Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
AIR POWER: Sita Enterprises Ltd, a
Mumbai-based export and consultancy company, is all set to breeze
into the wind and hydel power
sector. The company is planning to
construct a hydel power project
with a generating capacity of four
MW costing around Rs four crore.
According to AshokTulsian, managing director of the company, sites
had been identified for setting up the
hydel project. A wind farm in
Madhya Pradesh is also being
planned with the help of the Indian
Renewable Energy Development
Authority. The total investment
made by the company is likely to be
more than Rs 15 crore.
PREMIUM PACKAGE: Viking, a newsoftware package, developed by the
Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies Ltd will
usher in the concept
of'borderless banking' in the country.
Billed as India's
first internet application in the banking industry, it can
be used even for intranet purposes. A
bank can then be linked with any
number of its branches across the
country. The same application can
run on a single PC, an intranet or on
the Internet. Viking also provides
options for building high quality,
multi-media rich applications.
GREEN AID: Industries across Europe
using polluting coal-firedboilers will
now have access to low-cost, anti-
pollution systems, thanks to a US $50
million agreement between Nalco
Fuel Tech of the US and TRC
Companies of eastern Europe. Fuel
Tech would provide both financial
and technical aid for installing air
pollution control systems for outdated and polluting coal-fired boilers. Pollutants like sulphur dioxide
and nitrogen oxide can be reduced by
the system. The low cost technology
would be used in power companies
in Poland, the Czech Republic,
Hungary and Slovakia.
HANDY DETECTOR: Statsite, a palm-sized electronic device, developed by biochemists at GDS Technologies Inc, Elkhart, Indiana, US, promises to make It easy to perform emergency
blood tests in minutes, It isa compact, computerised, portable, highprecision auto-analyser, according to
Surendra K Gupta, president of GDS,
Each test costs around Rs 45. StatSite
comes with a disposable test card and
a computer printer port, which when
attached to a printer, can provide
print-outs of the results. Besides, it
can store upto 60 test results.
SWIFT LINKS: A new hub earth station
coming up in Mumbai will give its
customers an extra edge in communication services- Costing Rs 15
crore, the earth station will be set up
by the Madras-based Hughes Escorts
Communications Ltd- The new earth
station will be handling 700 to 800
VSATs (very small aperture terminals). The VSATs are seen as a better
alternative to the terrestrial telephone system as they have proved to
be more reliable and can provide
high speed data and voice communication facilities.
COMBINED INCENTIVE: The race for environment-friendly
cars is gaining momentum. A dualmode AX prototype,
called Vetela, has
been launched by
Renaultin Toulouse, France. The car
is powered by a dual-mode engine
that combines the benefits of an electric and a heat engjne. The dualmode engine promises to lower pollution and a mileage equivalent to
that offered by liquid fuel. The car can
cover a distance of 30 km running at
60 km per hour. In other words, it
consumes less thafto.2 KW /km energy.
The electric engine is controlled by a
powerful 180 volt power source.