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(Environment)
ANGIRAS Indian alumni convention

ANGIRAS stands for the Network of Indian Alumni from German Universities for Sustainable Solutions, which is a registered not-for-profit organization initiated by the Indian alumni graduated from the German Universities. Yesterday morning at the Unity pavilion in International Zone, they started their 2013 Indian convention by a short speech of Mr. Bala Baskar, Secretary of Auroville Foundation, then Franziska of DAAD, the German Academic exchange service, presented her organization. Read more

Tuesday, 08 October 2013
(City Life)
Back to Normal Routine
After electrical fire two week back at the rooms of the Entry Service in Town Hall, the facilities are already restored, and beside only missing fans things work as usual. As members of the Entry Service Team explains it was due to the quick response of the several working teams as ACUR, Blue Light, BCC and Electrical Service, moral and enthusiastic support , and understanding of many that they have been able to return to their work in merely a week after the fire. Read more

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
(Economy)
Renewable Sources and Planning
As a part of Sustainable Habitats - architecture programs for professionals, organized by Auroville Green Practices Workshop with Auroville Consulting this morning three speakers addressed aspect of renewable sources of energy. Toine was presenting Sustainable Urban Energy Solutions, Joerg was talking on solar PV installations and from Satprem's office Amanda was going deeper into embodied energy in the buildings Read more

Thursday, 07 March 2013
(City Life)
Entry Service Burnt Down
To whoever that has came to Town Hall early this morning was obvious that something isn't really right , no power, no sound of generator... people gathering at Le Morgan..."Entry Service Burnt Down" where the calls and surprises, and joke followed. Following is a short interview with Kripa, member of Entry Service, explaining the cause of the fire, which has occurred around 5am. Electrical sockets took fire, which melted the wiring, computers melted ... but team is positive; Kripa says "Like the Fenix we will would be re born out the ashes" Read more

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
(Environment)
Reducing the Electricity Bill
This morning Auroville Cyclone Response Team (AVCRT) and the secretary of Auroville Foundation Mr. Balabaskar inaugurated the new solar plant at the Town Hall with its capacity of 10KW. The gathering was also an occasion to display all the vehicles that were bought by found given by Government of India for the relief of cyclone Thane damages. Following is the short interview with Mr. Balabaskar, Divia and Ramesh, followed by sound scape of presentation of one of the vehicles put on display outside of Town Hall with its capacity to shred twigs. Read more

Sunday, 30 December 2012
(City Life)
Planning Spaces in Auroville
A talk was held about 'How spaces in Auroville can be developed to reflect its spirit' by 10 second year students of urban and regional planning, from Queen's University. This project is being led by Dr. Ajay Aggarwal, who chose Auroville as the project site because the city is progressive in its views on sustainable development and intentional community building. The talk was held to discuss about this topic, before the students can give their final presentations... Read more

Monday, 17 December 2012
(News)
Post Cyclone Nilam
In today's news we feature interview with Ponnuswami on current situation with electrical supply, which in so far looks pretty optimistic. Another interview with Gaew Anongnart Suwanmajo, visiting actor and dancer from Thailand, who is offering workshop on Thai dance by Andi. Community is invited by RAS on Monday 5th of November at Unity Pavilion in International Zone to a Collective Priorities & Values Action 2 - Success Team Meeting .Any members of the community can join the action teams as they regroup to report on their progress. Read more

Thursday, 01 November 2012
(Environment)
Cyclone Alert
Listen in to interviews with Punnuswami (Auroville Electrical Service), Srinivasamurthy (Auroville Foundation) and Daniel (the Working Committee) regarding the Cyclone Alert. After Auroville's experience with cyclone Thane, less than one year ago, it seems the residents of Auroville are more conscious and prepared for wind and rain disrupting normal life. Here is a link to the website with cyclone updates: www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf Read more

Tuesday, 30 October 2012
(News)
UPS to Blame, Badminton
in today's news we feature an excerpt of interview with Jan from Svaram talking on his reasons for hunger strike since last Friday incidents. One would expect that power cuts translate into lower electricity consumption bills but this not always the case. The culprit is the backup inverter with battery storage. About 30- 45% of energy that passes through an inverter system is lost. Tamil Heritage Centre Team invites us to celebrate Dasara Festival of Evolution at ILAIGNARKAL EDUCATION CENTRE every day 4pm to 6.30pm from tomorrow until 24th. Read more

Monday, 15 October 2012
(Environment)
AGP 2012 Panel Discussion

Alan facilitated a general discussion with speakers and participants raising the questions if all the technological solutions may be enough to actually counterbalance the current rate of destruction of our eco system or if they are actually misleading us. The conclusion was that technologies and even lifestyle adjustments may not be enough but a radical shift in consciousness is the need of the time. Read more

Wednesday, 05 September 2012
(Environment)
Interview Session
Here we gathered the speakers together to have a one to one interview session with them, and to find out about their feedback on a seminar like this one and also about their experience in Auroville. Alan interviewed Herbert, Brahmanand and Aromar Revi where amongst various thoughts they also mutually felt that Auroville and its green practices need to scale up and to reach the world outside as well. Read more

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
(Environment)
Energy Efficient Design
Here Tanmay Tathagat talks about the practical ways of designing buildings to minimise the use of embodied energy and to maximise energy savings. The affluent countries have to cut down on their resource use, while the developing countries must aspire for a better quality of life but without taking the same wasteful resource-intensive path taken by the affluent nations. To download the presentation click here. Principal, Edsglobal. www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(Environment)
Building Energy
Building Energy. Auditing & Management. Here Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty tells us how to move towards far more efficient use of energy in habitats. 4 areas to implement changes: individual lifestyles, architectural design and planning, use of energy efficient appliances, implementation of renewable energy systems. He shows us how it is possible for us to have comfort for better. To download the presentation click here. - Visiting Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology. www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers

Friday, 31 August 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Emerging Energy Policies for TN
In this session Mr. K. Venugopal explains the reasons and root causes for the power crisis in Tamil Nadu and he lists out new power generating capacities that will be added within the next 3 to 5 years which hopefully will resolve most of the short-comings of electricity supply in Tamil Nadu. He also answers some questions posed by participants during a brief discussion.To download the presentation click here. Member, Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(Education)
Emerging Energy Policies
In this session Herbert Girardet explains how there is a need for governments to link the energy policies to minimising green house emissions. He describes an example in germany of how, over the past ten years, the government has given generous incentives for people to generate electricity using renewable energy, and how this has brought considerable positive changes. To download the presentation click here. Co-Founder, World Future Council. www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(News)
Solar PV Installation
In today's we feature interview with Toine on Sunday, 2nd of September invitation to witness the commissioning of two pilot grid-connected rooftop solar PV installations as part of a collaborative effort of Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO / TNEB) and Auroville at Ilaignarkal Education Centre. General Meeting at 5pm at Unity Pavilion on changes to Admission and Termination Regulations. Matri Arpanam at 7pm at Matrimadir. Read more

Thursday, 30 August 2012
(City Life)
Explorative Meeting
Meeting between Mr. Bala Baskar, the Secretary of Auroville Foundation, Working Committee members and L'Avenir d'Auroville/ Town Development Council on future planning and developing the city had an explorative character. Opinions and ideas given on what should be the priority while focusing on the future and present situation hold different approaches - some with totally agreement by all, some slightly different, and some strongly disagreed. In order to present the possible future to Governing Board they need to be summarized and agreed upon. Read more

Tuesday, 05 June 2012
(News)
Danny on Auroville Council
In today's news Danny updates us on the Auroville Council. Tonight at Bharat Nivas Auditorium a Tabla and Sitar Recital: Muthu Kumar on tabla, Sanjeev Korti on sitar 7:30 pm. Georges Van Vrekhem's next talk Saturday 17 March 5 pm Savitri Bhavan. FAMC approved formation of Varuna-Auroville, a new unit: a wind generator to be donated to the Auroville Foundation to supply electricity to Auroville. Sharma (working with EcoPro) demonstrates making charcoal with small wood, using household level technology. At Grace, Wednesday, 14 March 3-5 pm Read more

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
(City Life)
Infrastructure Distribution
From L'Avenir d'Auroville Rolf talks on future development of the city, which is currently in chaos, especially regarding utilities infrastructure set up of the past. After the cyclone came a strong call from the community to explore underground utilities supply. And in general energy has accumulated to the point where we can start seriously thinking of overall infrastructure distribution. Next month we will get another electrical high tension cable to interconnect different transformers in order to achieve more regular supply of electricity. Read more

Thursday, 08 March 2012
(Environment)
Wind Turbines at Windarra Farm
In recent years, there has much research and experimentation in the field of wind energy, and the production of wind turbines has become one of the leading examples of renewable energy. Jorge, who runs an initiative at Windarra Farm focused on the production of homemade wind turbines, took some time to speak about his own goals and the awareness of wind turbine benefits. His program, centered in education, brings volunteers and students to the farm to learn how to build their own turbines. Read more

Monday, 05 March 2012
(News)
Walking into Exile
The Pavilion of Tibetan Culture invites us to an exhibition of rare historic photos Walking into Exile - The Dalai Lama arrives in Tawang (March 31 to April 18, 1959) tomorrow 28th of January at 5pm. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, former Kalon Tripa and will be followed by a talk by Samdhong Rinpoche on My Vision of Future Tibet .In today's news we feature short phone interview about it with Namgyal. Weekend it will be nicely busy, as it is usual for this time of the year, with lots of good music, presentations... Read more

Friday, 27 January 2012
(News)
Thursday Concert and Electricity
From Auroville Cyclone Response Team / Energy comes and important safety advice on the electrical poles that have broken during the cyclone. In many cases a new pole has been installed while the old pole is still on the ground next to the new pole with meter boxes and switch boxes still attached to that old For the sake of safety, everyone is requested not to interfere with the equipment, meters, fuses, switch boxes on broken poles as these may be in use. in today's news we feature interview with Kim and Kimbo about Thursday concert at Arka. Read more

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
(News)
Municipalika, Piano, Electricity
L'Avenir d'Auroville will present on Municipalika - 10th International Conference on "Good Urban Governance for Safe, Healthy, Green and Smart Cities" in co terminus with 10th International Exhibiton on "City Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Developments" - Auroville's way on how to handle waste water treatment, alternative planning, architecture and something about tropical evergreen forest. In news we feature short interview with Anbu about it. You can also hear a short excerpt of yesterday's concert of Marc Vella at Pitanga. Read more

Monday, 23 January 2012
(City Life)
Pumped Storage Systems
A presentation on Pumped Storage Systems has been given in the Town Hall Conference Room on Friday 06-01-2012. The presentation team includes Harald Kraft (Water Engineering Consultant, see: ib-kraft.de/eng/), Michael Bonke (who has studied the pumped storage systems of Ruselkraftwerke, Germany) and Toine Van Megen (who presented the relevance of pumped storage systems in the context of renewable energy). The presentation and discussion had also look at the possibilities of utilizing the Matrimandir Lake as the lower elevation Read more

Monday, 09 January 2012
(City Life)
A visit to Joy Guesthouse
At Joy Guest house, previously known as College Guesthouse, the main damage was caused by uprooted trees. Also, they have no water or electricity. Except from the working men and the people living there, the place is pretty deserted, since it is impossible of receiving guests in this condition. After the interview, on my way back to the radio, i was forced to stop since a tree was taken down to secure future safety to electricity lines. Read more

Sunday, 08 January 2012
(City Life)
Beach side one week after cyclone
The beach side was heavily damaged during the cyclone. One week after, reconstruction work is going on. In the town Periyamudaliarchavadi, people were helping government working men clearing away fallen trees to restore electricity lines. Near Repos beach lives Bhaga, already for 20 years now. She gives an account of what happened. During our interview, reconstruction workers entered her back garden with heavy machinery. This ended our talk prematurely, as Bhaga had to go outside to prevent the machine doing too much destruction. Read more

Friday, 06 January 2012
(News)
Nature`s power
One week after the Cyclone and we still feel its impact. A change of landscape, this is for sure. But what are the environmental impacts we are going to face in the future is still unclear. Catherine, an energetic and engaged young Aurovilian and a passionate forester shares with us her views and perspectives on the present situation after the cyclone. We also give an update on Tamil Nadu relief actions for the impacted areas. And to finish a solution: Solar Energy. For this we share interesting facts about it to inspire and motivate we all. Read more

Friday, 06 January 2012
(City Life)
Fundraising after Cyclone
Hemant is part of the Auroville Cyclone Relief & Rehabilitation Team. In this interview he's sharing the last few days of work of the many groups involved in the relief and rehabilitation. In the coming days the electricity will be restored in the center of Auroville but in other places it will take 4 weeks since the TNB personal is busy in other places. The main electrical work is done by Aurovilians.The positive aspect of the cyclone's event is the fact that many persons came together to help each other. Many guest also joined in this effort. Read more

Friday, 06 January 2012
(City Life)
After Cyclone Priority
The Working Committee member Daniel talks about the rehabilitation work happening in Auroville after the Thane cyclone. The most urgent matter is the restoring of the electricity since Auroville depends 100% on water pumped by the borewells. The electrical distribution lines are totally destroyed. About 150 electrical poles are broken and only 50 of them are available. It is estimated that the recovery of electrical power in all the different communities will take around one month. The next week most probably the school will open. Read more

Thursday, 05 January 2012
(News)
Notorial Acts and Help Desk
In today's news we feature short interview with John from help desk for cyclone at Town Hall .... And Andrea spoke with visiting guest artist Carrie Dashow about her work and presentation she will held on Friday 6th of January at 5pm at Multi Media Center in Town Hall....Rosine Debode, a Belgian national, who was one of the early Aurovilians, passed away peacefully in Auroville in the early morning of January 4, 2012. She made a unique and generous contribution to Auroville with her life. Thank you Rosine for all your love and support. . Read more

Thursday, 05 January 2012
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