MD Speaks
Dear IPEans,

Running is the most easy, natural and effective exercise routine developed directly by Nature. Earlier, predators ensured we would run and also exercise our intelligence to outwit them. However, with greater comfort and technology, we have graduated to a sedentary lifestyle and moved away from such physical and mental challenges. Today, running for most of us can perhaps only be used metaphorically!

As Jim Rohn, the great Personal Development Guru said 'We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.' I would earnestly suggest all of you to consider an early morning jog and exercise for your own health and fitness. To help you, here are 3 Simple Ways to make Exercise a Habit.

Just as for individuals, as an organisation too, IPE Global follows good (financial, management, organisational) health practices and discipline for a strong and quality organisation. We will always live up to the highest standards while running the path. After all, we are not running for some small award - we are running for Development.

This year's World Health Day (April 7, 2016) theme of 'Beat Diabetes' seeks to create awareness and promote prevention of this silent disease.

Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh

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With climate change impacting the lives of so many in India with a recent occurrence of a drought in several parts of the country, it is time that authorities take some strict sustainable measures which can save the lives and livelihoods of so many families.

The news of the month in the current edition highlights the need to adopt some good initiatives to prepare better for such droughts. A drastic situation like drought is bound to remerge if not handled appropriately. Apart from the news of the month in this edition you can also read about aid received from donor agencies and other important announcements in development sector.

Happy reading and be inspired!

--Team Communications

News Of The Month
Drought - no more a rare event

300 million people affected in different parts of India, by one of the most severe droughts in recent time, is not just a mere headline staring at us when we open the newspaper but a foreboding of the critical times to come. The change in climate is now not slow but resulting in severe climatic outcomes at regular intervals.

The shortfall in the rains, plummeting water reserves, chronic lack of any water management infrastructure and high dependency on seasonal monsoon rains for water has crippled the authorities who are now forced to face the wrath of the common man in the Indian village.

The villagers especially in the state of Maharashtra and neighbouring regions have been walking in the scorching sun for miles to quench their thirst and transport some water for their daily chores. Life is a fight each morning. Soaring temperatures and no water for irrigation have left crops dying and also impacting the purse of the farmer bearing the burden of debt and lack of infrastructure. The use of trains to transport water to drought ravaged interiors is still not sufficient.

The ‘Shift

Recently in 2015 around 190 countries met in Paris to construct a plan of action to combat the devastating effects and tragic events arising from climate change. But many have cited that the Paris accord failed to keep in mind the interest of the developing nations especially in south Asia and the continent of Africa where there are so many countries with agrarian economies dependent on Climate and Rains. Most of the population in these regions live below the poverty line.

Sustainable countermeasures

Use of water trains, drought relief programmes and awareness campaigns on how to judiciously use the ground water are short measures which might help the common man now but there is an urgent need to implement long term sustainable measures. With the alarming frequency of the severe droughts - water conservation methods, infrastructure and introduction of the cultivating crops which require less water to grow would be a great start. The practice is already in use in some parts of the country like in Odisha where farmers use a variety of rice which is drought resistant so that there is no hole in their purse at the end of the season. Use of technology like sprinkler irrigation and other micro irrigation projects can be great way to ensure a good reap of crops without affecting the water table in the region. But these methods do require initial capital money as investment which often deters the farmers to invest in them. Support from authorities, state governments, bank loan assistance can be used to address the issue.

It has often been reported in media that funds earmarked by centre government are not utilized to set up water management projects or drinking water projects especially in drought prone states. There is an urgent need on their part to shift from reactive to a proactive approach to save the interest of the farmers.

Aid Round Up

International aid to education in India nearly doubled to $806 million

The World Bank leads the pack of donors supporting India, followed by the European Union institutions, the UK and Germany...... Click here

UK aid to turn Amaravati into healthcare hub

A mega healthcare project with 1,000-bed capacity will be set up at an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore in Amaravati...... Click here

$6.0b ADB aid package for Bangladesh in 3 years

The ADB has come up with nearly US$6.0 billion aid for Bangladesh in three years attaching the highest priority to regional connectivity and energy sector......Click here

Development News Round Up

ADB to fund road improvements in Uttar Pradesh

The Asian Development Bank is to provide $300m to support road upgrades in Uttar Pradesh, its first ever loan for this purpose to India’s most populous state....... Click here

India's World Bank ranking has improved: Sitharaman

India's World Bank world ranking on 'Ease of Doing Business' has improved from 142 to 130 now, government said in Rajya Sabha this month...... Click here

India to grow at 7.6% in FY17 on urban spending: UN report

India's economy is expected to grow by 7.6 per cent in 2016-17, largely on the back of urban household spending amid steady employment growth and low inflation, according to......Click here

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