2015 is a landmark year in the field of development. The era of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is coming to a close and the period of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is at the door steps. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit is going to happen in New York exactly one month from today, from 25 to 27 September, 2015. The key agenda of the Summit is to formally adopt the post-2015 development agenda.
Microsoft has given out a brand new OS for free, and that’s pretty historic. PCs running on Windows 7 or 8 can be upgraded to Windows 10 free of cost. A notification icon (Get Windows 10) comes on the taskbar of eligible PCs, this has to be clicked to reserve the upgrade. Mind that it’s a 3 GB download! Windows 10 is currently rolled out in phases, so keep checking whether your PC has downloaded it, by clicking the Get Windows 10 notification icon. Once you see that it is downloaded, you can upgrade to Windows 10 by following simple instructions from a UI. Continue reading Windows 10: Review
For anyone interested in reading and learning about poverty and development, a lot of stuff is available online for free, such as books, working papers, policy briefs and many more. Here is a list of some of those sources. Click to explore. Continue reading Where to find publications on poverty?
On the night of July 1st, the planets Venus and Jupiter were clearly visible in the sky, which is a rare event. I captured them at around 8 pm at Hyderabad, India.
Greece has been all over the news for the past couple of years, mostly for the wrong reasons. Words like Grexit, troiko, and IMF and names such as Alexis Tsipras, Yanis Varoufakis, and Angela Merkel have become too familiar. What most of us know is that the country is in a mess. A lot of us may not know why. Well, here is a short (may be incomplete) guide (for the laymen, not economists!) to the troubles in Greece and its present state of affairs. Continue reading What is happening with Greece?
India is aspiring to become a developed country. There are many ways to measure the “development” of a country, access to basic amenities is one of them. So a relevant question today would be, what is the status of basic amenities in India, or, what needs to be done with the basic amenities for the people so that India can become a better country? This post intends to propose an answer to these questions. Continue reading The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities
Love trains? I do, absolutely, selflessly. And Russia happens to be one of my dream travel destinations. How can I not spend a night and a day in one of the trains on the great Trans-Siberian railway? That puts me under compulsion to do my bit in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Moscow’s metro. Continue reading 80 years of Moscow metro