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India awaits windfall from Iran nuclear deal
CNN Money (40X29tv), 16 July 2015
NEW DELHI (CNNMoney) —As the world readies to do business with an Iran free of sanctions, one country in particular is watching closely: India. As a major net importer of oil, India has already benefited from the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran. Oil prices have declined in recent days, driven largely by expectations of more Iranian crude hitting the market. According to India's Finance Ministry, power-hungry India saves nearly $1 billion in import costs for every dollar drop in global crude prices. India is particularly well positioned to benefit because many of its refineries are designed to receive Iranian-grade crude, analysts said. On Wednesday, after the agreement was signed, Mumbai's Sensex closed up 1% on hopes of cheaper fuel. Shares in the Indian Oil Corporation Limited are up 5% since Tuesday.But it's not all good news. Since India refused to fully take part in the U.S. and EU-led sanctions on Tehran, Indian businesses have made substantial inroads in Iran, and the sanctioned country is now India's third-largest trading partner. Exports to Iran nearly doubled to $3.3 billion between 2009 and 2013, according to India's Ministry of Commerce.Now, Indian businesses will begin to face stiff global competition. "The sanctions provided us market access in Iran. However, we have to be in the market based on quality and competitiveness," said S. C. Ralhan, president of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations."We need to revisit our strategy so as to build on the success which we received during the sanction period," he said. Pankaj Bansal, a Delhi-based businessman who runs the export firm TMA International, admits that the Iran deal will bring greater international competition for his business, and a new challenge."I am worried, but at the same time, we are gearing up to meeting the competition," said Bansal. Iran accounts for some 40% of TMA International's revenues."With the sanctions being lifted, eventually the demand for all goods in the Iranian economy, whether for consumer goods or electrical goods, will grow," said Bansal. "We will lose somewhere but we may gain somewhere else." While Tehran has benefited from trade with Indian businesses, some worry that Iran will now be in a position to pick and choose profitable trades on the global market. "Iran will show significant diplomatic strength in getting the best deal from India in terms of its business interest," said M. P. Ram Mohan, an Associate Professor at India's TERI University. "We can expect a tough customer in Iran, but a customer we will be far more comfortable to deal with."

Vasant Vihar residents conduct tree census
Hindustan Times, 13 July 2015
GREEN COUNTING A database is being compiled with details about each tree, to be sent to PM’s office About 50% work has been completed, which includes four blocks of the colony. About 2,500-odd trees have been numbered and inventoried. VALLARI SHEEL, resident who started the tree census NEW DELHI: Vasant Vihar is keeping a close watch on its green cover. The South Delhi locality is mapping its greenery as residents have started a tree census to make sure trees in their vicinity are tagged and protected. 27-year-old Vallari Sheel at Vasant Vihar. Vallari Sheel, a resident of Vasant Vihar, took up the cudgels for the trees of her neighbourhood. “We started in May and work is moving at a good pace. Lots of trees are disappearing as the builders are cutting them overnight. Some even pour bottles of acid to kill a tree and then easily get it felled. This census will help us keep a tab so that we have an idea about what is happening. Once these trees have an identity, it would be very difficult to make them disappear,” said Vallari, a post-graduate in environmental studies from The Energy and Resources Institute, who works with an anti-trafficking organisation focusing on wildlife trade. The census involves giving individual numbers to each tree in the locality. A database is being created which contains the details about the trees. According to Sheel, the kids in the colony have shown a lot of enthusiasm. “During summer holidays, many voluntarily came forward to help the initiative and thereby work has been done quite swiftly. Around 50% work has been completed, which includes four blocks of the colony. Two blocks along with the main streets are left. About 2,500-odd trees have been numbered and inventoried. Once rain subsides, we will start again,” the 27-year-old said. The first tree census of Delhi by citizens was done at Sarvodaya Enclave in 2012. This rigorous, consistent and focused survey by volunteers was led by activist Padmawati Dwivedi, who has been guiding the residents in the Vasant Vihar survey too. The resident welfare association also welcomed the idea when Vallari approached them and has been very supportive of the campaign. They made circulars and banners and also organised an opening ceremony marking the beginning of the census. Vasant Vihar RWA president, Suresh Goel, said 50% of the trees which have already been surveyed are either diseased or termite infested. “We are also earmarking dead trees, which need to be removed and new ones need to be planted at the same spot. We are creating a comprehensive database, which will be sent to the environment ministry, the PM’s office, MCD and all agencies concerned once the survey is over,” he said.

Hindustan Times (Education), 8 July 2015
TERI University has announced admissions for its certificate courses in energy infrastructure and efficiencies; renewable energy; renewable energy resources and policies and software tools for energy analysis which are of six months duration each. Graduates from any stream are eligible to apply for these courses. Course fee for each of these is ` 20,000. The deadline for submitting applications is July 17, 2015. Application forms can be downloaded from the university website www.teriuniversity.ac.in. Applicants can send their queries and completed forms at the registrar’s office. The university also offers programmes at the postgraduate and doctoral levels. The basic eligibility for these programmes is a bachelor’s degree. These certificate programmes will help candidates learn more about renewable energy sources, software application for clean energy and energy efficient projects and learn more about the relationship between conventional energy infrastructure and energy conservation.


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Malnutrition and Its Linkage to Sustainable Development
ThinK to Sustain, 10 February 2012

Nida Yamin, a student at TERI University, explores the long-prevalent issue of malnutrition in India and its effects on growth and development of the country as a whole, and suggests how community-based programs can improve the situation and lead to national nutrition security.   

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