India proposes exempting EVs from registration fees report says

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Culture Electric Cars 4:33 3 Juice up the outdoors with Harley-Davidson’s electric bike concepts More From Roadshow See what your new electric car needs to break it in right 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 7 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Comments Share your voice Tags Indian traffic is legendarily wild, but imagine it without the smog haze or the nasal putt-putt of two-stroke engines and diesels. India’s EV incentive wants to make that happen. Hindustan Times/Getty Images Lots of places around the world are looking for ways to incentivize folks to ditch their internal combustion vehicles and get shiny new(er) electric vehicles instead. America famously has its EV tax credit and all its production number provisos and phased phase-out. China has something similar regarding EV purchase subsidies.India is keeping things a little simpler, according to a report Wednesday by Reuters. Rather than dealing with credits or rebates, India is considering simply not charging EV owners registration fees. It’s brilliant.India’s plan would apply not only to cars but to all kinds of electric vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters and autorickshaws. Frankly, we want to see people driving electrified Hindustan Ambassadors around because that would be great.In any case, this a plan that would, in theory at least, require minimal effort on the part of the government and it could prove to be a boon to pollution-clogged India. It would also help to reduce India’s dependence on foreign oil.last_img read more

Trump inauguration prompts celebration in Russia

first_imgThe Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to “matryoshka” nesting dolls in his image.Washington was turned into a virtual fortress with an estimated 900,000 people—backers and protesters—descending on the capital. In London, anti-Trump activists draped a banner reading “Build Bridges Not Walls” from Tower Bridge. Protests were planned across western Europe on Friday and Saturday.But according to Gennady Gudkov, a Putin critic and former lawmaker, Russia is in the grip of “Trumpomania”, with state media giving the President-elect blanket air time at the expense of more mundane and sometimes depressing domestic news stories.That, he said, was in part because the U.S. election, unlike elections in Russia, had been unpredictable. The Kremlin is hoping Trump will ease sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea, team up with Russia against Islamic State, and cut back NATO military activity near Russian borders.Craftsmen in the city of Zlatoust, east of Moscow, have released a limited series of silver and gold commemorative coins, engraved with “In Trump We Trust” – an allusion to the phrase on U.S. banknotes “In God We Trust”.‘TRUMPOMANIA’Sellers of traditional matryoshka nesting dolls have added Trump dolls to their popular line-up of items carved in the likeness of President Vladimir Putin, Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, ex-President Mikhail Gorbachev and Josef Stalin.And a shop selling Russian military kit located opposite the U.S. embassy in Moscow has unveiled a cheeky promotional campaign offering embassy employees and U.S. citizens a 10 percent discount on its wares to celebrate Trump’s inauguration.Some of Trump’s opponents believe the Kremlin helped him win the White House by staging a hacking campaign to hoover up embarrassing information about Hillary Clinton, his rival. The Kremlin denies that, but few here make any secret of the fact that they are pleased that Trump and not Clinton triumphed.Relations between Putin and Barack Obama had soured badly.“Trump’s election has generated enormous enthusiasm in Russia because his warm words about Russia and Putin have given us hope that the USA and the West will stop their attack on Russia,” Sergei Markov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker, said on social media.“We don’t know for sure if there will be an improvement (in relations) or not. But we Russians are optimists … so we are hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst.”For Russian nationalists, Trump’s inauguration is an excuse to mix fun with self-promotion.They are holding an all-night party at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow where they will showcase their favorite prop, a triptych of Putin, Trump and French Front National leader Marine Le Pen.Konstantin Rykov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker and one of the event’s promoters, said on social media it was right to celebrate the first phase of the “New World Order.”“Washington will be ours,” he quipped.last_img read more

Abstract is beautiful

first_imgArtist Puneet Kaushik presents his latest series of works titled Daraar – Beneath the Faultline at India Art Fair from January 29 to February 1. The works reflect no longer something remote, but abstractions of life itself. Kaushik’s bodies of work are aesthetic and material dimensions of extractions, accumulation, territorialisation, condensations and fractures underlying the visible reality of urban life. They are neo-expressionist, collages of kaleidoscope materials and techniques – wire mesh, paint, bead work, carpet craft, line drawings and organic dyes that bring to the surface histories of tension that exist just beneath the ordinariness of everyday lived humanity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Known for using methodologies and traditional techniques incorporating tribal and folk art like the works are of steel wire mesh, woven hibiscus and coffee stains on paper, natural dyes, tufting the carpet technique, dabkha and bead work.In his works, Puneet has been successfully driven by a single idea or concept, injecting an element of exploration, with materials offering their own guiding agency; and in this respect he marks a posture of difference. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe guiding concept behind the majority of the works has been around the idea of Identity, the dealing with the self. The beauty and the ugliness within the surface; the superficial and the deeper self, textured and layered by different circumstances where it is rare to be in a position to penetrate into the real self.Puneet has been intrigued by age-old traditional techniques like knitting, crochet and embroidery, rooted deep in our cultures as a means of talking about the self. For example, the traditional Tibetan technique using a process of embroidery where two or more beads are stitched in one go was normally done not only to enhance the jewellery or crown but also to thicken the surface in order to protect and keep one warm.When: January 29 to February 1Where: Booth S-5, India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Groundslast_img read more

Now arsenicfree water for West Midnapore villagers

first_imgKolkata: Sulabh International on Tuesday inaugurated a water treatment plant to provide low-cost drinking water in arsenic-hitBengal villages.Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International unveiled the water treatment plant at Panchberia, West Midnapore with Prof K J Nath,Chairman Arsenic Task Force, former director of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) and Advisor, Sulabh International Social Service Organization (SISSO) under ‘Sulabh Drinking Water’project to provide villagers arsenic-free safe drinking water. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe basic objective of the project is to provide arsenic free safe drinking water of WHO standard at cheap rates to the rural population of about nearly 3,000 people in Panchberia and nearby villages, Daspur block,West Midnapore.The new water treatment plant has a capacity to produce 10,000 bottles of varying capacity (600 ml to 20 litre) with a sophisticated laboratory and a completely automated bottling plant. The produced water is being sold to the villagers at less than Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPRe 1/ per litre.The villagers along with women from the local Self-Help Group are going to operate this plant with supervision and required training provided by SISSO.According to WHO, drinking arsenic-rich water over a long period results in various health hazards, including skin problems, skin cancer, cancer of the bladder, kidney and lung, besides other diseases.Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, SISSO said: “I have been totally surprised after visiting the plant! It is amazing to see that village level workers and women could operate and manage such a sophisticated plant producing safe water of WHO standard at minimum cost. Sulabh would be happy to provide all support and technical assistance.The project is an excellent example of empowerment of rural community, particularly women at thevillage level”.last_img read more

Arjun Singhs son to contest from Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Pawan Singh will contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara seat. The seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh, MLA from Bhatpara, joined the BJP and is contesting from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat where election will be held on May 6. Pawan is Arjun Singh’s son. The Trinamool Congress has fielded Madan Mitra, former state Transport minister, to fight the Assembly by-poll. Mitra was the MLA from Kamarharti. He has good contacts in North 24-Parganas and because of this, the TMC supremo has nominated him from Bhatpara.last_img