Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cell phones outnumber toilets..!

Zafar Adeel
இரண்டுக்கே வழி இல்லாத போது..!
நம் நாட்டில் கழிப்பிடங்களின் எண்ணிக்கையை விட கைபேசிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை அதிகமாகி விட்டுள்ளது!
ஒரு IPL போட்டியைப் பார்ப்பதற்கு 40 ,000 செலவிடுகிறவர்கள் ஆயிரக்கணக்கில் இருக்கின்ற நாட்டில் வெறும் வயிற்றோடு படுக்கப் போகின்றவர்களும் கோடிக்கணக்கில் இருக்கத் தானே செய்கின்றார்கள்!

People in India, the world's second most populous country, have more access to a mobile telephone than to a toilet, according to a new UN report.
"It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet," Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University's Canada-based think-tank for water, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health, said.
The report is produced by experts who prescribe ways to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on sanitation by 2015.
They also urge the world community to set a new target beyond the MDG (which calls for a 50 percent improvement in access to adequate sanitation by 2015) to the achievement of 100 percent coverage by 2025.
Recent UN research in India shows roughly 366 million people (31 percent of the population) had access to improved sanitation in 2008.
Other data, meanwhile, shows 545 million cell phones are now connected to service in India's emerging economy. The number of cell phones per 100 people has exploded from 0.35 in year 2000-01 to about 45 today.
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