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The environment is undoubtedly at the core of our living and its degradation may affect the health of the entire eco-systems. and planet. Climate change is a proven fact. The impact of extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, deforestation, etc. are among the most serious issues leading to the devastation of individuals, families, communities, societies across the world.
While Government and civil organizations continue to play an important role in providing support to better prepare for more extreme weather and their socio-economic and environmental impact, we are equally responsible to play our role in making this planet a better place and start contributing to the Climate Action with some simple change in habits:
Opt for public transport or pooling whenever possible or use sustainable transportation, such as bicycling more often. In this smart world, make a smart call to choose a new car and bike with a fuel-efficient model that could save on gas and reduce your carbon footprint over the years. In fact, this is a very common habit of people in some of the most developed and environment-friendly cities globally.
No to plastic
Plastic never really goes away! This has been said for way too many times now. Today, we can still find billions of pounds of plastics swirling convergences making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. It is high time to start cutting down on plastic waste by using reusable bags when we shop, say no to use and throw water bottles, bags, and straws and avoid products made from or wrapped in plastic.
Pay attention to labels
From coffee to fruit and vegetables, the number of options out there can give us varieties but doesn’t help us to maintain a good environment. Choose Fair Trade certified goods when possible to support the industry dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. Switch to organic food to keep harmful pesticides out of our land and water, protecting farm workers, wildlife, and your family. Healthy food and good nutrition are everyone’s concern.
Water scarcity in India is an ongoing crisis that affects nearly 600 million people each year. On average one person wastes upto 45 liters water per day that is 30 percent of water requirement per person per day. Reduce your water consumption by taking shorter showers, washes, and save on water and the planet.
The clothes you wear matter! Despite the rapid change and sustainable adaptions, our fashion and textile industry still has a hugely negative impact on the planet. Most fabrics we wear are synthetics or some despite being natural may consume huge resources. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check the garment tags and go for fabrics that are made using fibers with botanic origins like TENCEL and ECOVERO. These fibers not only contribute in enhancing the aesthetics of the fabric but also bring in a lot of comfort and performance. They provide a less favorable environment for bacterial growth while keeping our skin feeling pleasantly cool and dry. And most importantly, these are 100 percent biodegradable with significantly lesser carbon footprints.
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Growing your herbs
If you have unused kitchen items or old utensils, such as; old mugs, takeaway food boxes, etc. do not throw them away. You can give a makeover to your space by planting herbs like mint, coriander, parsley, even seasonal window flowers right on your windowsill.
Mange and compost kitchen waste
In an ideal world, all kitchens would opt for zero-waste cooking. You can always use all the organic kitchen waste to create manure at home for your plants, such as eggshells, fruits, and vegetable peels, used tea leaves, and non-greasy waste. Homemade manure can be prepared in no time to nourish your plants.
It’s time to make such simple habits a key part of daily lives. While they are quite simple, the positive impact it can bring overtime can be amazing. (IANS)
Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, covid, pandemic, growth, household, government, investment
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that next time the Dragon spacecraft will have food warmer and free WiFi. Taking to Twitter, the crew of Inspiration4 shared a checklist of things they have been enjoying while orbiting safely around the Earth.
"Can't believe we're eating cold pizza in space. It's extraordinary!" Inspiration4 tweeted. In response, Musk apologised for the cold food, saying: "Sorry, it was cold! Dragon will have food warmer and free WiFi next time."
Inspiration4 Crew | Wikimedia Commons
After lifting off for space, SpaceX's Inspiration4, the first all-civilian crew, is healthy, happy and doing well in the orbit, the company said recently. The mission lifted off at 8.02 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday (5.30 am IST on Thursday) aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from the historic Launch Complex 39 in NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It is commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman who has been joined by medical officer Haley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur and trained pilot. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Inspiration4, Dragon, Wifi, food