Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland have reported a steady rise in demand for fully-built vehicles over the last several months, signaling a shift in buyer preference that is now in line with the international trend.Small and large fleet buyers are buying fully-built versions of trucks and buses directly from manufacturers, instead of buying chassis to be fitted later with a vehicle body. Fully-built vehicles are customized to the buyer's preference and are sold in ready-made condition.As buying fully-built vehicles from a manufacturer is more expensive, fleet operators had refrained from it to cut costs. The cost of buying a body from a third party for tankers, trailers and refrigerated vans can be anywhere between Rs 100,000-500,000, cheaper than buying from a manufacturer.Close But with the government being in favour of stricter legislation for commercial vehicles, especially for those using the dense highway networks, manufacturers are witnessing a shift in buying patterns. related … [Read more...] about Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors see demand rising for fully-built vehicles as focus on safer transport grows
Traffic is a problem in any major city, but the gigantic traffic jams found in the growing cities of India and China would bring even New Yorkers to their knees. The answer is better public transportation–but how do you convince people to take the bus when their car, the new symbol of the middle class, takes them directly from home to their location? advertisement Karthik Narayan, a senior experience designer at Isobar US, has a potential solution: on-demand public buses that pick you up wherever you are and drop you off where you need to go, no need to run to the bus stop or go ten blocks out of your way. The concept is a bit similar to the carpool services that Uber and Lyft offer today. Narayan, who came up with the idea for his thesis at the MIT Media Lab, simulated how this would work using an upper middle class neighborhood in Bangalore, India. He and his team (including Ryan Chin and Kent Larson of the MIT Changing Places Group) created a platform that would place … [Read more...] about Here’s An Idea: Why Not Have All Public Buses Be On-Demand?
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Friday that he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 7 to discuss the mining crisis that Goa is facing. Parrikar said he will apprise the Council of Ministers appointed by the PM about the situation and will convince the Centre to amend the law in order to restart mining in Goa.The mining industry in Goa is in doldrums, probably since 2012 when the Supreme Court had first suspended mining operations. Let’s understand the crisis from the eye of the storm.What is the crisis?Close To understand what the crisis, let us look at a brief timeline of events that have transpired. related news Legal Matters | SC’s Sabarimala review makes a bad judgment worse Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn in as 47th Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to take oath as 47th Chief Justice of India today # In 2011, Goa had exported over 50 million tonnes (MTs) of low-grade iron ore. The exports to China had seen a sudden surge … [Read more...] about The mining industry in Goa is in doldrums. Is legislation the only solution?
Abraham C Mathews Last year, when a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled in favour of permitting entry of menstruating women into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, there was a deep sense of unease with the judgment: Not just among the devout across religions, who now feared that the court was going to judge their religious practices, but also many Constitution watchers, who felt that the court should have stayed out of this one.Religion, after all, is an endeavour that can be rationalised only in the minds of the devout of that religion. Can you then hold religious practices to constitutional standards, which inherently presumes rationality?Close The widespread protests against the judgment, probably orchestrated, left people with a bad aftertaste. In addition, citizens began filing petitions seeking entry of women into places of worship for other religions. Therefore, there was more than usual expectation that the review petition filed against the judgment would be allowed … [Read more...] about Legal Matters | SC’s Sabarimala review makes a bad judgment worse
It’s hard to ignore the lure of on-demand food delivery startups like Sprig and SpoonRocket. Select your meal, press a button, and poof, a delivery person is waiting outside your door in minutes (at least during off-peak times). advertisement advertisement But buying meals from these services, and others in the so-called “shut-in economy” doesn’t exactly feel warm and fuzzy. Someone is making a lot of money on these startups, but your personal experience is this: grabbing food from a harried deliveryperson who is probably getting paid less than they should. Then there’s The Town Kitchen, a food delivery service that doubles as a food justice initiative. The Town Kitchen launched last year in Oakland, California, with a mission to prepare high-quality, on-demand meals for businesses, while paying low-income teenagers and young adults a living wage ($15 to $20 an hour) for working in the kitchen and getting trained in valuable culinary skills. In … [Read more...] about This Food Delivery Service Pays Low-Income Youth A Living Wage–And The Food’s Good, Too