Over 5 lakh vehicles were registered in Delhi in 2011-12, reveals this 37th issue of Delhi Statistical Handbook brought out by Directorate of Economics and Statistics containing data related to various socio-economic parameters on the capital city

According to this draft mobile tower policy proposed by the Chandigarh administration, mobile towers will not be allowed to be erected on non-residential buildings.

This strategy developed by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) along with UNICEF focuses on increasing knowledge and perceived importance of sanitation and hygiene practices, with the long term objective of changing the way society thinks so that open defecation is no longer acceptable in India.

India has experienced a phenomenal growth in the number of mobile phone users. The increased use of mobile phones in India has raised public interest in possible health issues associated with exposure to electromagnetic energy. People are concerned about exposure from mobile handsets and mobile towers.

This report discusses the role of ICT in the smart grid with a view of energy efficiency, with the ultimate goal of hindering climate changes. This is done by starting from the consideration that ICT equipment consumes energy too, and this extra energy consumption could be quite significant.

The “Report on possible impacts of communication towers on wildlife including birds and bees,” is a textbook example of how not to write scientific reports.

An expert committee, also comprising a few scientists from reputed institutions, was constituted in August 2010 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to study the issue. It was on the basis of their recommendation that the Central Department of Telecommunications was recently directed to ensure that new mobile towers do not come up within a one-kilometre radius of existing towers.

This advisory issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) urges the department of Telecommunications to stop allowing new cell phone towers in a one kilometer radius of existing ones, to avoid any negative effects of EMR exposure on the wild life, especially birds and bees.

Behaviour change communication is vital for increasing the enactment of particular behaviours known to promote health and growth. The techniques used to change behaviour are important for determining how successful the intervention is. In order to integrate findings from different interventions, we need to define and organize the techniques previously used and connect them to effectiveness data.

More people practice open defecation in India than anywhere in the world – more than 600 million individuals. Although access to improved sanitation is steadily increasing in India since the year 2000 the pace of change is too slow.

A mobile- and internet-based initiative, to be launched in Bangalore before being taken to other cities, will try and tap the potential of such new-age communication tools to create civic change.