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World Bank Weekly Update - May 10, 2010

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NEWS
* Sri Mulyani Indrawati Appointed World Bank Group Managing Director
* Reducing Farmer Vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean
* Making Haiti a Model for Reconstruction
* Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa         
* Public-Private Partnerships to Boost African Infrastructure, Incomes
* Access to Water for Rural Kenyans
* Innovation Key to Recovery in Europe and Central Asia
* Energy Efficiency and Investments in Focus in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
* Innovation Policy: A Guide for Developing Countries
 
 
EVENTS AND DISCUSSIONS
* ICSID 101: An Introduction to ICSID Process, Monday, June 21, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
 
 
REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
Africa
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia
 
 
RESULTS
* Urban Development Program Helps Improve Infrastructure in Mauritania
* 14 Million Textbooks for Poor Students in the Democratic Republic of Congo
* World Bank Helps Ukraine Build a Modern Social Safety Net
* Energy for the Poor in Armenia
* Education in Bangladesh Continues to Improve
* Peru's Human Development Outcomes Improve with Better Accountability
 
 
BUSINESS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
* Senior Architect (Voice and Video Communications)
 
 
ON THE BLOGS
* Avoiding Disaster After the Disaster
 
 
IN DEPTH
* Gender: In East Africa, Women Gain Rights, Status
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
* World Bank Data on Your iPhone
 

NEWS

 
Sri Mulyani Indrawati Appointed World Bank Group Managing Director
World Bank President Robert Zoellick announced the appointment of Sri Mulyani Indrawati as Managing Director of the World Bank Group. Ms. Indrawati has been Indonesia's Minister of Finance since 2005, guiding economic policy for one of the most populous nations in the world, and navigating the global economic crisis by implementing key reforms. In her new role, Ms. Indrawati will supervise three regions: Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia and Pacific. Read More
 
 
Reducing Farmer Vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean
The recent increases in extreme weather events pose serious threats to the competitiveness of the agriculture sector. A grant agreement between the World Bank and the Inter-American Federation of Insurance Companies (FIDES) aims to reduce farmer vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean through affordable insurance for farmers. The grant will help FIDES develop agricultural insurance markets in the region through improvements in weather data and weather risk mapping. Read More
 
 
Making Haiti a Model for Reconstruction
Newly appointed World Bank special envoy to Haiti, Alexandre Abrantes, sees his assignment as a mission to help rebuild the Caribbean nation as a regional model for reconstruction. His ambitious agenda includes adapting the Brazilian experience with social protection instruments such as conditional cash transfer programs, to Haitian circumstances. Already, the Bank's community-driven projects—an important part of its work in Haiti—have benefited more than 750,000 Haitians. Read More
 
 
Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa                        
Jobless growth has been rampant in Africa, where 7-10 million young people join the ranks of the unemployed each year. Part of the problem is a strong emphasis on large businesses at the expense of small and medium size enterprises. Small businesses create the most jobs in any economy, and governments across the continent can help facilitate the growth of small businesses by making the right policy choices, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region Obiageli Ezekwesili said. Read More
 
 
Public-Private Partnerships to Boost African Infrastructure, Incomes              
African countries desperate to bridge their huge infrastructure gap are turning increasingly to public-private partnerships to fund schools, hospitals, roads, ports, and railway projects, with significant benefits in incomes for rural dwellers. The earnings of rural households generally double within 12 to 13 months of villagers gaining access to water, electricity and road networks. Read More
 
 
Access to Water for Rural Kenyans
An innovative project is increasing access to clean and reliable water supply for rural communities in Kenya, using a blend of commercial finance and an output-based subsidy. The project is helping small community-based water providers access the finance they need to improve water systems and connect poor households to piped water supply. The project is now expanding to a national scale and will target more than 165,000 beneficiaries in 55 communities. Read More
 
 
Innovation Key to Recovery in Europe and Central Asia
The countries of Europe and Central Asia have been hardest hit by the financial crisis and could be the slowest to recover, said Philippe H. Le Houérou, Europe and Central Asia Vice President at the World Bank, at a forum on the knowledge economy held in Berlin. In order to address the exposed structural weakness and facilitate post-crisis recovery, countries should promote new sources of growth fueled by innovation. Read More
 
 
Energy Efficiency and Investments in Focus in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The Eastern Europe and Central Asia region will face an energy crunch unless investments of more than $3 trillion are made over the next 20 years, says a recent World Bank report. Ukraine would be particularly hard hit should the energy crunch materialize. By adjusting tariffs, improving regulation, and attracting investments, Ukraine can save millions of US dollars, avoid the energy crunch, and improve its energy security in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Report | Read More
 
 
 
  
 
Innovation Policy: A Guide for Developing Countries
Innovation has become a crucial driver for spurring growth, enhancing competitiveness, and increasing social well being in all economies. Innovation should be understood in a broad and diversified sense, including not only the creation of new knowledge and technology and the adaptation of existing ones, but also the diffusion and use of technologies, products, processes, and practices. Read More
 
 
 
 
EVENTS AND DISCUSSIONS
 
ICSID 101: An Introduction to ICSID Process, Monday, June 21, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) will be offering a one-day primer on practice and procedure in ICSID convention arbitration. The course will be especially useful for government officials or those who are currently involved or expect to be involved in an ICSID proceeding. Sessions will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 31. Read More
 
 
 
 REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
 
Monthly Operational Summary of proposed projects in all regions
 
 
 
Africa
 
Approved
Benin: Health System Performance Project                 
$22.8 million equivalent to increase the coverage of quality maternal and neonatal services in Benin. The project will improve performance of health facilities, strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health, support recruitment of specialist doctors, increase access by exempting the poorest from user fees, and support development of a universal health care insurance system. Read More
 
Approved
Kenya: Kenya Municipal Program
$100 million for municipal reforms in Kenya. The program will focus on strengthening local governance, institutions, and physical infrastructure, with the ultimate objective of improving services delivered to Kenyans in the 15 largest municipalities. It will also improve the viability of the five largest cities and all provincial capitals. Read More
 
Approved 
Kenya: Youth Empowerment Project
$60 million to support youth employment and economic inclusiveness. The project will support the government of Kenya's efforts to increase access to youth-targeted temporary employment programs and to improve youth employability. The overall unemployment rate for youth in Kenya is double the adult average. Read More
 
Approved
Côte d'Ivoire: Third Economic Governance and Recovery Grant
$90 million to mitigate the impacts of the global recession. This development policy operation is aimed at supporting critical reforms in public financial management and key economic sectors, including the cocoa, energy and financial sectors. Read More 
 
For more information on the Africa region...
 
 
East Asia and Pacific
 
Approved
People's Republic of China: Shandong Ecological Forestation Project                       
$60 million to reduce soil and water erosion, protect agricultural land and enhance the environment for the local population in Shandong province. The loan will support environmental plantation in 30 selected counties of Shandong, re-vegetating some 38,000 hectares of degraded hill sides, and developing some 28,000 hectares of protection forest belts and plantations on saline coastal areas. Read More
 
Approved 
Samoa: Health Sector Management Program Support Project [Additional Financing]
$3 million to advance quality of health care across Samoa. The funds will assist the government of Samoa in rebuilding the health sector following last year's tsunami. The additional financing will ensure that access to basic health services is maintained for Samoans during the rebuilding process, with priority placed on communicable disease control, health services to relocated populations, and disaster risk mitigation for the future. Read More
 
For more information on the East Asia and Pacific region...
 
 
Europe and Central Asia
 
Approved 
Turkey: Iller Bankasi Municipal Services Project [Additional Financing]
$240 million to help finance the development of municipal infrastructure, especially water and waste management services, in participating Turkish municipalities. The additional financing will expand the scope of the project with four new investments in Beypazarı, Istanbul, Kayseri, and Kırşehir, and scale up ongoing activities in three municipalities; Antalya, Denizli, and Mersin. Read More
 
For more information on the Europe and Central Asia region...
 
 
South Asia
 
Approved
Bangladesh: Investment Promotion and Financing Project [Additional Financing]                  
$257 million to increase financing of public-private partnerships in a wide range of infrastructure sectors, scaling up the current successful experience in the power sector. The operation is expected to leverage about 100% private resources for infrastructure, creating jobs during the economic slowdown, and removing bottlenecks to growth caused by existing infrastructure shortages. Read More
 
Approved
Bangladesh: Reaching Out-of-School Project [Additional Financing]              
$35 million to continue reducing the number of out-of-school children in Bangladesh through improved access, quality and efficiency in primary education. The project will target disadvantaged children, and will support the government's national 'Education for All' goals. Read More
 
For more information on the South Asia region
 
 
RESULTS
 
 
Urban Development Program Helps Improve Infrastructure in Mauritania
Thousands of Mauritanians migrated to urban centers in the 1970s after severe droughts annihilated their livelihoods. The growth of improvised settlements soon led to a deterioration of living conditions, as government services couldn't keep pace. With World Bank funding, a comprehensive slum upgrade program is under way, bringing infrastructure and facilitating income-generating activities that benefit the poor. The program has resulted in a 20% increase in the quantities of water delivered to Nouakchott residents, expansion of the power grids and urban road systems in several cities, and the creation of sewer systems. In addition, a microcredit program established in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou allowed residents to build their homes with permanent materials. Read More
 
 
14 Million Textbooks for Poor Students in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Unable to pay for education-related expenses, Congolese parents have for years pushed back their children's first year of schooling. The World Bank provided $150 million to support the Democratic Republic of Congo's education sector for a period of five years and help ease the burden on families. To date, the funds have helped acquire and distribute 14 million textbooks, benefiting 8 million young Congolese. Read More
 
 
World Bank Helps Ukraine Build a Modern Social Safety Net
Only 5 years ago, most of Ukraine's local welfare offices presented a gloomy picture. People waited in long queues, war veterans did not have a place to sit, and applicants were often not treated with respect. The World Bank provided $99.4 million for a social assistance modernization project that aimed to enhance the effectiveness of 757 local welfare offices by introducing a new one-stop-shop model. Today, the welfare offices are open at convenient times, and applicants for social assistance are generally well-treated. Read More
 
 
Energy for the Poor in Armenia
With a cold season of up to 180 days in some areas, heating claims a large share of the household budget for poor families in Armenia. Many families face a daily struggle to heat their houses, and the expensive heating equipment can cost about two months of income. The World Bank partnered to fund a program that provided targeted capital grants to thousands of families for connecting their apartments to the gas network and installing a gas heater. Gas-based heating offers a clean, efficient, and low-cost heating solution to these poor, urban households. Read More
 
 
Education in Bangladesh Continues to Improve
Bangladesh has made tremendous progress toward increasing both primary and secondary school enrollment. The World Bank supported 'Reaching Out-of-School Children' project has helped enroll more than 500,000 out-of-school children since 2004 through more than 15,000 schools in 60 high poverty districts. These schools provide education stipends, and distribute free books, stationeries and school uniforms. More than 90% of students who enrolled in 2005 completed grade five in 2009. Attendance is consistently high, and community members are deeply involved in establishing and managing new schools. Through initiatives like these, Bangladesh has also achieved one of the key Millennium Development Goals - gender parity in primary and secondary schooling. Read More
 
 
Peru's Human Development Outcomes Improve with Better Accountability
In spite of significant investment in basic education and health, Peru, a middle-income country, has exhibited persistent lack of progress in basic human development outcomes in these sectors. Since 2005, the World Bank has provided $2.6 million to Peru's 'Accountability for Social Reform' program—an effort to define and popularize simple-to-understand standards for children's development in education, health, and nutrition. After the introduction of these standards, chronic malnutrition among children under five has been reduced, rural institutional births coverage reached 55 percent in 2009, up from 50 percent in 2007, and education outcomes are improving. Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Architect (Voice and Video Communications)
The global communications unit in the World Bank is embarking on a next generation communications platform that will ultimately integrate voice, video, email, collaboration, instant messaging and other communication tools within a single system serving all World Bank Group offices. The unit isseeking to recruit a senior architect to provide architectural leadership, technical strategy, design, development, and implementation engineering during this integration process. Read More
 
 
 
 
 
 
Avoiding Disaster After the Disaster
If the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami off Indonesia in 2004 have shown us anything, it is that large- scale natural catastrophes are not rare. However, preparing for and managing disasters is an issue that the relief community still struggles with. A global rapid response force that could be immediately mobilized for disasters, and a regional response model are two ways to ensure firmer control of the response. Read More
 
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IN DEPTH
 
 
GENDER: In East Africa, Women Gain Rights, Status
Women's empowerment is the focus of Bank projects in Ethiopia and Kenya, aimed at helping the two countries achieve middle-income status. In Ethiopia, the Bank is continuing a government program to certify women as landholders—an effort that has raised their economic and social status. In Kenya, the Bank Group's Gender Action Plan funded training for Water and Irrigation Ministry staff charged with expanding women's voice in water sector development. Overview | Ethiopia Feature Story | Ethiopia Slideshow | Kenya Feature Story | Kenya Slideshow
 
 
 
 
  
World Bank Data on Your iPhone
The World Bank DataFinder app for iPhone, which provides 50 years of data in your pocket, is available in the iTunes Store. The app helps chart and visualize indicator data, which is now being provided free as part of the World Bank's Open Data Initiative. Some 2,000 indicators will also be available at the new interactive website "http://data.worldbank.org," which offers advanced and accurate searches of databases, data visualization tools, and applications for developers. The data will be available in Arabic, French and Spanish, in addition to English. Blog Post | Website | Read More
 
 
 
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-kagan-nomination-20100511,0,3220558,full.story

Obama calls the U.S. solicitor general and first female dean of
Harvard Law School a trailblazer. Kagan, who would be the youngest on
the court, may come under fire by Senate Republicans for lack of
judicial experience.

By Christi Parsons and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
May 10, 2010

Reporting from Washington
Calling her a "trailblazing lady," President Obama announced his
nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court in a
ceremony Monday morning in the White House.

Kagan had won accolades from "across the ideological spectrum," Obama
said, praising her "openness to a broad array of viewpoints" and what
he said was a "habit of understanding before disagreeing."

"She sought to recruit prominent conservatives" when she was dean of
Harvard Law School, Obama said, and encouraged students to debate and
find common ground in the practice of law. He also praised her work in
support of everyday Americans as the government's chief lawyer and as
a legal scholar.


"I think it says a great deal about her commitment to protect our
fundamental rights," Obama said. "It says a great deal about the path
Elena has chosen."

Kagan would replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his
retirement a month ago after almost 35 years on the high court. A
confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee could take
place in late June or early July. Kagan's confirmation would make
history in one sense: It would mark the first time three women served
on the Supreme Court.

The scene at the White House was reminiscent of Obama's public
nomination of then-judge Sonia Sotomayor last year. The nominee's
friends and political allies streamed through the White House grand
foyer, a pianist playing as they awaited the announcement amid a
festive atmosphere.

Administration officials hope the confirmation process will be like
Sotomayor's too. Though Republicans lined up to grill Sotomayor,
picking apart her judicial philosophy and the president's emphasis on
her "empathy" as a qualifying attribute, she was confirmed without
much trouble.

In that case, of course, Republican lawmakers were being cautious not
to alienate Latino voters eager to see her ascend to the high court.

Kagan's constituency is much closer to the White House, evident in the
gilt-trimmed East Room on Monday morning. Present in the room were
fellow veterans from the Clinton administration. Obama introduced
Kagan to the crowd as "my friend."

In his remarks, Obama lauded Stevens' commitment to "restraint and
respect for precedent" and his awareness of the effect of judicial
decisions on people.

"While we can't presume to replace his wisdom and experience," Obama
said, Kagan can "ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on
the court."

Kagan said she felt "blessed" to have represented the U.S. government
before the Supreme Court, calling it "the most thrilling and humbling
task a lawyer can perform."

She praised the work of Justice John Paul Stevens, noting his
commitment to precedent -- a buzzword in the White House argument for
adding Kagan to the court. The president has expressed great dismay
that the court recently struck down campaign finance laws in its
Citizens United decision, overturning decades of precedent.
Administration officials say Kagan would be a backstop against that
happening again.

"Law matters," Kagan told the crowd. "It keeps us safe. It protects
our most fundamental rights and freedoms."

Like Stevens, Kagan has ties to Chicago. She taught alongside Obama at
the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s before joining the
White House during the Clinton administration. There, she emerged as a
top domestic policy adviser to the president. She went on to become
Harvard Law School's first female dean and was credited for
revitalizing the school.

Kagan was confirmed by the Senate last year as solicitor general by a
61-31 vote. As solicitor general, she argued for the government, and
lost, the Citizens United case.

At age 50, Kagan would be the youngest member of the court and the
only one without previous judicial experience. She also would be the
fourth to have grown up in New York City, after Justices Antonin
Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. Kagan grew up in
Manhattan and graduated from Hunter College High School.

She would be the third justice in a row to have gone to Princeton as
an undergraduate. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sotomayor were also
Princeton grads. Her appointment would also leave the court without a
Protestant for the first time. Currently, six of the justices are
Catholics and two are Jewish, as is Kagan.

As dean at Harvard, Kagan developed good relations with conservative
professors, students and alumnae despite her progressive credentials.

She once hosted a celebratory dinner for conservative Justice Antonin
Scalia when he marked his 20th anniversary on the high court, and
another time she drew a standing ovation from members of the
Federalist Society during a national convention on campus.

In part because of that track record, some liberal activists had come
to consider Kagan one of the more conservative people on Obama's
working list of potential nominees.

But advisers to the president characterize her as a progressive who is
able to find common ground with legal thinkers across the left-right
spectrum.

Obama advisers said that was what the president was looking for: a
nominee who might work to keep the court's five conservatives from
running roughshod over the four liberals.

Kagan's nomination is not much of a surprise in political circles,
where her name has been in play for months. She surfaced as a possible
candidate when a Supreme Court position came open last spring, but
Obama appointed Sotomayor instead.

When Stevens announced his retirement, Kagan was thought to have the
inside track to the nomination. In academia and in politics, she has
worked with key players in Obama's circle.

Despite her years as a law professor, Kagan has managed to avoid
taking stands on controversial subjects such as abortion or
affirmative action. While at Harvard, however, she joined a lawsuit
that contested whether military recruiters could come to the campus to
interview graduates. Harvard and several other law schools had a
policy against having recruiters for employers who discriminated based
on sexual orientation.

When the lawsuit reached the Supreme Court, the justices unanimously
upheld the authority of Congress to require equal treatment for
military recruiters.

Some conservatives say Senate Republicans should question Kagan
closely because she has a limited public record. They cite her 1995
law review article arguing that senators should require nominees to
talk about their views on legal controversies. In that article, she
said that Senate hearings were a "vapid and hollow charade" where
nominees were permitted to "stonewall" and avoid detailing their
actual views. Clarence Thomas was confirmed even though his
"substantive testimony had become a national laughingstock," she
wrote.

"It's especially important that the Senate hold Kagan to the Kagan
Standard," said Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy
Center. "Among Supreme Court nominees over the last 50 years or more,
Kagan may well be the nominee with the least amount of relevant
experience."

Carrie Severino, general counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, a
conservative interest group, said the debate over Kagan would center
on her status as an administration insider who was picked, as she
charged, to "rubber stamp" the president's domestic policy agenda if
legislation pertaining to healthcare and financial regulatory reform
were challenged in court.

Liberals are already lined up behind her.

"She has an excellent chance, and she would be terrific," Harvard law
professor Laurence H. Tribe said. "She has a masterful command of so
many areas of law. And she's been vetted and recently confirmed. Her
writing is not voluminous, which is also a plus."

Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times

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The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had earlier put a ban on
it citing non-completion of the rehabilitation work for the oustees
Published on 05/10/2010 -

Bhopal: The Government of India has accorded green signal to the first
phase of Maheshwar Hydro Electric project on the Narmada river in
Khargone district of the state.

The clearance was granted following a meeting between Prime Minister's
Principal Secretary TKA Nair and Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Avani
Vaish.

It was decided in the meeting that the ban on the construction work at
the project site would be lifted so that the pending work of
construction of gates at the project could be completed.
Another meeting is scheduled next week in the Prime Minister's Office
to seek permission for commencing other pending work at the project
site, an official spokesperson here said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary assured the officers attending the
meeting that there would not be a single village coming under
submergence until the process of complete rehabilitation of the
oustees is fully completed.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had earlier put a ban on
the construction work at the project site citing non-completion of the
rehabilitation work for the oustees. The project was to produce 7.2
lakh unit of power till November 2010.

Chouhan also stated that there was a plan to provide 36 crore litres
of water to many of the towns in Indore and Dewas districts which were
affected due to the ban imposed on construction work for the project.
The Madhya Pradesh government had already spent Rs 3,000 crore on the
Maheshwar project, he added.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2586 Patna police affairs to be automated

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Patna police affairs to be automated
http://igovernment.in/site/patna-police-affairs-be-automated-37528

It is soon going to make its e-mail IDs public to facilitate people
lodge complaints online to the concerned police station

Published on 05/10/2010 -
By Shabnam Mishra

Patna: Those living in Bihar's state capital will soon have online
facility to register their complaint with the police.

According to Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Kumar
Jain the Patna police would soon make public its e-mail address
through which people can lodge their complaints directly to the
concerned police station.

"Under the new strategy for effective policing, technology would play
a key role," the SSP said.
He said the e-mail would reduce the burden of common people, who found
it difficult to approach the police stations to lodge their
complaints. "The police will not only act on the complaint, but also
reply to the complainant about it," he added.

He said police would take immediate steps against any extortion call.
To initiate prompt action against extortionists, the police have set
up an anti-extortion cell. "We are also planning to set an anti-cyber
crime cell at the Kotwali police station," Jain added.

Bihar Director General of Police Neelmani has already announced that
the Superintendents of Police of the state have been directed to
entertain complaints sent to them through e-mail.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2586 UN lauds India's pollution monitoring system

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Aimed at managing air quality, it has been developed by the Indian
Institute of Tropical Meteorology
Published on 05/10/2010
By Richa Sharma

New Delhi: A pollution monitoring system developed by Indian
scientists has come in for praise from the United Nations as an
important step to ensure clean air during the Commonwealth Games.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), a specialised agency of
the UN, said the System of Air Pollution Forecasting and Research
(SAFAR) will serve as an example within India, South Asia and
globally.

Aimed at managing air quality, it has been developed by the Indian
Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune.

"The WMO recognises SAFAR as a very important activity in the region
and will make all efforts to get international visibility for the
project," L. Jalkanen, head of the WMO's Atmospheric Environment
Research Division, wrote in a letter to SAFAR project director Gurfan
Beig in March.
The UN recognition holds significance as some athletes have hinted at
skipping the Games, as they fear that Delhi's air is unsafe to
breathe.

Scientists at IITM are elated and confident that the system will help
in ensuring clean air during the Games, dubbed as the first ever Green
Games.

"SAFAR will make India one of the few countries to take a big leap in
environmental research," Beig told IANS.

"The system will tell us the quality of air at a given moment and also
what it will be 24 hours later, thus alerting people and helping them
avoid immediate exposure to unhealthy air."

SAFAR will provide information on air quality on an hourly basis and
forecast pollution levels 24 hours in advance through wireless colour
digital display panels located at 11 key points in the city during the
Games.

"On any day, if the pollution level is high, the Delhi government
might order closing of shops or reducing traffic flow," Indian
Meteorological Department director Ajit Tyagi told IANS.

Only a few developed countries have the technical knowhow to use such
a system. It was used during the Olympic Games in Beijing and also at
the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
The Indian capital is among the most polluted cities in the world. Its
major problem is an ever-growing number of cars, three- and two-
wheelers, which occupy a staggering 75 percent of the road space,
although only 20 percent of the commuting public use them.

Delhi has over five million vehicles and another one million come to
the metropolis from towns in the national capital region in adjoining
states.

China had a tough time battling air pollution during the Olympic Games
last year and there are doubts whether Delhi can be as effective as
Beijing in enforcing traffic curbs, raising emission standards and
stopping Games' construction work well in time to improve air quality.

SAFAR will provide air quality levels in a four-kilometre stretch
around the Games village and other major venues. Instruments like
ozone and carbon monoxide analysers and real time analysers for
various other pollutants would be used for collecting the data.

The system will provide details about oxides of nitrogen, carbon
monoxide, particulate matter, black carbon and benzene present in
Delhi air.

"Exposure to the pollutants will affect human health, increased
respiratory symptoms, heart and lung diseases, allergies being some of
them," said Beig.

SAFAR's inputs will greatly help in identifying the major sources of
air pollutants and recommending measures to help improve the air
quality.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2586 Special Presentation: THE OATH May 13 at the IFC

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Subject: Special Presentation: THE OATH May 13 at the IFC
To: "Avnish Jolly" <avnishjolly@yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, 10 May, 2010, 18:33

Human Rights Watch Film Festival: OUT IN THE SILENCE
OUT IN THE SILENCE
   
May 13, 2010, 7:45PM
IFC Center
323 6th Avenue @ West 3rd Street
Film will be followed by a discussion with:
  • Laura Poitras, Filmmaker
  • Stacy Sullivan, Counterterrorism Advisor,
    Human Rights Watch
  • Letta Tayler, Terrorism/ Counterterrorism Researcher, Human Rights Watch


Tickets may be purchased at the IFC Box Office, or by telephone (212.924.7771), or online (www.ifccenter.com).

The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unspools like a great political thriller. It's the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent paths. The men's intertwined personal trajectories - how they became bin Laden's bodyguard and driver respectively - act as prisms that serve to explore and contextualize a world that has often confounded Western media.
 
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Top Headlines

PM pulls up Ramesh for his comment on MHA in China
Jairam Ramesh was pulled up for saying that the home ministry was 'overly defensive' and 'alarmist' in its approach towards entry of Chinese companies in India.

Some Pakistan officials know where Osama is, says Hillary
The US has said that there are elements in Pakistan's administration who were more informed about al-Qaida and Taliban than they let on.

SC allows Reddy brothers to resume mining
The Supreme Court today allowed Obulapuram Mining Company, belonging to the Reddy brothers, to resume mining in the Bellary reserve forest in Karnataka.

Cities

Priest loses life saving three from drowning at Goa beach
A 38-year-old Catholic priest lost his life after he rescued three youths, swept away by high currents at the Galjibag sea shore in Goa.

Tongas to go off roads, no second thoughts: MCD
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Monday said it will not reconsider the decision to pull out horse-driven carriages off the national capital roads.

Business

RNRL shares plunge 9.47% to one-year low
Reliance Natural Resources Ltd on Monday touched a one year-low of Rs 47.75 on the BSE after losing the gas dispute with Reliance Industries.

Sensex gains 561 points after IMF emergency aid to Greece
Sensex registered its biggest single day gain of 561 points in ten months after EU and IMF agreed on a $1 trillion emergency fund for Greece.

Sports

BCCI gives Lalit Modi more time to file reply
Lalit Modi was supposed to respond by Monday but is learnt to have been given more time after he sought some documents from the BCCI to prepare his reply.

South Africa badly need a win against Pakistan
A beleaguered Pakistan will be out to salvage some pride, while South Africa will hope to put their Twenty20 World Cup campaign back on track today.

Entertainment

Sonam world's biggest mush queen!
The actress confesses, "I have a voracious appetite for love stories." She is super-excited about her July 2 release, Punit Malhotra's I Hate Luv Stories.

Love, Amar Singh aur Dhokha
After acting as himself in films like Apne, Bombay Mittai and Charge Sheet, Amar Singh is now set to produce a Bhojpuri film Dhokha.

Infotech

10 Budget phones in India
It's tough to believe that one can get a mobile phone for less than Rs 1,000. The mobile market in the country now offers a huge variety in budget phones.

Smartphone battle: iPhone beats BlackBerry
Apple Inc gained share from BlackBerry in the global smartphone market last quarter as customers snapped up faster and cheaper versions of iPhone.

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