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Ranvir Nayar

Managing Director & Founder at Media India Group

Mixed results for India in 2023 SDG4 Scorecard by UNESCO

Mixed results for India in 2023 SDG4 Scorecard by UNESCO

January 27, 2023

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has released its first scorecard to measure the progress made by countries in meeting their targets for education, as under the Sustainable Development Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ...

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Cities & Climate change: Time to stop mindless urbanisation

Cities & Climate change: Time to stop mindless urbanisation

December 6, 2022

In 1920, Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, was a small town that counted barely 20,000 people. Exactly 130 years later, in 2050, the city is expected to be the fourth largest in the world, with 35 million inhabitants, a number that will swell to over 83 milli...

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COP27 agreement on Loss & Damage Fund key for poor nations

COP27 agreement on Loss & Damage Fund key for poor nations

November 20, 2022

At the end, it seemed like an encore. COP27, the climate change summit at Sharm El Sheikh, the Egyptian Red Sea resort town, was supposed to end on November 18. However, right from the opening plenary, the meeting was wracked by a deep divide between the rich and the poor countri...

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Breakthrough agenda at COP27 to accelerate decarbonisation

Breakthrough agenda at COP27 to accelerate decarbonisation

November 12, 2022

Governments of representing over half of global GDP have reached agreement on a 12-month action plan to help make clean technologies cheaper and more accessible everywhere. They launched a package of 25 new collaborative actions to be delivered by COP28 to speed up the decarbonis...

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Eliminating hunger by 2030 need not be a lost cause

Eliminating hunger by 2030 need not be a lost cause

November 10, 2022

Findings in the latest report by Global Hunger Index on the situation of hunger worldwide should not have been a surprise most experts had been warning that hunger was becoming more widespread due to numerous factors like drop in harvests due to climate change, the Ukraine war an...

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Cop-27 at Sharm El Sheikh is no guarantee for Africa

Cop-27 at Sharm El Sheikh is no guarantee for Africa

October 14, 2022

At the ongoing United Nations General Assembly’s annual sittings in New York, there are several issues that have been on the centre-stage, ranging from of course the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the energy and food crisis which is partly linked to the conflict, ...

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Green energy supply must double in 8 years to curb global warming, warns WMO

Green energy supply must double in 8 years to curb global warming, warns WMO

October 12, 2022

A new multi-agency report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that unless the supply of electricity from clean energy sources is doubled between now and 2030, there is a risk that climate change, more extreme weather and water stress will undermine our energy sec...

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India needs to stop whining over Jammu & Kashmir

India needs to stop whining over Jammu & Kashmir

October 11, 2022

In some senses, Pakistan has scored some brownie points against India in rapid succession. On October 4, the United States Ambassador David Blome undertook an unusually high-profile and rare visit to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, meeting with the ‘Prime Minister’...

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Police, administration & ruling party play dandiya with the law

Police, administration & ruling party play dandiya with the law

October 7, 2022

While the policemen in Kheda district of Gujarat who created a kangaroo court and delivered ‘instant justice’ by flogging 10 Muslims who had allegedly pelted stones at a Garba event are certainly guilty and should be tried for violation of various laws, a share of guilt also ...

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US climate change bill is not good news for India

US climate change bill is not good news for India

August 16, 2022

  On Friday, sticking to the party line, the United States House of Representatives handed President Joe Biden a major victory by passing 220-207 a bill that would see unprecedented expense on climate change, while boosting healthcare and raising corporate taxes to finance p...

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Calls to boycott Chinese product hurt India more than China

Calls to boycott Chinese product hurt India more than China

August 11, 2022

A news report says that a chartered flight China Southern Airlines with 107 Indian traders on board left from New Delhi and landed in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province on Tuesday. The report goes on to say that this particular group was the largest group of Indians to ha...

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World set to miss adult education SDG targets

World set to miss adult education SDG targets

July 1, 2022

Nations around the world have committed to eradicating adult illiteracy as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of providing education for all by the year 2030. However, with barely eight years to go, even as the world struggles with bringing children’s educa...

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