Striking a ” New Middle Path” between RTI and RTP – Indira Sivan

When Right to Information (RTI) is a citizen-empowering feature that helps a comman man to gain access to data held by administration or public bodies, Right to Privacy (RTP) is a fundamental right granted to citizens to control the access and use of their personal information which are held by government and private bodies. The two rights to a layman might seem discordant. The recent talks to amend RTI Act based on the data safeguarding frameworks suggested by Srikrishna Committee Report has created apprehensions among officials. The recommendations that the Committee report provided focused on three main indispensable parts : …

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Management of new age environmental risks for industry and society

Stakeholder-related risks in the extractive sector have risen rapidly over the last two decades. Time and again, companies have experienced how negative environmental impacts can generate significant negative social impacts on local community health and livelihoods. Local communities’ reactions to these impacts can quickly escalate from complaints to protests and road blockades, raising the risks of the company or police forced into heavy-handed tactics that can lead to even more serious impacts, such as injury or even deaths. This all-too-familiar situation has significant costs – for the community of course, but also for extractive companies also. The time for new …

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India adds 40% solar in all of the new power capacity added in this year.

The solar energy sector has accounted for the largest capacity addition to the Indian electricity grid so far this year. It has contributed around 39%—over 7,100 megawatts (MW)—to the overall capacity additions., according to data from Mercom Capital Group, a US-based research and consulting firm. For comparison, solar energy capacity additions stood at only around 4,313 MW in all of 2016. In all, the country now has a total solar capacity of around 14.7 gigawatts ( 1 GW = 1,000 MW) as of September 2017. India has added more production capacity from renewable energy in a year than from conventional …

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The Rudderless coal mining policy

The NDA government started the re-allocation of coal mines through “transparent” e-auctions, post the Supreme court cancellation of all the old allocations in August 2014. This has been a futile exercise in achieving the objective of increased coal production. Today most of the southern coal powered thermal plants are starved of critical regular supplies of coal for its thermal power plants. However, it has been another successful experiment in crony capitalism. The main beneficiary of the new allocations has been the private sector Adani group, having got six blocks consisting of four mines. The group earned 18.6 billion rupees in FY18 from the coal mines. …

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How green is India’s nuclear energy

Existing scenario As of March 2018, India has 22 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear power plants, having a total installed capacity of 6,780 MW. 6 more reactors are under construction will add generation capacity of 4,300 MW. India plan to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63 GW in 2032. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has stirred up people apprehensions about atomic energy being a clean and safe alternative to fossil fuels. Communities around proposed Indian nuclear power plant sites have launched protests. There have been mass protests against the French-backed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project in Maharashtra and the Russian-backed 2,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power …

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Paint industry pricing increases on TIO2 costs escalation

The biggest input cost factor in the manufacturing of paints is the cost of TiO2 pigment used. It affects upto 40 % of the cost. The other is the resin used in the paint. Hover for the premium range of paints, forming the high growth segment today, the cost ratio is higher due to the high quality of TiO2 pigment required to be used. TiO2 with its property of a very high refractive index coupled with its inherent chemical stability and  resistance to weathering makes it an essential ingredient in paint manufacture. The global economics of TiO2 Annual global TiO2 …

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Industries, Tamil Nadu, industrial Policy

Industrial Climate in TN – Intro part 1

Alan Autry, an American politician and elected Mayor vociferously resolved (probably before an election),  “I’ll work overtime to open the doors of opportunity to Industry and commerce”. This no-nonsense wisdom to see Industry for what it is, the mainstay of a country’s economic health and it’s people’s well-being is the need of the hour for our politicians and policy-makers. If we try to gauge and compare the ‘uplifting potential’ of different sectors, Industry will win hands down over agriculture and services. Our admired IT veteran, Mr. Narayana Murthy understood this very well when he pointed out “If England became a world power, it was because of …

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