India announces incentives for auto sector to go green Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaNew Delhi The government of India on Wednesday approved 3.5 billion dollars of production-linked incentives for the automotive industry to encourage the manufacture of battery-operated electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and drones.The production-linked incentives would enhance India’s manufacturing capacity and create jobs, federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said at a briefing.The incentivizing of higher technology and more efficient and green automotive manufacturing will enable India to leapfrog to environmentally cleaner vehicles, Thakur added.The scheme will work in tandem with others announced earlier for faster adoption and manufacture of hybrid and electric vehicles and production of advanced chemistry cells to meet the needs of an electric vehicle ecosystem in India.Advanced chemistry cells store electric energy. India has over the past decade been focusing on promoting electric vehicles with the aim of reducing pollution and reducing its huge oil import bill.The federal Cabinet also took a decision to offer a four-year moratorium on payment of certain taxes and spectrum dues to the cash-strapped telecom industry. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES First shipment of Iranian fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Indonesian court finds president guilty in air pollution lawsuit dpa Jakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists. The .. Chinese astronauts on way back to Earth dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie .. With 3.6% of people vaccinated, Africa faces fourth wave dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the .. Taliban deputy PM goes on TV to deny death rumours dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief .. Over 1,500 children orphaned by COVID in Ho Chi Minh City dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city ..