BASIL: Bhaktivedanta Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living

BASIL: Bhaktivedanta Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living

TRAINING PROGRAMME ON ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE TRe training is conducted by highly experienced resource personnel who aim at converting the Indian agricultural system into a sustainable one   The course is open to progressive farmers, agricultural professionals, students of ecology and eco-conscious consumers   Courses are conducted on a regular basis to promote concepts…

More cities critically polluted

More cities critically polluted

 ON NOVEMBER 18, the Union environment ministry revised the ambient air quality standards for the country after a gap of 15 years. The new standards are more stringent. They also mandate that air quality in industrial areas should be at par with residential areas.    The tighter standards make a number of industrial locations across…

Environment ministry has no concrete action plan to enforce the revised standards

Environment ministry has no concrete action plan to enforce the revised standards

 Public health is central to the new standards that discontinue the earlier practice of different standards for different land-uses—the standards were more lax for industrial areas. For instance, the standard for particulate matter of 10-micron size (PM10) has been reduced to align it with the norm for residential areas (see graph). The standards have prescribed…

Slow march to land reform

Slow march to land reform

 Over 5,000 tribals from 15 states marched to Delhi in October to protest the delay in the country’s land reforms policy. The protest happened eight months after a committee submitted its report to prime minister’s office (PMO). The committee hoped its recommendations would be part of the national land reforms policy, but the report was…

Monsanto pulls GM corns

Monsanto pulls GM corns

 For the first time, a GM multinational pulled two genetically modified (GM) corn varieties from the regulatory approval process at the last minute. Biotech giant Monsanto has abandoned its ambitious plans for a second generation GM crop after Europe’s food safety authority asked for additional research ancL safety data. The company has informed the authority…

History of Sihanouk Ville

History of Sihanouk Ville

As you may notice in your travels, Sihanouk Ville has a different look and feel than most Cambodian towns. There is no Colonial architecture or ancient pagodas. Constructed as a port city in the late 1950s, the town is much newer, more urban and cosmopolitan than most Cambodian provincial cities. The history of Sihanouk Ville…

Shanghai: The city of the future

Shanghai: The city of the future

With so much to see and do in Shanghai, this sprawling city is guaranteed to excite and delight. One popular area to visit is known as The Bund; this 1,700-metre long waterfront boardwalk forms Shanghai’s backbone.    Close by is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui. This photographic jewel excites…

Cambodia

Cambodia

History and Geography Comprising an area of 181,035 square kilometres, the Kingdom of Cambodia was part of the ancient kingdom of Funan. Today it comprises four cities (the capital, Phnom Penh, plus Pailin, Sihanoukville and Kep) and 20 provinces.  The Mekong river, which flows through the country, and the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) are the…

The Taï family

The Taï family

The Taï linguistic family, represented in Laos by the Lao, and 26 ethnic minorities, is by far the most significant family, comprising approximately 60% of the national population. Although it arrived much later than the Austroasiatic family populations, this linguistic family was able to overcome effectively social, economic, and natural, adversities. This was due to…

Luang Phrabang in the nineteenth century

Luang Phrabang in the nineteenth century

In the late nineteenth century, the north of Laos was ravaged by the backwash of the massive millenarian revolts of the Taiping and the Panthay in southern China. Remnants of their once massive armies marched south under their yellow, black or striped banners, through the mountainous border regions as far as Vientiane. Wreaking havoc as…


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