Delhi government offers 15% subsidy on electric vehicles

The Delhi government wants you to buy electric vehicles instead of petrol or diesel powered vehicles. To encourage electric vehicle buyers, the government of Delhi is offering a 15% rebate on the MRP of each electric vehicle sold in that part of the country. The rebate will be credited to the customer’s bank account within 2 months of purchase of the electric vehicle. This offer is valid for both electric cars and two wheelers.

Source: Indian Cars and Bikes

Pollution board to seek more time from Supreme Court for Ganga report

The apex court had recently asked the CPCB to check if 215 firms on Ganga's banks had effluent treatment plants. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) may seek more time from the supreme court to inspect over 200 industries running near River Ganga and discharging effluents into the water body.
The apex court recently asked the board to inspect 215 industries in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to find out whether they have set up effluent treatment plants or not. The court also sought the report by October 27.

Source: DNA India

RVCE students readying solar car

Some bright young ones are working hard to earn their place in the sun. Twenty students of R V College of Engineering (RVCE) are building a solar car that they hope will vroom into the prestigious World Solar Challenge 2015 in Australia.

Source: Times of India

UN meet signs off on biodiversity roadmap amid 2020 target concerns

Delegates meeting under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Friday closed a two-week long meet held in South Korea after agreeing to a series of 33 decisions. These form a so-called “Pyeonchang roadmap,” named after the city in which the meetings were held, geared towards enhancing international efforts around biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

Source: ICTSD

New battlegrounds in development finance

The popularity of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to support infrastructure development in emerging countries is growing worldwide. The G-20 backs PPPs to boost global growth and create jobs. The BRICS economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) see them as a way to build essential infrastructure quickly and cheaply. The United Nations hopes that infrastructure PPPs will provide the means to realize its post-2015 global development agenda.

Source: Business Day Online

WB stresses continuous efforts to reform garment sector

Bangladesh must continue its efforts to reform the garment industry to boost higher exports, World Bank said yesterday.
“Progress in improving workplace compliance is on track but more needs to be done in order to fulfil the commitment of raising it to international standards,” WB said in a report, Bangladesh Development Update.
The government has made progress in improving worker rights and safety. In accordance with the EU Sustainability Compact and US Action Plan, the government fulfilled many of the commitments made.

Source: The Daily Star

Japanese firm develops wireless charging system for electric vehicles

Japanese electronic components maker TDK has developed a wireless charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which it hopes will be in use around 2018.
The system allows for charging a parked car without using a cable or plug. TDK also says the system can even be placed on roads to provide charging while driving, Xinhua reported Tuesday citing a Nikkei report.

Source: Zee News

CPCB releases India’s new air quality index and latest data on air quality of major cities

This new air quality index for India launched by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission' is expected to provide an understanding of complex pollution data and its implications for their health.
See this index, latest ambient air quality data of major cities of the country and more..

Source: India Environment Portal

Banks Push For Fixed Feed-in Tariffs For Indian Solar Power Projects

Lenders are calling for regulatory reforms in the Indian solar power sector, hoping that financial sense may soon prevail among the project developers who have been pushing tariffs to unsustainable levels in the competitive auctions.

Source: Clean Technica

KSPCB Nod for Waste Management Unit

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has given conditional approval to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for setting up of a municipal solid waste (MSW) plant at Lingadheeranhalli, Banashankari 6th Stage.

Source: New Indian Express