All You Wanted To Know About Western Ghats?

Grass Hills view from Akkamalai

  Western Ghats are an important geological landform of peninsular India. It is the origin of Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and a myriad of rivers which are life line for the people of southern India. On its ecological health depends livelihoods of millions of people belonging to the six Western Ghats states of Gujarat, Maharastra, Goa, Karnataka, … [Read more...]

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Western Ghats: Challenges Of Sustainable Development


UNESCO's World Heritage Committee inscribed the Western Ghats of India as a world heritage site on July 1. The tag came at the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in St Petersburg in Russia. Altogether 39 sites that dot the Western Ghats landscape will be part of the region that has been designated as World Heritage Site. Kerala leads with 20 … [Read more...]

Palestine Gets Non-Member Observer Status


On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to that of a "non-member observer state". It follows a failed bid to join the international body as a full member state in 2011 because of a lack of support in the UN Security Council. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a non-member … [Read more...]

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Karnataka Rejects UNESCO Tag


The Karnataka assembly on July 26 unanimously rejected UNESCO's heritage tag for Western Ghats. Cutting across party lines, members representing Malnad and coastal constituencies, demanded that the Union Government drop the sites from the list, as their inclusion would “hamper” development in the Ghats, leaving the local people “displaced and … [Read more...]

India And UNESCO Sign Agreement


INDIA and UNESCO have signed the agreement to establish the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) on 9th July 2012 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. “The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development comes at the right time – a time when the world is debating the contours of the … [Read more...]

UNESCO’s Move Creates Controversy


The list of World Heritage Sites has grown following a recent meeting by UNESCO  in St. Petersburg, Russia. In its 36th session, which closed on July 6, it added 26 sites to the list for a total of 962 sites around the world. The session also marked the 40th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural … [Read more...]