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Bottle X: Exposing Impurities in the Generic Drug Business

In June 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tapped Altaf Lal, an American of Indian origin with sterling public-health credentials, to solve what appeared to be a diplomacy problem. The FDA's relations with Indian regulators were in tatters, one month after India's largest drug company, Ranbaxy, pleaded guilty to seven felonies related to falsifying quality

The start of a new poverty narrative

Last September, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its annual Goalkeeper’s report, highlighting the extraordinary progress made in reducing extreme poverty around the world, while also warning that sustaining this progress would not be easy. We now have the first actual data points that ring the alarm bells about a new, unfolding story on global poverty

Paytm valuation reaches USD 10 billion; 200 former and current staff become millionaires

Paytm and founder, entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma's meteoric rise is what perhaps, dreams are made of. Continuing that commendable rise, the company has recently reached a valuation of USD 10 billion. This recent valuation has come after a secondary sale where some current and former employees were given an opportunity to sale their ESOPs. Two

2018-01-29T13:13:27-05:00Tags: , , , |

Water Is Power

In India, the installation of toilets comes with no guarantee that people will use them. Again and again, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have brought clean sanitation facilities to rural villages, only to find that villagers continue the endemic practice of open defecation. Researchers have established that eliminating open defecation is not just a logistical

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

“It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” He lives in Rajghat, a village on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states, and until very recently was one of the 240 million Indians who

2017-11-07T13:27:33-05:00Tags: , |

Enhancing last mile in healthcare delivery by retail health-kiosks

  The Indian public healthcare system strenuously lacks healthcare facilities especially in rural areas where the ratio of population and infrastructure is skewed. Internet and mobile apps bring healthcare in the hands of the consumers but a personal and human touch is missing. Among urban population, although healthcare awareness is increasing, the clinical encounters mostly

2017-09-23T12:26:31-05:00Tags: , |

How to use PSB ESOPs to improve profitability

Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) is an employee compensation strategy wherein eligible employees are awarded equity shares at a pre-determined rate, generally lesser than the market value of such shares. ESOP is not an alien term anymore. In fact, it has gained significant recognition and acceptance worldwide. In India, too, ESOP has evolved as an

2017-09-24T16:03:26-05:00Tags: , |

How India Can Export Sunshine Around The World

By Darshan L. Goswami, M.S., P.E. Project Manager (Ret.) US Department of Energy India’s next big export industry could be its sunshine, as game-changing technology makes it easier to generate, store, transport and deliver its energy as “Solar Fuels.” Introduction Solar energy is a free source of renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible.

2017-09-23T12:11:16-05:00Tags: , |

Adobe’s Bangalore office among first in India to be powered 100% by renewable energy

With Climate Week NYC 2017 underway in New York, Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Adobe, blogs on the company’s efforts to reduce its emissions in India and the benefits for the local community. Adobe’s Bangalore site is going solar. We recently signed a 2.5-megawatt, grid-scale, solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for our Bangalore office, which will

2017-09-23T12:04:36-05:00Tags: , |

UK healthcare sector sees opportunities in India

LONDON: The term "brain drain" once referred to Indian medical professionals, among others, going to the UK, but now opportunities are arising for UK healthcare providers and investors to invest in hospitals in India and go there to share skills and learn from their Indian counterparts. According to McKinsey, India will have a total bed

2017-09-23T12:20:29-05:00Tags: , |

India adopting digital modes in healthcare faster than US, China

NEW DELHI: India has progressed better than US and China in terms of its specialist doctors adopting digital modes to interact with patients and prescribe medicines, a study revealed on Friday. The study stated that digital channels are slowly but surely gaining ground over traditional ones. This year, the gap further narrowed to around 12%.

2017-09-23T12:16:25-05:00Tags: , |

Impact investing finds its place in India

Rising demand for socially responsible and purpose-driven finance has resulted in new ways of putting capital to work the world over. In the past decade, what is now known as “impact investing” has challenged the long-held view that social returns should be funded by philanthropy and financial returns should be funded by mainstream investors. The global

2017-09-12T16:13:30-05:00Tags: , |

Smart Cities: Viable and Sustainable Solution to India’s Energy Challenge

The country has been on a fast track growth path over the last few years. The faster the country’s development, the greater the strain on its resources and the higher the demand for energy, thereby sharpening the effects of climate change. However, slowing down this development drive is out of the question as urbanisation gathers

2017-06-05T07:19:06-05:00Tags: , |

India has 31% of world’s poor kids: report

About 31% of the world’s “multidimensionally poor” children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a poverty reduction project grounded in economist Amartya Sen’s ‘capability approach’. “In terms of countries, fully 31% of the 689 million poor children live in India, followed by Nigeria (8%),

2017-06-02T17:10:27-05:00Tags: , |

Poor pay, training impede India’s health workers

Nearly a million workers — forming the frontline of India’s faltering public health system — are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Health Ministry data, imperilling the country’s healthcare efforts. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) — considered to be voluntary workers — are paid a honorarium by the government and most

2017-05-17T08:36:58-05:00Tags: , |

Archaeogeneticist pinpoints Indian origins

In addition to its vast patchwork of languages, cultures and religions, the Indian Subcontinent also harbours huge genetic diversity. Where did its peoples originate? This is an area of huge controversy among scholars and scientists. A University of Huddersfield PhD student is lead author of an article that tries to answer the question using genetic

2017-05-11T07:40:59-05:00Tags: , |

India Will Become World’s 3rd Largest Solar Market This Year

India is set to overtake Japan as the world’s third-largest solar power market this year, a Taiwanese research firm has predicted. According to EnergyTrend, the global solar PV demand is expected to remain stable at 74 gigawatts this year while India is expected to see sustained growth. The research claims that growth in China’s solar

2017-04-30T20:13:00-05:00Tags: , |

ESOPs in India – Benefits, Tips, Taxation & Calculator

You must have heard stories of crorepati employees of Infosys or some other big organisation – I am talking about 10 years back when salaries were comparatively low. Most of the Indian’s still don’t understand the power of equities but those employees knowingly or unknowingly get benefitted from ESOPs. Last week I was working with one

2017-04-16T07:37:50-05:00Tags: , |