Wishes-- the infinite thoughts

Hamari hasti hi kya ae Khalik, hum taun khaak hain is jahan ki.
Dua karte hain ki acha karte rahein,
aapne erd gird aur logon ke kaam aate rahen,
zameen se hamesha judey rahein.
Jahan bhi rahen doston aur kaum ka saath rahein

English Translation:

Oh the creator I am just a small being in this world

& wish you give me strength to do good and help others in life

and be humble & simple ever............

Wish for PEACE & global harmony..........

Agri Buzz


My journey for PEACE & Goodwill................

The travelouge for PEACE began with journey to Hiroshima in Agugust 2005 and still continues and added another feather as I attended the Asian Youth Assembly of the World Conference of Religions for Peace

It all began this year with the receipt of formal invitation to the summit in August 2007, required meticulous planning for completing the travel and visa formalities. It was virtually run around to look for the cheapest available airline that will comfortably fly me to Singapore where the assembly was slated to be held from 4th- 7th September 2007.

Well all this was completed in-time and I got an oppurtunity to set out of India for the second time in my life. This time the destination was SINGAPORE, the small island nation. The journey was smooth and relatively uneventful except time taken at the immigration counter at the airport due to long queues.

As I came out of airport I was joined by other members of the Indian delegation who had travelled by other flights and delegates from Japan, Phillipines, Thailand some of whom were my old friends from the last meeting in Japan. It was nice to meet theme again.

The participants were recieved at the Singapore Changi International Airport in a very traditional manner and transported in a special luxary bus to the Royal Copthorne Hotel for the stay. The hospitality was par-excellence and there was enthusiam and exuberence in the air.

At the summit the Asian youth leaders forged an alternative to religious extremism and the violent abuse of religion. The event brought together youth representatives of major pan-Asian religious organizations and religious youth leaders from across 18 countries delibrated on the theme "CHOOSING HOPE. TAKING ACTION".

I have been unanimously elected to be part of the Asian Youth Committee of the WORLD CONFERENCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE in the recently held Asian Youth Assembly of World Conference of Religions for Peace in Singapore. I represented the SIKH youth and have been assigned the task to take care of commincation web & will be Co-chairman of Communications team. The snapshot of assembly....
~ Picture Gallery #

I had a chance to meet Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and Arts, Government of Singapore. Dr. Balakrishnan asked me about the holy city of Amritsar and his wish to visit the city in near future. I apprised him about the direct flight from Singapore to Amritsar. He was also told about the turban issue and I personally requested for his kind support and got positive reply.
Minister's Address to the gathering at the opening of the summit.

I am associated with the "UNITED SIKHS" an International Human development NGO, as Youth, Inter-faith & Community Development Associate since 2004. I had earlier attended the Ist Global Youth Assembly of World Conference of Religions for Peace held in Hiroshima (Japan) in August 2006. I had earlier also attended the Earth Charter EC+5 summit held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in Nov, 2005 and am member of Core Group at the Earth Charter Youth Initiative and Youth Forum at the World Summit for Sustainable Development.

Now invited to attend the Global Forum on Youth and ICT for Development being organised by the United Nations & Global Alliance for ICT and Development in Geneva 24th - 26th September 2007 on the theme "Youth and ICT as Agents of Change".
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

:: kahlil gibran ::

Climate change to cast a spell on Agriculture

Climate change to cast a spell on agriculture, says WSSD chief
Fri Aug 24, 2007

Climate change is set to take a toll on Indian agriculture unless adaptive measures are put in place. There may be severe droughts at places and enhanced intensity of floods in other parts of the country, according to the secretary general of 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Nitin Desai.

In the context of emerging scenario in the near future Kutch and Saurashtra which occupies about one fourth of the area of Gujarat and 60% of Rajasthan may face acute water scarce conditions. River basins of Mahi, Pennar, Sabarmati and Tapti shall also face water shortage conditions. River basins belonging to Cauvery, Ganga, Narmada and Krishna shall experience seasonal or regular water-stressed conditions. River basins belonging to Godavari, Brahmani and Mahanadi shall not have water shortages but are predicted to face severe flood conditions. The periniel sources of surface water would dry as the Himalayan glaciers that feed seven great Asian rivers—Ganga, Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze and Huang Ho—were fast retreating, he cautioned.

It has been marked that 67% of glaciers are retreating at a startling rate in the Himalayas and the major casual factor has been identified as climate change, he said. The Khumbu Glacier, a popular climbing route to the summit of Mt Everest, has retreated over 5 km from where Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set out to conquer the world’s highest mountain in 1953. The rate of retreat of the Gangotri glacier in the past three decades is three times higher than the rate for the previous 200 years “Accelerated melting of glaciers will cause an increase in river levels over the next few decades, initially leading to higher incidence of flooding and land-slides. But, in the longer-term, as the volume of ice available for melting diminishes, rivers will have lesser and lesser water. In the Ganga, the loss of glacier meltwater would reduce July-September flows by two thirds, causing water shortages for 500 million people and 37% of India’s irrigated land,” said Desai.

He said that India’s per capita emissions of carbon dioxide has grown at 3.8% a year in the period 1980-2004 and energy forecasts says that it would quadruple by 2050 from 2004 level of 1.1 tonne per capita. The European Union has committed itself to cut its emissions by half by 2050. If this happens then Europe’s carbon emissions would fall to around 4 tonne per capita, the same as China in 2004 and what India would be before 2050, he said. Desai was in India at the inivitation of The Oceanic Group. Desai said that global emissions should start declining from 2015-2020, even if the goals are set for 2050. The US has indicated that it will not accept any commitment unless India and China are brought in. The growing consumer sensitivity about climate change could lead to market pressures akin to those that prevail on labour issues, he said. “Even if all emissions stopped tomorrow, the Earth will warmer by a further 0.5 to one degree celsius over coming decades due to the considerable intertia in the climate system,” he said and added the World Bank has suggested an annual investment of $ 1,500 billion in developing countries to tackle the problems of climate change.

CNN Special Edition on Climate Change: