By Avik Chattopadhyay The spark On February 1, 2021, after the budget presentation, on being asked by a television reporter why there was no mention of electric mobility , Nitin Gadkari, the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, made an interesting remark. “The country needs to explore more self-sufficient and self-reliant methods of powering mobility to reduce our dependence on imports!” This was significant and one needs to read between the lines; especially if one couples the National Hydrogen Mission [NHM] that was announced by the Finance Minister. On February 8, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy told the media that the draft of NHM will be ready in two months. Link this with the fact that Delhi inducted Hydrogen-CNG buses in its fleet in October 2020. Fast forward a few weeks, and on February 23, the Indian Auto LPG Coalition [the industry body of auto LPG stakeholders] impressed upon the government to promote a few alternative clean energy ... » Learn More about Opinion: ‘Atmanirbhar’ alternatives to electric mobility!
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Sanjay Kumar Singh suggests key factors investors need to keep an eye on while choosing the direct investment route. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/ Rediff.com Retail participation in direct equities rose at a rapid pace last year. This is evident from the rise in the number of new demat accounts that were opened -- a record 6.8 million between April and October 2020. Non-institutional participation in the cash segment of the market, which serves as a proxy for retail participation, also went up between March and November 2020, from an average of around Rs 22,500 crore (Rs 225 billion) to Rs 35,000 crore (Rs 350 billion). Those choosing the direct investment route, however, need to bear in mind that beating professional fund managers or even the leading benchmark indices over the long term, is not an easy feat to pull off. Key factors investors need to keep an eye on Earnings revival: After a gap of many years, corporate earnings estimates for the next ... » Learn More about Planning to invest directly in equities? Read this!
For Quick Alerts Subscribe Now COVID-19 vaccination: No glitch in CoWIN from the start, says RS Sharma View Sample For Quick Alerts ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS For Daily Alerts #Chhattisgarh 16 naxalites surrender in Chhattisgarh #Chhattisgarh Bird flu confirmed in few more places in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh #Chhattisgarh CoBRA officer killed, 10 commandos injured in IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh #Chhattisgarh Maoists’ explosive dump recovered in Chhattisgarh #Chhattisgarh Killing of Chhattisgarh MLA in 2019 was part of naxalites’ Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign #Chhattisgarh Cops up ante as big movement of naxals seen from Chhattisgarh to Telangana Just In 29 min ago 1.28 lakh people over 60 years get 1st dose of COVID vaccine 35 min ago China refutes reports on attacks against India's power grid 52 min ago ... » Learn More about Chhattisgarh Budget: Bhupesh Baghel presents state budget of Rs 97,106 cr for FY 2021-22
Video Player Close ANKARA, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday unveiled a new normalization plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Turkey through a province-based approach. "It is not possible to take normalization steps in an environment where the pandemic is spreading. As Turkey is a big country in terms of geographical area and population, we need to take gradual steps," Erdogan said at a press conference after a cabinet meeting. The 81 provinces in Turkey will be divided into four categories of low, medium, high and very high risk according to their COVID-19 situation based on infection rates and the vaccination process. The provinces will be evaluated every week and their normalization applications will be updated, according to Erdogan. Cafes and restaurants, which were allowed only for take-away and delivery, will now be able to host customers between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with half capacity, yet excluding very high-risk provinces. The ... » Learn More about Roundup: Turkey unveils province-based approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions
For Quick Alerts Subscribe Now COVID-19 vaccination: No glitch in CoWIN from the start, says RS Sharma View Sample For Quick Alerts ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS For Daily Alerts #Donald Trump Trump hints at a 2024 re-run for White House #Donald Trump In first post-White House speech, Trump calls for Republican party unity #Donald Trump ''Blame Trump'' defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot #Donald Trump Court won't revive porn star's defamation suit against Donald Trump #Donald Trump Democratic congressman sues Trump over role in Capitol riot #Donald Trump Speaker Pelosi proposes 9/11-type commission to probe US Capitol storming Just In 29 min ago 1.28 lakh people over 60 years get 1st dose of COVID vaccine 35 min ago China refutes reports on attacks against India's power grid 52 min ago 'Not part of it': Veerappa Moily distances ... » Learn More about Donald Trump raises climate issue, says India, China, Russia not clean
(This story was first published in TOI on March 1, 2021) New Delhi: India on Monday said there is no impact on operations of Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) due to any malware attack and that prompt actions are taken on advisories issued against such threats. A study conducted by a US-based company had suggested that a China-linked group targeted India's power grid system through malware. The ministry of power responding to the findings of the study, said, "There is no impact on any of the functionalities carried out by POSOCO due to the referred threat. No data breach/ data loss has been detected due to these incidents." October 12 blackout was a sabotage A source in the government said hackers have been trying to target the country’s power utilities since February. The ministry further said, "Prompt actions are being taken by the CISOs (chief information security officers) at all these control centres under operation by POSOCO for any ... » Learn More about Mumbai blackout: Government denies China’s cyber campaign against Indian power grid
(Subscribe to our Today's Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories. Click here to subscribe for free.) Bitcoin's 300% price surge since October has revived China's grey market in cryptocurrency trading, putting regulators on alert over financial risks and capital outflows as volatility spikes. China shut down its local cryptocurrency exchanges in 2017, smothering a speculative market that had accounted for 90% of global bitcoin trading. Onshore investors now trade bitcoin on platforms owned by Chinese exchanges that have relocated overseas, including Huobi and OKEx. Once-dormant Chinese trading chat rooms on social media have become busier. "I've come to look for investment opportunities," said Paris Chang, who opened an account last month at cryptocurrency exchange Binance. Also Read | Bitcoin donations to jailed Kremlin critic Navalny cause surge Brushing aside worries over the volatility and the recent sell-off, he said: "This market is for the ... » Learn More about China’s furtive bitcoin trade heats up again, worrying regulators
The sudden and inexplicable resignations of Congress MLAs from the Puducherry Assembly have turned out to be an ingenious move to topple the Congress government led by V. Narayanasamy . This was done in 2019 with devastating effect in Karnataka. In both cases, the governments lost majority and went out of office. Resigning from the membership of the House is every member’s right. But according to Article 190 of the Constitution, the resignation should be voluntary or genuine. If the Speaker has information to the contrary, he or she is not obliged to accept the resignation. An innovative method But there is by now a familiar pattern to the resignations of Members of the Legislative Assembly. Such resignations invariably lead to the fall of the government and resignations take place only from the ruling parties in the States which are opposed to the ruling party at the Centre. These parties are, in fact, in a precarious condition because in most cases, the resignations are quite ... » Learn More about The structural fragility of Union Territories
Women and jewellery have always had a strong connection. From inherited family heirlooms, to traditional forms of bridal jewellery, it seems every special occasion and memory asks for a bit of bling. But, let’s face it. The styles of jewellery back then, and trending jewellery fashion today are poles apart – aren’t they? Traditional jewels were heavy, fully gold, and presented ethnic vibes and a flashy look. Today, we search for bright and stylish – statement-worthy jewellery. But, does this mean our heritage jewels are of no use to us? We got in touch with Mr Chaitanya V Cotha, Executive Director at 150 years C Krishniah Chetty Group Of Jewellers to talk about how to style heritage jewellery and this is what they had to say. The return of heritage jewels Today, the world of bling is all about experimenting and fusing ideas. And, it’s time to flaunt heritage jewellery. A fusion of old ideas with new workmanship, to result in a statement look. From old to Instagrammable; here are ... » Learn More about 4 ways to style heritage jewellery
Although Arvind Kejriwal is not top on the radar of any terrorist outfit at the moment, security agencies feel that abduction attempts cannot be ruled out, reports Vicky Nanjappa. D espite his refusal to take security, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been provided Z category security. The Ghaziabad police, which outlined the security plan, was adamant to provide security to Kejriwal despite his refusal. The question is in such a case, where the CM is refusing security, is who has the final word? Kejriwal may not want security, but it is the ministry of home affairs has the final word based on reports by the Intelligence Bureau. Whether he likes it or not, he will have to take the security, as the threat perception on him is high, according to the security agencies. However, Kejriwal is not top on the radar of any militant group at the moment. Presently there is nothing to show that any group or terrorist outfit, including the Naxals, is looking to target ... » Learn More about ‘It’s Kejriwal’s position that needs security’