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World Heritage Week: Advancing Tourism to Rich Customs and Traditions in India

New Delhi, Delhi, India JICA celebrated World Heritage week as a commemoration of India’s great cultural history and JICAs sustained support to safeguard the customs of the nation. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) observes World Heritage Week from November 19 to November 25. The week is a commemoration of India’s rich tradition and JICAs non stop support to safeguard the customs of the nation. To develop tourism in the nation, JICA has backed a sequence of ODA loan schemes for example Tourism Development Project and Ajanta-Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project Phase 1 and Phase 2. These schemes target at fortifying the tourism industry by creating tourism-related infrastructure, development thorough tourism advancement and protection and conservation of World Heritage locations, etc. JICA has cumulatively granted an ODA loan of 20,320 million Japanese yen ( appropriately INR 1,319 Crore) for these schemes. Tourism Development Project was to enhance infrastructure for example roads, bridges and facilities for the sightings of Buddhist relics in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which have numerous historical Buddhist locations, to develop regional industry. The scheme broadened and enhanced the paving of 446km of country wide roads and 781km of state roads in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and constructed nine new bridges, so as to facilitate transport between tourist locations and decrease travel times. Additionally, water supply and electricity distribution infrastructure were laid to furnish yravellers from India and overseas with sufficient supplies of water and electricity, and rest opportunities to give overseas travellers, chiefly from Japan, with quality services. Data on tourist numbers from Sarnath and Kushinagar in U.P. show a stable rise from 1,409,000 in 1994, during the execution of the project, to 2,249,000 in 1999, after its conclusion. Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which were labelled as UNESCOs World Heritage Sites in 1983, and other archaeological locations in the northern part of Maharashtra State needed the required conservation and preservation techniques. Their bedrock and wall murals had been affected by rainwater percolation and weathering. Particularly, the murals of Ajanta Caves had been degenerating for years and correctove measure was immediately required. There were also urgent requirements for enhancement of infrastructure, and promotion of provisions for travellers. JICA expanded its finance to the Ajanta–Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project for historic location fortifications, enhancement of nearby natural environment, airport facilities, road, water supply and sewerage system, power equipment and tourism management system. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said, A rich history adds a lot of character to destinations for tourists and visitors. JICA believes that investing in heritage sites is essential for better visitors satisfaction, comfort and experience. Tourism development can become especially powerful when cultural development through the conservation of iconic places is maintained. Convergence of quality infrastructure development and client-first visitors experience is secured by operators with the participation of academic, local, and private sectors. Each site is first studied and maintained in order to sustain its rich cultural history and prestige. JICA is also assisting ,The Project for Construction of the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi, which was stated in the Japan-India Joint Statement in November 2015 where Prime Minister Modi had lauded Japan's endeavours to support the construction of the Varanasi Convention Centre (VCC) and acknowledged its symbolic significance as a sign of fortifying bilateral ties. JICA signed a Grant Agreement Phase 1and Phase 2 respectively in 2017 and 2018 with the Government of India to furnish grant aid of up to total 3,042 million yen (approximately INR 197 Crore) for the scheme. VCC is an advanced convention center, the provisions of which is targetted at furnishing scopes for social and cultural interactions between people both in and outside the nation. Through constructing a global cooperation and convention center, it is anticipated to fortify industrial competitiveness through development of the tourism segment in Varanasi. The design motifs of the convention center are Shivalingham (aniconic representation of the Hindu deity Shiva in Shaivism) and Rudraksha (a seed that is used as a prayer bead in Hinduism). It is anticipated to become a symbolic icon of Indian culture in the globe's oldest city, Varanasi. To promote the linkage to the heritage locations in Delhi, the JICA backed Delhi Metro projects Violet Line which is also termed as Heritage Line passes through numerous historical landmarks of the Old Delhi. Commuting to the locations such as Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort has got much easier for the people of Delhi and NCR after the commissioning of this section. The heritage of India also lies in holy rivers of Yamuna and Ganga, JICA has been toiling closely with the Government of India in accomplishing the Prime Minister’s dream of Swachh Bharat (Clean India) of which Clean Ganga Mission forms a huge part. The Yamuna Action Plan Project and Ganga Action Plan Project are targeted for dcrease of pollution load in the rivers, increasing the aesthetics of the zone and furnishing better experience to local population and overseas travellers. JICAs endeavors in the segment have attracted countrywide as well as international commendations, accrediting Japan’s best practices to promote tourism attractiveness and competitiveness in India. About JICA Formed, by a particular law, as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) targets to contribute to the enhancement of global cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA execution. JICA is the globe's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA acts as a link between Japan and developing nations and furnishes assistance in the shape of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the developing nations can fortify their competencies. By ANJISHNU BISWAS


JICA Encourages Biodiversity Conservation and Human-Wildlife Fight Resolution Workshop in Sikkim

Sikkim, India The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) backed the one and a half-day seminar on Challenges for Biodiversity Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflicts – Identifying the problems and possible solutions organized in Sikkim. The states with JICA-sustained forestry schemes, MoEFCC officials, NGOs as well as research establishments based in Sikkim were invited to the workshop. The goal of the workshop was to explore techniques for sustaining biodiversity, consisting of wildlife which is vital for India because biodiversity loss, leads to the imbalance of ecosystem with far-reaching consequences on livelihoods. The workshop targetted to solve the contest that takes place between people and wildlife when animals leave safeguarded zones and raid crops, creating difficulties for local communities. Mr. L.B. Das, Honourable Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly delivered the inaugural speech as the Chief Guest. Mr. Karma Loday Bhutia, Honourable Minister for Forest and Mr. S.C. Gupta, Chief Secretary of Government of Sikkim participated in the workshop. Mr. Gupta addressed the delegates. Apart from the officials of the Sikkim government as the host of workshop, representatives of JICA-backed forestry schemes which have a constituent of Biodiversity Conservation and/or human-wildlife contest like Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Meghalaya made presentations on their known how on the topic. Expressing his opinion on the event, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India spoke about JICA’s assistance to the North East States to enhance sustainable advancement of the region and observed that Conservation of biodiversity is crucial for India because the consequences of biodiversity loss will impact negatively livelihoods, health, food security and overall well-being of human society. JICA has been working to tackle the issue through forestry and biodiversity related projects with state forest departments since 1991. Sikkim biodiversity conservation and forest management project is one of the examples and the very first biodiversity conservation centric project supported by JICA. JICA aims to work with a dual conservation strategy which includes conserving protected areas by collaborating with local communities to reduce their impacts on the protected area. Our solutions include improving livelihood base through alternative income generating activities by SHGs and promoting alternative cropping & land-use through appropriate incentive program. This kind of workshop helps all stakeholders present to share and in cross-learn about the challenges, solutions, innovations and opportunities in biodiversity conservation and ways and means to enhance the resilience of local communities with adaptive measures in forest fringe villages. The augmentation in human population and resultant necessity for natural resources is causing degradation and fragmentation of natural habitats thus, causing an atmosphere where humans and wildlife are contesting for the same resources. This change from coexistence to conflict has the power to damage the prevailing and future conservation endeavour and also obstruct accomplishments of both Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Biodiversity Targets. Solving human-wildlife conflict is thus emanating as one of the vital subjects of worries. It is vital to deal with this issue comprehensively and to co-create mitigation solutions by involving all connected stakeholders. Such efforts will also contribute specifically to the Sustainable Development Goals 1 (Poverty Reduction) and 15 (Life on Land- protection of land ecosystems, sustainable resource management, biodiversity). Dr. Hasegawa, JICA senior advisor on Biodiversity and Ecosystems tabled the recognised problems and probable solutions for human-wildlife contest, sharing the instances of human-bear conflict in Hokkaido in Japan, human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka, among other topics. He emphasised on the necessity of quality Environmental Impact Assessment during the process project formulation, and most significantly, advancement of long-term policies/strategies that make certain the conservation of safeguarded zones. They should be community-oriented, and engage numerous stakeholders, government agencies to make collective deliberations on the utilisation of natural resources. About JICA Formed, by a particular law, as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) targets to assist in the promotion of global cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency controlling ODA execution. JICA is the biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA acts as a bridge between Japan and developing nations, and furnishes aid in the shape of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the developing nations can fortify their efficiency. JICA has 27 forestry and natural resource management schemes in India and has granted an ODA loan of 270 billion Japanese Yen since 1991/92 towards the Sector. By ANJISHNU BISWAS


Indian Companies Obtain Greatest Number of Safety Oscars This Year

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India In a big fillip to workplace security in India, Indian firms in recent times won the highest number of the well known Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour security honours conferred by the British Safety Council. 41 winners from India were among the 84 organisations from all over the world which were conferred with the renowned Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council. Nine worldwide companies were also crowned with the Globe of Honour. Every year, the British Safety Council awards the Sword of Honour to companies all over the globe for health and safety management brilliance and the Globe of Honour for brilliance in environmental management. This year the prize giving ceremony will be held on 22 November at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City of London. A great number of Indian recipients is a proof that Indian companies started to give importance to the security of their employees. This has not all through been the case. Researches have revealed that budget constraints have been one of the key problems for Indian companies to propell workplace health, security and welfare efforts. In India, approximately 80% of the nearly 465 million-strong workforce are not safeguarded by the prevailing health and security legal framework. The condition appears to be gradually changing, as revealed by the increasing number of Indian companies which won the awards this year. The winning organisations emerged from a broad array of industry segments in India, the UK, Europe and the Middle East, encompassing a number of segments consisting of education, energy construction, food and beverage, leisure, logistics, manufacturing, retail and transport etc. Among the companies which were given the Sword of Honour award were: Adani Power Rajasthan Ltd, (APRL), Asian Paints Ltd (Rohtak Plant), Shriram Alkali and Chemicals, sites of DLF Power & Services across India, sites of JK Tyre & Industries Limited, GMR Warora Energy Limited - Maharashtra, sites of L&T, Mindspace Hyderabad and SRF Limited - Packaging Films Business, Bagdoon, Pithampur etc. Hemant Sethi, Country Head, British Safety Council India, observed, The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards recognise and reward the organisations that demonstrated the best health and safety performance, or environmental management, or both in the case of a few companies. These organisations are leading the global efforts to make all workplaces safe, healthy and sustainable. They have demonstrated to an independent adjudication panel a proven track record of excellence in managing risks to workers health and safety and/or to the environment from the organisations’ activities. I would like to congratulate all the winners on behalf of the British Safety Council. Organisations from all over the globe who have obtained the top position in the British Safety Council’s Five- Star Audit are entitled to apply for the awards. To obtain the awards, organisations should be totally dedicated to both brilliant standards and non stop enhancement. The British Safety Council is one of the globes top health, safety and environmental organisations. It has been assisting companies all over the world to take care of their people for over 60 years. Its objective is to keep all workers as safe and healthy as achievable through canvassing, training and practical guidance. By ANJISHNU BISWAS


Sharad Pawar Affirms Sena-NCP-Congress government of completing five-year term, criticises Fadnavis for his comments

November 15:Amidst the political turmoil in Maharashtra,NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday affirmed that a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will come into existence and it will fulfill its political commitments towards the state for a period of five years term and dismissed the probability of mid-term elections in Maharashtra which is presently under Presidents rule. He asserted that the three parties were strongly in favour of giving shape to a stable government which will work towards the development of the state. "There is no possibility of mid-term polls. This government will be formed and it will complete five years. We all will ensure this government runs for five years," Pawar asserted. When questioned whether the BJP was engaged in deliberations with the NCP over government formation in the state, the former Union minister revealed that his party was involved in discussions only with Sena, the Congress and its allies and none other than these political outfits. He also revealed that the three political outfits were currently in discussions to chalk out a common minimum programme (CMP) that will govern the activities of the government that is trying to take shape in the state. Representatives of the three political parties met in Mumbai on Thursday and chalked out a a draft CMP. Pawar lambasted former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his observations that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will not last for more than six months. "I know Devendra ji for some years. But I did not know he is a student of astrology too", Pawar stated. Pawar slammed Fadnavis for his mi punha yein (I will come again) comments. "It is alright he said it. I was thinking something else all the while: I will come again", he sarcastically commented. By Anjishnu Biswas


WPP Foundation Gains Several Praises at Asia Best CSR Practices Awards, Singapore 2019

Mumbai: WPP Foundation, the CSR wing of WPP India acquired several acknowledgements at the Asia's Best CSR Practices Awards in Singapore. The tiles consitute– “Best CSR Practices Award” and “Innovative CSR Practices Awards”. Additionally, Rama Iyer, Director General, WPP Foundation, was conferred with “CSR Leadership Award”. The honours acknowledge WPP Foundation’s contribution towards the Indian society through its Education to Livelihood (E2L) Program and the winners were selected based on a number of vital criteria, which consisted of the quality of their CSR projects, their attitude influence on society. On getting the award, Rama Iyer, Director General, WPP Foundation, noted, “We are proud to be recognised at Asia’s Best CSR Practices Awards, which honours some of the finest organisations within this region. This recognition reaffirms our efforts and the role played in the lives of our children and their journeys from their education to livelihood. A big thank you to several salient players within my team at the WPP India Foundation, and the continuous support from WPP. As we open many more doors of opportunities for our children. I also thank our true winners – our children, who make us stronger and bring much joy to us through it all.” WPP India CSR Foundation’s Education to Livelihood programme (E2L) undertakes an evidence-based attitude in creating frameworks to augment result oriented executions. The Foundation’s vital efforts consist of augmenting educational results in literacy and numeracy, with a concentration on unlocking young minds to the zone of digital novelty. The Foundation also imbibe in youth a feeling of self assurance and gender equality as well as prepare their mental set up and behaviour for future livelihoods, through counselling, sport, dance and music. About the WPP India CSR Foundation WPP is a creative transformation organisation that creates superior futures for its customers by means of the combined services of communications, experience, commerce and expertise. WPP India commenced India CSR Foundation in 2015. The aim is to assist 20,000+ underprivileged children and youth in obtaining their real competence in their education and careers. WPP Foundation is dedicated to a general CSR goal of opening doors for every child and youth from susceptible and marginalised communities via its comprehensive child advancement programmes that concentrates on education, life skills and job-readiness training. Established 2015, the WPP India CSR Foundation attempts to bring about a social transformation via its flagship Education to Livelihood programme (E2L). Trying to deal with essential focus areas—retention in school, poor learning results, work skilling and deep-rooted social rules, the E2L programme has been furnishing interventions and resources to 20,000 first-generation learners from 11- 18 years. Presently, the programme is functioning effectively in 10 underserved schools across the Mumbai and Delhi-NCR region. Through strategic collaboration with best-of-breed social organizations, the E2L programme takes an evidence-based attitude in deve frameworks to facilitate successful In a considerably brief period, the E2L program has been able to: Assist in excess of 70% children safeguard their future by means of employment or higher education. Diminish dropout rates to less than 3%. Commence better health standards. Double the competence of coding.Lessen gender bias.Enhance literacy & numeracy.Augment self assurance levels. As proof of its continued effort to drive positive social impact, WPP Foundation has been conferred with awards including Special Category Award for Livelihood at India International CSR Awards, 2018, Award for Best Business Campaign and Communication in CSR at the National Excellence in CSR Congress and Awards, 2018, Award for the Best CSR Impact Initiative at the National Excellence in CSR Congress and Awards, 2018 and National Recognition for Excellence in CSR at the 5th NHRDN-BIMTECH CSR Summit, 2018. They also won a Special Commendation at the Golden Peacock Awards for CSR in January 2019. The WPP Foundation has also won regional awards like Golden Globe Tigers Awards, Malaysia, 2019 for Best CSR Practices and Innovative CSR Practices. The Foundation was recognised globally with the International CSR Excellence Awards, London, 2019 for its CSR Initiatives and Socio-Economic Activities. Anjishnu Biswas



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