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Jan Dhan scheme: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan cautions banks against running after numbers 15.9.2014 ET: Banking
Rajan today cautioned banks on the risks involved in just hunting for numbers, asking them not to compromise on core objectives of the programme.
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Jan Dhan scheme: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan cautions banks against running after numbers 15.9.2014 DNA: Wide Angle
As banks rush to open accounts under the Centre's Jan Dhan scheme, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Monday cautioned them on the risks involved in just hunting for numbers, asking them not to compromise on core objectives of the programme. "When we roll out the scheme, we have to make sure it does not go off the track. The target is universality, not just speed and numbers," Rajan said addressing bankers at an annual industry conference organised by industry body FICCI. The scheme can be a "waste" if it leads to duplication of accounts, if no transaction happens on the new accounts and if the new users get bad experiences, he added. "The system is going to be a waste if what we do generates a whole set of duplicate accounts. It is going to be a waste if you do not have full coverage. It is going to be a waste if those accounts are not used, they open and they languish. Many of the persons who are coming into the system are coming for the first time, so if we don't make a good first impression, they will ...
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Finance Ministry asks public sector banks to participate in Swachh Bharat Mission 15.9.2014 ET: Banking
The ministry in a letter to all PSBs', sought details of their CSR budgets, asking how much funds do they plan to dedicate for Swachh Bharat Mission
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Google Earth Engine to soon predict malaria on maps 14.9.2014 DNA: Evolutions
Google Earth Engine to soon predict malaria on maps
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Uma Bharti launches website on Clean Ganga 12.9.2014 DNA: Mumbai
 As a major step towards people's involvement in Ganga rejuvenation, Union Minister of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti launched a website on the Ganga here today. Speaking on the occasion, Bharti said the launch of the website is an important tool to connect the public with the gigantic task of Ganga rejuvenation. She expressed the hope that large number of people concerned with the present state of Ganga will come forward to give their suggestions to improve the situation. Bharti reiterated the government's resolve to rejuvenate the holy river of Ganga within the shortest possible time. The website (nmcg.nic.in) contains wide range of information on Clean Ganga mission, which includes Ganga Manthan, Namami Gange, conservation of pollution project, status of NGRBA, Ganga action plan, water quality monitoring, industrial pollution monitoring, waste water management and comprehensive details of Ganga basin. The bilingual website has a provision to receive feedback from ...
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'Smart Cities' to feature wi-fi, telemedicine services 11.9.2014 DNA: Recent Columns
Round-the-clock power and water supply, wi-fi connectivity and telemedicine facilities would be some of the highlights of the 100 'Smart Cities' which the Centre has decided to develop across the country, the Urban Development Ministry has said. According to a draft concept paper for the proposal released by the ministry, better transportation and sewage systems have also been envisaged for the Smart Cities. The sewage system would be such that it would cover entire households with a door-to door garbage collection facility. According to a senior ministry official, the draft concept paper contains broad contours for the project and covers the criteria for selection, financing and capacity-building needs. In its maiden budget, the NDA government proposed that it would develop 100 Smart Cities in the country and the UD ministry is in the process of finalising the policy for the same. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has convened a conclave tomorrow of Urban Development ministers of the states and ...
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Delhi set for a 'makeover' as Venkaiah Naidu rolls out action plan 11.9.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Aiming to give Delhi a facelift, Urban Development Ministry today firmed up an action plan to ensure a "clean and green" capital city, with major focus on sanitation, waste disposal and upkeep of public places, to improve the quality of life of its residents. In a meeting with all stakeholders, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu chalked out a detailed three-pronged strategy - short term, medium term and long term - to carry out the beautification drive by various concerned agencies. Emphasising the need for concerted efforts to ensure a "clean and green" Delhi, Naidu noted that the general public perception of management of public places and utilities is very poor and needed to be changed through a special drive which is to be sustained till the objective is realised. DDA will undertake tree plantation, streetscape improvement through improved signages, street lighting, street furniture and public conveniences besides revival of 59 water bodies and building of toilets on BOT basis in parks and ...
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Craftsman creates mini worlds out of bamboo 10.9.2014 Coimbatore - City - The Times of India
In a small village in Sarvanampatti near Coimbatore, a passionate bamboo craftsman makes beautiful homes and gifts them to his friends.His houses are not of brick and mortar but made of bamboo and his passion.
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India, Germany to cooperate in skill development, river cleaning 8.9.2014 DNA: Opinion
India and Germany on Monday agreed to prepare a roadmap for cooperation in skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers as visiting Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described the two nations as "made for each other". During the meeting here, Steinmeier conveyed Germany's strong desire to work with the new government in India to further expand and deepen bilateral relations. Modi lauded Germany's remarkable economic resurgence over the past decade, a PMO statement said. He said India and Germany, which are bound by democratic values, are "made for each other" because of complementary skills and resources to power the next generation of industrial development through partnering in manufacturing and infrastructure development, it said. Suggesting use of Germany's strength and experience in the area of skill development, he said both sides should develop a concrete time-bound plan for training of Indian youth to meet Indian needs and the global ...
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dna Eco-Ganesha: Lets pledge for a clean Juhu beach 8.9.2014 DNA: Bangalore
dna Eco-Ganesha: Lets pledge for a clean Juhu beach
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Be responsible towards the nature: Tiger Shroff 7.9.2014 DNA: Bangalore
Be responsible towards the nature: Tiger Shroff
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Penalty for wasting water to go up sharply 3.9.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
The seven dams supplying water to the city are nearly full. This, however, may lead to consumers using water excessively. Hence, taking cue from Singapore Public Utilities Board, BMC has decided to inflict heavy penalty on residents splurging water. BMC is planning to levy penalty—four to six times the charge—from consumers who waste water. The corporation at present charges double to triple the amount for wasting water. "We are lucky that there is adequate water stock this year. But we may not be lucky the next time. Hence, we are planning to deter people from wasting water. We may hike the penalty rates by four to six times," a senior civic official said. The Singapore Public Utilities Board, its national water agency, levies fine up to $2,000 on consumers who don't use water judiciously. "We will send two of our engineers from the hydraulic dept to Singapore to study their conservation practices. We plan to adopt similar practices here," he added. Penalty Corporation supplies water at the prevailing ...
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BMC awaits more agencies to apply for its plan to create awareness on waste segregation 2.9.2014 DNA: Top News
The BMC is waiting for more agencies to apply, before narrowing down on one to start a campaign, through which it plans to spread awareness on the importance of segregating dry from wet waste. "All the problems associated with managing waste start at individual homes. Despite repeated campaigns, people do not take waste segregation seriously. Hence, we realised that only a dedicated agency can spread the message better and more comprehensively, in a professional way. As part of the campaign, posters, banners and advertisements will be put up via television, newspapers and radio," a senior civic official from the solid waste management department said. Around Rs44 crore has been allocated by the civic body to increase awareness on the issue."Only segregation of wet and dry waste at the source will decrease the amount of solid waste that goes to the three dumping grounds of the city," the official said. The SWM bylaws of 2006 asks for compulsory segregation of waste at source by residential societies. ...
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Indian students successfully build first low cost 3-D printer 2.9.2014 DNA: Opinion
A group of engineering students have successfully built and tested their first low cost 3-D printer. The students of GD Goenka University have developed a 3-D printer 'AAKAR', which is capable of printing objects using Poly Lactic Acid which is a bio- degradable plastic material. Dr. Nagar, the faculty in-charge of the project AAKAR said that the main purpose of the printer is to make technological innovation a reality as 3D printing is fundamentally changing the manufacturing ecosystem. Future plan of the research group includes making drones for agricultural and waste management as well as using them as sensor beds for scientific studies like monitoring water and air pollution. The students have printed a plastic LCD case as a demonstration project and have showcased their 3-D Printer during the Orientation Programme of the ...
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Rs6.97 crore plan to clean up Mithi river 2.9.2014 DNA: Money
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is mulling a Rs 6.97 crore plan to control the foul odour and prevent breeding of mosquitoes on Mithi river and Vakola nalla. This follows the expert advice of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). However, such measures would be taken at the Bandra Kurla complex area of these two water bodies. Prior to widening and deepening of Mithi river, the water body reeked of foul smell due to lack of dissolved oxygen and emission of Hydrogen Sulphide, apart from stagnant water leading to mosquito breeding. "Due to various works and measures undertaken, there has been drastic improvement in the channels of Mithi river and Vakola nalla. Even, water flow has improved thereby bringing down pollution levels," said an MMRDA official. A couple of years ago, the development authority had conducted an experiment for odour control which gave a positive result. Hence, it has decided to once again adopt the same methodology. Even a floating ...
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Indian researcher awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship 1.9.2014 DO NOT USE Indians Abroad – The Indian Express
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Kerala seeks elephants' help to grow rubber 1.9.2014 ET: Agriculture
RRII has discovered that elephant dung can be effectively used as a potting medium for raising rubber root trainer plants.
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US ship finishes neutralising Syria's worst chemical arms: Pentagon 19.8.2014 DNA: Opinion
A specially equipped United States ship has finished neutralising all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon said on Monday. It said the Cape Ray, equipped with the US-developed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, neutralised 581.5 metric tons of DF, a sarin precursor chemical, and 19.8 metric tons of HD, an ingredient of sulfur mustard, while afloat in the Mediterranean. The vessel will travel to Finland and Germany in the next two weeks to unload the resulting effluent, which will undergo treatment as industrial waste to render it safer, a Pentagon spokeswoman said. It was the first time chemical weapons components had been neutralised at sea, the Pentagon said. Damascus agreed last September to a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons to avert threatened military strikes by the United States and France, which accused Syria of using the arms against ...
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India needs a national policy on waste management 17.8.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Bengaluru unfortunately, managed to defer a path-breaking concept in waste management .  True, there are other municipalities that have also blundered, but without either a concrete plan, or even a transparent tendering process. A case in point is the way the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has gone about awarding contracts for managing its waste. First, there appears to have been little work done on finding out how much waste the city generates. The estimates of how much waste the city generates vary significantly with those compiled by experts in the field. Second, it has gone about placing an order with a private party for processing 1,000 tonne per day (tpd) of waste, but which actually processes barely 300 tonne daily. The PMC has nevertheless gone ahead and placed an order for another 700 tpd plant which is said to be actually processing just 250 tpd. This is in addition to two more decomposting plants of 100 tpd capacity. And this is being done when there are more than 21 smaller plants each ...
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Cooperate in developing 'little Singapore' in India: Sushma Swaraj 16.8.2014 DNA: Urban Tales
Singapore could cooperate with India to develop a 'little Singapore' along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor under the new government's 100 smart cities project, this was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to top leaders here. The External Affairs Minister, who arrived here late last night along with senior officials of her Ministry, held a series of meetings including with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. During her meetings, Swaraj briefed the Ministers about her government's plan to build 100 smart cities. Apart from calling on the Prime Minister, Swaraj held talks with her Singaporean counterpart K Shanmugam and also called on former premier Goh Chok Tong.  On its part, Singapore has expressed keenness to cooperate with India in specific areas of its expertise like water management and urban rejuvenation, officials said. In the budget, the new Indian government had proposed to develop 100 'smart cities' as satellite towns of larger cities and allocated Rs 7,060 crore for the ...
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