On green drive, Himachal CM opts for electric SUV
To drive home an environment-friendly message, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur will be using an electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) for his travels.
The vehicle, a Hyundai Kona, which cost the state transport department Rs 23.7 lakh, was gifted to Thakur and he drove it from his residence, Oakover, to the state secretariat on Wednesday.
Transport deputy general manager HK Gupta said that the vehicle can cover 452 km on a full charge of batteries. Though the car requires a maximum of six hours to get fully charged, it has been designed to get set for running in 57 minutes. Charging is economical at 30 paise an hour.
During the assembly’s monsoon session, the department introduced electric buses in Shimla. It runs an electric bus service for patients between Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, and Sanjauli.
It was during the session that transport minister Govind Singh Thakur announced to gift the electric SUV to the chief minister.
“If the vehicle is a success in the hills, more such electrical vehicles will be added in the fleet of ministers,” said an official in the general administration department.
Police in Karnataka have succeeded in catching three more bike thieves who were involved in two separate cases. Bike theft: Chickpete traffic police, Bengaluru. August 10 A two-wheeler thief was caught by traffic police after he was stopped for not wearing a helmet. Bike theft: Belagavi. August 10 Meanwhile, in Belagavi, Kudachi police have arrested two persons for stealing bikes in various police stations limits. As many as 26 bikes have been recovered and seized.
Meghalaya will be hosting the upcoming North East Olympics Games beginning October 30 till November 6, 2022 in Shillong. Soon after chairing a high-level meeting between the North East Organising Committee, Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs and the North East Olympic Association, sports & youth affairs minister Banteidor Lyngdoh stated that the sports selected were decided based on the availability of infrastructure and on the advice of the Meghalaya State Olympic Association.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka unit on Tuesday took out a rally in Bengaluru in support of the central leadership's 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign in the run up to of India's 75th Independence Day. BJP National General Secretary C T Ravi along with several party workers participated in the 'Tiranga Yatra' by walking the streets with the tricolour. Not all were happy with the quality of flags.
A petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court by Ahmedabad based Lord Buddha Foundation seeking inclusion of the Mahar community in SC (Scheduled Caste) category. Architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar belonged to this community and they are recognised in most states of country barring Gujarat. The word Mahar is derived from the words 'Maha' which means great and 'Rashtra' means country or “people from the great country”.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Thursday morning as overcast weather and drizzle were likely on Thursday while the mercury was expected to drop to around 35C. On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 102 in the moderate category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.