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Is solar an attractive investment asset class? It sure is. Returns are heady, typically upwards of 16 per cent and the opportunity is transient. So, come on, cash in on it —after all, as Brutus told Cassius, “there is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to...

Read more: The sweet spot in solar

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. But that is exactly what we are losing in the Indian spice sector. Precious spices like black pepper, green and black cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon, which grow in the Western Ghats, are losing their biodiversity quotient. They are increasingly being...

Read more: The taste of things to come

Name of the Company: Swajal

Set up in: 2014

Based in: Gurugram, India

Founders: Vibha Tripathi (social entrepreneur working in water/energy segment); Advait Kumar (ex-banker from JP Morgan, US)

Funding: $1.2 million

What it does: Enables clean water access to people in India across the...

Read more: Clean water for all

Be it Kuta beach in Bali, the seashore in Greece’s Neo Faliro, a coastal strip in the Philippines or closer home, the banks of the river Yamuna near Taj Mahal in Agra, it’s the same grim scenario. Miles and mounds (sometimes mountains) of plastic waste in the form of carry bags, bottles, caps,...

Read more: The Plastic Trap

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