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CSR of NTPC to the Rescue Where CT Scanner and MRI Machine Lay Defunct for 2 Yrs

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India is bringing good news to patients who have to travel far and wide for their diagnoses. The latest development in this regard comes from the Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh. People in and around Raigarh had to shell out big bucks and run from pillar to post to get...

7 Reasons to Bring More Women on Corporate Boards

Much of the current discourse on equality and empowerment positions women and girls largely as beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the achievement of Goal 5 (Gender Equality) alone will not create a gender-equal world, says the report Women Leading the World to 2030 by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Women...

Hasina Khan – Inspirational Leader for Muslim Women in India

In August 2017, the Supreme Court of India struck down the “triple talaq”—the practice whereby a Muslim man can instantaneously divorce his wife just by saying “divorce” three times. Widely regarded as a significant step forward for Muslim women in India, the decision culminated in the outlawing of the triple talaq with the passing...

CSR in Indian Tourism – National Tourism Day 2020

The potential for CSR in Indian tourism is immense since India is full of tourism sites which are either undiscovered, undeveloped or developed but not maintained.  Possibilities for CSR in Indian tourism  CSR activities for companies may include organizing cultural events around tourism sites or creating infrastructure for cultural events. Corporate houses could run campaigns for...

National Voters Day 2020 – How India is Empowering Young and Future Voters

The lowest electoral participation in India is seen among the youth, particularly in teenagers who are 18 to 19 years old. They are busier choosing a career path, and casting their vote is the least of their concerns. With this intent, National Voters’ Day was dedicated in 2017 to motivating these young and future...

National Voters Day 2020 – What to Expect

If people refuse to cast their vote during elections, democracy would become meaningless. This should give you an idea of the importance of National Voters Day 2020, which is being observed on Saturday.  What is National Voters Day?  The foundation day of the Election Commission, January 25, 1950, was declared as National Voters Day. It is...

Beauty Sickness in India

Beauty sickness in India starts surprisingly early, as soon as young girls are taught that their primary form of currency in this world involves being pleasing to the eyes of others. Beauty sickness is what happens when women’s emotional energy gets so bound up with what they see in the mirror that it becomes harder...

Govt. Powering Up Prosumers in India

Individual households and businesses are increasingly able to generate renewable energy for their own use. Advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and falling prices for renewable energy appliances make this possible. All this has led to a new player in the energy system: the prosumers in India.  What Are Prosumers? Prosumers are end-use consumers of...

Integrated Approaches to Urban Energy Planning

A growing number of cities are using integrated approaches that harness a range of renewable energy sources for accelerating the energy transition. This shift can be seen as a move from a single-technology approach to a whole-systems approach to urban energy planning. Here’s how local authorities in parts of the world are working towards...

Resolution 2020 – Help Children in Need

Making the world a better place starts with children. Kids are the future... of each family, our nation, and our planet. Every child deserves to be loved and cherished and to grow up in a healthy, happy environment. Is your resolution 2020 to help children in need? From volunteering in schools to making donations for...

Innovative Climate Change Action in Cities Worldwide

Climate change action in cities is critical because urban spaces are significant contributors to climate change: they account for two-thirds of total energy demand and for around three-quarters of global carbon dioxide emissions. Meanwhile, cities are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  Groundwater depletion, fires, food shortages, sea-level rise, spikes in energy use...

Key Amendments to CSR Law in India

The year 2019 saw startling changes and additions to CSR law in India. Parliament passed amendments to the Companies Act to strengthen laws governing corporate social responsibility (CSR). There was drama over whether the govt. will impose imprisonment for non-compliance. The penal provision was done away with eventually. While Corporate India was thrilled about this,...

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