Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Indo-German Urban Mela – Solutions for our Urban Future

To celebrate 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations in September 2011 a programme called “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” started. This celebration has seen a series of events like exhibitions, movie screenings, concerts, lectures and workshops. All of these events are and were based around the theme “StadtRäume – CitySpaces”. With the Urban Mela the centerpiece of the “Germany in India” year has finally arrived in New Delhi. Read more »

Human Scavenging – Still a Reality in India

In Indian cities there are scavengers and sweepers which are the basic sanitation workforce often employed by the municipal corporations but also by private agents to collect and transport solid waste, clean sewer lines, cess pits as well as buildings and (community) toilets. Read more »

Joy of Ganesh Festival and Impact on Environment

Indian calendar is filled with lots of festivals and holidays considering different religions. Few days ago, Ganesh Festival or locally known as “Ganesh Chaturthy” was celebrated all over India and also abroad in some parts where majority of Indians are living. Originally it was celebrated by every hindu religious person by establishing a small idol of lord Ganesha in their homes and by offering prayers daily with their family and friends for 10 days. But during British rule, to encourage the fight for freedom among the people, one of the great Indian freedom fighter-Lokmanya Tilak used Ganesha Festival as a hidden way to gather people and to encourage them for the fight for freedom. After that, Ganesha festival became a big public event. Read more »