14 members of marriage party including children killed in road accident

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January 20, 2021

West Bengal accident: 14 members of marriage party killed, PM announces Rs 2 lakh ex gratia

Fourteen members, including four children, of a marriage party were killed and 10 others injured due to a collision between a stone-laden truck and their three vehicles in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.

The accident occurred in Jaldhaka area in Dhupguri block on Tuesday night, they said.

The cars of the marriage party were going towards Dhupguri on the wrong side of the road and the collision took place due to dense fog, a senior police officer said.

Ten injured people are undergoing treatment in Jalpaiguri Super Speciality Hospital, he added.

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March 5,2021

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An estimated 931 million tonnes of food was wasted globally in 2019, enough to circle the Earth seven times, according to a UN report which said that household food waste in India is about 68.7 million tonnes a year.

The Food Waste Index Report 2021, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organisation WRAP, said that around 931 million tonnes of food waste was generated in 2019, sixty-one per cent of which came from households, 26 per cent from foodservice and 13 per cent from retail.
“This suggests that 17 per cent of total global food production may be wasted,” it said.

“The weight roughly equals that of 23 million fully-loaded 40-tonne trucks — bumper-to-bumper, enough to circle the Earth seven times,” the UN agency said.

In India, the household food waste estimate is 50 kg per capita per year, or 68,760,163 tonnes a year.

The household food waste estimate in the US is 59 kg per capita per year, or 19,359,951 tonnes a year, while for China these estimates are 64 kg per capita per year or 91,646,213 tonnes a year.

The report looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes – counting both food and inedible parts like bones and shells and presents the most comprehensive food waste data collection, analysis and modelling to date.

It finds that in nearly every country that has measured food waste, it was substantial, regardless of income level.

It shows that most of this waste comes from households, which discard 11 per cent of the total food available at the consumption stage of the supply chain.

Food services and retail outlets waste 5 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.

On a global per capita-level, 121 kgs of consumer-level food is wasted each year, with 74 kgs of this happening in households, the UNEP said in a statement.

“If we want to get serious about tackling climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste, businesses, governments and citizens around the world have to do their part to reduce food waste,” Executive Director of the UNEP Inger Andersen said.

The report said that food waste has substantial environmental, social and economic impacts. At a time when climate action is still lagging, 8-10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed, when losses before consumer level are taken into account.

“Reducing food waste would cut greenhouse gas emissions, slow the destruction of nature through land conversion and pollution, enhance the availability of food and thus reduce hunger and save money at a time of global recession,” Andersen said.

The report noted that with 690 million people affected by hunger in 2019, an estimate that is expected to rise sharply due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and three billion people unable to afford a healthy diet, consumers need help to reduce food waste at home.

It said countries can raise climate ambition by including food waste in Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement while strengthening food security and cutting costs to households.

This makes food waste prevention also a primary area for inclusion in Covid-19 recovery strategies.

“For a long time, it was assumed that food waste in the home was a significant problem only in developed countries,” said Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP.

“With the publication of the Food Waste Index report, we see that things are not so clear cut. With only nine years to go, we will not achieve SDG 12 Target 3 if we do not significantly increase investment in tackling food waste in the home globally. This must be a priority for governments, international organisations, businesses and philanthropic foundations,” Gover said.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 12.3 aims at halving per-capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. One of the two indicators for the target is the Food Waste Index.

Andersen said that there is growing evidence of success in reducing food waste – though not at the scale needed to achieve the target.

“Much more can be done. We need, for example, to address the role of consumer behaviour, in all cultural contexts, in achieving the target. Let us all shop carefully, cook creatively and make wasting food anywhere socially unacceptable while we strive to provide healthy, sustainable diets to all,” Andersen added. 

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February 25,2021

Mamata rides pillion on electric scooter to protest fuel price hike

In a unique protest against fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rode pillion on an electric scooter to state secretariat Nabanna Bhavan.

Banerjee was seen sitting behind state minister Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter.

With a placard protesting against the petrol price hike hanging around her neck, helmet-clad Banerjee waved at people on both sides of the road during the five-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat.

After reaching Nabanna, Banerjee slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre saying, "We are protesting against the fuel price hike. The Modi government only makes false promises. They have done nothing to bring down fuel prices.

You can see the difference in petrol prices when the Modi government came to power and now."

"Modi and Shah are selling the country. This is an anti-people's government," she added.

The feisty TMC chief also criticised the BJP government for renaming the Sardar Patel Stadium, popularly known as the Motera stadium, in Ahmedabad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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March 5,2021

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Mangaluru, Mar 5: Every incident of joblessness can in some way be attributed to the lack of career guidance or misalignment of education and career goals, said KPSC Member Dr. Ronald Anil Fernandes.

Addressing the gatherings after inaugurating the 'MERAKI', the career day organised by the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau (UEIGB) at Mangala auditorium of Mangalore University on Friday, he expressed concern over unemployment and said, 'In Uttar Pradesh, according to a media report, 3700 PhD holders, 28,000 PG holders and 50,000 graduates applied for 62 peon posts, which is appalling. The health of the economy is really alarming'.

He further stated that 36 crore youth, 27.5 % population of the country belong to the age group of 15 and 29. In Karnataka 1.7 crore youth fall in this age group. Post pandemic getting a job is a difficult task. While many have been doing part-time job and others forced to take up jobs unrelated to what they studied at college.

Meanwhile, he added that there are many examples like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Face Book), Elon Muck (Tesla) and many others, who proved that graduation is not important to become a successful entrepreneurs.  Exposure to vocational education in all schools and colleges, which may be with industry training may help.

Explaining the importance of competitive exams, he said that out of 2,123 candidates who appeared for the interview in 2020, only 7 were from coastal region. Never give up approach, good coaching centres and readiness to work anywhere is very important to overcome this problem.

Presiding over the function, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof. P Subrahmanya Yadapadithaya said that we should deserve first then should desire. “Failure is not the end and it increases our capacity.  Willingness to perform, utilizing ample opportunities and developing competence, being a smart performer is the key,” he added.

Registrar (Administration) K Raju Mogaveera (KAS) opined that the university campus should prepare students for their life. Also hoped developing a sophisticated competitive exam training centre at the university.  UEIGB Chief Dr. Preethi Keerthi D'Souza explained the activities of the bureau and urged students to utilise the opportunity under UEIGB.

Bantwal Tahsildar and Taluk Magistrate S R Rashmi and IDP Education India Private Limited Senior Executive Shijomon Yesudhas were present among others. UEIGB Deputy Chief S J Hemachandra (KES) conferred vote of thanks.

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