MicroDot technology to check vehicle thefts

The govt will set a new standard to use a technology which involves spraying small dots laser etched with a vehicle identification number throughout the vehicle body. The tech named ‘MicroDots’ makes it almost impossible to remove the dots and hence will prevent the vehicle’s identity. Annually about 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across the country with Delhi topping the list at 38,644.

FASTags compulsory to obtain national permit

Vehicle tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining the national permit. The proposed amendment also provides that driving license and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. It also provides that no fitness certification at the time of registration for new transport vehicles.

FASTags compulsory to obtain national permit

Vehicle tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining the national permit. The proposed amendment also provides that driving license and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. It also provides that no fitness certification at the time of registration for new transport vehicles.

ISRO scientists test Vikas Engine

ISRO has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the Vikas Engine that would improve the payload capability of the space agency’s launch vehicles. The Vikas Engine is the liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The test was conducted at the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

ICAT completed first BS-VI certification

ICAT has completed the first BS-VI certification for M/S Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle Limited for its heavy-duty engine model. The engine was developed and manufactured in India by Volvo Eicher. It would be implemented on April 1, 2020. ICAT is one of the prime testing agencies recognized by the Government of India.

ISRO’s first ‘pad abort’ test successful

The first ‘pad abort’ test critical for a future human space mission was conducted successfully by ISRO. ‘PAT’ is the 1st in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system technology of a manned mission in the future. Crew Escape System is an emergency escape measure to quickly pull the crew module along with astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in event of a launch abort

Tripura starts 24×7 mobile policing service

The Tripura government launched the GPS (Global Positioning System) and wireless-based 24×7 mobile policing service. It will help in curbing crime, especially against women. To operate the ‘mobile policing’ service, a police van or a small vehicle with police personnel would keep patrolling round-the-clock in their assigned zone.

India’s first private UAV factory

India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and light bullet proof vehicles (LBPV) will be set up by DCM Shriram Industries Group in Kota. These UAVs and LBPVs are likely to be used by defence and para-military forces in the country. The new defence unit in Kota is being set up under ‘Make in India’ initiative of the union government.

Permits key to claim insurance: SC

Insurance companies are not liable to compensate accident claims for public transport vehicles plying without permits, the Supreme Court said. ‘Permits’ are authorisation given by State authorities to use motor vehicles as transport vehicles. The verdict came on an accident involving a truck which fatally hit a two-wheeler rider in February 2013 at Pathankot.

SEBI cuts expenses charged by MFs

SEBI has slashed the ‘additional expense’ charged by Mutual Funds to just 5 basis points to help increase the penetration of such products among investors. The move will help reduce the cost of investing in MFs. MF is an investment vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments.

Tata Motors inks MoU to deploy 1,000 EVs

Tata Motors has inked a pact with Maharashtra government to deploy 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from its range of passenger and commercial vehicles across the state. Tata Motors along with Tata Power will also facilitate setting up of EV charging stations in the Maharashtra. The MoU boosts the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy, 2018.

Rustom-2 drone to be delivered by 2020

The Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be delivered to the armed forces by 2020. The drone is being developed for use by all 3 services of Indian Armed Forces, primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. It can fly at around 280 km/h and carry a variety of payloads.

Mumbai to get UAV surveillance

To enhance women’s safety, Mumbai police are planning to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and install `panic buttons’ across the city. The measures are part of a Rs 252-crore Safe City Project, which will be implemented fully in three years. The use of UAVs for women’s safety will be the first in the country.

Nepal to shut India’s field office

Nepal has decided to close Indian Embassy’s field office in Biratnagar in the near future as it has “outlived its purpose”. India was permitted to set up a temporary field office in 2008 to issue passes to vehicles for plying on Indian roads in the bordering regions after Koshi floods damaged a 17-km stretch of east-west highway. Nepali had also tried to remove the field office 6 years ago.

India’s first Lithium-Ion charger

President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled India’s first, indigenous lithium-ion battery charger, developed by Ampere Vehicles in New Delhi. The lithium-Ion charger project is supported by Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology as part of the Make-in-India initiative. The unveiling event took place on the occasion of National Technology Day.

Green licence plates for e-vehicles

To promote electric vehicles in India, the government has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles & yellow for taxis. The purpose behind distinctive number plates is their easy identification for preferential treatment in parking beside other proposed benefits like concessional toll. India at present has 1 to 1.5 lakh electric vehicles.

Nasa, Uber team up to get flying taxis

NASA and Uber have signed an agreement to explore putting flying taxis in the skies over US cities. NASA will begin simulations for so-called “urban air mobility” vehicles that also include delivery drones. NASA said the goal is to create a rideshare network that will allow residents to hail a small aircraft the same way Uber users can now use an app to call a car.

Maruti Alto retained best selling PV model tag

Maruti Suzuki India’s entry-level hatchback Alto has retained its status as the best selling passenger vehicle in India in 2017-18. The Alto retained its number one position by selling 258,539 units in 2017-18 as against 241,635 units in the previous financial year. Maruti continued its dominance with seven of its models featuring in the top ten list.

States to allow private licence for taxis

Centre has asked states to allow drivers to use private licence for driving taxis and light vehicles for commercial purposes.However, commercial driving licences would be required for trucks, buses, heavy commercial vehicles and other medium.Exemption from obtaining the endorsement for commercial vehicles would apply to motor cycles and light motor vehicles like taxis, e-rickshaw/e-cart.

Ola to introduce 10,000 EVs

App-based cab aggregator Ola plans to introduce 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric autorickshaws in India in the next 12 months.The ride-hailing company is in talks with state governments, OEM partners and electronic vehicle innovators to speed up the introduction of EVs in India. Ola aims to bring one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.

India pips Germany to be No. 4 car market

India has become the fourth-largest passenger vehicle (PV) market globally for the first time ever, unseating Germany, in January and February 2018.With sales of 5,60,806 units in the first two months of calendar 2018, India overtook Germany’s tally of 5,31,100 units. India is behind China, US and Japan. Germany in the 5th position, followed by Brazil and France

Jayant Sinha to head task force for UAV tech

The Government has formed a task force under the Chairmanship of MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology.The Task Force will focus on R&D, acquisition and commercialisation, regulatory framework and preference for Make in India. The task force will submit its report within 6 months of its constitution.

ISRO to launch navigation satellite

ISRO on 12th April will launch a navigation satellite IRNSS-1I, the 8th such satellite to be a part of NAVIC navigation satellite constellation, from Sriharikota.India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration, will launch IRNSS-1I Satellite. IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites.

Japan activated its 1st marine unit since WW2

Japan has activated its 1st marine unit since 2nd World War to counter invaders from occupying Japanese islands.The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade is the latest component of a growing marine force that includes amphibious ships & assault vehicles. After WW2, a clause was written into Japan’s constitution which stated that armed forces with potential to wage war would not be maintained.

India is the 4th largest automobile market

India‘s automobile sales, including passenger and commercial vehicles, grew 9.5 percent and more than 4 million units in 2017 were sold, making the country world‘s fourth-largest automobile market. India beat Germany to take the 4th position. Maruti Suzuki India, which makes up 80 percent of the market, continues with its lead in passenger vehicles.

Andhra Government launches NAIPUNYA RATHAM

Andhra Pradesh Govt has launched, NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, a multi-utility vehicle that aims to bring technology to remote corners. It will facilitate & look to improve digital literacy, digital skills & create an awareness on various govt schemes that are underway in Andhra Pradesh. Govt has allotted Rs 300 crore for the project & will be setting up 1000 skill development centres

Switch to e-vehicles: Govt to all departments

The Power Ministry has directed all central government departments and PSUs in the National Capital Region to switch to e-vehicles for local use. The move comes as the government plans to have 30% of the total vehicle fleet in the country running on batteries by 2030. Charging facilities for such vehicles are being installed at various locations, the ministry added.

National e-Mobility Programme launched

The objective of the National e-Mobility Programme is to provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators etc. The Programme will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which will procure electric cars. The electric cars will replace existing diesel and petrol vehicles.

Moon to get its first mobile phone network

The moon will get its first 4G mobile network next year to allow lunar exploration vehicles to stream high-definition data back to a base station.Vodafone Germany, Nokia, and carmaker Audi said that they were working in collaboration with Berlin-based space exploration scientists. The project is a part of the first privately-funded mission to the Moon.

DRDO successfully tests flight Rustom-2

25 : DRDO has successfully flew its Rustom 2 at its Aeronautical Test Range at Chalakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.A medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, Rustom 2 or TAPAS-BH-201 has been developed by India on the lines of the American Predator drones. Rustom 2 can conduct sustained surveillance and can carry weapons along with surveillance equipment.

Clean air for Delhi campaign launched

Delhi govt & MoEF has jointly launched Clean Air Campaign, which will continue for 2 weeks till Feb 23.As part of the Campaign, 70 teams have been constituted, comprising 1 officer of MoEF&CC & another from Delhi govt, who will be the co-leaders of the team. Campaign would include enforcement of pollution-control measures for vehicles, driving discipline & inspection of power plants.

1,218 drones set record at Winter Olympics

As many as 1,218 drones outfitted with LED lights were used during a light show at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.This made a world record for the ‘most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously’.The drones, controlled through an automated software program, flew in sync and created light-up images of Olympic sports and the Olympic rings.

Sarabhai Space Centre’s new director

ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) director S Somnath has taken charge as the new director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.He says the focus is on two upcoming launches next month. Somnath told that his priorities will be on technology upgradation of launch vehicle design and to focus on immediate launches including GSLV-Mark (MK) II and PSLV-C41 in Feb.

GPS, panic buttons mandatory on vehicles

The government has made it mandatory to have Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in passenger transport vehicles from April 1.All taxis, buses and public transport vehicles, except three-wheelers and e-rickshaws, will have to install GPS and an alert button. The road transport ministry has reiterated the deadline amid reports that most of the states had not done much to meet the target.

Movement of vehicles in BBIN

Bangladesh, India and Nepal have given nod to operating procedures for movement of passenger vehicles in the sub-region under BBIN motor vehicles agreement.The agreement was signed by the transport ministers of the BBIN countries in Thimphu, Bhutan on 15 June 2015. The delegations also agreed to continue to conduct a trial movement of cargo vehicles from April 2018 onwards.

ISRO launches its 100th Satellite

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.It carries 31 satellites in total from countries including India and six other countries. Cartosat 2, a surveillance satellite that was part of India’s 100th satellite was placed into sun-synchronous orbit according to ISRO. The satellites are to be launched in two orbits which makes the mission a unique one.

Karnataka to obtain electric vehicles

Karnataka would obtain electric vehicles under the Centre’s FAME-India scheme.Karnataka is set to procure and ply 40 electric buses, 100 four wheelers and 500 three wheelers along with setting up of charging infrastructure.Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, for promoting eco-friendly vehicles.

ISRO to launch 31 satellites in one go

ISRO would launch 31 satellites, including India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation space craft, in a single mission on January 10.The mission will be the first ‘Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year.The mission’s main payload would be India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.

Uber partners with Mahindra

Mahindra & Mahindra has entered into a partnership with Uber India to deploy electric vehicles on the US cab aggregator’s platform. Uber will deploy hundreds of electric vehicles in Delhi and Hyderabad and will consider adding the cars in other cities across India. Mahindra’s electric vehicles on the Uber platform will include the e2oPlus hatchback and the eVerito sedan.

Canara Bank rolls out apps

Canara Bank celebrated its Founder’s Day by rolling out several initiatives and benefits for its staff. The initiatives launched include a digital library, a Canarites app, a field recovery mobile app, a retail loan (vehicle) – tracking system, and a regulatory guidance tracking system. Currently, Canara Bank has a clientele base of over eight crores.

Delhi govt ‘defers’ odd-even

Delhi govt has called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented from 13th Nov, after the National Green Tribunal ordered withdrawal of exemptions under it. The decision came in view of the directive by NGT, which ordered withdrawal of all exemptions, including to two-wheeler riders & woman-only vehicles. Trucks and two- wheelers are the major polluters in Delhi.

Ola inks partnership with Microsoft

Ola announced its strategic partnership with Microsoft company and thereby choose the Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider. It is aimed at providing improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation etc. The advanced telematics platform will transform the car into a high-performing, intelligent vehicle, capable of assessing fuel efficiency, engine performance, and driver performance.

4 wheels to be fitted with FASTags

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified that all four-wheel motor vehicles sold on or after 1st December 2017, will have FASTags fitted on them by the manufacturer of the vehicle. FASTag is a simple to use, a reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges. It lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction.

Tata Motors bags order for 10,000 e-cars

Tata Motors has won the first contract to supply electric vehicles to replace petrol & diesel cars used by govt & its departments as part of a plan to cut demand for fossil fuels. First 500 electric vehicles will be supplied to EESL in Nov & the remainder will be delivered in the 2nd phase. Tata Motors will supply the electric version of its Tigor sedan, for which batteries will be imported.

Presence of aerosol over Asia

20 : A joint study by ISRO & NASA which had commenced after satellite images showed presence of an aerosol layer over Asia region, has confirmed the same. The study also found presence of nitrate, which is a new finding. Aerosol are sub-micron size particles suspended in air that are produced from a variety of man-made & natural processes such as vehicle exhaust, waste-burning & wind blown dust.

Trawl System by DRDO

DRDO has undertaken design & development of Trawl System for minefield area in the battle zone to meet the operational requirements of Indian Army. It is employed for breaching of land mines & creating a vehicle safe lane, through a minefield for advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone It is capable of breaching a variety of land mines including passive & active influence mines

Electric vehicle policy

Karnataka has become the first state to roll out an Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy. The state estimates that it will be able to create employment for 55,000 individuals over the next few years through electric vehicle industry. Karnataka is looking to attract investments to the tune of Rs. 31,000 cr from companies looking at R&D and manufacturing of electric vehicles in the state.

China mulls petrol car ban

China is gearing up to ban petrol and diesel cars, a move that would boost electric vehicles. The plan would follow decisions by France and Britain to outlaw the sale of such cars & vans from 2040 to clamp down on harmful emissions. The Chinese govt in June introduced draft regulations compelling automakers to produce more electrically-powered vehicles by 2020 through a complex quota system.

First Civilian Drone Base

Civil Aviation Administration of China has announced the opening of the country’s first test-flight base for civilian drones in Shanghai. The base, located in the district of Qingpu, will provide service to thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles. There are over 120,000 registered drones in China. China has approximately 500 drone manufacturers, controlling almost 70 percent of market share.

IAF Deploys Hercules Strategic Aircraft

Indian Air Force installed 6 C-130J Super Hercules strategic aircraft in its Arjan Singh base in Panagarh, West Bengal. Arjan Singh is the 2nd base in the country to have a fat fleet of Hercules aircraft after Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. C-130J Super Hercules can carry 64 airborne troops with equipment and can also be used to carry 6 pallets or a few armored vehicles.

Tata Motors appoints PB Balaji as CFO

Tata Motors, India biggest automobile company has appointed PB Balaji as its new group chief financial officer. He will take over the reins from CR Ramakrishnan. Balaji, who will take over this year has been working with HUL as its CFO since 2014 His appointment comes at a time when Tata Motors is battling market share loss in commercial vehicles & competitive pressures in passenger vehicles

Logistics Data Bank project to expand

Logistics Data Bank project, to make India’s logistics sector more efficient through use of IT, will soon expand operations to country’s southern region. On July 1, 2016, LDB project was launched at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai. LDB is being implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle called DLDSL – that is jointly owned by Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Trust & Japan’s NEC Corporation.

SUVs, luxury cars to cost more

GST Council has approved a proposal to hike cess on SUVs, mid-sized, large & luxury cars from 15% to 25%. While all cars attract a peak GST rate of 28%, large motor vehicles, SUVs, mid-segment, large, hybrid cars and hybrid motor vehicles attract a cess of 15% on top of it. Cess collected on cars as also tobacco & coal will be used to compensate the revenue loss of states by implementing GST

Facility to boost launch capability

ISRO’s launch capacity will get a major boost with Satish Dhawan Space Centre set to get a second vehicle assembly building by end of this year. Rocket launch centre at Sriharikota consists of 2 launch pads, but just 1 vehicle assembly building for assembling final components of a rocket. 2nd assembly facility will allow ISRO to optimally utilise both launch pads, reducing the launch timings

Most valuable bike maker in India

Eicher Motors has became India’s fourth most valuable automaker, displacing Bajaj Auto which held that position so far. With this, Eicher, parent of Royal Enfield has also become the country’s most valuable two-wheeler maker, beating Bajaj Auto and Hero MotoCorp. Eicher’s subsidiary Royal Enfield has seen brisk sales even as the overall two-wheeler market has remained sluggish.

Largest carmaker in world

With record profit and profitability in first half of the year the Renault-Nissan Alliance has overtaken Volkswagen & Toyota to become the largest carmaker in the world. The group sold 5,268,079 cars around the world, largely due to addition of Mitsubishi to the alliance’s stable last year. Its operation in Russia, which had been heavily loss-making, posted a profit of € 3 million.

Charging Stations Installed in Bengaluru

Under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Scheme, 25 Charging Stations have been installed at 6 different locations in Bengaluru. These have been installed by M/s Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicles, as a pilot project. Based on the proposals received under FAME Scheme, charging infrastructure in selected locations would be sanctioned by Department of Heavy Industries

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars

Britain is going to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution. Ban follows a similar proposal by the French govt, and will also include hybrid vehicles that have an electric motor and a petrol or diesel engine. Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions, including potential for charging zones for dirtiest vehicles.

Ola invests in car leasing subsidiary

Cab aggregator Ola has invested Rs. 100 crore in its car leasing subsidiary. Through Ola Fleet Technologies, Ola focuses on building its own fleet and skilling drivers. Under the programme, drivers could lease a car for a minimal initial deposit and then pay monthly lease payments with an option to own the vehicle after a period of three years.

BMW opens R&D centre in China

German luxury carmaker BMW has opened a new research and development centre in China. The new R&D centre covering an area of over 40,000 square metres, is by far the BMW group’s largest auto R&D hub outside Germany. Centre will focus on new energy technology to establish a complete R&D and production chain in China. China has become the largest single market for BMW automotive vehicles.

No GST on sale of old jewellery

Govt. has clarified that sale of old jewellery & old vehicles by individuals will not attract any GST as the sale is not for furthering any business. Tax will apply if an unregistered business sells gold ornaments to registered supplier. This comes in wake of Revenue Secretary’s comments in which he said that purchase of old gold jewellery by a jeweller from a consumer will attract 3% GST.

Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid

Volvo has announced that starting from 2019, all of its new cars will be fully electric or hybrid. This makes Volvo the first major traditional automaker to set a date for phasing out vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Volvo will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of them will be Volvo models and two will be electrified cars from Polestar

China passes new intelligence law

China’s legislature has passed a new intelligence law which gave authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises and seize vehicles & devices. It will give authorities new legal grounds to monitor and investigate foreign and domestic individuals in order to protect national security. It aims to strengthen China’s security against threats from both within and outside the country.

ISRO to launch Earth Observation Sat

India will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. According ISRO, the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on 23rd June from the Sriharikota rocket port. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries as well as one Indian nanosatellite.

Kajal Singh is Executive V-P of GSTN

Kajal Singh was appointed as Executive Vice-President (Services) in Goods and Services Tax Network. Singh, a 1992 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has been appointed to the post for a period of three years. The GSTN is a special purpose vehicle set up to provide Information Technology infrastructure for implementation of the GST.

Record breaking drone swarm

China has launched a record breaking swarm of 119 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles breaking previous record of a swarm of 67 drones. Swarm intelligence is regarded as the core of artificial intelligence of unmanned systems and future of intelligent unmanned systems. According to a report Chinese military is also testing to launch mass armed drones as a new technique in battle conditions.

Tesla surpasses BMW

Share of Tesla climbed 1.4% boosting its market capitalization to $61.6 billion, about $280 million more than BMW AG. Tesla is now the world’s fourth-most valuable automaker, behind Toyota, Daimler, and Volkswagen. Tesla delivered less than 80,000 vehicles last year and has only reported two profitable quarters since it was founded.

NTPC installs electric charging stations

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has facilitated the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles at Delhi and Noida. The main objective of setting up EV charging points is to promote clean energy transportation. The move will push demand for electric vehicles. India has an ambition to have all electric vehicles by 2030.

E-taxi service launched in Hyderabad

5 : An e-taxi service was launched in Hyderabad to mark the World Environment Day. The e-taxis have been launched by Green Mile, an electric vehicle infrastructure start-up company. The taxis will operate from different parts of the city to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. To begin with, five e-taxis have been launched on a pilot basis.

India tests QR-SAM for first time

Indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile was test-fired for the first time from Balasore, Odisha. It has been jointly developed by DRDO and Bharat Electronics. The missile system can engage multiple targets within a range of around 30 km with two vehicle configuration for area air defence. It is a truck-mounted missile with a 360° rotatable, turret-based launch unit.

World’s First Electric Biocomposite Car.

Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, unveiled the world’s first car made of bio-composite. The special thing about this car is that the chassis, bodywork and the interior of the car are all made of natural materials. The car is certified by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority as roadworthy and is suitable to carry four people. The car is named “Lina”.

GM to stop selling cars in India.

General Motors announced that it will stop selling cars in India from the end of this year where it has less than a one percent share of passenger car sales. The company will instead focus on producing vehicles for export from India, one of the world’s fastest growing passenger vehicle market. GM’s exports from India, mainly to Mexico and Latin America, nearly doubled to 70,969 vehicles.

ISRO to launch rocket in June

India plans to launch next month its most powerful rocket that is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite. ISRO will launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June. It will also enable ISRO to launch from India heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km.

Logo for vehicles driven by deaf people

Telangana has introduced a logo for identifying vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment and has become the first state in the country to do so. The logo was designed by Hyderabad-based graphic designer Manikanta Annapragada, who incidentally is the first person to obtain a driving license in the ‘hearing impaired’ category. The logo was chosen from 8 designs submitted by Manikanta

Apple allowed to test self-driving cars

Apple Inc has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. The permit allows it to conduct test drives in three vehicles with six drivers. The permit has fuelled the speculation that it is working on self-driving car technology in a crowded arena of companies hoping to offer those cars to the masses.

Pink patrol and security app launched

A fleet of pink patrol vehicles have been introduced in Bengaluru as part of an effort to improve the safety and security of women in the city. The pink patrol cars called the Pink Hoysalas and the Suraksha mobile phone app were unveiled by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The app has been developed by the Bengaluru city police IT team.

Ford tech arm gets Indian patent

Ford has received an Indian patent for an invention related to a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The company said that the invention is related generally to a power train for a hybrid electric vehicle having an engine and one or more electric machines. Globally, electric vehicles are seen as part of moving towards eco-friendly mobility solutions and making cars cost-efficient.

Bharat Stage emission standards

5 : Bharat stage emission standards are emission standards instituted by the GOI to regulate the output of air pollutants from IC engines and Spark ignition engines equipment, including motor vehicles. The standards, based on European regulations were 1st introduced in 2000. In 2016, the Indian govt announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.

Subsidy for mild hybrid vehicles removed

The Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has withdrawn subsidy given to mild hybrid vehicles under FAME India scheme. A mild hybrid vehicle has an electric motor, which on its own cannot run a vehicle but assists normal engine by using recovered energy stored in a battery and helps save fuel. FAME India was launched in 2015 to promote eco-friendly cars.

Lithium Battery Technique

ISRO has developed lithium ion battery for satellite and launch vehicle applications. 4 types of batteries have been developed – 1.5Ah, 5Ah, 50Ah and 100Ah. Out of these, 1.5Ah & 50Ah have been used for space applications and 5Ah & 100Ah batteries are qualified and is ready for induction in space applications. Lithium ion is a type of rechargeable battery.

Motor Vehicles Bill amended

The government has approved changes to the motor vehicle bill. The amended motor vehicle bill proposes a hefty penalty on auto companies caught manufacturing faulty vehicles, statuary guidelines for cab aggregators and a 10% annual increase in penalty for traffic violations. The government has also proposed specific timelines for processing insurance claim.

Vijaya Bank inks MoU with Piaggio Vehicles

Vijaya Bank entered into an MoU with Piaggio Vehicles for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru. Vijaya Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kishore Sansi flagged off the first batch of vehicles under the MoU in the presence of Piaggio Vehicles Vice-President Praveen Nagpal.

VAHAN and SARATHI to Curb Corruption

The Provisions regarding issue of learner’s licence and driving licence are contained in Chapter II of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988(MV Act) and Chapter II of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989(CMVRs). The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has introduced online based citizen centric application VAHAN 4.0 and SARATHI 4.0 under digitization to ease out the processes and curb corruption.

Honda Recalls Another 772,000 Vehicles

Japanese auto-maker, Honda Motor is recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the US for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators. The defective air bag inflators were made by Takata Corporation. It was part of an expanded recall of nearly 1.3 million vehicles. Takata is at the center of a massive recall of inflators that can explode in a crash, injuring people.

MSTC joins hands with Mahindra INTERTRADE

Mahindra Intertrade, a part of Mahindra Group has entered into a partnership with MSTC, a Government of India enterprise, to set-up country’s first integrated auto recycling facility. The facility will have the first-of-its-kind Greenfield auto shredding and recycling capability to dispose of end of live vehicles. The joint venture (JV) agreement was officially signed by Sumit Issar, Managing Director, Mahindra Intertrade, and B. B. Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, MSTC under the aegis of the Minister of Steel and Mines, Chaudhary Birender Singh. vehicles.

15 years old diesel vehicles should be deregistered at Delhi

The National Green Tribunal says that diesel vehicles in NCT-Delhi which are 15 years old should be deregistered and should not get NOC for plying outside Delhi-NCR.