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E-bikes to cost 30% cheaper than fuel-run vehicles with Goa Electric Vehicle Promotion Policy

Goa government is executing multiple measures to promote the sale of eco-friendly vehicles.

In a bid to boost the market of electricity-powered two-wheelers, Goa Electric Vehicle Promotion Policy entails provisions for significant subsidies in this sector. Cutting the cost by a considerable 30% as contrasted with a similar petrol-run vehicle, the new policy will encourage the individuals to opt for using a non-conventional source of energy. Expected to be resolved within the next 2 months, this policy brings an advantage that would benefit the state and the citizens, alike.

A move to boost comprehensive growth in the field of electric mobility

As per reports, two-wheelers make for more than 50% of Goa's automobile sales. Now, the new rules in this policy aims to revamp the industry by motivating startups and investments to provide enhanced electric mobility solutions. Additionally, developments in the fields of allied and related sectors such as mobility as a service (MaaS), autonomous vehicles, data analytics and information technology will also be accelerated. Further, the establishment of battery repair and facilities for upkeep will also lead to expansion in employment and opportunities.

Through this policy, research & development, skill development and inventive projects will be propelled in the field of electric vehicles. In addition to this, the government envisions to provide all the required facilities by setting up charging stations at regular intervals. Reportedly, the draft policy includes guidelines for installing charging points at distances of 25Km on the highway and at every 3km within the district limits. The policy takes care of all essentials, detailing swift charging alternatives and provisions for exchanging batteries.

Policy to be functional for four years after implementation

All public and private charging spots ensure strict adherence to all the guidelines sanctioned by the central administration, as apprised on October 1, 2019. Aligning with the standards set by Bharat EV charger AC-001 and Bharat EV charger DC-001, the complexes shall act according to the latest orders, reportedly.

Reports say that the policy will be functional for a period of 4 years once implemented, which may be extended if the results are fruitful. Reportedly, all types of electric vehicles including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, passenger cars and commercial light/heavy vehicles authorised by the Goa RTO office are incorporated in this policy.

Unity Day celebrations underway in Lucknow; know about Sunday route diversions here:

Check full list of route and traffic diversions in Lucknow on Sunday

Traffic movement will be affected in Lucknow on Sunday (October 31) on account of a National Unity Day programme at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police, Lucknow, Raees Akhtar has released an order to announce all restricted routes and alternate diversions applicable here. Due to the rehearsals of the event, the traffic movement was affected today also.

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Surgery & casualty wards to soon become functional at South Goa District Hospital

Outpatient departments (OPDs) are already operational at the new South Goa District Hospital.

The multi-storied South Goa District Hospital (SGDH) is being upgraded with new facilities to lessen the load off older hospitals and health institutes. As per reports, the new hospital is likely to house the surgery and casualty departments soon in a bid to clear space at the Hospicio Hospital. Earlier also, all outpatient departments (OPDs) were relocated to the spacious new SGDH for the same reason.

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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Atal Indore City Transport bags national award for Excellence in Urban Transport

Indore CNG bus fleet is a 'green' step towards environmental protection.

After winning several titles in the cleanliness category, Indore has now managed to create another record for itself. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has recognised the Atal Indore City Transport run by the Indore Municipal Corporation with an Award for Excellence in Urban Transport. Reportedly, this honour marks Indore as the 'City with Most Innovation Financing Mechanism' for managing its public transport services.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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The Lucknow centre of Sports Authority of India has set up a new weightlifting hall in the city, in order to give a boost to the sport. Spread over 15,000 square meters, this circular building has ample space to allow 100 players to practice at a single time. Pegged to be the largest in India, this hall is equipped with 26 platforms and machines worth 1.5 crores. These platforms can also be increased in number, as per need.

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