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Press Release: Guidelines for Safe Digital Transaction | World Consumer Rights Day 2022

Fri, 18/03/2022 - 09:09
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The internet has transformed how financial services work. It has brought in ease and convenience at levels we have never known before. But along with this have come the scams - clever, complicated schemes that either steal our identity and then our money or get us to willingly part with our money, and personal details. No one is exempt from this; but particularly vulnerable are the senior citizens and semi-literate population who have been forced to come to terms with a cashless society. The consumer guidance seminar on safe financial services organised by Citizen consumer civic Action Group, together with FEDCOT brought together experts to speak directly to consumers on staying safe online.

 

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Press Release: National Pedestrians' Conference 2022

Sat, 12/03/2022 - 10:01
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How safe are pedestrians on our roads?

India is a nation of walkers. According to the 2011 census, one third of all work trips are by foot. Women walk to work more than men. And 60% of school journeys are by walk (NSO). Indian roads are unsafe for walkers. Almost 26,000 pedestrians, an 85% increase in the last 5 years, have died on Indian roads. Chennai’s OMR stretch alone sees as many as 34 pedestrian deaths a year. 90% of these deaths were from pedestrians trying to cross the road (Greater Chennai Traffic Police, 2019).

We urgently need better policies, better street design and better enforcement to keep India’s walkers safe. 

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Press Release: Understanding Chennai’s Master Plan from a Transport Perspective

Tue, 08/03/2022 - 10:04
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‘A robust master plan can be ambitious but more importantly, must be achievable; it must include citizens’ views, for that is the ultimate aim of the plan - to build a city which offers its residents a sustainable lifestyle and equitable access to its  resources’, said Sumana Narayanan, Senior Researcher, CAG. The webinar offered just that - a space to discuss the evolution and transformation of master planning and mobility in Chennai and a platform where citizens could discuss their aspirations for the third master plan.

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Back to Earth: Composting for Various Contexts

Mon, 31/01/2022 - 16:03
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Biodegradable waste reaching our dump yards has serious consequences to climate change. Composting is one of the most precious and powerful tools available to the human capacity to mitigate the effects caused by biodegradable waste on the environment. Without composting all our efforts will fail, with it we can build the future.

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Widespread Chemical Contamination of Recycled Plastic Pellets Globally

Thu, 27/01/2022 - 18:34
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CAG contributed to a global study by IPEN that looked at the chemical contamination in recycled plastic pellets. The study found that recycling plastics carries over the toxins to the new products. Plastics containing toxins should therefore not be recycled; these should in fact, not be considered part of a circular economy at all.

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Press Release: A study on how safe is recycled plastic?

Tue, 18/01/2022 - 11:53
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This recent study reveals that the recycling process transfers the toxins in plastic to the recycled plastic; and because recycling typically mixes several types of plastic together, could produce new chemical cocktails in the process.

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நிலையான தன்மையுடைய வீட்டை உருவாக்குதல்: வீடு கட்டுபவர்களுக்கான கையடக்க கையேடு

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 12:32
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இந்த கையடக்க கையேடானது,  வீட்டைத் திட்டமிடுதல் முதல் அதில் குடியேறுவது வரையிலான பின்பற்றப்பட வேண்டிய அனைத்து நிலைத்தன்மைக்கான அம்சங்களையும் உள்ளடக்கியதாகும். ஒவ்வொரு அம்சத்தின் முக்கியத்துவங்களும் நன்மைகளும் அனைவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ளும் வகையில் எளிமையாக விளக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இந்த கையேட்டை உருவாக்குவதின் முக்கிய நோக்கம் நிலைத்தன்மையுடைய கட்டிட நுட்பங்களை பயன்படுத்தி வீடுகளைக் கட்டுவது குறித்த முழுமையான தகவல்களை வழங்குவதாகும். 

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Creating a Sustainable Home: A Handy Manual for Home Builders

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 07:49

This handy manual covers all the sustainability aspects, starting from planning till occupying a home. The importance and benefits of each aspect is explained in a simple manner for easy understanding of the reader. The main purpose of this handy manual is to impart holistic knowledge on building homes using sustainable building techniques.

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Press Release: Making electricity bills consumer-friendly: A Tamil Nadu case study

Wed, 24/03/2021 - 10:49

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)  embarked on a study to assess  consumers’ perception of electricity bill formats, awareness of bill elements and their expectations from a model bill, and to recommend  redesigning of Tamil Nadu’s electricity bill format based on consumer feedback on both White Meter Cards (WMCs) – the most widely used format in the state – and online account summaries available on the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited’s (TANGEDCO) website. The study titled  ‘Making electricity bills consumer-friendly: A Tamil Nadu case study’ is released.

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