India’s Smart Cities Mission,  Challenges Galore
Apr07

India’s Smart Cities Mission, Challenges Galore

Indian cities are going to be smart if the Smart Cities Mission launched by the Modi government becomes a reality. It’s indeed a matter of great pride that Kochi is the only city in Kerala selected for development under this ambitious mission. But there are challenges aplenty to make this mission a success given the status of the country’s infrastructure and procedural hurdles. Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and...

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Food Safety: The Challenges Ahead
Dec04

Food Safety: The Challenges Ahead

Humanity is at a crossroads, and a host of safety issues, including those related to food safety, threaten the very survival on planet Earth. Against this backdrop, the question of food safety and quality has been gaining considerable importance at national and international levels. Enhanced food safety is the key to good health and long life. Food safety, besides reducing food-borne diseases, enhances food security, trade and income...

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Fire Safety Challenges in High-Rise Buildings
Nov04

Fire Safety Challenges in High-Rise Buildings

Fire safety and evacuation strategies for large high rise buildings remain a constantly evolving challenge. Taller and higher density buildings, many of them having thousands of occupants compound the challenges involved in evacuation over large vertical distances in a short amount of time in the case of an emergency. The less understood behavioural dynamics of people in emergency situations, the growing need to cater to a diverse...

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