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India turns to electric vehicles to beat pollution
16 August 2019 - India is making a big push for electric vehicles, signalling a turning point in its clean energy policy, writes energy writer Vandana Gombar. ... Another inspiration for India could be Norway, where electric vehicles accounted for half of last year's total car sales. A phase-out of combustion vehicles in the country is planned by 2025. (more)

India: How going organic brought hope to Madhya Pradesh's cotton farmers and the wildlife around them
14 August 2019 - Twenty-six-year-old Laxmi Salami comes from a long line of farmers who have remained true to the tried and tested ways of cotton cultivation that they know. Not surprisingly, she was unwilling to stray from the well-trodden path, into organic farming, an unfamiliar territory for her. But when the young cotton farmer ... reluctantly agreed to participate in an organic farming project and try something new on her field, the results were a welcome surprise. (more)

India: Organic farmer growing more than 300 native veggies: Tamil Nadu man's inspiring story
30 July 2019 - In the village of Kuttiyagoundanpudur, close to the arid region of Oddanchatram in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district, lies Aadhiyagai Parameswaran's six-acre farm. The area lacks a perennial source of water to keep crops well-fed, but 29-year-old aeronautical engineer-turned-farmer, Parameswaran is confident his farm will thrive. His crops can withstand severe drought conditions because they are native to this arid region. (more)

India to add more than 5,000 electric buses in 65 cities in ongoing massive EV push
29 July 2019 - An Indian government committee has sanctioned 5,645 electric buses for 65 cities in one of the largest electric bus initiatives the world has seen outside of China. The announcement came on Twitter from Amitabh Kant, the CEO of the government's Niti Aayog commission. ... India looks to push the manufacturing of electric car batteries domestically, and there are still plans for major electrification of the country's two- and three-wheelers. The country is also particularly focused on using clean energy to charge its expected boom in electric vehicles. (more)

India lifted 271 million people out of poverty in 10 years: UN
12 July 2019 - India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as 'assets, cooking fuel, sanitation, and nutrition,' a report by the United Nations said. The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index from the UN Development Programme, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative was released on Thursday [11 July]. (more)

International Yoga Day 2019: Celebrations across India
21 June 2019 - International Yoga Day is marked every year on June 21 since its inception in 2015. The concept of yoga day was formally proposed by [India's] Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. (more)

The best images from India's global celebration of yoga
21 June 2019 - On submarines and on mountain tops, in schools and in parks, by the dozens and by the thousands, Indians celebrated an ancient tradition that grew into a global phenomenon. Friday [21 June] marked the fifth International Day of Yoga, a yearly event created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight yoga [asanas] both within India and around the world. (more)

Yoga Day: Thousands of Indians celebrate the day
21 June 2019 - Indians across the country celebrated the fifth international yoga day on Friday [21 June]. Temperatures are soaring in many cities, including the capital Delhi, but that didn't stop people from gathering outdoors and stretching and bending their way through at least an hour of yoga. ... Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is known to be a yoga enthusiast, also practiced along with a crowd of some 40,000 people in Jharkhand state. (more)

India offers $360 million subsidy for 5,000 electric buses
8 June 2019 - The Indian government plans to incentivize cities to include electric buses to their public transport fleet through financial subsidies. The central government will offer subsidies worth Rs 2,500 crore (US$360 million) for the deployment of 5,000 electric buses. Under the current exercise, a total of 40 cities shall be selected where a subsidy will be distributed for deployment of electric buses based on population. (more)

India to order taxi aggregators like Uber, Ola to go electric - documents
6 June 2019 - India plans to order taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola to convert 40 percent of their fleet of cars to electric by April 2026, according to a source and records of government meetings to discuss new rules for clean mobility. New Delhi is looking to push the new policy to boost the adoption of electric vehicles as it tries to bring down oil imports and curb pollution. (more)

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Indian Medical University invites collaboration with Maharishi University of Management
18 August 2018 - India is increasingly showing an interest in Maharishi AyurVeda, including the country's Minister for Ayurveda and Yoga and the chancellor of a leading medical university, who is eager to collaborate with Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in the USA. Professor Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at MUM, was invited to give a keynote presentation at an international Ayurveda congress at D.Y. Patil University in Pune, India earlier this year. While there, in addition to university officials, he met with His Excellency Shripad Naik, India's Minister for traditional systems of health (AYUSH), who pledged his support for MUM's programme of Maharishi AyurVeda research and clinical practice. (more)

India: Maharishi University of Management faculty speak to 2,000 professors at conference
8 April 2018 - College professors in India recently heard presentations by Maharishi University of Management (MUM) Professors Anil Maheshwari and Scott Herriott at the Second National Teachers' Congress, hosted by Maharashtra Institute of Technology-World Peace University (MIT-WPU) in Pune, India. The MUM faculty were invited to give plenary addresses, along with the Dalai Lama and about 30 other eminent educators and political leaders. Over 2,000 teachers took part in the Congress. (more)

Maharishi Effect featured in The Times of India
23 February 2018 - The practice of Transcendental Meditation brings coherence and harmony to create a healing effect, writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Times of India: Research by scientists across the world has shown that when a specific number of people in an area practise Transcendental Meditation (TM) and its advanced techniques together, the influence of coherence and positivity generated is so phenomenal, that it can improve the quality of life of the area, improving the collective consciousness of the people. This leads to an invincible state for society, that is, a state of progressive growth, of stability where no negative influences will disrupt societies and they will be able to rise to true sovereignty and harmony amongst themselves. This phenomenon of increased social coherence was termed the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, who predicted it in 1960. (more)

Building a business for peace: Maharishi University of Management alumnus
6 September 2017 - Amit Hooda is the co-founder and CEO of Heavenly Organics, an Iowa, USA-based business that imports raw honey made by wild bees in the remote forests of northern and central India. This unique business model helps sustain the economic and cultural survival of indigenous people. In 2005, while Amit was earning his MS in computer science at Maharishi University of Management, he and his father, a renowned agronomist in northern India, founded Heavenly Organics. 'I wanted to create an economic model that created ethical jobs in conflict areas,' said Amit. 'That is the only way to have long-term sustainable peace.' (more)

India: Widespread press coverage of Second International Ayurveda Congress in London
27 May 2017 - The recent Second International Ayurveda Congress, held last month in London, received widespread press coverage in India. Press Trust of India reported in the Financial Express: 'Researchers from across the world have vowed to work with India to promote Ayurveda globally, saying the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine can help address major health problems.' The Congress was also featured in many British publications for the Asian and South Asian community. The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, was one of the organizers of the Congress, whose theme was 'Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management: Dr. Robert Schneider gives keynote at India conference
15 March 2017 - India continues to show interest in Maharishi University of Management's science-based approach to traditional systems of prevention-oriented health-care. Most recently Dr Robert Schneider, dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health, was invited to deliver the keynote address at an international conference of the World Association of Vedic Studies. He described how Maharishi AyurVeda programmes may slow or reverse ageing in Western and Indian populations. His audience included scholars, officials, and leaders who are integrating Vedic science and technologies into modern society. (more)

India: International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation participates in 7th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo
31 January 2017 - The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF) participated with three presentations at the 7th World Ayurveda Congress, which was held last month in Kolkata, India. Over 3,500 delegates, mainly from various Asian countries, participated in the Congress. About 150,000 visitors came to the accompanying Arogya Expo, a trade show of many companies and institutions offering products and services in the field of Ayurveda. IMAVF was also present at the Arogya Expo, at the booth of Maharishi AyurVeda Products India, with an exhibition for the next International Ayurveda Congress, to be held in London, 1-2 April 2017. (more)

India: Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars holds annual conference in Rishikesh
10 December 2016 - The Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World is holding its annual conference this year in India. The conference began yesterday and continues through 12 December at Mahila Dhyan Vidya Peeth, Tapovan, Rishikesh. The theme of the conference is Meeting Point of all Religions: Atma, the Self, the Source, Course, and Goal of Life. Speakers include eminent leaders representing the fields of physics, medicine, physiology and health, including the perspective of Ayurveda, the traditional Vedic science of health care; education; and music. The conference programme also features senior educators and administrators of institutions offering Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness. (more)

Computer scientist changing lives of young people in rural India
19 September 2016 - Promila Bahadur has trained over 2000 individuals, including children, youth, women, and the elderly, to use computers in Uttar Pradesh, where she has been honored by the government for her work. Last year she joined the computer science faculty at Maharishi University of Management, while keeping daily contact with the organization she runs in India, the Guru Institute of Information Technology. Her next plan is to establish a computer education hub among a cluster of six Indian villages. The hub would also provide other services including banking, insurance, and pharmacy. 'If one day some of our students get the chance to study at MUM, this would be, in fact, a dream come true for me,' said Promila. (more)

Anushka Sharma, the Indian movie star who works hard and meditates twice a day
15 September 2015 - Anushka Sharma is living the dream of many young women in India. After a brief modeling career, she has firmly established herself as one of the top actresses in Bollywood. For an additional boost to her body and mind, Anushka also practises the Transcendental Meditation technique. 'Meditation works wonders for me when it comes to beating stress,' the actress says. 'I meditate twice a day . . . . It has a calming effect which translates into better health.' (more)

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'Land of bachelors'? In parched central India, no water means no wife
5 August 2019 - Ram Hetu was sure his 16th proposal would finally secure him a wife, but it didn't -- just like all his other attempts to find a partner in central India's Bundelkhand region, where years of drought and water scarcity are keeping possible brides at bay. Wells have run dry across the semi-arid region, with scant rains forcing some villagers to walk miles for water and pushing others to migrate to cities in search of work, as harvests fall. (more)

Over 100 killed, millions displaced from floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh
15 July 2019 - Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc. The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday [15 July]. (more)

Heavy rains in India kill 30, cripple financial capital
2 July 2019 - Wall collapses in Mumbai and nearby towns, caused by the worst monsoon rains in a single day in 14 years, killed 30 people on Tuesday [2 July] and disrupted rail and air traffic, prompting officials to shut schools and offices. ... Mumbai is looking to turn itself into a global financial hub but large parts of the city struggle to cope with annual monsoon rains. As much as 375 mm (14.8 inches) of rain fell over 24 hours in some areas of Mumbai, the highest in 14 years, flooding streets and railway tracks, forcing the suspension of some suburban train services which millions of commuters ride to work each day. (more)

India faces weak monsoon rains, raising fears for crops, economy
27 June 2019 - India's monsoon rains were below average for the fourth straight week, with rainfall scanty over central and western parts of the country in the week ended on Wednesday [26 June], raising concerns about major crop production and the impact on the nation's economy. Monsoon rains are crucial for the country's farm output and economic growth. (more)

Death toll from acute encephalitis in east Indian town rises to 129 children
23 June 2019 - At least 129 children have now died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the town of Muzaffarpur in the eastern Indian state of Bihar since an outbreak earlier this month, a medical official said on Sunday [23 June]. The death toll from AES, a fever that affects the central nervous system, has risen from 97 reported last Monday and medical and government officials are facing mounting criticism for struggling to contain the crisis in the town of nearly 350,000 people. (more)

'Brain fever' blamed for India child deaths preventable: doctors
21 June 2019 - [More] than 100 children [have died] this month from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), or 'brain fever', in one district of eastern Bihar state. The deaths were preventable, doctors say, if poor families had access to good food, clean water and better medical care in Muzaffarpur district, 80 km (50 miles) from the state capital Patna. The epidemic has sparked a debate over growing inequality in India ... (more)

Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in India's Chennai
19 June 2019 - Hotels in India's southern city of Chennai are rationing water for guests amid searing heat while companies limit showers as the city of 4.6 million faces its worst shortage in years. (more)

Summer crop sowing lags in India on slow monsoon progress
17 June 2019 - Planting of summer-sown crops in India such as soybean, cotton, rice and corn has been delayed by at least two weeks because of the slow progress of monsoon rains in central and western parts of the country, raising concerns over lower production. ... Monsoons deliver about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall and are the lifeblood of its $2.5 trillion economy, spurring farm output and boosting rural spending ... (more)

Nipah virus resurfaces in India's Kerala after killing 17 last year
4 June 2019 - The deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus has resurfaced in the southern Indian state of Kerala a year after it killed 17 people, state officials said on Tuesday [4 June]. ... [the virus] is transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected bats, pigs, or other people. (more)

Islamic State claims 'province' in India for first time after clash in Kashmir
11 May 2019 - Islamic State (IS) claimed for the first time that it has established a 'province' in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the contested Kashmir region killed a militant with alleged ties to the group. ...The IS statement corresponds with an Indian police statement on Friday [10 May] that a militant called Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi was killed in an encounter in Shopian. IS's statement establishing the new province appears to be designed to bolster its standing after the group was driven from its self-styled 'caliphate' in Iraq and Syria in April, where at one point it controlled thousands of miles of territory. (more)


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