Hero’s battery swapping bikes could arrive early next year

Hero MotoCorp, which announced a partnership with Taiwan-based battery swapping company Gogoro, said its new range of e-bikes with swapping technology will hit the Indian market next year, possibly as early as Jan-Mar. Niranjan Gupta, Chief Financial Officer at the world’s largest two-wheeler maker, said the company is working on bringing out electric bikes that […]

India on track to meet 2022 renewable energy target: Govt

India has a whopping 77.17 gigawatt of renewalble power generation capacity either under implementation or in the process of being allocated for implementation, according to data from the ministry of new and renewable energy, Government of India. This is equal to about 83% of India’s total renewable energy capacity of 93 GW in place as […]

FOREIGN AID: 2,742 NGOs lose FCRA clearance in 3 years

Government of India has canceled or suspended the eligibility of thousands of non-government organizations to receive foreign aid in recent years, according to data from the ministry of home affairs, Government of India. The biggest cull came in 2019, when it removed 2,171 NGOs from the list of organizations eligible to receive funds from abroad. […]

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 […]

Tata Power gets Rs 1,505 cr solar power project from NTPC

Tata Power said its solar unit has got a Rs 1,505 cr contract to set up a 250 megawatt solar power plant for India’s largest power producer NTPC. The contract, the biggest ever to be received by the company from an external customer, has to be completed in 20 months. With this order, the order […]

Climate change hurting India’s agricultural output – Govt

Even as global leaders like Donald Trump call climate change a hoax, the Indian government said it expects the phenomenon to lead to more and more extreme weather events like floods and to hurt farm output. “Global Warming associated with the increase in concentration of green house gases in the atmosphere is one of the […]

Bhopal Disaster: NGOs allege cover-up by Govt

Four organizations campaigning for justice on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal accused the central and the state governments of suppressing a study that could have been used by the victims to bolster their case in courts. In a press conference, the organizations said they were able to obtain a copy of a study conducted […]

Nila Infra gets first contract from Dholera Industrial City

Construction major Nila Infrastructures Limited said it has received a contract to build a public services building for Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (Dholera ICDL) at a cost of Rs 46.21 cr. The building, to be constructed in the Dholera Special Investment Region (Dholera SIR), has to be completed in 545 days, and is the […]

Ashok Leyland gets BSVI certifications for its heavy trucks

Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, said it has received BS-VI emission norm certificates for all its heavy duty truck, ahead of the April 1 deadline for the switch over to the new fuel and emission standard. All of the company’s trucks with a rating of 16.2 tons or above have received certificates from […]

Bangalore STTR will consume 11 ha of Bannergatta Park- Union Govt

The ministry of environment, forest and climate change said it has issued detailed ‘terms of reference’ or ToR for the upcoming Satellite Town Ring Road or STTR connecting towns around Bangalore. There has been a lot of controversy over the impact of the 180 km road — which will connect surrounding areas like Krishnagiri, Hosur, […]

TVS’s Ethanol bike priced at Rs 1.2 lakhs, top speed 129 kmph

TVS Motor Co has launched a unique bike that could play a part in reducing India’s dependence on oil imports — a two-wheeler that runs on ethanol produced from plants instead of petrol. The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 has been priced at Rs 1.2 lakhs ex-showroom, and will be available in Maharashtra, Uttar […]

India misses FY19 Solar Power target by 58%

India has missed its solar power target by a whopping 58% in the year gone by, according to the latest numbers from the ministry of renewable energy or MNRE. India was supposed to add about 16,000 megawatt (16 gigawatt) of fresh solar power generation capacity in the year ended March 2019. However, it added only […]

North Indian states rapidly running out of water: Govt study

A study by the Central Ground Water Board has revealed that India’s Ganga-Yamuna plain is rapidly running out of ground water. Despite isolated cases like that of Chennai and Bangalore, the study also revealed that other areas of the country, including the east and the south, are better placed as far as ground water depletion […]

Solar power sector sees revival in Feb after downturn due to duties

Solar auction activities garnered speed in February after a disappointing performance in January, according to Mercom India, an agency that tracks the solar power sector in India. About 2.7 GW of solar power was auctioned in February, which is 800 MW more than what was auctioned in the same month last year, the firm said. […]

Cabinet okays incentive scheme for battery manufacturing in India

The government of India today approved a scheme to give incentives to companies that want to manufacture batteries in India. Briefing media after a cabinet meeting, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “We have taken a big step to give incentives under the Make in India program to encourage the manufacturing of batteries.” The move […]

BS-VI to hurt sales of diesel cars, boost electric vehicles – M&M

The introduction of BS-VI fuel standard a year from now is expected to make small diesel engines too expensive to be of practical use and push the market for smaller vehicles towards petrol, CNG and electric vehicles, automaker Mahindra & Mahindra said. Managing Director Pawan Goenka said the share of diesel engines in cars has […]