About 1.5 million people were involved in the huge plantation campaign, in which saplings were placed along the Narmada river in the state of Madhya Pradesh throughout Sunday.
India committed under the Paris Agreement to increasing its forests by five million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change.
Last year volunteers in Uttar Pradesh state set a world record by planting more than 50 million trees in one day. Observers from Guinness World Records also monitored Sunday’s plantation and are expected to confirm in the coming weeks that the effort set a new high.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state’s chief minister, described the efforts as a “historic day”.
He said volunteers including children and the elderly had planted 66.3 million saplings between 7am and 7pm, adding in a tweet: “By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large.”
India is the world’s third largest generator of carbon emissions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the Paris climate accord after the US withdrew from the deal.
A 19-year-old Indian girl has been found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state, the fourth woman to have been discovered in this way in the last month. On Wednesday, a 44-year-old woman was discovered hanging from a tree.
Violence against women in this part of India, where many people live in extreme poverty, has always been prevalent. However, the gang-rape and hanging of two girls on May 29 renewed a countrywide outcry over sexual violence.
INDIA, Azamgarh : A child looks on as Indian Muslim women wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station in Azamgarh, about 275 kms from Lucknow in northern Uttar Pradesh state on May 12, 2014. Voters headed to the polls in the final stage of India’s bitterly fought mammoth election that is expected to catapult Hindu nationalist hardliner Narendra Modi to power. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIA
Monday, December 19, 2016 .. belated greetings Shefali .. our love and wishes
Birthday - EF Binita Sarkar
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
the Ef birthday again and the joys of celebration here among the extendium famalium .. love and wishes from us all .. Binita
“A Summit a Summit a Summit it be ..
Among eminent thinkers of the nation, you see
Its rushed, its chaos, its filled to the T
Questions asked are varied and free …. “
Haaha he .. I find myself in poetry and poetry in me from these past days .. they come the moment I press on the very first words of the writing I do .. I boast in the utterings of my mind by confirming that I am a ‘kavi putra’ .. but that is no confirmation of the unfettered rhythmic shatters of words, that drop by on the issue at stake ..
So do accept them with some compassion and care and give me the liberty as you have for so many years, to continue with this latent talent of lamentable degree and taste ..
On a plane then in the early hours of the morning of Sunday, for a 2 hr ride to Lucknow, the Capital of the largest state in the country UP - Uttar Pradesh, my birth state, from the city of Allahabad, situated on the banks of the rivers Ganga and Jamuma, sacred in its flow and sacred for its confluence at Sangam , divinity being supreme at this meeting of the two waters - the Ganga, pure divine more white, containing properties that have made its waters sacred .. apparently the water from the Ganga kept for years in storage still does not rot or contaminate or become undrinkable .. which is why its sacred presence in the belief of the philosophy called Hinduism .. and the Jamuna, more dark in color, but its source from glaciers at the high Himalayas, sacred and revered ..
Indeed are not all rivers sacred and revered .. if they were not why on earth did most of the enlightened civilisations decide to make home and city by their banks ..
The city of Allahabad on the banks of the two rivers, and my birth place, is known for its religious sentiment, its first Universities, its center of political revolt and fight for freedom, the High Courts being among the first in the country and its elevated presence because of the arts and literature - poets writers and creative elements, abounding in every corner ..
The Sangam, or the meeting , where the two great rivers meet, is also known as Triveni .. TRI, three, veni almost similar to veins .. the meeting place of three water veins … three ? yes .. three ! It is believed that a silent unseen undercurrent stream known as the Saraswati, flows within these two rivers and therefore, TRIVENI ..
So Lucknow for a Summit meet event titled ‘THINK with ME’ initiated by a large corporate group Sahara, where different minds get together for a televised event to discuss everything under the sun, and of course THINK ..
Its crowded in the premise of the event, a Hotel in town .. the town looks more organised than when I last saw it .. neat clean roads, and goodness right in the middle of these vast and expansive highway like roads, an entire pathway for cyclists only .. good work and thinking by those that rule !!
The event is chaotic with people wanting to , and there are millions of them, wanting to indulge in the latest pastime of the nation ….SELFIES ..
On stage the irrepressible Suhel Seth and Anil Kapoor and yours truly talk about films and family and matters and on .. a quick response and questions answered, some with a substantial amount of mirth and out .. out from the madding crowd, distantly waving departure to the wife, who has joined me from Delhi, and rush to the airport to waiting craft and take off for .. KOCHI .. previously named Cochin .. why KOCHI now because like most other city and location names the British who established these during their colonial rule, are being brought back to their perhaps original names .. the phonetics being too difficult for the British to pronounce, they reached a fairly close matching sound and confirmed the name .. Kochi is not too far away from Cochin, sound wise, and it is quite possible the colonisers, could only capture the tone of the name by putting it in their phonetic perspective .. many names all over the country have had similar fate ..
The time for flying is 2:45 hrs .. its literally from one end of North India to the South end of the country .. and so a quick change of clothing, into more comfort and relax, reading up on the papers, having a meagre ,meal, a shut eye, with the earphones of the iphone 7, and Kochi, to await for Abhishek’s plane to land coming in from Mumbai, so we could travel together to the venue - the Finals of the ISL, between Kerala and Kolkata - two cities crazy and passionately mad about football ..
The stadium is maddening .. and its entirely yellow, the color of the Kerala Blasters ..its an exciting game and at 1-1 its extra time and a shoot out .. Kolkata wins, the passion for the fans from Kerala depleted, but not lost and so rush to the airport to fly back to Mumbai .. which as you now know was a late arrival from yesterday’s Blog ..
There is more to express, but on another day perhaps ..
Its back home after the Stardust awards where they give best actor, for PINK in the Viewers category .. take the award, collect the wife from the audience, a quick interact with the electronic and home to all of my Ef through this Blog, the connector of all ills and messengers of peace ..
It creeps on to 1 am and I have 6 am call for my rehab that has been initiated by me, to bring me results in the body and shape ..
PHOTO: The grandmother of two Indian girls who were raped and hanged in India’s Uttar Pradesh state. (Chandan Khanna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Anger Among Indians After Killings of 2 Girls
“I was on my knees begging them to come quickly, but they would not take us seriously,” Mr. Lal, 50, said. He said the policemen responded with “foul language” about his caste and his daughter.
Mr. Lal found his daughter, 12, close to dawn. She and her cousin, who was 14, had been raped, and their bodies were hanging by their scarves from a mango tree in this village about 200 miles from Delhi, the Indian capital.
Relatives insisted that the bodies hang there for 12 hours, preventing the police from bringing them down, because they wanted outsiders to see how the girls had been found.