African and Asian Cities must urbanise sustainably. Is Green Finance the solution?

The world’s fastest-expanding cities are now in the global South. Rural to urban migration, combined with the effects of urban population growth, could add another 2.5bn to the world’s urban population by 2050. According to the UN, close to 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, low-income countries are most affected by climate change and rarely have the means to finance resilience and adaption efforts. The cost of climate change adaptation in Africa has been estimated by the African Development Bank to be in the…

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Amrapali Capital and Finance Services – Outcome of board meeting

the Board of Directors of the Company, in their Board Meeting held on today, i.e. on November 13, 2017, at the Corporate office of the Company 19, 20, 21 Narayan Chambers, 3rd Floor, Behind Patang Hotel, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 380 009 Gujarat, which was commenced at 02:30 P.M. and concluded at 04:00 P.M., inter alia, has considered, approved and took on record the unaudited financial result for the half year ended on September 30, 2017 along with Limited Review Report. Approved the keeping of Books of Accounts and other…

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NBFC Indian School Finance plans to raise $30-35 million from PE investors

 Indian School Finance Co. Pvt. Ltd (ISFC), which lends to companies in the education sector, is looking to raise around $30-35 million (approximately Rs200-230 crore) from private equity investors, said two people aware of the development. ISFC, a non-banking financial services company (NBFC), founded in 2008, lends to schools and education institutions. It lends to private schools, affordable schools, vocational institutes and coaching classes to help them build their infrastructure such as setting up of computer and science labs, construction of additional floors or wings in existing premises or for…

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Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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Now, explore Egypt’s Great Pyramid from the inside, thanks to virtual reality

A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to ‘teleport’ themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture. Using 3D technology, the Scan Pyramids Project allows visitors wearing headsets to take a guided tour inside the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s Chamber and other ancient rooms not normally accessible to the public, without leaving Paris. “Thanks to this technique, we make it possible to teleport ourselves to Egypt, inside the pyramid, as a…

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‘Need to develop scientific temperament among schoolchildren’

Shimla “Science teaches us patience and therefore, we need to develop a scientific temperament among our schoolchildren.”This was one of the messages for students of Himachal Pradesh four-day state-level Science Congress which began on Sunday in Solan district with as many as 800 students and 200 teachers participating in the festival’s silver jubilee edition. The event is being held at the Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) and it started with the inauguration of exhibitions and display of science models by students from all districts of the state,…

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