The Honda workhorse also does not have to depend on electricity which is often erratic in supply. There is no need for a charging socket either. Resale value of the petrol scooter could be better than an electric scooter given that the age of the batteries powering the scooter diminishes overtime and needs a replacement.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app. … [Read more...] about This week in Auto: Bajaj Chetak launced; Comparison between Chetak and Activa
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This is actually a huge improvement. Observance of MLK Jr. Day has been steadily on the rise for years. Back in 2009, 72% of all employees had to go to work. The downside is that with more people free to spend their Monday shopping and eating, most restaurant and retail workers are expected on the job. … [Read more...] about Most Americans still have to work on MLK Day. Here’s what’s open and closed
The McKinsey Global Institute’s (MGI) new China-World Exposure Index shows that the world’s relative exposure to China has increased, while China’s to the world has fallen. This is important for China to be mindful of as they are already facing a contraction with a rising domestic consumption. According to the MGI, in 11 of the 16 quarters since 2015, domestic consumption contributed more than 60 per cent of total GDP growth. In 2017 to 2018, about 76 per cent of GDP growth came from domestic consumption, while net trade made a negative contribution to GDP growth, which was 8 per cent in 2008. … [Read more...] about Trade | How real is the truce in the US-China trade war?
I have written elsewhere about how digital platforms promise to manage the “messiness” of social relationships by reducing them to transactions. Apps and interfaces create an environment where interactions can take place without people having to make any effort to understand or know one another. This is a guiding principle of services ranging from Uber to touchscreen-ordering kiosks at fast-food joints: They enable consumers to interact with purportedly seamless technology rather than deal with other human beings. Companies make a similar promise with surveillance and security technologies. The claim is that these technologies, integrated into our living spaces, will reduce the “frictions” of anxiety and fear, and increase a sense of safety. Yet rather than ease or eliminate friction, these technologies often increase feelings of unease, anxiety, and fear on the part of both the watcher and the watched. Inasmuch as those tensions (whether acknowledged or not) … [Read more...] about The two faces of the smart city
“After three years they’re much stronger, they’ve got a good root system, and they’re fine on their own,” Webb says, “[though] we continue to prevent fire forever.” That survival rate is also taken into account in the carbon offset calculator by planting more trees than actually necessary for that amount of carbon sequestering, just in case they don’t all survive. Currently, Health in Harmony is planting in Indonesian Borneo and just started a reforestation program in Madagascar. The organization hopes to expand to Brazil this year as well, where it aims, with the help of donations through this offset tool, to plant more than a million trees in total over the next five years. … [Read more...] about These carbon offsets counter your emissions while helping rain forest workers access healthcare