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Standards/TBT/IPR:Rss-logo

  • Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) to file fresh petition for anti-dumping probe on solar equipment. Read More
  • India looking to approach World Trade Organisation (WTO) if US imposes ‘selective’ steel, aluminium tariffs Read More
  • Policy
  • Bureau of Indian Standards published new Indian standards pertaining to Information and Documentation namely IS 16602: 2018 / ISO 28560-1: 2014 Information and Documentation RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) in libraries. Read more
  • Indian government mandates stringent quality controls for solar equipment. Read more

Smart Cities:Rss-logo

  • India has undertaken most comprehensive, planned urbanisation programme: Union Minister Read More
  • Policy

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has released following Office Memorandums (OMs):

  • Implementation of PAN City Smart Solutions. Read more
  • Incentive to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), which are covered under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for issuance of Municipal Bonds. Read more

Automotive:Rss-logo

  • Central Electricity Authority favors special pricing for charging electric vehicles Read More
  • Mahindra & Mahindra plans to double its EV portfolio and bring on road at least four new models in the segment in the next three years. Read More
  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited to float fresh tender for another 10,000 electric cars Read More
  • Government is likely to restructure two apex bodies, the National Council for Electric Mobility and the National Board for Electric Mobility on E-mobility to ensure better inter-ministerial coordination Read More
  • Govt. caps life of commercial vehicles (CVs) such as taxis, trucks and buses at 20 years. Read More
  • Govt. may extend financial support of Rs 8,730 crore (1.16B Euro) in Faster adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles Phase II (FAME II). Read More
  • Delhi govt plans to add 1000 electric buses; proposed Rs 53K Cr (7.06B Euro) ‘green budget’ to curb pollution. Read More
  • Policy
  • Government decided to postpone the mandatory requirement to have global positioning system (GPS) equipment and panic button connected to all public transport service vehicles till April 1, 2019. Read more
  • Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises extended Phase-1 of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles) India Scheme by another six months till 30 September 2018 or till launch of phase-II. Read more
  • NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog is working on a comprehensive policy to ensure connected, shared, electrified mobility for the people. Read more
  • NITI submits draft Cabinet note on zero-emission vehicles Read more
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    Ministry notifications

  • Notification no. S.O. 1663(E) regarding Exemption of Vehicle Location Tracking device and emergency buttons in Public Service Vehicles Read more
  • Draft Notification no. S.O. 1522(E) regarding Revised Speed Limits Read more
  • Notification no. G.S.R 201(E) regarding Emission standards Bharat Stage- IV for Agricultural tractors Read more
  • Notification no. G.S.R. 243(E) (3rd Amendment, 2018) regarding simplification of forms for Driving License Read more

Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics:Rss-logo

  • Indian semiconductor component market is expected to be worth $32.35 billion by 2025: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). Read More
  • India set to achieve 20 GW grid connected installed solar power generation capacity this fiscal itself: Govt. Read More
  • Power discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) sighs memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French company Électricité de France (EDF) to explore the opportunities in Smart Grid technology in India.Read More
  • Smart meters to rationalize electricity consumption in India Read More
  • Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) floats second tender for smart meters Read More
  • Policy
  • Govt. launches Pilot scheme Procurement of Aggregate Power of 2500 MW for three years. Read more
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released Notification of “Quality control order of Solar Photo voltaic Systems, Devices and Components Goods” Read more
  • Ministry of Power issued Clarification on charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles with reference to the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003.
  • MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY (MNRE) Issues Clarification to Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding Process for Procurement of Power from Grid Connected Solar PV Power Read More

  • ICT including Services:Rss-logo

    • India 5G spectrum pricing revealed by telecom operators to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Read More
    • Govt harmonizing spectrum for 5G: Telecom Secretary Read More
    • Govt. approved two important measures related to payment and spectrum holding assisting Indian telecom operators to improve their financial health and stay in business Read More
    • Data Security Council of India (DSCI) is planning to roll out initiatives for cyber security and data privacy in India. Read More
    • India needs core network, enabling ecosystem to boost 5G, Internet of things (IoT): Telecom secy. Read More
    • Telecom sector to create 10 million jobs in next five years: Skilling council. Read More
    • India ranks 67th in fixed line, 109th in mobile broadband speed: Ookla Read More
    • Only a third of Indian IT companies ready for EU privacy laws Read More
    • Policy
    • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released draft of new Telecom policy – National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. Read more
    • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued consultation paper on making Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process easier. Read more
    • Government notified the policy for establishing telecom towers and related infrastructure in areas under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) which will not only allow companies to easily set up towers, but also share infrastructure in these areas Read more
    • Niti Aayog to come out with national policy on artificial intelligence soon Read more

    Make in India Rss-logo

    • Centre taking steps for smart manufacturing: officialRead More
    • New industrial policy to increase share of manufacturing in Gross domestic product (GDP): Commerce Minister. Read More
    • Centre urges battery manufacturers to Make in IndiaRead More
    • Policy
    • New industrial policy to up investment, manufacturing share in Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Union Commerce Minister Read more

      Energy Efficiency & Environment Rss-logo

    • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to install energy-efficient LEDs across all airports in India. Read More
    • India ranks 78th on World Economic Forum’s (WEF) energy transition index. Read More
    • India’s EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) subsidiary buys UK based Edina for $76M Read More
    • Policy
    • Government has undertaken a number of policy measures to increase the share of renewable energy in India’s energy mix. Read more
    • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released E- Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018. Read more
    • Swachh Bharat Mission launches GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources)-DHAN scheme to promote wealth and energy from waste. Read more

      R&D and Innovation:Rss-logo

      • Central Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1000 crore (133.33M Euro) for the phase two of the Impacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) India programmeRead More
      • India Innovation Growth Programme earmarks USD 2 million funding for this year Read More
      • Policy
      • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of the NITI Aayog announced to launch the Atal New India Challenges. It is an initiative that will award grants up to Rs 1 crore (10 Million) to applicants showing capability, intent and potential to productize technologies. Read more

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

    • India, EU to decide fate of trade agreement next month Read More
    • India, France commit to boost bilateral trade; relaunch India-EU free trade agreement (EU FTA) Read More
    • European development bank approves India’s membership. Read More
    • Spain for early resumption of India-EU free trade pact talks Read More
    • Indian and French companies exchanged 19 contracts and agreements worth over 13 billion euros in sectors including new and renewable energy, smart grid, nuclear energy, aviation, cement, telecom among others Read More
    • India and European Investment Bank (EIB) to Sign Loan Pact for Clean Energy Projects as part of a EUR 800m EIB investment in renewables in India. Read More
    • France keen on investing big in India, will create jobs for youth: Commerce minister. Read More
    • Policy
    • French, Indian firms sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost ties in aviation. Read more
    • Cabinet approves signing of an Agreement between India and France to facilitate “Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications” Read more

      Invest India :Rss-logo

      • India fifth most attractive market for investments: PwC survey Read More

      Ease of Doing BusinessRss-logo

      Policy
    • Government extended fixed-term employment to all sectors to improve the ease of doing business. Read More

    • Reports and Publications:Rss-logo

      • India Produced 34% More Electricity Last Year than 2010, Now Third Globally: Report Read More
      • Government must remove all permits for electric vehicles: Niti-CII Report Read More
      • Policy
      • Information and communications technology (ICT) spending to touch $5.6 trillion in 2021: IDC Report Read more