4 11, 2014

Land acquisition proposal for runway expansion sent to govt.

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:03+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Marketing and Finance|0 Comments

185 acres to be got at a cost of Rs. 121 crore The district administration has submitted a proposal to the State government to acquire 185 acres to be handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expanding the new concrete runway, D.R. Ashok, Assistant Commissioner, Mangalore sub-division, has said. Stating this at the meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme Review Committee here on Monday, he said it had been proposed to acquire the land at a cost of Rs. 121 crore, of which Rs. 115 crore would be spent on land acquisition and Rs. 5 crore for [...]

4 11, 2014

Tata Power-ICICI Venture JV may Buy Avantha Power Assets

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:05+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Marketing and Finance|0 Comments

7,000 crore Deal likely to involve sale of operational power plants; acquirer may have to pay up to A joint venture between Tata Power, India's second-biggest private power producer and ICICI Venture, has begun talks to buy out some power assets of Avantha Power as the cash-strapped Thapar group considers asset sale to reduce its debt. Two people with direct knowledge of the matter said officials from both sides have met to discuss the issue and that the deal is likely to involve the sale of operational power plants. “We had several meetings with the Thapar group officials for the [...]

3 11, 2014

Infosys pulls out of new development centre proj in Bengaluru

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:08+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Marketing and Finance|0 Comments

Country's second largest software services firm Infosys has pulled out of the proposed software development centre project to be set up near Bengaluru citing lack of infrastructure in India's 'Silicon Valley'. It has also asked the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to refund the deposit for land it has paid. Infosys has taken the step citing lack of infrastructure at the 1,000-acre IT park to pursue its business plans. "The company has conveyed its intention to surrender the land citing lack of infrastructure," Infosys said in a regulatory filing. Further, Infosys has reiterated that this does not in any [...]

8 10, 2014

Parthenium, the problem weed

By | 2014-10-08T06:31:08+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Pollution|0 Comments

The dread weed, parthenium, produces about 10,000 seeds per plant. And they propagate fast. It causes dermatitis and other allergies. How do we get rid of this in a way that an economic activity is also generated in the bargain? Vermi-composting is a solution. Researchers have found that parthenium degrades completely in 40 days when put into vermicompost bins with a multilayered process of decomposable matter. Vermicomposting does not decompose the seeds, though. So the seeds germinate in the compost bins, and are kept in a dark room for about 15 days. This wilts away the seedlings and terminates the [...]

7 10, 2014

Getting rid of human hair

By | 2014-10-07T06:33:07+00:00 October 7th, 2014|Pollution|0 Comments

Human hair takes hundreds of years to decompose. So how do we get rid of it? There is a vermi-technology process that experts at the Punjab University have discovered to convert hair into organic manure with the help of earthworms. Hair contains keratin, a fibrous structural protein that is hard and insoluble in most cases. Keratin makes it difficult for hair to decompose easily. An enzyme in the gut of the earthworm breaks down keratin. And it works best without using any chemicals or diluting. It is a multi-layered stack in a vermi-compost bin, with decomposable matter such as wheat [...]

6 10, 2014

This fruit can be future fuel

By | 2014-10-06T06:34:17+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Green Tech|0 Comments

In the early 1980s, when scientist Willie Smits was courting a native Indonesian woman of a mountain tribe of Sulawesi, who he later married, he stumbled upon a solution for the rainforest destruction in Indonesia hidden in the tribe's traditional culture. He had to pay a dowry of six sugar palms before the wedding. It had seemed like little to him then, but later, reflecting on the actual value of the Arenga Pinnata, he hit upon a possible solution for restoring Indonesia's rainforests. "The palm juice chiefly consists of water and sugar—made from rain, sunshine, carbon dioxide and nothing else," [...]

6 10, 2014

Biofuel Beginnings

By | 2014-10-06T06:33:50+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Green Tech|0 Comments

It was a few years ago that the world suddenly realised the potent threats caused by fuel consumption, and the alarming rate at which it was going then—carbon emissions into the atmosphere, as well as depletion of its sources. Biofuel was recommended as a workable alternative by a number of environmentalists. That was the late Eighties. European countries raced with each other to replace as much of their petroleum as possible with more 'sustainable' fuels. While appearing to be a sensible step towards softening the hurt for the planet, it actually had the reverse effect: massive areas of rainforest across [...]

5 10, 2014

It is a smoking good example

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:13+00:00 October 5th, 2014|Life in Slow Lane|0 Comments

In the 1950s and early sixties, there were not more than 20 per cent of adult Indians who smoked cigarettes. It was either a social taboo, or many just did not have the opportunity to stray into such habits in the early years. That changed by the late Seventies with a new generation taking to smoking as a fun thing to do. Even if people did not like smoking, they did not think it was dangerous. Then in the early Eighties tobacco companies began to carry the statutory warning. By the late Seventies, reports of smoking leading to cancer, heart [...]

4 10, 2014

Every time the sun shines and the wind blows, your home hums with power & water . . .

By | 2014-10-04T06:35:07+00:00 October 4th, 2014|Power|0 Comments

These zero-energy villas offer all that any home does. And they offer more. They harvest the sun and the winds to power homes. These deep-eco villas catch water from the skies and feed home supply needs. They produce water from air for drinking and cooking needs. Zed Earth villas don’t depend on city infrastructure for energy, water or waste. Every home is air-conditioned but with systems that let you breathe the sky. Casablanca homes from Rs.1 cr to 1.2 cr as pre-launch prices. 30 signature version limited edition townhouses. Located on Doddaballapur road towards Yelahanka. Areas and floor plans can [...]

3 10, 2014

Virtually waterless washing!

By | 2014-10-03T06:35:09+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|Water|0 Comments

There’s a revolutionary new washing machine on the block—one that needs only a cup of water and small nylon beads! After 30 years of research by Professor Stephen Burkinshaw and the University of Leeds, Xeros Ltd will soon launch the first ever washing machine that uses the dirt-attracting properties of nylon to wash dirty clothes, making the whole process literally water-free.“Stains behave just like dyes,” says Burkinshaw. “And nylon polymers have an inherent polarity that attracts stains. Picture how white nylon garments can get dingy over time as dirt builds up on the surface despite repeated washing.” Polymers transform under [...]