Rice farmers have been growing their crop in the same way for hundreds of years and most people have assumed the most efficient way to grow rice has been figured out. That is until some farmers in India decided to change how they grow their bounty and now scientists have take note of their success.
What happened in Darveshpura has divided scientists and is exciting governments and development experts. Tests on the soil show it is particularly rich in silicon but the reason for the “super yields” is entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Rice (Read more…)
Across the pond and over the hills to India, a new ad by jeweller Tanishq is the talk of the town for pushing boundaries.
Created by one of India’s largest communication groups, LOWE Lintas, Tanishq’s latest ad features a gorgeous dusky bride on her wedding day. After having her jewellery put on by friends and family, a young girl comes in. Is she a neice? A family friend? As the ad progresses, we discover that the little girl is the woman’s daughter. No taboo-busting here in North America (hell, I was part of both my mom’s and my (Read more…)
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If The Nobel Prize folks expect credibility respect then they will yank this bought and paid for award immediately.
Push back is happening world wide and your voice is needed now to turn this award down.
Thanks for your help.
In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” — the prestigious World Food Prize – for creating GMOs. Receiving it (Read more…)
Chinese demand for the fins of sharks (I have no idea what they are good for) has gone up over the past couple years. India is one of the largest exports of shark parts to China and the Indian government has decided to ban the act of removing fins from sharks.
Worldwide, sharks are in sharp decline, with some species’ numbers now 10 per cent of what they were three decades ago. Their demise threatens the health of ocean ecosystems, experts say, as the top predators are key to keeping fish and turtle populations in check. Tens of millions are (Read more…)
One thing we share is an abundance of unsafe Quebec chrysotile AKA asbestos. Most of the world stopped using the miracle mineral once they realized what a global disaster its widespread use had been. Inhaled asbestos fibres cause lung cancer. There is some ongoing effort four decades after its use in new products was stopped in Canada, to remove it from buildings we live, work, and play in.
The effort to mitigate harm from asbestos has its limits, even in a developed country like Canada. An often overlooked source of asbestos fibres in our homes has taken a backseat, while (Read more…)
This is really too much. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, all aggravated by climate change, and now the cruelest blow of all—it’s ruining our tea.
India produces one-third of the world’s tea with the state of Assam producing over half. Now increasing temperatures and diminishing rainfall are reducing Assam’s production and fouling the taste of the tea. The once ideal climate is changing. An
The 1% and their media apologists and think tank lackeys would have us all believe that minimum wage is for kids. It’s for unskilled labour in entry level jobs.And it’s ok. We shouldn’t worry. They’re just kids after all: no families or mortgages. They don’t have much training or life experience and honestly, they should be lucky to have work so they could buy CDs and go to movies.That mythology is alive and well, regardless of the fact that the demographics demonstrate that it’s not just shiftless youth who deserve this minimum wage punishment.
As the OECD world (Read more…)
India has a lot of a lot of things, including hungry people. It has the world’s second largest population and the world’s second highest percentage of malnourished children.
It also has the world’s largest food distribution system. Unfortunately the system has been largely ineffective, riddled as it is with incompetence and corruption. Now the ruling Congress Party has passed the Food Security
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There is a seemingly non stop supply of non corporate controlled news, opinion and information available on the internet. I have listed many of them under the Alternate Media Tab at the top of the page.
This morning I added another informative and interesting addition ‘Whiteout Press’ and I have linked to their site for those of you yet to discover ‘Whiteout’
Let’s begin with this encouraging story out of India where unlike Canada and the US they have had the intestinal fortitude to give MONSANTO the boot.’
What makes me mad? People like Saskatchewan’s infamous shock-talk-jock John Gormley, who thinks the world needs fewer “activists”.
Here’s the resulting story from a recently released PLUSD cable from the Kissinger Files fit together with a Cablegate cable.
Then US Ambassador David Mulford urged the Indian government to “drop its claims against Dow” in a cable sent on September 18, 2007.
In reply, then Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia assured Mulford that the federal government does not hold Dow responsible for the cleanup but is unable to withdraw its claims against the company because of “active and vocal”
India continues to pave the way for providing cheaper generic drugs for its citizens compared to other nations which have a heavy patent system. Previously India has produced drugs for 97% less than ‘normal’ costs as well as committing to the development of generic drugs. Looking out for their citizen’s wellbeing has got them in trouble with a Swiss pharmaceutical company though.
The company took the government to court and after seven years of legal battles the court sided with the government’s goal of providing affordable health care.
Healthcare activists have called on the government to make medicines cheaper in
. . . → Read More: Things Are Good: India’s Supreme Court Paves the Way for Cheaper Pharmaceuticals
Indian officials are warning residents in their part of Kashmir to dig bomb shelters and gather a two week supply of food and water in preparation for a possible nuclear exchange.
The notice, published Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house the entire family for two weeks. If there is no basement, residents should construct bunkers in their front yards, the notice advised.
The shelters should be stocked with candles, battery-operated lights and radios and nonperishable food and water that is regularly replaced to ensure it is
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – India Warns Kashmiris to Prepare for Nuclear War
(originally written Mar 4, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
Readers (regular and irregular both) may know that about six years ago, I was quoted in MacLean’s saying Canadian housing was in a bubble. So after six long years of looking very wrong, I was delighted to see the right-wing rag run a cover story proclaiming that Canadian housing is in a bubble! So I’ll dedicate this email to all the stopped clocks out there — twice a day, your time will come!
Like anyone else challenged by a cognitive dissonance between ego
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Two gruesome cases of gang rape in India have received international media attention. Symptomatic of longer standing problems, they have shed a light on the poor state of women’s rights in India – both the mistreatment women face in public places – glaring and groping by men are very common on buses and in public places – and the dismal lack of recourse for these women.
In one tragic case police pressured the woman to drop changes against those who gang-raped her, asking her to marry one of the rapists. In response to this appalling suggestion, she committed suicide.
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: India: Tragic Cases of Gang Rape
India has served notice that its navy is ready to sail into the South China Sea to protect the country’s oil interests there.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said that, while India was not a territorial claimant in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region.
“When the requirement is there, for example, in situations where our country’s interests are involved, for example ONGC … we will be required to go there and we are prepared for that,” Joshi told a news conference.
“Now, are we
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – Indian Navy to South China Sea
For a while, India and China even claimed to have finally settled their dangerous border dispute. If they ever had a deal, it seems that deal is in doubt.The land in question is the northernmost Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Him… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Are Things Heating Up in the Himalayas?
Well I see that Stephen Harper's Great Samosa Tour of India is finally over, and that it was a complete and utter disaster.As well as the most outrageous use of the taxpayer's dough abroad since Bev Oda bought herself a $16 glass of orange juic… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Disastrous Tour of India
I must admit that when I first saw this picture of Stephen Harper and his wife strolling in the deserted grounds of the Taj Mahal, my heart almost skipped a beat.Because I'm such a romantic eh?Until I found out that thousands of tourists and others… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Scary Samosa Tour
Steve Harper has brought his own convoy of armoured cars to India. TorStar reports the RCMP “at least two” of the prime minister’s vehicles, including an armoured limo, to ferry him about during his visit.
Neither the PMO nor the RCMP will comment on why the security India provides wasn’t adequate for Steve. Maybe the Prince of Dankness figured if American Presidents can ferry along their own wheels, so should he.
Ah, it’s only money.
Harper and wife Laureen started their day in Agra where they toured the Taj Mahal and came away awestruck at the sight of
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Steve at Risk in India?
“Don’t Let On You Want to Bomb His Country”
To Mittsy Romney, Russia is America’s biggest geo-political foe. To Harpo, it’s China that most endangers Canada.
China, really? The same China we’re selling our Tar Sands to, and in partnership with whom we’re building our Northern Gateway pipeline to transport diluted bitumen across British Columbia to Kitimat where it will be loaded into Chinese state-owned and operated supertankers, that China? The same China that will be refining our bitumen into crude oil products that could be fueling its new, blue water navy, and its equally new stealth
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper Stirs the Asian Pot
China’s CNOOC Ltd.’s $15.1 billion bid for Calgary basedNexen Inc. reflects a growing interest among state-owned Asian energy companies in Alberta’s oil sands. In addition to China, three state-run Indian companiesare eyeing oil sands assets held by ConocoPhilips, jointly offering $5 billion this past July for six of its properties.
While many are skeptical of Asia’s foray into the oil sands, there is plenty to be gained by strengthening economic ties with China and India.
Although much has already been written about foreign direct investment spurring growth in the oil sands, collaboration with China and India can
. . . → Read More: Straight Outta Edmonton: Solving Alberta’s Labour Shortage
With the unwitting collaboration of an idiot “film-maker” in Los Angeles, irresponsible imams in the Middle East and Islamic extremists leading to the besieging of American embassies, the United States does not appear to be winning the hearts and minds of Islam these days. Not that it was doing much of that before.
Americans may be consoled however by their popularity in the Hindu world. The
Names have always facinated me. What do they really mean? Or subtly suggest? If anything. Consider these 12 names carrying the hopes of hundreds of thousands of people around the world at the 2012 London Olympics: Kelsey Titmarsh, Canada, Gymnastics Karen Cockburn, Canada, Trampoline Hope Solo, USA, Soccer Sarah Hammer, USA, Cycling Destinee Hooker, USA, Volleyball Hulk, Brazil, Soccer Storm Uru, New Zealand, Rowing Liam Tancock, Great Britain, Swimming German Sanchez Sanchez, Mexico, Diving Amit Kumar Amit Kumar, India, Wrestling Dong Dong, People’s Republic of China, Trampoline Jack Buttland, Great Britain, Soccer Did I miss any?
One of the best interviewers on television, Bill Moyers, speaks to one of the global sustainability movement’s “superstars”, physicist and food activist Vandana Shiva. The discussion is wide-ranging but centers around genetically modified seeds/foods and the fight against corporate agro-giant Monsanto: These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents [...]
India has nothing but friends these days, that is if you leave out Pakistan. Russia’s her friend, has been for generations. China wants to be India’s BFF. And America is also courting India’s affections.
US Def-SEc Panetta was in New Delhi, laden with roses and chocolates, to proclaim India the “linchpin” in America’s new strategy for Asia.
Panetta swept away America’s historic distrust of India during the Cold War when America chose to shop weaponry to Pakistan, saying, “Our two nations I believe have finally and irreversibly started a new chapter of our history“.
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Jewel in the Crown – India