Last Wednesday, Dr H Kuypers of Netherlands met me. He is the Senior Advisor on International Innovation. He explained that "Diwali" was an acronym for "Dutch Indian Water Alliance for Leadership Initiative" and that this was a joint water technology initiative beteen Holland and India.
It seems that the Diwali initiative has nine components and these include New Urban Sanitation, Recycling Greenhouse Concept, Water Farming, Concentrated Solar Power & Purification etc..
The New Urban Sanitation talks of recovering energy and minerals from waste-water using superior technology.
The Recycling Greenhouse concept is within the context of a "zero waste" society by producing drinking water, energy and fertilisers from waste. As I understood it, it basically irrigates plants in a greenhouse using waste-water and captures the 75% transpiration water vapour as pure water.
I was quite interested in these two concepts.
Tomorrow evening, Dr Uday Narayan Singh will deliver a lecture on Rabindranath's Letters. Dr Singh is associated with Viswabharati. I'd recently read about his lectures in Shantiniketan for the freshers of Viswabharati...Yesterday was the last day of Sangeet Mela in Rabindra Tirtha. The week-long music festival in Eco Park and Rabindra Tirtha was a great success. Here is a photo of yesterday's mela at Rabindra Tirtha, taken on my mobile: