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  • Four Developments that will Redefine the Climate and Sustainability Realm

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    With the global commitment on 2 degrees becoming a necessity, here are four trends that will potentially redefine the environment and climate realm.

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  • ARMIS: Using Data to Enhance Urban Mobility

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    The system will use GPS enabled digital meters to track the movements of auto rickshaws on a real time basis.

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  • Data Systems in India: The Case for an Audacious Overhaul

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    This blog is an outcome of a discussion on the current state of data systems in India and the case for an audacious overhaul in light of ‘Digital India’ initiative with Mr TCA Srinivasa Ragavan. Mr Raghavan is a Senior Associate Editor in the Hindu Business Line. He has been a consultant to the Reserve Bank of India’s history...

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  • International Literacy Day Over the Years

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    The changing themes of the International Literacy Day bear testimony to the evolution of the concept. Why does illiteracy continue?

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  • Data Analytics for the Kerala Harvest Festival of Onam

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    It was a customary Onam celebration at Athena with a colorfully arranged Onam pookalam (traditional flower arangement) adorning the entrance until Dr. Ram walked in. He took one look at the pookalam and claimed he could see a schematic expansion series of squares, circles and triangles embedded in concentric circles. Dr. Ram explaining the schematic expansion serious in our...

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  • How Can Chennai Listen Better to Data? A Case for Putting Data to Work in Cities

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    During a recent brainstorming exercise on ‘designing interventions to improve the status of Solid Waste Management’ in a pilot ward in a city near Chennai, we came across an interesting array of data on a range of parameters starting from the type of vehicles available for garbage collection and transportation, amount of money spent on fuel per day, number...

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  • Breastfeeding in India

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    “Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers” – WHO, 2015. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, as this practice is known to stimulate brain development,...

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  • Field Observations on Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding

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    (Findings are from an Exploratory Research in Tamil Nadu) Breastfeeding of infants is an accepted global policy priority for reducing the infant mortality rate and the recommendation to exclusively breastfeed until around six month of age has been adopted by many countries including India. The evidence regarding the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for both the mother and baby is...

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