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Climate ain’t humane

“The sands of times have rendered fear, the Earth sings in the elegy and not the majestic, profound splendor is heard. The next time you look at it, don’t be shocked for its no more wondrous, lend it Peace, it’s tired!”

The regular change in the climate, like rain and hail in the mid of March or the dropping of temperature when it tends to be much high or the extreme rainfall, longer, warmer summers does create fear, if the earth or the human species is going to glide by.
Now, if at all, one can blame the humans for this or not, has been in question for a while; probably what Yuval N. Harari explains, in his book ‘Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind‘, talking about firsts in climate change, occurring due to human intervention in Australia, some 46,000 years ago helps. He says “within a few thousand years, virtually all the giants, like koalas, dragon-like lizards, vanished. Of the twenty-three Australian animal species weighing fifty Kilograms or more, twenty-three became extinct. A Large number of smaller species also disappeared. Australian ecosystem was broken and rearranged, being the most important transformation of the Australian ecosystem for millions of years”, he continues, “During the last million years, there has been an ice age on average every 100,000 years.”
“The giant diprotodon appeared in Australia more than 1.5 million years ago, survived the first peak of the last ice age, around 70,000 years ago. Why then, did it disappear 45,000 years ago (just after humans stepped in Australia)?” “But more than 90 per cent of Australia’s megafauna disappeared along with… The evidence is circumstantial, but it’s hard to imagine that Sapiens, just by coincidence, arrived in Australia at the precise point that all these animals were dropping dead of the chills” There have been more examples which may prove the guilt of sapiens, being the reason for the mass extinction of different species at a different level, for instance, The megafauna of New Zealand which survived all weathers but suffered devastating after the first humans set a foot on the island or the mammoth, which suddenly disappeared to extinction about 4,000 years ago, just when the first humans reached the island. Quoting the book, “The historical record makes Homo Sapiens look like an ecological serial killer.” And there’s less to prove that this doesn’t go along the reality. Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology.
Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections. One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years. Researchers studied recent extinctions from climate change to estimate the loss of plant and animal species by 2070. Their results suggest that as many as one in three species could face extinction unless warming is reduced.

If we go by stats, talking specifically of India, among the most populated countries, India will lose out the most from heat stress. The capital city of India, Delhi which had an Air Quality Index (AQI) ranging from 500-600 in winters, saw an AQI as low as 50, in this lockdown stage. Clear blue skies and empty roads which is seen right now, had become the rarest of rare sites in Delhi, which is always jam-packed with people; Closer home, residents of Jalandhar in Punjab, woke up to a scintillating sight of the Dhauladhar mountain range on one morning, around 2 weeks of the lockdown. They claim that this has happened for the first time in 30 years. Dhauladhar Range translates to the ‘white range’ and they form a part of the Lesser Himalayan range, which lie at least 200 km from Jalandhar, where a decrease in industrial activities and fewer vehicles on road, lead to this drastic yet beautiful change. According to the Global Climate Risk Index released by Germany-based think tank, Germanwatch, India is the 14th most climate change-affected country in the world. In many ways, India is paying for the excesses of the developed world. Long ago, these extreme disparities may have been solely blamed on nature’s vagaries, but now science has established that human-induced climate change is playing a major role. Climate change, caused by emissions from industries and other human activity, is making the world warmer, disrupting rainfall patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. Human species has ruined or soaked the earth to the level that now, people have started wondering if the coming up of coronavirus (COVID-19) was good, looking at a present scenario that the earth is healing. At the cost of more than 1L deaths till now, people are getting satisfied for life’s getting better with lessen destruction and more of healing that can be witnessed. So, how if sapiens really affect the earth and on what grounds can it be said that in future, humans going to live as long as they expect. If this is what arises in minds, are the humans sure enough that later in life, these sort of lockdowns will play a major role in frequent Earth-healing programs? None know but none who cannot foresee as well, it is high time people realize and recognize what humans have done to the earth and the rate of sustainability for future because finding keys for residing in a different planet won’t be as good a safeguard as trying to save this one with important measures and precautions. The world is at this level, that people don’t have time to think about their surroundings or how the lifestyle affects even them. It’s important or say, a necessity to think and work for a change because lately, simply money or technology won’t be saving one’s generation life further. At this hour of misery, it’s been asked to be caring and sympathize animals, why not understand the fact, that it’s not a sympathy thing but a responsibility, when we’re the ones responsible for them to lose their land and ecosystem (Remembering, being endangered always gives more hope than being extinct). If we knew how many species we’ve already eradicated, we might be more motivated to protect those that still survive.

The COVID-19 crisis has been led to this stage because our world leaders were busy denying its effects just like they deny the various aspects of climate change. The next time, the crisis may be the climate one. So for that, we should be ready. Recovery is possible only if we believe there’s a problem and if we’re ready to choose it over. It’s the eleventh hour for us to help and realize. “This situation shows us that we can change things if we need to. Climate change and the loss of nature are gradual processes and may be less visible, so its hard to point at it because it doesnt affect as directly as coronavirus is doing. But both show that we have to change our relationship with nature. A scientific paper, published in Nature, heralds a rare success in the reversal of environmental damage and shows that collective global action can make a difference. The study also hints that the full healing of the ozone layer.

Now, what to do, individually? Slow down a bit. Understand. Don’t exploit what you don’t have a right at. Give a day or two, in a few weeks to the earth, work from home once a while. Choose an activity you found to be the most productive (let it be, you did in the lockdown time period), which amaze you but does not harm the earth. Participate in goodwill programs; teach your family what’s important. Rest. Take a pledge of not using a product that exploits nature for a certain time frame, if not permanently. Work is important, money too, but what we’ll do if the Earth doesn’t survive at all? Feel nature, respect it.
As reportedly said, The Winbledon paid $ 2m. a year for pandemic insurance for last 17 years, out of which it got $ 141m. from the policy, as a result of cancellation of the event in 2020. A tennis tournament was certainly better prepared for a pandemic than the governments of the world. Informing how much the world talks about being powerful with regards to destroying another part of the world but way under-prepared and fall flat when coming to a virus like this. More policies and better thinking is what needs to be put in and persuaded for the plans of betterment and increase in the chances of survival, being the real superpower.

“If you don’t have the time to fix it, please don’t break it.”

“Perhaps the Earth can teach us as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive. Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go.”

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How to deploy wordpress on Azure?

First of all know what is WordPress. At its core, WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website or blog. On a slightly more technical level, WordPress is an open-source content management which means that anyone can use or modify the WordPress software for free. A content management system is basically a tool that makes it easy to manage important aspects of your website, like content, without needing to know anything about programming!

And azure? Introduced at the PDC(primary domain controller) in 2008, Windows Azure is Microsoft’s broad-based incursion into the Cloud space.

It helps an organisation meet its business challenges. It is the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a massive, global network using one’s favorite tools and frameworks.

The ability to publish sites on high-reliability and high quality servers is what interests me most, but that’s nowhere near the limit of the service offering.

1. In order to deploy wordpress on azure, you’ll require that you have an account on Windows Azure, where accounts can range from completely free to pre-paid subscriptions.

2. So now, log-in to Windows azure management portal, then click the ‘Websites’ tab on the left of the screen and at the bottom left of the screen click the ‘+’ New button.

3. Point to ‘Website’, and then click ‘From Gallery’. You’ll be presented with the Add Web App dialog. This app contains a variety of open source sites and applications that can be deployed in just a few clicks.

4. Scroll down to find out ‘wordpress’ app, select and click ‘proceed’.

5. On the site Settings dialog assign the new site a URL, make sure ‘Create a new MySQL database’ is selected in the Database field, and that the Region entry reflects the geographical location of your choice, and then click the ‘Next’ button.

Click the new website’s link below the URL field.

Your new site opens in a browser and the WordPress installation process prompts you to fill in the remaining required information.

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Enter a descriptive Title in the Site Title field and then enter a Username, Password, and Password confirmation, and your Email Address in their respective fields. Choose whether or not to have the site indexed by search engines beside the Privacy field and then click the ‘Install WordPress’ Button.
Scroll to the bottom of your new Site’s default page and click the log in link.

Log in with the Username and Password. You’re done!

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Animals are not ours

“Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way. “

Indian street dogs and their ‘Rights’

Every other day, there’s a news related to dogs, their dislocation issues, the tagging problems and even about the fake NGOs…
There won’t be many issues from the side of dog lovers… if the govt and the municipal Corporation execute their work in a better way! Local officers say that they have records, but when asked for, they keep mum.

“Last year, in the month of August… A street dog(5-6 months), we were taking care of, was caught from the colony, by 4-5 men in a yellow tempo like a vehicle, on the name of Nagar Nigam’s sterilization and providing dogs with anti-rabies injection operation…  And named a foundation which is unapproachable at the time, on enquiring about the place they were taking it to. They entrusted me, they’ll leave it, the same place, they had caught it from, sharp after 3 days (it’s been a year now). I then researched about the matter and got Supreme Court’s guidelines that it is the dog’s right to be left to the same place they’ve been caught from in a legible time limit(under Animal Birth Control Rules 2001 framed under section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 & as per the orders of honourable S.C. of India). As per the Indian law, street dogs cannot be beaten, killed/driven away/displaced/dislocated; can only be sterilized in the manner envisaged in the ABC(dogs) rules 2001. Rule 6 clearly envisages that even if Municipal Corporation thinks it expedient to control the street dog population, it cannot resort to killing/dislocating them!”

Every hardship went in vain, because officials didn’t even know who was the in-charge where, even on enquiring a dozen of times, they were clueless, that’s where the system falls, here comes the fault. If we want ourselves to be developed in whatsoever stream we name, the necessary thing is to make people aware of the rules and regulations and making every proceeding transparent. It’s easy to break than to make and if the operation needs to be successful, it’s not on the public, more on the executors!
According to the surveys, this isn’t a regional problem but is present almost everywhere in the country… Either the rules need to be stricter or the officials need to be on stand, humans don’t possess any right over the animals. There’s a huge need for things to be done in this regard.


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5th Asian School Hockey Championship

As an Indian, one is ought to respect our national game i.e., Hockey! But never got to have any interest in playing or watching hockey, but the coincidence of having the first match of its kind (International level) in my city, and also the involvement of my father’s department, made me curious of watching it at least once!

There were 8 Asian countries viz China, Nepal, Sri lanka, Malaysia, UAE, Thailand, Singapore and India, in the tournament, which took place from 3rd- 11th April ’17 in the AishBagh Stadium, Bhopal (M.P), India. The Asian School Sport Federation allotted the hosting of Championship to India this time.

Malaysia trounced China 14-0 in the inaugural match. Likewise the play continued, and the day, when I at last, went to see the tournament – the Semi-finals! It was a match between India-China and Malaysia-Singapore one after the other. Everyone wondered, India would probably lose (much of Cliche), & the public was low. China tried their ass off, but Indian team seemed like, already took a pledge of not letting the country down! Some people were doing the as usual commentary work, on how players should play and all, like that’s ironical, if they knew so much about the sport, they must have been a part of the team rather than a mere viewer. That would have proven much fruitful, right?

Anyways, the Indian team did a fabulous job and brought in, the match in their favour. This victory was a slap for those who not just make fun of their country but are nothing less than a blot. India beat China by 110, Awesome! After winning the match, the players were awarded a huge round of applause and a moment with the Secretary of the School Education Department, (M.P) – Ms. Dipti Gaur Mukharjee. It must have been such a very proud moment for all. This way India crossed the semi-finals and entered the finals to be held a day after!

Next match was between Malaysia and Singapore, where Malaysia beat Singapore after a short struggle with scores as 12-1. So the next day, India versus Malaysia, though I didn’t have to do anything with the sport but that time, I was literally praying, let India win! And why not? I wanted my first visit be a fruitful one, cherished all life! The Indian School Team registered an emphatic 5-1 win against Malaysia to win the 5th Asian School Hockey Tournament! So proud.

This victory brought not just goosebumps but also pride, respect and admiration towards the game not just for number of people witnessing it that time, but also those players and of course at an increase, India!

In the match for third and fourth place, Singapore beat China 3-1 in a nail- biting shootout after the team ended the regulation time in 1-1 stalemate..