The 2010 Commonwealth Games are being touted as Delhi's ticket to the list of world-class, ultramodern metropolises. The grand plans that leave no stone unturned

While the Earth may have 10 more years before the effects of global warming begin to take place according to a recent report and climate change is being interlinked with the global food security crisis, the Thirteenth Finance Commission (TFC) headed by Vijay Kelkar is already looking at various measures for managing the ecology and climate change in consistence with sustainable development.

Triggering change: NDTV Chairman Prannoy Roy (middle) with Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Kapil Sibal (right) and TERI Director General R.K. Pachauri (left) at the launch of NDTV's environment campaign in New Delhi on Friday.

Climate change is not a threat that only words can resolve. The need of the hour is action, and action that promises results in the next two to three years. Recognising the fact that climate change mitigation measures cannot be restricted to the level of the individual and need to be taken up seriously by corporate houses and communities, JSW and The Times of India have launched the

Recent pictures taken by Google Earth via satellite have confirmed the worst fears of environmentalists. An eight-km stretch of the Bhagirathi river has dried up. The river is shown snaking through the Himalayan mountains as one long, sandy stretch minus any water. Other rivers emanating from the Gangotri glacier, including the Bhilangana, the Assi Ganga and the Alaknanda, all tributaries of the Ganga river, are also drying up. This same dry stretch of the Bhagirathi in 2004, according to Google Earth pictures generated at that time, was one-km-long.

The 13th Finance Commission has outsourced major part of the exercise to two prominent organisations for devising ways to better manage ecology and environment in the North East. "We have entrusted two renowned institutes of the country

China, India Urged To Avoid Obsession With Cars CHINA: April 14, 2008 BOAO - China and other big developing countries such as India need to take steps to avoid being over-reliant on private cars, the head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN climate panel said. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told Reuters that investing in improving railways and urban public transportation was one way countries such as China could balance the need for fighting climate change with that for economic growth.

Head Of UN Climate Panel To Seek New Term NORWAY: April 7, 2008 OSLO - India's Rajendra Pachauri said on Saturday he will seek a new six-year term as head of the UN climate panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President Al Gore. "I have after a great deal of reflection and consultation decided to express interest in a second term," Pachauri, 67, told Reuters. "Of course, the government of India would have to send in my nomination, and I hope that will happen soon," he wrote in an e-mail.

As it prepares to transport more than a hundred thousand people between the Capital and its posh but water-starved neighbour Gurgaon each day, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is simultaneously doing

THE Coca-Cola company and its CEO, Mr Neville Isdell, must be congratulated for some excellent public relations work lately, and in particular, in India.