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Standards/TBT/IPR:Rss-logo,

  • Government tightens localisation norms for electric vehicles. Read More
  • India’s strategy is to increase exports for higher market share: commerce and industry minister. Read More
  • Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, provided information on the Issues and Challenges to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Read More
  • Policy
  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) released guidelines on the battery switchover standard. Read more/download
  • BIS launches facility to view Indian Standards online free of cost, which are listed in various Quality Control orders as mandatory. Read more
  • Cabinet/Govt. approves proposal for accession of India to (a) The Nice Agreement on the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks. Read more
  • Government of India imposed anti-dumping duty on Import of tempered solar glass from Malaysia for 5 Years. Read more

Smart Cities:
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  • India provides Rs 382 billion (about €4.8 billion) opportunities in Smart Cities Mission. Read More
  • Under smart city mission, the worth of projects grounded or completed stood at Rs. 79,780 crore (about €10 billion) in February 2019, up 319% from Rs. 19,041 crore (about €2.4 billion) in January 2018. . Read More
  • ID Tech and IIT Ropar explore Internet of Things (IoT) and radio frequency identification (RFID) applications for smart cities in India. Read More

Automotive:Rss-logo

  • Transport sector can become all electric-driven by 2030: EV expert. Read More
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) in India to get tax deduction/rebate of up to Rs 50,000 (€625).Read More
  • Government allots Rs 5,000 Cr (€625 million) to develop EV infrastructure in India by 2025. Read More
  • India needs to do more to facilitate shift to electric vehicle (EV): Tesla co-founder Read More
  • Policy
  • Govt. approved the proposal for setting up a national mission on transformative mobility and battery storage initiatives. Read more
  • Govt to soon announce a Policy to introduce Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) -Enabled Intelligent Transport System (ITS): Niti Aayog. Read more
  • Govt defines criteria for electric vehicle subsidy under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) II. Read more
  • Ministry notifications
  • o Notification for FAME India Scheme Phase II Read more and Operational Guidelines for Delivery of Demand Incentive under FAME India Scheme: Phase – II. Read more
    o Constitution of inter-ministerial panel for monitoring, sanctioning of projects under FAME II, aimed at incentivising clean mobility. Read more
    o Notification regarding phased import duty hike on electric PV parts, lithium-ion cells Read more

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) have released following notifications:
  • o Notification no. G.S.R 173(E) regarding Braking System and Anti-lock Braking System. Read more
    o Notification no. S.O 1018(E) regarding Motor Vehicles (High Security Registration Plates) Order, 2018. Read more
    o Notification no. G.S.R. 167(E) regarding Retro-fitment of hybrid electric system or electric kit to Motor Vehicles. Read more
    o Notification no. G.S.R 174(E) regarding Common Format for the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration. Read more


Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics:Rss-logo

  • India to achieve 100% household electrification by March 31, 2019: Power Minister Read More
  • State run NTPC Ltd and Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL) to set up the National Electricity Distribution Company (NCDC)—a pan-India power distribution firm in an equal joint venture Read More
  • Policy
  • SESEI project office have drafted and released sectorial report on Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics covering Market status, Key Market players, Growth drivers, Policy & new initiatives and Standardization. => Report & Presentation
  • Government approved the second phase of Rooftop solar scheme to set up grid-connected rooftop solar power projects with Rs 11,814 crore (about 1.5 billion euros) to be spent over four years. Read more
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released following Office Memorandum (OM):
  • o Modifications in Scheme for “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Park Scheme. Read more
    o Guidelines for enlistment under ‘Approved Models and Manufacturers of Solar Photovoltaic Modules (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2019. Read more
    o Quality Control Order on Solar Thermal Systems/ Devices/Components Goods. Order is open for comment until 7th April Read more


ICT including Services:Rss-logo

  • Department of Telecom (DoT) sets up panel to give views on 5G trial spectrum in a month. Read More
  • Indian government may allocate spectrum to mobile operators for 5G trial services in June. Read More
  • Govt should provide financial support to facilitate major 5G trials in India: COAI Read More
  • Huawei expects India to emerge as the second-largest 5G market in 10 years. Read More
  • IITs are introducing new courses and certificate programmes to bridge the talent gap in the sphere of Artificial Intelligent (AI). Read More
  • India Smartphone Market in 2018 with highest ever shipments of 142.3 million units. Read More
  • New DoT import norms to help mobile cos launch products faster: ICEA Read More
  • Govt mulling interoperability for public Wi-Fi network: Telecom secretary Read More
  • India is poised to lead Internet of Things (IoT) innovation in the world: Telecom Secretary Read More
  • Policy
  • Govt. Approves National Policy on Software Products. Read more/download
  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) released Draft National ecommerce Policy for Stakeholder CommentsRead more/Download
  • Government again extends Telecom Equipment, Mobile Phone Testing Deadline to August 1,
    2019. Read more
  • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has considered the telecom regulatory (TRAI)’s
    recommendations on “Approach towards sustainable Telecommunications” Read more/download
  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st
    January, 2019. Read more
  • India’s Wireless Planning and Coordination wing of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issues following notifications:
  • o Aimed at simplifying approval process. Read more
    o ETA through self-declaration for certain categories of Wireless Equipment in license exempt bands. Read more and Exemption of ETA and Import for certain categories of Wireless Equipment operating in license exempt bands for testing/ Prototype sample units Read more


Energy Efficiency & Environment Rss-logo

  • Government released the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) that seeks to provide an integrated approach towards cooling and related areas including reduction in the cooling demand, in order to reduce emissions Read More
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  • Government approved a slew of measures including providing renewable energy status for large hydel projects and new funding provisions, in order to boost hydro power generation. Read more
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has amended the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016. Read more

R&D and Innovation:Rss-logo

  • Atal Innovation Mission and software major Adobe have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills. Read More
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  • Cabinet approves Continuation of Atal Innovation Mission. Read more
  • Cabinet approved setting up of a new company under Department of Space to commercially exploit the research and development (R&D) work of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Read more

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

  • European Union (EU) keen on boarding Indian startups for space missions Read More
  • EU-India to jointly fund 7 research and innovation projects to tackle water challenges. Read More
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  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Norway for undertaking non-intrusive Geological Surveys and Investigations. Read more
  • Interaction on Trade and Economic Cooperation with Ambassadors and High Commissioners of European and Oceania Countries. Read more

Invest India :Rss-logo

  • Government is working on a blueprint to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to $100 billion: Commerce and industry minister Read More

Reports and Publications:Rss-logo

  • India grows data hungry as data traffic surges 109% in 2018: Study Read More
  • Data usage in India to grow at 73% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2022: Study Read More
  • Indian firms would be at the forefront of driving digital transformation in the global market: Report Read More
  • India imported $13 billion worth mobile components in 2018: Report Read More
  • India’s e-waste to touch 5.2 MMT by 2020 from 2 MMT in 2016: ASSOCHAM-EY study Read More
  • Policy
  • Ernst & Young (EY) launched a report titled “E-commerce and Consumer Internet Sector – India Trendbook 2019” stating that India’s E-commerce and consumer internet companies have collectively raised over USD 7 billion in private equity and venture capital funding in 2018. Read More

Any Other Important Update:Rss-logo

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  • India to remain fastest growing major economy in next decade: Report Read more