What Is India News Service
Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Earth is the only planet of the solar system that is supporting life for ages because of the presence of water.  Fresh water is a precious resource.  Only 2.5 % of the world's water is not salty, and of that, two thirds is locked up in ice caps and glaciers.  Of the remaining amount, subject to the continuous hydrological cycle, some 20 % is in areas too remote for human access and of the remaining 80 %, about three quarters comes at the wrong time and place - in monsoons and floods - and is not captured for use by people.  The reminder is less than 0.08 of 1 % of the total water on the planet.  It is precious indeed.  Thus only a small finite fraction is available to support plant species on the land mass.



Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food, all thanks to political expediency. Using food to produce biofuels might strain supplies of arable land: IMF The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maiz (North Biofuel Appetite Causing South Starvation, Hindu, George Monbiot, Nov 07, 2007)

The Tamil Nadu Government is planning to link rivers within the State to divert surplus water to drought-prone regions. (Government Plans To Link Rivers In State, Hindu, S. Vydhianathan, Nov 07, 2007)

Recent events in the markets confirm the suspicion that the stock market tail is wagging the economy dog as never before. (Tail Wagging The Dog, Frontline, V. Sridhar, Nov 07, 2007)

Jindal is the first Indian American to win a gubernatorial election in the U.S., but there are concerns about his silence on racism. (The Real Bobby Jindal, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Domestic spats between quarrelling Indian states are often more intractable than maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday. (Domestic Spats More Intractable Than Ties With Neighbours: Singh , Dawn, Jawed Naqvi, Nov 07, 2007)

In a veiled reference to the Left parties pressure on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said narrow political considerations could distort the national vision and sense of collective purpose. (Narrow Considerations Can Distort National Vision: Pm , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday struck a somewhat discordant note at a conference on federalism when he lashed out at the regional political parties saying "narrow political considerations based on regional or sectional loyalties could distort nat (Pm Lashes Out At Regional Parties , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday regional loyalties or ideologies sometimes could distort the national agenda and the sense of collective purpose. (Regionalism Can Hurt National Agenda: Pm, Hindustan Times, Aloke Tikku, Nov 06, 2007)

Soaring crop prices and demand for biofuels raise fears of political instability. (Climate Change And Fuel Shortages Begin To Bite, Hindu, John Vidal, Nov 05, 2007)

Those living in the developing world regularly face the wrath of nature increasing flood or drought, sea level rise and a deathly level of air pollution. (Shrinking World: Exploitation Of Natural Resources , Deccan Herald, KALYAN RAY, Nov 05, 2007)

Rahul Gandhi may be destined to sack Central ministers and chief ministers. But at present, he is struggling to get an ordinary superintending engineer suspended for poor performance. (Rahul Gandhi Fails To Get Engineer Suspended, Times of India, SUBODH GHILDIYAL, Nov 05, 2007)

Unfamiliarity with the many ways of speaking English can create diplomatic hiccups. (Macho Vs Mature, Times of India, Swapan Dasgupta, Nov 05, 2007)

The UN Human Development Report's core message is that climate change could cause reversal of human development in the 21st century, particularly in developing countries. (Q&a: 'The Un Does Not Expect India To Reduce Emissions', Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

This valuable book stresses upon nurturing intuitive intelligence for effective leadership in professional management. (Small Steps, Big Gains , Deccan Herald, RAMNATH NARAYANSWAMY, Nov 05, 2007)

The danger gong has been sounded once again, this time by the UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook report… The human species is living beyond its means on a planet with limited resources. (Other Voices - Indian Press, Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

A united opposition is all set to bring out the knives against the Government on a host of contentious issues with the winter session of the Assembly commencing on Monday. (Winter Session Of A.P. Assembly To Be Stormy , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

There were no obituaries or photographs when Manoj died. He had neither “news value” nor large companies that would book advertisement space to laud his qualities and quote Sanskrit shlokas in his memory. (Death Of A Shopkeeper , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 05, 2007)

The Peace Nobel for Mr Al Gore, former US Vice-President, and Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), brings together the narrator of an “inconvenient truth” and a “climate warrior” on an important platform. (Warming Up To Climate Change, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 03, 2007)

When the government announced a council headed by the prime minister to look at land reforms, was it just an attempt to pacify the sheer numbers who walked from Gwalior to Delhi? Or does the government actually think that there . . . . . (The Ground Beneath Their Feet, Indian Express, Sonu Jain, Nov 03, 2007)

Some 300,000 people were still waiting on Friday night to be rescued from the worst floods to hit the Mexican state of Tabasco in 50 years, officials said. (Floods Strand 300,000 In Mexico , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)


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