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Friday, March 27, 2009
From melting glaciers to increasingly intense weather patterns, we know that climate change is already impacting life on our planet.
On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm, Good Earth and our employees will take part in Earth Hour — the world's largest global climate change event. By simply turning out all non-essential lighting for one hour at our company buildings and in our own homes, we will join tens of millions of concerned citizens throughout the world in calling for action to save our planet for future generations.
We'd like to encourage you, one of our valued customers, to join us in this important and inspiring effort.
Led by the World Wildlife Fund, more than 50 million people in 370 cities around the world took part in Earth Hour last year. The lights went out at Sydney's Opera House, Rome's Coliseum, the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge. Even the Google homepage went dark for the day.
This year, Earth Hour will be even bigger. In India, cities large and small have said they'll participate including New Delhi & Mumbai with more signing up daily. They will join international cities such as Beijing, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, and Toronto.
To get a better sense of the magnitude and inspiring nature of the event, take a moment to watch WWF's video about Earth Hour 2009 by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjWD8pbK5t8.
Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and absolutely free. To get more information and to sign up to for Earth Hour 2009, just visit www.earthhour.in and agree to turn out your lights from 8:30-9:30 pm on March 28, 2009.
Energy efficiency isn't just good for the bottom line. As citizens of the world, we all have a stake in the future of our planet and must seek to operate in ways that don't deplete our world's limited natural resources.
In the weeks leading up to Earth Hour, we will be taking a closer look at ways we can operate more efficiently, waste less and reduce our environmental footprint—not only in our own operations, but throughout our supply chain. That's because all of us here at Good Earth care about the future of our world and want to do what we can to make a positive difference.
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chain, was on Thursday sentenced to life in a murder case by the
Madras High Court that enhanced his 10-year rigorous imprisonment
awarded by a trial court.
A division bench convicted Rajagopal and six others for the 2001
murder. The court also increased his conviction from culpable homicide
not amounting to murder, to culpable homicide amounting to murder.
Rajagopal, 59, who had founded the Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels
worldwide in 1981, had been found guilty of murdering an employee
Prince Shantakumar in 2001. A fast track court had in 2004 sentenced
him to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 50.5 lakhs.
Rajagopal had also been accused of sexually harassing Shantakumar's
widow, Jeevajothi, and the daughter of another employee Ramaswamy.
Of the fine, Rs 50 lakh was to be handed over to Jeevajothi, the court
Rajagopal, who was rearrested for violating bail conditions during his
trial after allegedly attempting to threaten Jeevajothi, had appealed
to the high court.
The Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels and restaurants, popular for their
range of idlis, dosas and the like, gained further notoriety in
November 2008 after Rajagopal's son P Shiva Kumar was arrested on a
charge of forging documents to smuggle people into the US.
The charges were based on the findings of the US consulate. The arrest
also resulted in the cancellation of several lucrative contracts of
the hotel chain to supply food to American diplomatic missions.
According to the hotel group's website, its outlets are located
"across 22 outlets in South India, three in the North and seven
countries with 22 outlets across the globe".