#UN; #UrbanGrowth; #UNESCO
New York, Oct 31 (Canadian-Media): Over half of the world’s population now live in cities, with numbers expected to double by 2050, but while urbanization poses serious challenges, cities can also be powerhouses for sustainable development; something the UN is spotlighting on World Cities Day, marked 31 October.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will host a celebration at its Paris Headquarters on Thursday, convening representatives from all corners of the world for discussions on how cities can combat the climate crisis, create more inclusive urban spaces, and contribute to technical innovation.
Cities provide a wealth of opportunities, jobs included, and generate over 80 per cent of gross national product across the globe, according to UN estimates. Urban areas also account for between 60 and 80 per cent of all energy consumption, despite only occupying three per cent of the planet’s surface and are responsible for three quarters of all greenhouse gas emissions.
In addressing these pros and cons, the Organisation has advocated for a “people-centred” development model, and aims to “re-humanise cities” in the face of trends impacting them, from population growth, demographic shifts, and increasing the risk of disasters induced by climate change.
This year’s theme: “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations” spotlights the role of technology and young people in building sustainable cities. To do so, Thursday’s commemorative event will be organized along four key discussion themes: ‘Cities 4 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, ‘Cities 4 Climate Action’, ‘Cities 4 Communities’, and ‘Cities 4 the Future’.
In line with its multidisciplinary mandate, UNESCO’s 2004 Creative Cities Network continues to harness the various ways cities spanning the globe are placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans.
From gastronomy in Tucson, Arizona, to design in Nagoya, Japan, the network engages 180 cities in total, which integrate creative approaches in their development plans. See the complete list of cities, and their creative undertakings here.
For World Cities Day this year, UNESCO is partnering with the UN”s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UN-Habitat, and refugee agency (UNHCR) to amplify the concerted action of the United Nations for cities alongside their planners and other urban players.
The UN-proclaimed World Day serves as a call for States, municipalities and city dwellers to work together for transformative change and sustainable strategies for cities, as urbanisation continues to swell.
#Starmark, #DamyantiBiswas, #YouBeneathYourSkin
Kolkata (India), Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): Kolkata’s bookstore chain Starmark hosted a book signing session for Singapore-based author Damyanti Biswas at its South City Mall outlet here on Oct 11.
Damyanti Biswas signed copies of her book You Beneath Your Skin.
The book is centred on Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan who juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.
Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all.
In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Starmark organises signing session of William Dalrymple's book The Anarchy- The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
Kolkata (India): Starmark in association with Bloomsbury, on Sunday organized an event on book signing session with William Dalrymple at South City Mall on Sunday to launch his latest book The Anarchy- The Relentless Rise of the East India Company.
The Anarchy- The Relentless Rise of the East India Company’ is based on the historic story of the East India Company which defeated the young Mughal and established its administration run by English merchants who collect the taxed in forceful manner.
The book tells how the world most powerful and magnificent empire was collapsed and was replaced by the private company.
Dalrymple was born in Scotland and is a very claimed author who has won many renowned award for his best books like Xandu, The Holy Mountain, City of Djinns etc. Not only that he has also written many famous books about India of which the bestsellers were The Age of Kali, White Mughals etc.
Being the fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Asiatic Society, he is the founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Being the prominent author in history and literature he has already carved his name as the ‘outstanding contribution to travel literature’.
(Reporting by Anisha Thapa, images by Soumo Das)
#PMModi, #NarendraModi, #Mamallapuram, #ShoreTemple, #Kollywood
New Delhi (India), Oct 21 (Canadian-Media): Kollywood is overwhelmed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Tamil translation of the poem he wrote a day after visiting the windswept ancient monuments at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu with Chinese President Xi Jingping on Oct 12 last, media reports said.
The Prime Minister had taken the Chinese President for a tour of the Shore Temple overlooking the Bay of Bengal, during the latter’s two-day informal visit to India.
After Jingping ‘s departure, Modi tweeted a rather long poem in Hindi inspired by the picturesque seaside ruins.
“Yesterday, while walking on the beach of Mahabalipuram, I was lost in a conversation with the sea. This conversation has cropped up from the universe of my thoughts. I am sharing it with you after translating it into words,” the Prime Minister tweeted in Hindi.
A week later, Modi has tweeted its Tamil version, which is also the oldest language of the world.
"Here is a Tamil translation of the poem I wrote while I was at the picturesque shores of Mamallapuram a few days ago," Modi tweeted.
A week later, Modi has tweeted its Tamil version, which is also the oldest language of the world. "Here is a Tamil translation of the poem I wrote while I was at the picturesque shores of Mamallapuram a few days ago," Modi tweeted.
The gesture drew a lot of appreciation from the southern film industry.
Saluting nature is saluting God. Bcoz nature is the Almighty! Great! Hon Narendra Modi sir! Thank you on behalf our nation, for your lovable poem on mahab ocean!" tweeted Tamil actor Vivekh, who is a Padmashree Padmashree awardee and has acted in over 500 films.
To which the Prime Minister replied, "Thank you Vivek! Respect for nature is a key part of our ethos. Nature manifests divinity and greatness. The scenic shores of Mamallapuram and the morning calm provided perfect moments to express some of my thoughts."
Film producer and distributor and founder of film institute BOFTA , G Dhananjay tweeted, "Amazing love of our Hon. Narendra Modi ji for Tamil. We all must celebrate his love and support to our language. Thank you sir."
Replying to him, Modi tweeted: "Glad to be expressing myself in the world's oldest language, which has nurtured a vibrant culture. The Tamil language is beautiful, the Tamil people are exceptional."
New Delhi (India), Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): PM Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled the book “Bridgital Nation” and presented its first copy to Ratan Tata in an event organized at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi, media reports said.
The book has been written by N Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushottam.
Addressing the gathering, PM lauded the authors for bringing out a visionary book that is replete with positivity and optimism and delves in depth about the importance of technology.
He added that the book is coming out at a time when technology is positively transforming the lives of millions of Indians.
Prime Minister stressed on the need to understand that technology is a bridge and not a divider.
He added that technology builds bridge between aspirations and achievement, demand and delivery, government and governance in order to achieve ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.
He said that positivity, creativity and constructive mind-set is essential for fast growing aspirational India. He also emphasized on the need to build bridge between artificial intelligence and human intentions .
The Prime Minister narrated how technology has been a key component of government schemes in order to reform, transform and perform.
He mentioned about the use of data intelligence, digital mapping and real time monitoring in Ujjwala Yojana which has transformed the lives of millions of women.
He also talked about how technology has helped in empowering people through schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.
The Prime Minister also outlined that his government has used technology to remove silos amongst government departments and build a bridge between supply systems and demand, through innovative ideas like Government e-market Place (GeM).
He explained how technology was used to create a robust Start-Up system in the country, especially in tier-2 and tier 3 cities - which has helped in the development of an entirely new ecosystem of startups.
Talking about the need to convert challenges posed by technology into opportunities, PM cited the example of the creation of India Post Payment Bank.
He added that the disruption caused by technology to the entire postal organization was converted into a technology intensive banking system, benefitting millions through postal bank which transformed ‘dakiya into a Bank Babu’.
The event witnessed participation of members of the diplomatic corps, including the Ambassadors of USA, Great Britain and the People's Republic of China. Secretaries of several Ministries of Government of India; representatives of industry bodies including CII, FICCI and NASSCOM; leading media personalities including Rajat Sharma, Navika Kumar, Rajkamal Jha, Sudhir Chaudhary, Smita Prakash; and members of the Tata Group were also present.