Insecure Majorities: Trumpism Worldwide | Informed Comment

India: With 370% increase in Solar, aims at Electricity for all by 2030 | Informed Comment

World Bank. | (Video Report) | – – “With a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency …

Source: India: With 370% increase in Solar, aims at Electricity for all by 2030 | Informed Comment

Dr Shashi Tharoor tells the Oxford Union why Britain owes reparations for colonising India in viral speech | The Independent

An Indian politician has called for Britain to pay reparations to India and other former colonies for its decades of imperial rule, in a speech at the Oxford Union.

Source: Dr Shashi Tharoor tells the Oxford Union why Britain owes reparations for colonising India in viral speech | The Independent

Demonetisation: Long queues at banks to exchange old notes | The Indian Express

Withdrawal from ATM will be restricted to Rs 2,000 per day per card in the first few days, which will later be raised to Rs 4,000.

Source: Demonetisation: Long queues at banks to exchange old notes | The Indian Express

Old King Coal And Adani! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I almost bought The Australian today, but I stopped myself and figured that I could either look it up on-line and if that failed, simply go back to the supermarket where I saw the headline about anti-coal activists driving India away and take a photo of the article with my phone. I mean, it was…

Source: Old King Coal And Adani! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

India’s roads melt as record-breaking heat wave continues | Asia | News | The Independent

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India’s on-going heat wave, which set a new record for the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature last week, is melting tarmac on the roads of some of India’s busiest cities. Residents in the city of Valsad, Gujarat, had to fight melting tar while crossing the road as temperatures rose to 36C. Video footage from NDTV shows people becoming trapped on a melting road surface as their shoes stick in the softening tarmac.

Source: India’s roads melt as record-breaking heat wave continues | Asia | News | The Independent

Farmer suicides soar in India as deadly heatwave hits 51 degrees Celsius | Asia | News | The Independent

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India has set a new record for its highest-ever recorded temperature – a searing 51 degrees Celsius or 123.8F – amid a devastating heatwave that has ravaged much of the country for weeks. Hundreds of people have died as crops have withered in the fields in more than 13 states, forcing tens of thousands of small farmers to abandon their land and move into the cities.Others have killed themselves rather than go to live in urban shanty towns. Rivers, lakes and dams have dried up in many parts of the western states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Source: Farmer suicides soar in India as deadly heatwave hits 51 degrees Celsius | Asia | News | The Independent

Holi festival celebrates colourful Australian community – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Across the globe at spring time, people splash each other with colours for a Hindu Holi festival.

Source: Holi festival celebrates colourful Australian community – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s ambitious program to create homegrown solar energy. The ruling shows that decades-old, over-reaching trade rules are out of sync with the global challenge to transition to 100 percent clean energy.

Source: The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

From potatoes to solar panels, local innovations are key to resilience | Aditya Bahadur and Julian Doczi | Global development | The Guardian

Indians call it jugaad, Brazilians say gambiarra and Kenyans know it as jua kali: around the world, people’s frugal inventions are improving their lives

Source: From potatoes to solar panels, local innovations are key to resilience | Aditya Bahadur and Julian Doczi | Global development | The Guardian

Nearly 36 million people living as slaves across the globe, according to human rights index

A Bangladeshi child works at balloon factory in Dhaka

Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with a report listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour.

Releasing its second annual index, Walk Free increased its estimate of the number of slaves to 35.8 million, citing better data collection and slavery being uncovered in areas where it had not been found previously.

For the second year, the index of 167 countries found India had, by far, the greatest number of slaves – up to 14.3 million people in its population of 1.25 billion were victims of slavery, ranging from prostitution to bonded labour.

Key findings:

  • Modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the index
  • Total number of people enslaved: 35.8 million people
  • Improved methodology uncovers 20% more enslaved people than last year’s report
  • Five countries account for 61% of the world’s population living in modern slavery
  • Africa and Asia continue to face biggest challenges

Mauritania was again the country where slavery was most prevalent by head of population while Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, rose up the rank from 96th place to be listed as the fourth worst country by percentage of the population.

“From children denied an education by being forced to work or marry early, to men unable to leave their work because of crushing debts they owe to recruitment agents, to women and girls exploited as unpaid, abused domestic workers, modern slavery has many faces,” the report said.

“It still exists today, in every country – modern slavery affects us all.”

The index defines slavery as the control or possession of people in such a way as to deprive them of their freedom with the intention of exploiting them for profit or sex, usually through violence, coercion or deception.

The definition includes indentured servitude, forced marriage and the abduction of children to serve in wars.

Ten countries account for 71 per cent of world’s slaves

Highest prevalence of slavery

Country Percent of
population
in modern
slavery
Mauritania 4%
Uzbekistan 3.973%
Haiti 2.304%
Qatar 1.356%
India 1.141%

Highest number of people in slavery

Country Estimated
population in
modern slavery
India 14,285,700
China 3,241,400
Pakistan 2,058,200
Uzbekistan 1,201,400
Russia 1,049,700

Source: Walk Free Global Slavery Index

Hereditary slavery is deeply entrenched in the West African country of Mauritania, where four per cent of the population of 3.9 million is estimated to be enslaved, the report said.

After Mauritania, slavery was most prevalent in Uzbekistan, where citizens are forced to pick cotton every year to meet state-imposed cotton quotas, and Haiti, where the practice of sending poor children to stay with richer acquaintances or relatives routinely leads to abuse and forced labour, it said.

Ranked fourth was Qatar.

The tiny Gulf state relies heavily on migrants to build its mega-projects including soccer stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

It has come under scrutiny by rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers, most from Asia, who come to toil on construction sites, oil projects or work as domestic help.

The next highest prevalence rates were found in India, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Syria and Central African Republic.

The index showed that 10 countries alone account for 71 per cent of the world’s slaves.

After India, China has the most slaves with 3.2 million, then Pakistan (2.1 million), Uzbekistan (1.2 million), Russia (1.05 million), Nigeria (834,200), Democratic Republic of Congo (762,900), Indonesia (714,100), Bangladesh (680,900) and Thailand (475,300).

Anti-slavery laws not met by action

For the first time, the index rated governments on their response to slavery.

It found the Netherlands, followed by Sweden, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway, Britain, Georgia and Austria had the strongest response.

At the opposite end of the scale, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan, Republic of Congo and Iraq had the worst responses.

“Every country in the world apart from North Korea has laws that criminalise some form of slavery, yet most governments could do more to assist victims and root out slavery from supply chains,” Walk Free Foundation’s head of global research, Fiona David, said.

“What the results show is that a lot is being done on paper but it’s not necessarily translating into results,” Ms David said.

“Most countries got 50 per cent or less when we looked at the strength of their victim assistance regime.

“It’s also striking that … out of 167 countries we could only find three (Australia, Brazil and the United States) where governments have put things in place on supply chains.”

The report showed conflict had a direct impact on the prevalence of slavery, Ms David said, citing the example of the Islamic State militant group which has abducted women and girls in Iraq and Syria for use as sex slaves.

“What our numbers show is the correlation really is quite strong so as an international community, we need to make planning for this kind of problem part of the humanitarian response to crisis situations,” she said.

ABBOTT’S DREAM FOR A COAL BOOM IN THE PIPELINE ARE FAST BECOMING A PIPE DREAM COAL-LITION TO COAL DUST

ABBOTT POINT IS HISTORY

 

 

Worst news for Australia as India taps solar, Beijing bans coal

As Australia’s federal government commits to a future digging up, burning and most of all exporting the nation’s vast coal resource, two of the countries upon which this shaky economic plan is most dependent – India and China – look to be closing the door on the heavy polluting fossil fuel.

In Delhi last week, the Indian government committed to a plan to provide low-cost loans and grants to set up some of the world’s largest solar PV parks across the country, each of them comprising as much as 20 gigawatts of capacity, about 10 times what India has built to date.At a cost about 32 per cent below the global average for solar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and well below the average for coal-fired power generation.
China &  India have become increasingly critical to the stability or continued growth of the seaborne coal market.Add to this India’s five-year solar lighting goal and you have what looks like a much diminished future coal equation for Australia.
According to official Chinese government statistics, coal use accounted for 25.4 per cent of the capital’s energy consumption in 2012 – a figure that is expected to shrink to less than 10 per cent by 2017.PWCS-Destination
China’s plans to slash its already declining coal use poses a major – but certainly not unheralded – problem for Australia’s coal industry.According to data from Newcastle’s Port Waratah Coal Services, China has accounted for just over 25 per cent of coal through the Port of Newcastle, the world’s biggest coal export hub in 2014.On top of this, the price for thermal coal has plunged more than 10 per cent in the last two months – due largely to major importing nations like India making it clear that renewable energy is offering a competitive energy alternative.

Currently, thermal coal is sold for less than $70 on the spot market, well below the mark for Australian producers to make money, let alone the cost of production and the level to get the finance for the massive new projects Prime Minister Tony Abbott is hoping to encourage.
Any chance of a boom as China grows may prove ephemeral.”