Maruti Suzuki announces ‘car cabin separator’ for COVID-19 times

Maruti Suzuki has come out with a range of health-related products and car accessories keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The most interesting of these is the ‘car cabin separator’, a PVC shield that can be kept behind the front seats to seal off the front and back sections of the car. “The car […]

Star Utsav, Sony Pal, Zee Anmol, Rishtey back on DD Free Dish

Prasar Bharti, India’s public broadcaster which operates DD Free Dish satellite TV service, has given five slots on the DTH platform to major private sector broadcasters such as Star India, Sony Pictures Networks, TV18 Broadcast and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Two slots have been allocated to Zee Entertainment Enterprises, while one each has been allocated to […]

K-FON, Kerala’s fiber network, to be ready by Dec

Kerala Fiber Optic Network, a high-speed broadband service from Kerala government, will start operations by the end of the year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. The Rs 1,000 crore project was announced around two years ago with a December 2020 deadline. Vijayan said he has spoken with the consortium of companies that are putting […]

India okays first trial for e-commerce drone delivery

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet said it has received regulatory approval to test drones to deliver e-commerce parcels, medical, pharma and other essential supplies. “Post trials and approvals, SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo arm of SpiceJet, plans to use drones to provide for a quicker, faster and a cost-effective delivery,” low-cost carrier said. A SpiceXpress-led consortium had submitted […]

SpiceJet reassures flyers about COVID safety onboard

SpiceJet today made a formal announcement of the restarting of its domestic flying operations and reassured its customers about their safety inside the aircraft in view of the Coronavirus pandemic. The company resumed operations after a gap of exactly two months due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Flights are being operated on sectors such as Delhi-Bengaluru, […]

Kerala to impose 14-day quarantine on domestic air travelers

Kerala will impose a 14-day quarantine on all air travelers except those who are coming for “one or two days” for “business requirements”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The statement brings some clarity on the question of what happens to quarantine rules when domestic air travel is restarted on Monday. “The same rules that apply […]

Indian coal plants unlikely to meet pollution norms: CSE

A new study report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) finds that almost 70 per cent of India’s coal-fired power plants will not meet revised emission standards that come into effect in two years. The norms were set in December 2015 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). “Even after seven […]

COVID-19: Maruti Suzuki sees more inquiries for cheaper cars

With the Coronavirus lockdown putting people’s livelihoods in danger, India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said initial trends indicated more customer inquiries smaller cars. The company’s showrooms had shut on March 23 and re-opened only earlier this month. “Initial inquiry trends that we have seen so far, since the showrooms have opened, suggest that trend,” said […]

COVID-19 PACKAGE: Govt offers Rs 3 lakh cr worth of MSME loans

The central government has started giving out the details of its 20 lakh crore ($250 bln) stimulus-cum-rehabilitation package announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the program yesterday, and said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the details in coming days. Sitharaman said she would announce plans […]

Hero MotoCorp sells 10,000 two-wheelers post COVID lock-down

Hero MotoCorp said it has sold 10,000 motorcycles and two-wheelers since its dealerships and showrooms opened after a 41-day lockdown earlier this month. As of today, said the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, it has opened more than 1,500 outlets and service centers which account for around 30% of the company’s total retail […]

Reliance Jio hikes data price by removing data-only plan

Data costs on Reliance Jio network have gone up again as the operator has withdrawn its only data-only data and has made it mandatory for all consumers to also activate a voice pack to consume data services. The only data-only plan it had on offer — Jio Cricket Pack — used to give 2 GB […]

Kerala CM calls center’s airlifting plan risky

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today termed as risky and unfortunate the centre’s decision to not screen for Coronavirus infection before allowing passengers to board rescue flights that have started from today. Vijayan said the decision to potentially mix asymptomatic COVID-19 patients with healthy passengers in these flights from abroads would have serious consequences for […]

India reveals airfare, routes and details of evacuation flights

Indian Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri today revealed more details, including the number of flights, their routes as well as ticket prices, related to the air evacuation of Indians stranded abroad in the aftermath of the worldwide Coronavirus lock-down. National carrier Air India will conduct 64 flights between May 7 and May 13 to […]