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Hyderabad Biodiversity Capital

XI Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

  • More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate
  • Biodiversity Park, Museum & Pylon to be established for COP-11

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity logoThe eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is going to kick start in Hyderabad from 1 to 19 October 2012.  A national stakeholder consultative meeting was held that brought together the representatives of civil society, the scientific community, United Nations agencies and other donors as well as the representatives of the business community.

The Conference on Biodiversity at Hyderabad will be held from 1st-19th October 2012, in HICC. More than 8,000 delegates from 193 countries are expected to participate. The CoP-11 schedule is 1st to 5th October 2012 – meeting of parties (MoP) on Bio-safety Cartigena Protocol will be held. 8th – 19th October 2012 Conference of Parties (CoP-11) will be held. 17th – 19 October 2012, the High Level Segment will be held.

biodiversity Five themes identified for High Level Segment (HLS) are Biodiversity and Livelihoods, Integration of value of Biodiversity in National Planning and Accounting Process, Strategy for Resource Mobilisation, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Operationalization of Nagoya Protocol.

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well with the Rio+20 meeting scheduled earlier in the year.  India has not hosted a meeting of a Conference of the Parties to a multilateral environmental agreement since 2002.  This will be the first meeting to assess the implementation of the Nagoya biodiversity compact.

By the time of the Hyderabad meeting, it is expected that all countries who are Parties to the Convention will have submitted their national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and many will also have updated them.

The Hyderabad meeting is also noteworthy, as it is widely expected that two new protocols to the  Convention will have entered into force:  the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources  and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on  Biosafety will have force of law should both receive sufficient numbers of instruments of  ratification in the coming months. Currently, the Nagoya Protocol has 24 signatories and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol has 23.

Attending the ceremony, Mr Hideki Minamikawa, the Vice-Minister of the Environment of Japan  representing the President of the Conference of the Parties pledged the full support of Japan for  the success of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

After announcing that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be held in Hyderabad, Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of the Environment and Forests of India, unveiled the logo of the Hyderabad biodiversity summit. The logo builds on the logo of the Nagoya biodiversity summit and symbolizes the cycle of life represented by a tiger and a whale and human being, with grain at the centre. In presenting the logo, the Minister stated that livelihoods and biodiversity should be at the centre of discussions at the summit, to be held under the slogan ― Prakruti Rakshati Rakshita‖ (―Nature Protects if She is Protected).


bidiversity-logoThe CoP 11 to CBD logo has been developed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.

The CoP 11 to CBD logo consists of three major motifs, the Royal Bengal Tiger on the upper part, a woman with a bird and a leaf at the centre and a dolphin on the lower part of the circle. On top is the slogan in Sanskrit with English translation ‘Nature Protects if She is Protected’

About The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address  all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through  scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of  technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders  including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.  The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a subsidiary agreement to the Convention. It seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 159 countries plus the European Union have ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in Montreal. For more information visit www.cbd.int

For additional information, please contact: David Ainsworth on +1 514 287 7025 or at

david.ainsworth@cbd.int  ; or Johan Hedlund on +1 514 287 6670 or at johan.hedlund@cbd.int .

Welcome to Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh, India) will be host to  the  eleventh  meeting  of  the  Conference  of  the  Parties  to  the  Convention  on  Biological  Diversity.  Organised by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the Conference will be held from 1 to 19 October 2012 at HICC – HITEX Complex  in Hyderabad, India.

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Interactive fair for Biodiversity

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Viswanathan Anand contemplates his move against Boris Gelfand of Israel

World champion Viswanathan Anand triumphed in a series of rapid chess games against Boris Gelfand of Israel to clinch his world titlefor the 5th time on Wednesday May 30, 2012, at Moscow’s Tretyakovsky State Gallery, Russia.

After three weeks of regular play ended with the score tied at 6-6, Anand and Gelfand faced off in a series of tie-breakers. Anand will receive $1.5 million, while challenger Gelfand bags $1 million.

The 42-year-old Viswanathan Anand became the first Asian to win the FIDE world chess championship after defeating Latvian Alexei Shirov in Tehran in 2000. Anand’s triumph Wednesday was his 5th consecutive — he also won in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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World's largest Hindu temple -Angkor Wat

The Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust (BMMT) is going to build a bigger temple in Bihar’s Vaishali district by replicating the world largest Hindu temple in Combodia’s Angkor Wat.

The Hindu temple will be built at a cost of Rs 100 crores, the five-storied and 222-feet tall temple will come up at a sprawling campus spread over 15 acres at a place near Ismailpur village on Hajipur-Bidupur road, which will be christened as Angkor Nagar, BMMT’s secretary and ex-IPS officer Acharya Kishore Kunal said. Land worth around Rs 30 crores has already been acquired for the purpose from locals, he said.


The proposed temple will be named ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir‘ and it will house the statues of Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Ganesh, Surya, Vishnu and ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

It will take up to 5 years to construct the temple and another five years to give the final finishing touches to it, Kunal said. On selection of the specific site for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple, he said the place has mythological significance as it was said that the deities Ram, Lakshman and Vishvamitra had set their foot on the village and were welcomed by the King Sumati of the Vaishali kingdom.

Aksharadam Temple

The ‘bhumi puja’ for the proposed temple will be held tomorrow, Kunal said adding the temple was being constructed to mark the centenary celebrations of the BMMTs. The Angkor Wat temple was built in Cambodia in the 12th century during the rule of the Cambodian king Suryavarman (1141-1152 AD)

Fury at plan for Indian replica of Angkor Wat

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The Indian capital New Delhi completes 100 Years as India’s Capital on Dec 12th 2011.  100 years ago, on December 12th 1911, a grand congregation of royalty and British soldiers assembled at the Delhi Durbar as King George V proclaimed Delhi as the new Capital of Imperial India.

Delhi, the political and cultural capital of several empires including the Mughals on Monday added yet another chapter to its glorious history as it marked 100 years of its re-emergence as modern India’s capital.

red fort

Delhi was proclaimed as the capital of British Raj on December 12, 1911, shifting from Kolkata, by then Emperor of India George V thereby returning to the historic city its lost glory.

As the city celebrated 100 years of its re-emergence as modern India’s capital, Delhi government and other cultural agencies like the Indian Council for Cultural Relations have lined up for a later date, a series of celebrations to mark the occasion.

A British Lady in 1911 Delhi

A book with pictorial references and articles about the city by eminent persons like Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Malvika Singh chronicling its culturally diverse heritage since Mughal era was launched here by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today.

The book — Delhi: Red Fort to Raisina traces the journey of Shahjahan’s new capital of the Mughal empire Shajahanabad built on the banks of river Yamuna in 1638 to New Delhi, the new capital of British-ruled India.

A photo exhibition on the city of monuments is also among a series of events that the government agencies have lined up to mark the centenary year. The exhibition will chronicle the culture of Delhi — right from its ancient days to the modern period — where both the heritage sites and modern-day buildings co-exist. The year-long celebrations will actually kick off in January when the Ministry of Culture has lined up a number of events that will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the city.

The ‘Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival‘ brings the very soul of Delhi’s culture, street food to the people with a variety of ‘kebabs’, ‘kulfi’ and other mouth-watering delicacies.

The foundation stone for the building of a new city in Delhi was laid by King George V and Queen Mary at the site of the Delhi Durbar at Kingsway Camp on December 15, 1911 and New Delhi, as it is called, came out of the architectural brilliance of Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker.

Delhi has traditionally been the seat of a series of empires and regimes that have ruled India since over 3,000 years back.

Each of the empire has left behind an indelible imprint on the heritage of Delhi, that has housed no less than eight cities over the centuries, and the 100 years of the latest city marks an opportunity to celebrate the continuity of this rich habitation.

There are quite a number of architectural marvels in New Delhi, including the Jama Masqid, the largest mosque in India. Others include the Delhi Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Jantar Mantar and Purana Qila. Modern architecture is depicted in the construction of the Lotus Temple, Akshardham and Laxminarayan temple.  Laxminarayan temple is a very nice spot to visit while in India. It was put up by the Birla Family in 1938. It has a lovely garden and fountains behind it. Also, you can visit the Red Fort. The last fort to be built in New Delhi, it has lived through a number of historical hallmarks, including the decline of British rule, the building and fall of fortunes and the Independence of India. You really must see this place while in New Delhi. You should also make an effort to visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Chandni Chowk and Qutab Minar.

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Cambridge University is going to do a project on rare ancient Sanskrit manuscripts. Some 2,000 ancient and rare Sanskrit manuscripts detailing momentous political and economic events across south Asia and written on fragile birch bark, palm leaf and paper are to form part of a major project undertaken by Cambridge University to document ancient civilizations by studying the language of the time, officially known as “linguistic archaeology”.

The documents, which belong to Cambridge University Library’s South Asian manuscript collection, will be studied individually and catalogued placing them in their broader historical context. They will also be digitised and put on the library’s new online service.

The university said the collection included “the oldest dated and illustrated Sanskrit manuscript known worldwide”.

Dr Vincenzo Vergiani of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, who along with his colleague Dr Eivind Kahrs will study the manuscripts, described them as “an invaluable and untapped source for understanding the pre-colonial past of South Asia, and therefore its present”.

Palm leaf manuscript (997 AD) from Cambridge University Library’s South Asian collection

In the heat and humidity of India, materials deteriorate quickly and manuscripts needed to be copied again and again. As a result, many of the early Indian texts no longer exist. More than half of the library’s collection of south Asian manuscripts was in Sanskrit which dominated the literary culture of pre-modern South Asia for almost three millennia.

The word Sanskrit means refined or perfected. From a very early stage, its speakers were obsessed with handing down their sacred texts intact. Out of this developed an attention to how the language works. A grammatical tradition arose that produced, around the 4th century BC, the work of ṇini, an amazing intellectual achievement and arguably the beginning of linguistics worldwide, which made the language constant, stable and transmissible.

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Who is Bodhidharma?

The evolution of Asian martial arts as they are known today is thought to have originated around 500 A.D., when an Indian Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma arrived in China. Legend has it that he taught Indian fighting exercises to the Chinese monks in order to improve their physical condition. All kung-fu is thought to have evolved from this beginning, and from kung-fu came karate.

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Bodhidharma was born around the year 440 in Kanchipuram, near Madras the capital of the southern Indian kingdom of Pallava. He was the third son of King Simhavarman. When he was young he was converted to Buddhism and later received instruction in the Dharma from Prajnatara, whom his father had invited from the ancient Buddhist heartland of Magadha. Prajnatara was a master in the Dhyana school of Buddhism which was later transliterated to Ch’an in Chinese, Zen in Japanese and Son in Korean. His teacher, Prajnatara, changed the boy’s name from Bodhitara to Bodhidharma. Following his father’s death,  Bodhidharma served Prajnatara for many years spreading Buddhism. Upon Prajnatara’s death Bodhidharma left his monastery in India to follow his master’s last wish that he go to China and spread the teaching.

Bodhidharma crossing the Yanstze Rover on a reed

Bodhidharma arrived in China about 475, traveled around for a few years and finally settled at Shaolin temple. Mainstream Buddhist tradition holds that Bodhidharma arrived in China in 520, although there are historical indications that he may have arrived in 470, or even as early as 420. There is no agreement as to the route he traveled or where he arrived first. Some say he traveled by sea, “risking his life over the towering waves,” from Madras in southern India to Guangzhou and then by land to Nanjing. Other scholars believe that he walked a well-beaten trail over the Pamir Plateau, across the desert and along the Yellow River to Luoyang, the provincial capital and center of Chinese Buddhist culture. In any case, the journey from India is agreed to have been long and dangerous.

In 527 AD crossed through Guangdong province into China. In China, he was known as Da Mo. Bodhidharma was honored as the first Patriarch of Chan Buddhism and Shaolin Temple renowned as the origin of Chan Buddhism.

Bodhidharma (also known as Taishi Daruma in Japan) eventually became revered as the founder of Zen Buddhism. Whether his legends hold an element of truth, or are the products of later Zen scholars attempting to flesh out a believable patriarch, he remains today a prime symbol of the will-power, determination and self-discipline that are essential to success in the martial arts. Following his example, the modern martial artist strives to “endure what is most difficult to do, and practice what is most difficult to practice.” Bodhidharma’s example of the Master-student relationship for teaching the way to enlightenment also endures today throughout the martial arts. Consequently, through the hard evidence for his existence and his martial arts contributions is entirely lacking, he is still widely and beneficially accepted as the Father of the Asian Martial Arts.

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Fauja Singh becomes oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon. Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old runner of Indian-origin, has set a Guinness record of being the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon in Canada.

It took Mr. Singh over 8 hours to cross the finish line, more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday for the fourth straight year.

Mr. Singh born in India in 1911, Mr Singh was a farmer in the Punjab but moved to Britain in the 1960s.

Mr. Singh was the last competitor to complete the course but entered the Guinness Book of World Records. He accomplished the amazing feat, becoming the oldest person ever to complete a full-distance 42-kilometre marathon. Mr. Singh, who only speaks Punjabi, also surprised himself.

He said he had set a goal of finishing the race in about nine hours.

“Earlier, just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, “Achieving this will be like getting married again.”

“He is absolutely overjoyed, he has achieved his life-long wish,” the coach added. Sunday’s run was his eighth marathon. He ran his first at the tender age of 89 and wasn’t the first time he set a record.

Born: 1st April 1911 in India

Former Occupation: Farmer

Running Career: Rediscovered at age of 81

Diet: Ginger Curry

Marathons: London (5), Toronto (1), New York (1)

Marathon Debut: London , 2000 aged 89

London Marathon Personal Best: 6h 2m

London Flora Marathon 2000 6 Hours 54 m

London Flora Marathon 2001 6 Hours 54 m

London Flora Marathon 200 2 6 Hours 45 m

Bupa Great North Run (Half Marathon ) 2002 2h 39m

London Flora Marathon 2003 6h 2m

Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2003 5h 40m

New York City Marathon 2003 7h 35m

London Flora Marathon 2004 6h 7m

Glasgow City Half Marathon 2004 2h 33m

Capital Radio Help a London Child 10,000m 2004 68m

Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2004 2h 29m 59s

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