8% increase in corporate spending on CSR

Corporates have spent Rs.70.5 bn, an increase of 8% compared to the previous year on CSR (corporate social responsibility)initiatives. This puts the CSR spend at 98% of the prescribed spend – based on the Act, The S&P BSE 100 companies were required to spend Rs.72.0 bn on CSR, according to a recent report released by IiAS, a proxy advisory firm. ... Read More »

New research could significantly accelerate drug discovery

Many drugs work by inhibiting protein enzymes associated with a particular disease. Unfortunately, the same drugs can inhibit protein enzymes unrelated to the disease, resulting in harmful side effects. One potential solution is to better identify structural features that determine a protein enzyme’s function. Now, a team headed by a computational biologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine ... Read More »

Against all odds !

India, in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO), launched one of the world’s most extensive immunisation campaigns against measles and rubella on 5 February 2017. For that campaign, health worker Geeta Verma trudged through tumultuous terrains on her bike and walked long distances to far-flung settlements to immunise children in Mandi’s remotest settlements, high in the hills of Himachal ... Read More »

Sewage turns into a Garden !!

80 residents from Tirupati Towers in Kandivali came together to restore greenery in their area. From children to senior citizens, 80 residents of a housing society in Mumbai came together to recreate a garden which was lost when a drainage channel flowing along the building compound was widened. Several areas in Mumbai are prone to floods post-monsoon. To reduce the ... Read More »

Indian roads will be Accident free soon !!

International Road Assessment Programme, a UK based organisation that assists governments make roads safer world over, will engage central and state road transport ministries and highway authorities to assess Indian roads on the basis of its risk profile. The India chapter of the organisation (IndiaRAP) has been hosted by the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD), a not-for-profit organization devoted ... Read More »

India focuses on ways to stop wasting Food !!

India, one of the world’s largest food producers, is trying to tackle waste during production, processing, retailing and consumption by funding internal initiatives and by partnerships on best practice and technology with overseas investors. But many of those struggling to get enough to eat are concerned that progress is too slow in India which ranked 100 among 119 countries in ... Read More »

App turns Sign Language Converted Into Readable Text

For people with hearing and speech impairment, communication with the outside world is often an onerous task. Only members of their close circle of friends or immediate family make a genuine attempt at learning it. When they step out into the job market, very few people try to learn sign language, and this creates real barriers to any sort progress ... Read More »

China-based Trina Solar

China-based Trina Solar, the world’s biggest solar panel maker, has put on hold its make-in-India plan to set up a 1,000 megawatt manufacturing unit in India because of low prices and absence of supportive policies but it will invest up to $500 million if it gets the right incentives. In 2015, Trina Solar bought land near Visakhapatnam to set up ... Read More »

Corporate Communications / VIVAN Life Sciences

If public health benefits from the containing and reducing spread of infection were to be calculated, it would turn out to be a considerable saving to the exchequer. Rajni Vaidyanath Salunke lives in the Kishkinda Nagar slum of Pune. She is one of the over 14 lakh people who live in the 500 slum pockets of Pune and who make ... Read More »

National Award received by Akshayapatra

The prestigious National Award for Child Welfare was conferred upon The Akshaya Patra Foundation by the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind on November 14, 2017. It was received by Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation. The awards were given in the presence of Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Dr Virendra Kumar. The ... Read More »

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