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स्वामी आर्मी: ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के दीवाने

 © Neena Bhandari, BBC Hindi

 ऑस्ट्रेलिया का दौरा कर रही भारतीय टीम वहां शानदार प्रदर्शन कर रही है और टेस्ट सिरीज़ जीत चुकी है. कल से दोनों टीमों के बीच वनडे सिरीज़ शुरू हो रही है. ऐसे में वहां कई भारतीय प्रशंसकों ने स्वामी आर्मी बनाई है जो परंपरागत भारतीय अंदाज़ में ढोल और नगाड़ों के साथ टीम की हौसला अफ़ज़ाई करती है. देखिए ऑस्ट्रेलिया से बीबीसी हिंदी के लिए नीना भंडारी की रिपोर्ट.

India v/s Australia: सिडनी का ग्राउंड गुलाबी क्यों हो गया था?

  © Neena Bhandari, BBC Hindi

भारत और ऑस्ट्रेलिया के बीच खेले जा रहे पिंक टेस्ट मैच के तीसरे दिन सिडनी का हरा-भरा ग्राउंड गुलाबी हो गया. स्तन कैंसर के प्रति जागरुकता फैलाने के लिए यहां क्रिकेट और संस्कृति का अनोखा संगम देखने को मिला. मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स के मुताबिक ग्राउंड पर गुलाबी साड़ी पहने कम-से-कम सौ महिलाएं मौजूद थीं, जो ब्रेस्ट स्क्रीनिंग और केयर के प्रति जागरुकता फैलाने के लिए आईं थीं. ना सिर्फ औरतों बल्कि मर्दों ने भी गुलाबी पगड़ी, कमीज़ और टोपी पहनकर इस अभियान का समर्थन किया.

 Wild Water Adventure

 © Neena Bhandari, Khaleej Times

Three cubs frolicking around a tigress sprawled under the shade of a Sal (Shorea robusta) tree is one of the many enduring images I have of tigers in the wild. Encounters with big cats are not uncommon in India's 50 tiger reserves, but in the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans, this shy predator remains elusive.

Healthcare eludes poorer women in rural Asia Pacific

© Neena Bhandari, SciDev.net

Rural women in low-income households cannot access healthcare services due to distance and financial reasons. However, overall, healthcare access has improved in 27 countries of the Asia Pacific region over the past decade, says a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Health at a Glance Asia-Pacific 2018 notes that in Nepal and the Solomon Islands, about three in four women with the lowest household income reported difficulties in accessing healthcare due to financial reasons; two in three reported having unmet care needs due to distance.

Conference Calls for Mainstreaming Human Rights Education

© Neena Bhandari, InDepth News Analysis

More investment is needed in human rights education and strengthening of civil society to address inequality and sustainability – the main objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This was the key message from the Ninth International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) held in Sydney, Australia. Drawing inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which marks its 70th Anniversary this year, the ICHRE 2018 (November 26-29) recommended all stakeholders to mainstream human rights education as a tool for social cohesion towards peaceful coexistence; and strive to bridge the significant gap between integrating human rights education in the curricula and its implementation.

Shikhar Dhawan's exclusive interview with BBC Hindi

© Neena Bhandari, BBC Hindi

शिखर धवन जब कभी स्टेडियम में उतरते हैं, तो उनके कुछ शुरुआती शॉट देखकर समझ जाता है कि वो कितनी गेंद तक टिक पाएंगे. या तो वो सस्ते में आउट होकर चले जाते हैं, या फिर गेंदबाज़ों की शामत बन जाते हैं. दुनिया का कोई बल्लेबाज़ हो, कितना भी बड़ा मैच हो, अगर शिखर रंग में हैं तो गेंदबाज़ों की शामत तय हैं. दुनिया में कम ही बल्लेबाज़ हैं जो उनके जैसी पावर बैटिंग कर सकते हैं. बीबीसी हिन्दी से ख़ास बातचीत में शिखर ने बताया कि उनका नाम गब्बर कैसे पड़ा, उन्हें किस तरह की गेंदों का सामना करने में मज़ा आता है, रोहित शर्मा के साथ उनकी साझेदारी कैसी है.

How Australia Sustainably Manages the World’s Last Wild Commercial Fishery of Pearl Oysters

© Neena Bhandari, Inter Press Service

Australia’s remote north-western Kimberley coast, where the Great Sandy Desert meets the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to the giant Pinctada maxima or silver-lipped pearl oyster shells that produce the finest and highly-prized Australian South Sea Pearls. Australia is the only country in the world that uses wild oyster stocks. To ensure its sustainability, the pearling industry operates on a government-regulated quota system that sets a maximum number of wild stock pearl oysters that can be caught each year from the Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome in the state of Western Australia. These wild pearl oyster beds represent the last wild commercial fishery for Pinctada maxima oysters in the world.

5 stellar tips from HR award finalists

© Neena Bhandari, AHRI HRM Magazine

Successful HR looks different in each industry and organisation. But as these award finalists prove, there are ideas that can work across the profession. HR leadership provides the blueprint for achieving an organisation’s goals by attracting, managing and inspiring talent. Here, five finalists of the David Ulrich HR Leader Award talk through innovative initiatives and strategies that contributed to tangible outcomes for their organisation and the wider community.

Age diversity programs: the best of the best

© Neena Bhandari, AHRI HRM Magazine

As working years now span from late teens to beyond 70 years, HR professionals are reinventing recruitment and training practices to accommodate the opportunities and challenges a multi-generational workforce brings to a business. From offering flexible working hours to combining work and study, HR is taking various measures to attract, retain and support older and younger employees. The following organisations are going above and beyond in this space – they’re all finalists for the Susan Ryan Age Diversity Award at this year’s AHRI Awards.

Rich Asia Pacific nations rank poorly on development policies

© Neena Bhandari, SciDev.net

The richer Asia-Pacific countries and the US do poorly on the 2018 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 27 wealthy countries according to how well their aid, trade, environment and migration policies support low and middle-income countries in poverty alleviation, good governance and security. Published annually by the Center for Global Development (CGD), the index is based on benefits policies of some members of the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Development Assistance Committee provide to about five billion people living in poor countries.

It was never in Jamsetji Tata's ken

© Neena Bhandari, Business Standard, India

ImageThe Tata Group of companies has made big forays into Australia, investing and expanding in various sectors from mining to information technology. Historically too, remote though it may now be, Tata Steel has a connection to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, which contains 50,000 tonnes of steel. Close to 80 per cent of the steel used in the bridge, spanning 1,650 ft (503 metre), was made by Teesside Company Dorman Long, which became part of British Steel Corporation after World War II. In 1999, British Steel merged with a Dutch company, Hoogovens, to become Corus. In 2007, Corus was bought by Tata Steel.

Tata Steel has had an office in Brisbane since 2000. The original name was Tata International, since deregistered. The principal business activity has been procurement of steel-making raw material in Australasia, predominantly metallurgical coal, for the steel operations in Jamshedpur. “These volumes have continued to grow and are now in the millions of tonnes. Additionally, Tata Steel Resources was tasked with identifying investment opportunities in metallurgical coal mines and made its first overseas coal mine investment in Carborough Downs, central Queensland, in 2005 with a five per cent equity stake. We are now actively identifying new investment opportunities to the increasing metallurgical requirements for the steel mill expansions in India for the next 10 years and beyond,” Bryan Granzien, chief executive officer, Tata Steel Resources Australia Pvt Ltd, said.

Sydney breaks bread with Sangrur - the wheat link

© Neena Bhandari, Business Standard, India

ImageWheat collaboration between Australia and India is likely to be extended, after experiments combining strengths in each other’s varieties show rising promise.

India and Australia are collaborating on research to enhance the volume and quality of grown wheat. The five-year bilateral programme on marker-assisted wheat breeding concludes in May 2012 but is set to be extended.

It has been exploring molecular technologies, management practices and more heat-tolerant cultivars, to face the challenges of climate change. India and Australia are particularly vulnerable to increasing temperatures, warns a leading Australian wheat scientist.

"In Australia, wheat is rain-fed and will be adversely affected by the combined impact of higher temperatures and drought. In India, increasing temperature linked with lowering water tables would mean farmers will be unable to irrigate with the current frequency. This will result in difficult production conditions and reduction in total yield,” says Richard Trethowan, director, A Watson Grains Research Centre, University of Sydney. India is the second largest producer of wheat and Australia seventh in the world. India produces all its consumption; Australia is the second largest global exporter of wheat and, so, a major contributor to global food security.

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