With Gujarat taking lead, states vie to attract electric vehicle makers

With the Centre making its intent on electric vehicles clear, state governments are swinging into action to lure the new investments that automakers will pump into manufacturing them.
Three weeks ago, Karnataka became the first state to roll out an electric vehicle policy to encourage manufacturing, while Telangana, another state with an automobile manufacturing base, is learnt to be working on its policy.
Gujarat, a prominent state for auto manufacturing, has already attracted investments worth over Rs 5,000 crore, making it the envy of other states. This includes a Rs 4,000 crore investment commitment from the JSW Group for electric cars and a Rs 1,151 crore plan by read more
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Apple files application to patent ‘Find My Friends’ locator system in India

Consumer electronics major Apple Inc has applied for patent exclusivity for its friend finder application in India. The company claims that while using a GPS device to locate a friend would consume a lot of power, its invention has an advantage over the existing models.
Apple, which has a friend finder application called ‘Find My Friends’, has recently applied to the Indian patent office for its invention titled “Identifying and locating users on a mobile network”.
The company claims that the innovation has a wide range of uses, such as locating friends and family members through their respective mobile devices, allowing parents to keep a tab on children and read more

Electric cars in India: Talks of Tesla factory inconclusive, say officials

At the same time as American electric powered automobile manufacturer Tesla may additionally have evinced hobby in coming into the Indian marketplace to promote its vehicles, it is but to approach the government with a fresh offer on constructing a manufacturing facility within the united states.

however, automobiles bought in India via the singlelogo retail trading route will ought to follow 30 according to cent local sourcing, in line with the existing norms, a senior authorities reputable advised business fashionable.

Tesla has reportedly contacted the authorities all over again to confirm its intentions on entering the Indian automobile market via the singleemblem retail buying and selling direction, as stated by means of The instances of India on Thursday.
however, a senior authorities respectable confirmed that the talks remained inconclusive. Discussions on putting in place a read more

Google, Microsoft’s new mission: How to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

American technology  companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide.
Firms including Microsoft Corp and California life sciences company Verily are forming partnerships with public health officials in several US states to test new high-tech tools.
In Texas, Microsoft is testing a smart trap to isolate and capture Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known Zika carriers, for study by entomologists to give them a jump on predicting outbreaks.
Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences division based in Mountain View, California, is speeding the process for creating sterile male mosquitoes to mate with females in the wild, offering a form of birth control for the species.
While it may take years for these advances to become widely available, public health experts say new players brings fresh thinking to vector control, which still relies heavily on traditional defenses such as larvicides and insecticides.
“It’s exciting when technology companies come on board,” said Anandasankar Ray, an associate professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. “Their approach to a biological challenge is to engineer a solution.” The Zika epidemic that emerged in Brazil in 2015 and read more

India is a great place for innovation: Microsoft

India is a great place for innovation and there is a lot of opportunity for Indian firms and start-ups to work with Microsoft and develop cloud-based tools and platforms for a global marketplace, according to a senior official of the software giant.
Alyssa Fitzpatrick, general manager of Microsoft’s worldwide channel sales, on the sidelines of the ongoing annual partnership meet of Microsoft ‘Inspire’, said that some of the great things have been happening in the Indian market from an innovation perspective.
She said that Microsoft was going to market with solution maps.
“That’s gonna give us an opportunity to bring some of the innovation from India into those solution maps and really highlight it for the rest of the world’s consumption,” she said.
A recognised leader for transforming global direct and indirect sales in the software industry, Fitzpatrick has carried responsibility for over 50,000 global partners, encompassing management consultancies, global systems integrators and services partners.
Fitzpatrick, a frequent traveller to India when the Indian IT sector was in its infancy stage, cited the example of a small time app developer in India, which now has global presence.
“India is a great place of innovation, she said.
“I think there is a lot of opportunity in the Indian market to join together with Microsoft, as READ MORE

Books on Modi to help people develop Modi-like traits: Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an able thekedar‘, or contractor, of welfare but cautioned people not to leave everything to him and go off to sleep.

 

“Society has got a good and able thekedar (contractor) in Narendra bhai for its welfare but the danger is that people will leave everything to him and go to sleep. It should not happen. Books (on him) should help people develop attributes like him,” Bhagwat said at the launch of a coffee table book, ‘The Making of a Legend’, on the PM.
In his address, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah indicated the Modi government was confident of its return not just in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but had put in place programmes and policies that should keep it in good stead for the subsequent 2024 elections as well.

 

Enumerating the achievements of the Modi government, Shah, who spoke before Bhagwat, said: “The government has set a target of giving 50 million LPG connections to poor women by 2019 and to every household by 2024.”
The RSS chief praised Modi the PM for his hard work, courage, patience, wisdom, strength and valour, but most of all his ability to do whatever needs to be done. “What should be done has been discussed in the country for the last 70 years. But it is happening now. Why? Because it is being done now,” Bhagwat said.

 

The RSS chief said all should endeavour to make India a greater country than it was before its “decline” in the last 1000-1500 years. “It seems to me that (BJP chief) Amit bhai has given a safe estimate of 2024,” he then said read more