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E-waste: A Growing Problem
Little has changed over the years in the narrow bylanes of Seelampur in the national capital, India’s largest unorganised e-waste recycling hub, as hundreds of establishments, big and small, salvage computer peripherals, laptops, mobile phones and ot
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Blend It To Fix It
Midway through his address at the annual congregation of the domestic sugar industry in December 2020, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce and Railways, said something that cast a pall of gloom on the occasion. Goyal said the industry should fo
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Credit Slowdown
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GDP Growth Projections Down
↘ With the second wave of Covid cases intensifying, global agencies have revised downwards projections for India’s real GDP growth ↘ JP Morgan has indicated the sharpest decline by 2 percentage points to 11 per cent ↘ While most agencies have indicat
Business Today4 min readTechnology & Engineering
Recycled Gizmos
HP has been actively using ocean-bound plastic in its laptops such as the HP Elite Dragonfly, EliteBook and Pavilion notebooks. While some of the materials used in these machines are recycled, HP’s Probook Series has over 62 per cent of mechanical pa
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Green Railways By 2030
Indian railways moves 24 million passengers every day — a shade less than the population of Australia — on 13,000 trains, around 67,956 kilometres across the sub-continent. Add to that another 3.3 million tonnes of freight — 1,200 million tonnes duri
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Venkataraman’s Many Passions
Titan Company MD C.K. Venkataraman calls himself an “obsessive singer”, who hums the yesteryear classics of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi through the wee hours of the morning. Often, he records the songs and sends them to his friends and co
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Coal Is Still Power-full
In 2015, Tata Power Company had a gross generation capacity of 8,726 megawatt (MW), mainly 7,607 MW of thermal power. Its green energy portfolio was barely 1,119 MW comprising 573 MW of hydro, 487 MW of wind and just 59 MW of solar. It had plans to a
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Surge in Finished Steel Exports
↘ India’s finished steel exports during FY21 hit 10.8 million tonnes, a 29.1 per cent increase over FY20, driven largely by China ↘ India net exporter of finished steel during the fiscal with net trade surplus of six million tonnes ↘ Import of finish
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Clean And Green Alang
The sleepy coastal village of Alang, about 50 kilometres from Bhavnagar in Gujarat, also known as the largest ship-recycling hub in the world, had a bad reputation until a decade ago. Reports highlighted horror stories about its poor infrastructure,
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Normal Monsoon Predicted
↘ The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a normal monsoon this year at 98 per cent of the long period average ↘ In 2019 and 2020, India got 110 per cent and 109 per cent of LPA, respectively. So, this could well be the third normal m
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The Tough Makeover
AT the FII Investment Institute Conference in June last year, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani mooted an idea of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material rather than a liability. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud, Minister of Energy o
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Record Rabi Output
↘ Foodgrain production during the 2020/21 rabi season is estimated at an all-time high of 155.1 MT ↘ It is much higher than the average rabi foodgrain output during previous five years ↘ From 2015/16 to 2019/20, average foodgrain production was 141 M
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Manufacturing Pmi Lowest Since August
↘ India's factory activity grew at its weakest pace in seven months during March with rising lockdowns to curtail the resurgence in Covid-19 cases ↘ The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing in March stood at 55.4, the lowest since Augus
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The Maths in Music
An engineer by profession and a singer by heart, for Jaya Jagadish, Country Head, AMD India, music is much more than just a hobby. “It’s a crucial part of my life,” she says. Hailing from a family where music always played in the background, Jaya too
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Shifting Focus To Total Stakeholder Return
Currently, the flavour of the global narrative beyond Covid-19 is “WITHER CAPITALISM”. The narrative is pervasive through the corridors of academics, C-suites, citizens’ forums to political chambers, albeit in different nuances of inequality, environ
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Matching Ambition with Carbon Goals
India has taken a diametrically different view on climate change for the external world — and the internal. For the larger world, there has been a tough as titanium stand that those who polluted for decades via massive industrialisation of their econ
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Towards A Low-carbon Future
India is stuck between the devil and the deep sea as far as meeting net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) is concerned. Net-zero emissions refer to an overall balance between GHG emissions produced and taken out of the atmosphere. Over 100 cou
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Best Advice I Ever Got
What was the problem you were grappling with? There was no specific problem. If I needed health advice, I would turn to Dharmendra’s movies. If I needed guidance on responsibilities towards my father, I would turn to Rajendra Kumar’s movies. Who did
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Scrapping Pollutants Away
WHEN NITIN GADKARI, Minister for Road Transport and High-ways and MSME, spelt out the contours of India’s first vehicle scrap-page policy in mid-March, it was the culmination of a process that started more than a decade ago. The multipronged policy,
Business Today7 min readCorporate Finance
Awareness on É is lacking Hedging risk for raising foreign currency bonds Not many ESG-compliant companies Regulatory framework is still evolving Green washing (money going to projects not certified green) Reporting and compliance challenges, compani
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Band of Brothers
For the three founders of popular Indian Social media apps Sharechat and Moj, brotherhood defines their relationship. Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh and Farid Ahsan, who met at IIT Kanpur, founded Mohalla Tech in early 2015. Interestingly, all t
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Co2 Red Alert World Needs To Act Now
↘ Greenhouse gas emission intensity of GDP to be reduced by 33-35 per cent by 2030 ↘ 40 per cent of India’s power capacity to be based on nonfossil fuel sources by 2030 ↘ India will create an additional ‘carbon sink’ of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of CO2 eq
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Increase In Exports On Low Base
↘ Exports in March 2021 were $34.4 billion, 60.3 per cent more than $21.49 billion in March 2020 ↘ Growth driven by non-petroleum, oil & lubricant (POL) goods, which rose 63.6 per cent over March 2020 ↘ Non-POL exports, at $31 billion, hit a record h
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The Defenders
In January 2020, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft announced that the $143-billion IT giant targets to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030, and by 2050 it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the
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Air Passenger Traffic Down 66%
↘ Air passenger traffic tanked 66.1 per cent to 115.5 million in FY21 as the government grounded both domestic and international flights in end-March 2020 ↘ In FY20, there was a 4.23 per cent fall in international traffic as airlines reduced flights
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Rise in Home Price Index
↘ The All India house price index (HPI) compiled by the RBI for 10 major cities rose from 212.1 in Q4 of FY15 to 278.1 in Q4 of FY20, registering a CAGR of 5.6 per cent ↘ CPI for housing moved from 116.1 in FY15 to 152.2 in FY20, a CAGR of 5.6 per ce
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