The oil extracted from the Karanj tree in Karnataka and seeds of the Jatropha bush in Gujarat are filtered and refined to yield fuel, which has been called bio-diesel.
There are many such initiatives currently underway all across India.
The Archaeological Survey of India’s Rs-8-crore search for the mythical Saraswati river, that disappeared without a trace, has thrown up an exciting find at the foothills of the Shivalik Hills: A 1700- year-old Kushan site.
The site has a monastery, a Buddha statue, pottery, pieces of carved slabs, a meditation hall, artifacts and enough evidence (say the archaeologists) that this was a major inhabitation on the banks of the Saraswati.
Throw your garbage in a “clean and eco friendly manner” or pay a Rs 500 fine.
That’s the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s answer to the problems relating to solid waste in the city.
Panchratna building in Opera House, one of South Mumbai’s oldest skyscrapers, boasts of 640 jewelry units. But the residents are not happy.
The air is poisoned due to the units’ unauthorised boiling of sulphuric acid.
More than 60,000 litres of purified water have been leaking every day from Mumbai’s biggest water reservoir at Malabar Hill for the last 40 years.
Civic authorities now plan to divert, collect and make use of this leakage.
Dal Lake, once the major life support of Srinagar, is fast shrinking.
That’s because Jhelum river and the tributaries connected to the lake are turning into cesspools.
Bangkok’s ice cream vendors, who pedal their carts in the sweltering sun, are hoping to benefit from a solar device that will power their carts.
A solar cell built into the cart roof will do the needful.