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IEA Launches First In-depth Review of India’s Energy Policies

In partnership with NITI Aayog, International Energy Agency (IEA) released the first in-depth review of India’s energy policies. The report highlights the achievements of India’s energy policies and provides recommendations to support the government’s goals of promoting well-functioning energy markets and boosting deployment of renewables. India is becoming increasingly influential in global energy trends. The country’s demand for energy is set to double by 2040, and its electricity demand may triple, according to the IEA report. Indian oil consumption is expected to grow faster than that of any other major economy. This makes further improving energy security a key priority for India’s economy, says the IEA.

Centre brings in 20-20 model to improve lagging smart cities

To boost up Smart City Mission, the Government of India devised a 20-20 model according to which top 20 cities will be paired with the bottom 20 cities. The arrangement is made in such a way that it would initiate knowledge sharing among the cities and provide a chance to the laggard cities for adapting best practices from their partner cities. The cities paired will be signing a MoU and the pairs are named as “sister cities”.

Govt brings external hard drive, LED modules, headphones under BIS registration

The government of India notified 12 electronic products, including external hard drive, wireless headphone and earphones, television other than plasma, LCD and LED TV sets, that would require mandatory registration under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) before sale in the country. The government in the notification for "Addition of product categories to the Schedule of the "Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012"…..

New policy on Science, Technology & Innovation being framed by Centre

The government is working on a new National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, to replace the existing policy framed in 2013, which will be forward-looking and have both a vision document as well as an action plan on the fundamental research required in crucial areas such as space, health, atomic physics and bio-technology. The Department of Science & Technology is steering the exercise and will soon initiate stakeholder interaction on what the new policy should include, said Principal Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister K Vijay Raghavan in an interaction with journalists.