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India's infra trusts to push water, wastewater projects

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 26, 2013

 Several water projects are expected to get expedited with the proposed launch of dedicated infrastructure trusts by the Indian Government by the end of the calendar year.

The Central Government is working on setting up Infrastructure Investment Trusts, which will...

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With investors looking for sunrise sectors, volatility to continue

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 22, 2013

US Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke, last week, had decided not to start shutting the liquidity tap giving the markets worldwide a surprise boost. Indian stock markets also rejoiced with strong gains. The $85-billion bond buying programme will continue to...

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Subject Tags: Health , Labor , Social Issues

From India to Africa: A basket of technology to transform lives

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 17, 2013

Solar-powered lamps made in India and by an Indian company were distributed first in refugee camps in Ethiopia in 2009 to provide security to women and promote education.

Since then 100,000 of these SUNLITE Solar Lanterns, each of which provides 9 to 10 hours of light...

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Ingersoll Rand Named to 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 16, 2013

 Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, was selected for the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices in recognition of the company’s economic, environmental and social performance...

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Population boom behind water crisis

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 12, 2013

 Rapid urbanization and a spurt in population are among the major reasons behind the acute water shortage in Jamshedpur, where the gap between demand and supply is 70% as stated in the urban development ministry report that was tabled in the recently concluded monsoon session...

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Subject Tags: Business , Labor , Law , Technology

Sachin Pilot urges companies to see CSR as investment, not a burden

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 10, 2013

 Expecting an annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending of Rs 15,000-20,000 crore by India Inc, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot has asked companies to see the new law as an investment opportunity to create a better work environment, rather than a forced...

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Subject Tags: Business , Labor , Law , Technology

Soon, going green may get you cheaper loans

By : Sustainability ..., Sep 6, 2013

 If your business goes green, you may soon get bank loans at concessional rates. Banks, on their part, should set up green funds and have a chief green officer, according to guidelines on green banking framed by RBI’s arm, the Institute for Development and Research in Banking...

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Subject Tags: banking , Labor , Technology

Resource Sustainability and embedded costs will define future manufacturing competitiveness

By : Anindita Chakraborty, Aug 16, 2013

Sustainability Outlook spoke to Prof. David Dornfeld, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) at the University of California, Berkeley about ways in which sustainability can drive innovation in the Indian...

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Can India’s Agriculture Sector be Saved?

By : Sustainability ..., Aug 15, 2013

 Onions are front-page news these days across newspapers in Delhi. Onion prices, along with those of several other vegetables, have been steadily rising. There is almost a sense of déjà vu, as each year one or two vegetables become a cause célèbre for the middle class. What...

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CSR mandatory with passage of New Companies Bill: All you need to know

By : Sustainability ..., Aug 13, 2013

The New Companies Bill was finally passed in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, making it mandatory for profit making companies to spend on activities related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

With the new legislation, India would possibly become the first country to...

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Subject Tags: Business , Labor , Law , Politics