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Twisted Turban, a multi-stringed novel, based on author’s own life centres on a heart-rending story of hardship and unfulfilled romantic love in a caste-based society. Full of humour and keen observation, it provides an unparalleled insight into the lives of Sikhs in India and the Asian diaspora across Africa, Europe and America. At the same time he deals with problems of today’s society never ceasing to wonder at the cynical and often gullible cultural and religious assumptions.

Naginder Sehmi, a Kenyan-Swiss, now lives in Geneva, Switzerland having served in a specialised agency of the United Nations for 27 years in the field of water resources. He started as a teacher in Kenya and became a hydrologist in the Ministry Water in 1965. As an intellectual and an academic, he has has spent much of his life exploring and challenging the borders between eastern and western cultures and the frontiers between science and spirituality.

Published by Mereo, Memoirs Publishing, Cirencester, UK, December 2013

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The Hydrology of Disastrous Floods in Asia – An Overview

Hydrology and Water Resources Department,

World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland


THE HYDROLOGY of disastrous floods in the tropical cyclone and monsoon countries of Asia is changing rapidly, mainly as a consequence of the high rate of economic development accompanied by growing urbanization. It is becoming increasingly ‘intensified’ and ‘localized’ both in terms of cause and effect. For thousands of years the problem of flood disasters has been associated with the plains in the middle and lower reaches of the major rivers which now accommodate approximately half the population of the world. These people have known their rivers for centuries and have, in most cases, tamed them to an extent that the major rivers no longer appear to cause direct major disasters. Feelings of security from floods have increased population pressure beyond any expectations. This has led to the development of land and water resources beyond what is desirable, at the expense of shrinking forests, eroded pastures and polluted rivers and lakes. Traditionally, operational hydrological activities are geared to floods in large rivers, whereas the major flood disasters now occur in densely populated areas in small river catchments. A Persian proverb aptly describes the problem: ‘In the ants’ house the dew is a flood’.

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Avenue des Eidguenots et Chemin du Nant-Cayla
Quel avenir pour ce secteur?

L’Association du quartier des Eidguenots
Septembre 2000

Table des matières

  1. L’objet de nos préoccupations
  2. Définitions et périmètres
  3. Pourquoi ce dossier

3.1    Chronologie des événements

3.2    Proposition combinée de la Ville et REVAC SA

3..3   Situation actuelle et propositions des habitants

3.4    La pétition

3.5    Concertation et participation

3.6    Remarques sur la maquette

3.7    Le PLQ des Eidguenots : architecture et modèles

3.7.1 Des plots dans notre quartier

3.7.2 Le modèle zurichois : Werdwies

  1. Développement du quartier des Eidguenots par rapport au Plan directeur communal 2020

4.1    Construire des logements (densification)

4.2    Logement/emploi

4.3    Mobilité

4.4    Des loyers bon marché

4.5    Une ville plurielle

4.6    Moins de nuisances

4.7    Biodiversité, bien-être

4.8    Impact sur la berge du Rhône

  1. Importance du secteur pour la santé ; attractivité de la ville de Genève
  2. Les demandes de la Concorde (projet d’Eco-quartier pilote en Suisse – UNESCO)
  3. Richesse naturelle

7.1    Sauvegarde du couloir de migration des oiseaux

7.2.   Le couloir de végétation

7.3.   Pourquoi une zone verte ?

  1. Propositions

ANNEXE 1 : Respect de l’environnement bâti – Confignon.

ANNEXE 2 : Bilan environnemental de la zone Eidguenots

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Préparé par : Naginder S. SEHMI -1999