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  • India doing well in digital Intellectual Property Rights (IPR): WIPO chief. Read More
  • Domestic solar equipment makers may plead again for safeguards. Read More
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  • Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) have been asked by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to finalise standards for IoT and M2M technology. Read more
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued the list of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards applicable for components of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) applications. Read more
  • Government prohibits imports of electronics and IT goods without registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Read more
  • Government to extend its Phased Manufacturing Plan (PMP) for promoting indigenous battery manufacturing in the country for supporting electric mobility. Read more

Smart Cities:
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  • Government enhances allocation for smart cities by 7% to INR 6,600 crore (825 million euros) for 2019-20. Read More
  • Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology Building Future of Smart Cities in India. Read More

Automotive:Rss-logo

  • Indian Automobile Industry is ready to meet new emission norms (BS-VI). Read More
  • India will have 7 crore (70 million) Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030: India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). Read More
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to set up a network of Solar-based Electric Vehicle Chargers (SEVC). Read More
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  • Department of Economic Affairs partners with EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) for emobility programme. Read more.
  • India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) released white paper on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Business Models for India. Read more
  • Government to set-up 300 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on highways as part of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) phase-1 scheme. Read more
  • NITI Aayog released Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for Operation and Maintenance of Electric Buses in Cities (OPEX Model) in PPP mode Read more
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued following notifications under Motor Vehicle Legislation:
  • ✓ Notification no. G.S.R 1229(E) regarding Braking requirement and electronic stability control. Download
    ✓ Notification no. G.S.R 1225(E) regarding seat dimensions, lamps for three wheelers and reverse parking system for M & N Category vehicles. Download

  • MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS (MoRTH) released following notifications under Motor Vehicle Legislation:
  • ✓ Notification no. S.O 6108 (E) regarding Amendment in S.O. 1365(E). Read more
    ✓ Notification no. G.S.R 1192(E) regarding Light and Signalling Device. Read more
    ✓ Notification no. S.O. 6052(E) regarding High Security Registration Plates (Order), 2018. Read more
    ✓ Notification no. G.S.R. 1162(E) regarding High Security Registration Plate. Read more


Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics:Rss-logo

  • Government allocated Rs 3,004.90 crore (over 375 million euros) for development of solar power projects including both grid-interactive and off-grid and decentralized categories for 2019-20. Read More
  • India set to be a global leader in solar energy products. Read More
  • Smart meter project in Delhi to save INR 1.24 billion (15.5 million euros). Read More
  • Policy
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Issues Notification for Quality Control Order on Solar PV Goods 2017. Read more
  • MNRE issued Office Memorandum (OM) on “Implementation of approved Models & Manufacturers of Solar PV Modules (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2019”. Read more
  • MNRE along with the Ministry of Power (MoP) announced the amendments to the guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for procurement & Power from grid-connected solar PV power projects. Read more
  • Government to approve power tariff policy soon: Power Minister Read more
  • Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) notifies following regulations on:
  • ✓ Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access in inter-State Transmission and related matters (Seventh Amendment) Regulations, 2019.Download
    ✓ Open Access in inter-State Transmission (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2018. Download

  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued following office memorandum (OM) and corrigendum:
  • ✓ Memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. Read more
    ✓ Office Memorandum (OM) regarding “Non-insistence on Tier-I Solar PV Modules”. Read more
    ✓ Amendment in the Guidelines for implementation of a scheme for setting-up of over 2000MV Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects with Viability Gap Funding(VGF) under Batch-III of phase II of the NSM-reg Read more
    ✓ Amendment in the Guidelines for implementation of a scheme for setting-up of over 5000MV Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects with Viability Gap Funding(VGF) under Batch-IV of phase II of the NSM-reg Read more
    ✓ Tier-I Solar PV Modules vs. BIS Certified Solar PV Modules. Read more


ICT including Services:Rss-logo

  • Government plans to launch a national programme on Artificial Intelligent (AI), for which the government will set up a national AI portal. Read More
  • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) plans to set up network of satellites to bolster telecom services. Read More
  • India’s Handset Industry may go past the 300 million unit mark in 2019. Read More
  • National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur, to work together on industry-leading Cyber Security solutions and practices. Read More
  • Government’s spending in telecom sector has been increased to six-fold to Rs 60,000 crores (~7.5 billion Euros) for the 2014-19 period. Read More
  • Indian IT industry set to invest big in automation, AI in 2019. Read More
  • DoT likely to host next round of spectrum auction post August 2019. Read More
  • India Can lead in 5G Deployment but Investments in Fibre Infrastructure Key: TRAI Chief Read More
  • Government plans to set up 100K digital villages in the next 5 years. Read More
  • Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson to lower royalty rate for 5G smartphones to $2.50 per device from $5 to accommodate the needs of markets such as IndiaRead More
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  • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) defers deadline for Testing Telecom Equipment Again. Read more
  • Government of India opened a Command and Control center and center of excellence for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the National Informatics Center Read more
  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released following Consultation Papers/ recommendations:
  • o Consultation Paper on Review of Television Audience Measurement and Ratings in India. Read more
  • o Recommendations on Methodology for levy of Spectrum Charges for provision of Satellite based Services using Gateway installed in India under ‘sui-generis’ category. Download

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  • Government allocated INR 473.3 crore (over 59 million euros) for Make in India initiative for 2019-20. Read More
  • India manufacturing sector saw stronger improvement in January 2019. Read More
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  • National industrial policy, aimed to develop global value chains, and to boost India’s manufacturing competitiveness, is awaiting cabinet approval. Read more

Energy Efficiency & Environment Rss-logo

  • Government increased the budgetary allocation for the Environment Ministry by 20.27% to Rs. 3,111.20 crore (~389 million euros) for 2019-20. Read More
  • India to near clean energy goals in 2019. Read More
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  • Energy Efficiency Services inks first long-term rupee loan of Rs 500 crore (62.5 million euros) for its programmes such as the Street Lighting National Programme, Smart Meter National Programme, Solar Substation and e-mobility projects Read more
  • The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), kick starting cooperation in building energy efficiency. Read more
  • Government launches National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Read more/Download

R&D and Innovation:Rss-logo

  • Indian motorcycle giant and the world’s largest motorcycle and scooter manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Set-Up Global R&D Centre in Germany Read More
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  • In Bloomberg 2019 Innovative Index, India grabbed the 54th position among 95 innovative countries. Read more
  • Volkswagen Group, German multinational automotive manufacturing company opened a new R&D facility in Pune, India as part of the group’s India 2.0 plan. Read more

EU-INDIA/Trade-FTA/Investments:Rss-logo

  • France sees India as partner, not a market: France’s Ambassador to India. Read More
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  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and France on technical bilateral cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy. Read More
  • India and Netherlands singed Customs Treaty which will boost trade ties between the two countries through an efficient management of customs rules. Read More

Invest India :Rss-logo

  • India to receive $300M in aid from World Bank for EV push. Read More

Ease of Doing Business:Rss-logo

Policy
  • India improves rank by 23 spots to reach the 77th position among 190 nations in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. Read more
  • India launches Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge. Read more

Reports and Publications:Rss-logo

  • India’s start-ups’ witnessed 108% growth in total funding from $2 billion in 2017 to $4.2 billion in 2018: NASSCOM Read More
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  • $100 billion investment in telecom to add $1.2 trillion to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Report Read more

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