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India’s first Women’s Bank to give loans up to Rs 1 crore without collateral

To promote women entrepreneurship, the country’s first Women’s Bank — the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) — has chosen to do away with collateral for loans availed by the fairer sex. The BMB will provide collateral-free loans for amounts up to Rs 1 crore, which will instead be covered under the

Solar mission phase two: bids received are for triple the capacity on offer

Capital subsidy in form of viability gap funding may be reason for high number of bids Photograph by Jonas Hamberg The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received bids for 2,170 mega-watts (MW) capacity in the first batch of projects under second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National

Historical Validity of Mullaperiyar Project

Download PDF version This historical analysis of the Periyar project questions the arguments and some of the contemporary claims made about the project’s engineering and construction, and its environmental impact. Far from being an environmentally destructive project, this was a “pacifist” scheme when it was built. The article throws light

Technological productivity cannot be blindly accepted without scrutinizing its impact on people and the planet

Why does Marxism, alongside capitalism, get blamed for disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina? The answer, argue green critics, lies in the shared zeal of the two for an infinite economic expansion, which they believe is burning up the planet and stoking global climate change. For

India’s SO2 emissions up by 71 per cent in 5 years, shows US study

CPCB underestimating pollution from coal-fired thermal power plants’ Data released by NASA’s Aura satellite calls into question the veracity of Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) claim made in 2012 that the mean sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions in India decreased in 2010 as compared to 2001 level. A new study led