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Behind GDP data, some signs of concern

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 23:00
The stressed balance sheets of banks and corporations continue to act as a drag on investment activity

The tasks for the 15th Finance Commission

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 22:57
Strengthen cooperative federalism, improve the quality of public spending and help protect fiscal stability

Despite Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani is still in search of his imprint

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 22:38
Mukesh Ambani seems to be searching something more to cement his life’s work, that ‘one superlative song, existence the price’

Unintended consequences of autonomous transportation

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 20:50
Even though full level-5 autonomy is probably some years away, autonomous vehicles are now not just a probable future but an inevitable one

Access to internet

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 19:31
Ease of use is a significant entry barrier to using smartphones, and Google’s latest India-focused offerings will support the government’s Digital India campaign

The need to rethink skilling India

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 19:27
Skill training should be viewed as a complementary part of mainstream education, rather than being regarded as an inferior alternative

Revolutionizing the Indian housing dream

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 19:26
For the ‘Housing For All by 2022’ programme to fructify, the entire housing ecosystem needs to be well developed and all stakeholders need a unified vision

Exports rebound needs structural repairs

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 19:25
Improving competitiveness will also help manufacturers leverage India’s own big domestic market, currently serviced by imports

Artificial Intelligence isn’t a game changer yet

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 19:23
AI and deep learning do not qualify as ‘intelligent’. They are based on the ‘brute force’ of computers and limited by the availability of training data

ENB Report | ITTC-53 | 27 Nov – 2 Dec 2017 | Lima, PE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 5. December 2017 - 13:43
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a summary and analysis report from the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, which met from 27 November to 1 December 2017, in Lima, Peru

Is your SIP a speculative investment plan?

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 12:27
In the longer term, equity remains the best asset class to be in, provided you remain invested when and during the market falls

Rapport du ENB | ANUE-3 | 4 décembre 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 5. December 2017 - 11:46
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème session de l’Assemblée des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (ANUE-3) du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement, qui aura lieu du 4 au 6 décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

ENB Report | UNEA-3 | 4 Dec 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 5. December 2017 - 6:29
On Monday, 4 December, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a daily report from the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), which will meet from 4 to 6 December 2017, at the UN Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

تقرير نشرة مفاوضات الأرض | مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة المعني بتغير المناخ 2017 | 7-16 نوفمبر 2017 | الخدمات الإخبارية للمعهد الدولي للتنمية المستدامة

News from IISD - 5. December 2017 - 4:27
سوف تتولى الخدمات الإخبارية للمعهد الدولي للتنمية المستدامة من خلال نشرة مفاوضات الأرض تغطية مؤتمر الأمم المتحدة المعني بتغير المناخ 2017، من 6 إلى 17 نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني 2017، من بون، ألمانيا

IISD/ENB @ OECPR 3 & UNEA-3 | 4 Dec 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 5. December 2017 - 3:51
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is covering the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment Programme (OECPR-3), from 29 November to 1 December 2017, and the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), from 4 to 6 December 2017, from the UN Environment Programme Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya

Who’s afraid of the US Fed?

News from India - 5. December 2017 - 3:29
Certainly not the financial markets, as is evident from the market optimism despite the US Federal Reserve starting to tighten its monetary policy

First ever tagging of Amazon dolphins to boost conservation efforts

News from WWF - 5. December 2017 - 1:00
For the first time ever, WWF and research partners  are now tracking river dolphins in the Amazon using satellite technology after scientists successfully tagged dolphins in Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia, attaching small transmitters that will provide new insights into the animals' movements and behaviour and the growing threats they face.

As of today, 11 dolphins, including both Amazonian and Bolivian river dolphins – two of the four species of freshwater dolphin found in the world's largest river system – have safely been tagged and researchers are already studying the incoming data.

Despite their iconic status, little is known about the populations, habits or key habitats of river dolphins in the Amazon. While there are estimated to be tens of thousands of river dolphins, the species are currently listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The tags will enable WWF and its partners to study where the dolphins go, where they feed, and how far they migrate.

"Satellite tracking will help us better understand the lives of this iconic Amazonian species more than ever before, helping to transform our approach to protecting them and the entire ecosystem," said Marcelo Oliveira, WWF Conservation Specialist, who led the expedition in Brazil. "Tagging these dolphins is the start of a new era for our work because we will finally be able to map where they go when they disappear from sight."

The tracking data will also guide efforts to tackle some of the major threats facing river dolphins, including hundreds of planned dams that would fragment many of the Amazon's remaining free flowing rivers, worsening mercury contamination from small-scale gold mining, and illegal fishing.

"We who live in the Amazon know that our environment is facing growing and unprecedented threats and that our future is linked to the future of dolphins," said Fernando Trujillo from Fundación Omacha, a Colombian research partner.

"This tagging project is critical because it will generate information that will enable governments across the region to target resources to protect dolphins and their habitats, which so many other species and communities also depend on," added Trujillo.
 
The capture and tagging of the dolphins followed a rigid protocol that prioritises the welfare of the animals. Having been caught in nets by teams of specialists, the dolphins were taken to shore for tagging in an operation lasting 15 minutes on average, before being released back into the water. None of the dolphins were injured during the operation and none displayed any ill effects after release.
 
Along with installing the transmitters, the scientists also took samples from the animals, which they will analyse for mercury levels and general health.

WWF and its partners will assess this historic tagging operation over the coming months and will look to scale it up and tag more dolphins if the technology continues to prove successful. The initiative is the latest step in WWF's long-term efforts to conserve river dolphins across the Amazon.
 
In addition to scientific research, WWF will continue to work with communities, advocate with authorities and promote the creation of new protected areas.

Decoding the imports surge post demonetisation

News from India - 4. December 2017 - 20:58
We did not observe the evidence that imports rose because of broken domestic supply chains

The sustained case for an RBI rate cut

News from India - 4. December 2017 - 20:55
RBI’s monetary policy committee should go for an interest rate cut as the persistence of the output gap is currently a bigger worry than inflation going out of control

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