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Impact investing: Mixing business and social good

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | hima bindu kota | in Agenda

Impact investing is definitely the next venture capital destination as it can narrow the gap between the underserved and the privileged. Government must, however, remove roadblocks and provide stimulus to it Making money need not be a dirty and insensitive game anymore. Gone are the days when profitability and well-being of...

Kabul: The heart of Silk Road in Asia

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | Ashraf Haidari | in Agenda

The Silk Road Mayors forum in Kabul last month reaffirmed the fact that centuries on, Afghanistan remains a principle connector at the world’s crossroads Reviving and building connectivity across the Eurasian landmass based on commercial networks of the ancient Silk Road underpins one of the key economic goals of the...

A perfect sanitation solution

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | Daigo Ishiyama | in Agenda

The Twin Pit-Pour Flush system is undoubtedly the best form of sanitation that is safe and sustainable but there are certain challenges that needs to be addressed before we achieve the goal of an Open Defecation Free India by 2019 It has been three year since India launched the Swachh Bharat...

There’s a troll waiting to prick a pin into you

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Windbags masquerading as intellectuals are getting their comeuppance on social media as Bharat writes back, in English, to expose the privileges and prejudices of mainstream media The first time I encountered the word ‘troll’ was in high school. That year, we had to read JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit, as...

An open letter to PM-baiters: It's Modinomics, stupid!

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Sanju Verma | in Agenda

I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the vicious slander, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's baiters including an issue-less Opposition and a former Finance Minister of the NDA infamous once upon a time as “Rollback Sinha”, a moniker given to...

Voices of the banking sector

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Tripti Sangwan | in Agenda

Bank consolidation may be the flavour of the season but we must not give in to the temptation as risks associated with mergers are too high. Focus must be on overcoming the underlying challenges India’s banking sector has experienced the worst phase in recent times and various initiatives undertaken to encounter...

Anaemic, malnourished women need care

Sunday, 05 Nov 2017 | Shailendra Sinha | in Agenda

The Government has been doing its bit to eradicate poor nutrition among women, especially for pregnant women, but until mindsets do not change, conquering the disease will be difficult Adivasi women don’t eat nutritious food during pregnancy and they also don’t take iron pills on a regular basis because there exists...

A pragmatic way is alternative fuel

Sunday, 05 Nov 2017 | Suyash Gupta | in Agenda

Even as we work towards cleaner vehicle technology to prevent air pollution, we must invest in other fuels that deliver results in short-term simultaneously It's been almost two decades since Delhi's public transport system made the sweeping shift from diesel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). While the environmental gains were significant...

Of civilized living in Delhi's Little Calcutta

Sunday, 05 Nov 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Agenda

CR Park is probably one of the few South Delhi localities that has still not given up the fight to try and ensure the liveability quotient, as it were, is retained; if not wholly then at least very substantially Chittaranjan Park, or EPDP (East Pakistan Displaced Persons) Colony for those readers...

Resistance to Anthem is a Bansky tee, why bother?

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Thanks to the Supreme Court, prompted by the petition of an obscure film society, revisiting its earlier order making the playing of the National Anthem mandatory before the screening of movies in cinemas, we have been subjected to endless monkey chatter on nationalism, patriotism and whether or not people should...


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State Govt to celebrate “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas every wednesday

20 Nov 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

To control the rising number of road accidents and deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to observe every Wednesday of the week as “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas. State principal secretary transport Aradhana Shukla, in an order on Sunday said that on every Wednesday, the department officials would hold rigorous checking of helmet for the driver and the pillion riders of the two wheeler and...

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