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How negotiable is your city?

THE Union ministry of urban development has evolved a system for evaluating urban transportation services in cities across India.


Coming soon: carpool for Delhi, NCR

Will people risk giving ride to strangers?

Car owners in Delhi may be able to save up to 50 per cent travel cost by sharing rides under a citywide carpool scheme proposed by the Delhi transport department aimed at decongesting the city.


Maharashtra rejects court’s traffic plan

Easing traffic the Beijing way impractical for Mumbai says government


Vedanta’s steel plan

Mining giant Vedanta is all set to diversify into steel business. Sesa Goa Ltd in which Vedanta has the controlling share, has begun negotiations with Japanese and European companies to set up a steel plant in India.


Clean city’s air, breathe easy

Keeping the car windows rolled up while driving is a good idea in china, taxi drivers are perhaps the most exposed to air pollution. Cleaning the air of a city might make their hearts healthy, a study reported. Eleven healthy non-smoking taxi drivers of Beijing who worked 12-hours a day were monitored before, during and after the 2008 Olympics.


On the shelf?

Centre’s intent on ambient air quality standards unclear

India’s national ambient air quality standards have hit a roadblock. Revised after 14 years and finalized in May, the standards await the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (moef) clearance.


By hook, crook or vision

The 1980s and early 1990s were a time, the world over, of increasingly stereotypical confrontations between industry and environmentalists.


Caustic-chlorine sector: Under pressure

What would you say of an industry that takes common salt and turns it into one of the most environmentally deadly substances we know of today, namely chlorine?


Unorganized players give e-bike a bad name

For a growing section of riders, e-bikes are a cool way out of increasing fuel costs.


Obama steps on accelerator

Goes for auto emission cuts from far behind in the race

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