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BS-VI non-compliant four-wheelers should not be allowed after March 31, 2020: SC told

The government has decided to give time till June 30, 2020 to the automobile manufacturers to sell their BS-IV compliant four-wheelers manufactured till March 31, 2020.

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New Delhi, Aug 27 : The government decision to give time till June 30, 2020, to automobile manufacturers to sell their BS-VI non-compliant four-wheelers manufactured till March 31, 2020, was opposed in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Advocate Aparajita Singh, who is the amicus curiae assisting the court in a pollution case, told a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur that people were living in a “gas chamber” and that even the foetus was getting affected by high pollution.” So, grace period should not be granted to manufacturers, she said.

She contended that the government cannot allow the citizens to die due to a health emergency. “We can live without a car, but we cannot live without breath. We are facing emergency situations.”

The car makers supported the grace period to sell their vehicles. They told the bench also comprising Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta that India was leap-frogging from the BS IV emission norms to BS VI within a short span.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A.N.S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, said the government considered it appropriate to give three and six months to the manufacturers to sell their stock of BS-IV vehicles after April 1, 2020.

The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm would come into force from April 1, 2020 across the country. The BS IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017.

The government has decided to give time till June 30, 2020 to the automobile manufacturers to sell their BS-IV compliant four-wheelers manufactured till March 31, 2020.

In case of heavy transport vehicles, the grace period has been extended by the government till September 30, 2020.

In 2016, the government had announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.

Objecting the grace period, the amicus told the bench that in a report of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, doctors have said they have not seen people having pink lungs in Delhi.

The bench also asked the ASG to place before it a copy of report of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital if it was confidential.

The court, after hearing the submissions, reserved its order on the issue whether the grace period should be given to the manufacturers to sale BS-VI non-compliant vehicles after April 1, 2020.

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New definition of kilogram from May next year: Government

The existing definition of the kg is over 130 years old. The new SI system, which is defined in terms of the Planck’s constant, would be stable in the long term and practically realisable.

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New Delhi, Nov 19 : India will adopt a new definition of the kilogram (kg) from May next year, after representatives of 60 countries last week voted to redefine the International System of Units.

The new SI System will be helpful in bringing in accuracy while dealing with international trade, biotechnology, high-tech manufacturing and human health and safety, said Consumer Affairs Secretary A.K. Srivastava during a press briefing here.

The existing definition of the kg is over 130 years old. The new SI system, which is defined in terms of the Planck’s constant, would be stable in the long term and practically realisable.

The 26th General Conference on Weights & Measures (GCWM), which is comprised of 60 member countries, voted for the redefinition last week. It will adopted on May 20, which is World Metrology Day.

The new definition of kg involves accurate weighing machines called ‘Kibble balance’.

It uses the constant to measure the mass of an object using a precisely measured electromagnetic force.

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Director D.K. Aswal said the facility to produce ‘Kibble balance’ machines to be used across the country will be ready in the next three-four years. It is expected to cost Rs 60 crore.

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Tata Group’s total investment in Odisha to cross Rs 1 lakh cr soon

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 12: Tata Group’s total investment in Odisha will soon cross Rs one lakh crore, said its Chairman N. Chandrasekaran here on Monday.

For the Tata Group, the association with Odisha is “very long, more than 100 years old”, he said.

Chandrasekaran also said Tata Steel was given its first iron ore lease by the Maharaja of Mayurbhanj in the early part of 20th century. Since then, the group has significantly expanded in the state.

“Already, we have made investments worth Rs 75,000 crore and with the announcement of expansion of (Tata Steel’s) Kalinganagar plant, another Rs 25,000 crore would be invested. Total investments will soon cross Rs 100,000 crore in the state,” he said at the Make in Odisha Conclave here.

Not only Tata Steel has a large capacity, Tata Motors has a significant presence with its 30 service stations and dealers network and Tata Power has four generation units here, he said, adding that the TCS is the largest IT company in the state with about 5,000 professionals and the second phase would take it to a total of 12,000 professionals.

The group’s companies in retail and services sectors have engagements in the state, Chandrasekaran said.

He said the group’s experience in the state has been extremely “satisfying”.

The state is blessed with a lot of resources with stable government, proactive bureaucracy, ready infrastructure, strong mineral reserve, large pool of skilled manpower and secured social environment, he said.

The state produces 1.8 lakh technical graduates from over 950 institutions, who are excellent resources for development of any part of the country.

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Cabinet extends ITI Ltd’s quota for procurement by BSNL, MTNL

Provision of procurement quota from BSNL, MTNL and BBNL will provide further boost to-the order book of ITI and help in improving its financial health

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New Delhi, Nov 8 : The Union Cabinet on Thursday extended the procurement quota of government-owned telephone equipment maker ITI Ltd for procurements made by the public sector companies of BSNL, MTNL and Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) for three years.

“BSNL, MTNL and BBNL would be requested to extend the benefit of procurement quota to ITI for a period of three years,” the Communications Ministry statement said.

According to the statement, the cabinet decided “to continue the Reservation Quota policy for ITI Ltd by reserving 30 per cent of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for ITI for the products manufactured by it”.

It also approved reservation for those outsourced items in which there is a minimum 12 per cent value addition by ITI during 2018-19 and 16 per cent value addition in 2019-20 and 20 per cent value addition in 2020-21, the statement said.

“Provision of procurement quota from BSNL, MTNL and BBNL will provide further boost to-the order book of ITI and help in improving its financial health,” it said.

The cabinet also approved reservation of 20 per cent of the orders for the turnkey projects like GSM network roll-out, WiFi and others of BSNL, MTNL and the BharatNet project of BBNL.

The validity of reservation benefit extended to ITI expired on May 31, 2018.

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