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Date: 06 February 2021

Electrifying Delhi | Pioneer

  • EV will be future of mobility - next 10-15 years
  • 2 critical problems - issue of charging infrastructure and time
  • Finding a petrol pump is not a challenge even if one is critically low on fuel.
  • The massive capital costs of buying a decent electric vehicle are far too high to make these automobiles viable
  • ‘RANGE ANXIETY’ the fear that one will run out of charge
  • We are in a chicken-or-egg situation
  • Will one buy an electric vehicle without an adequate number of charging stations in the vicinity?
  • Or should the Government build charging stations when there are few electric vehicles around?
  • 7/August/2020, Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy
  • Target: to make the city-State the EV capital of India
  • Government will build and work with private partners to install electric vehicle charging stations every three kilometres
  • Even “fast charging” outlets take a minimum of 15-20 minutes to deliver a reasonable amount of power
  • Allowing private individuals to establish their own outlets where anybody can pay and charge their vehicles
  • This, coupled with renewable sources of power such as solar and wind, can make a major difference to electric vehicle usage in India.

Terminal declined

  • Colombo’s East Container Terminal
  • The project, worth an estimated $500-$700 million, was a key marker for infrastructure investment in the island nation where Chinese projects are most prominent.
  • More than two-thirds of trans-shipment at this port is tied to India, making it an important trade and connectivity link.

  • Japan gave loans of about ¥1.1 trillion and grants and technical cooperation of about ¥300 billion to Sri Lanka
  • ECT project was also expected to showcase how the two Indo-Pacific partners, and also Quad members, could provide South Asia with viable, transparent and sustainable alternatives for financing and development.
  • Similar commitments made by former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe during a visit to Delhi when he signed an MoU for developing the Eastern city of Trincomalee through oil and infrastructure projects also appear to have fallen by the wayside.
  • Colombo International Container Terminal – powered by China
  • India has invested much time and energy in Sri Lanka
    • New credit line
    • Currency swap agreement
    • COVID-19 assistance and vaccines
  • NSA Ajit Doval and EAM S. Jaishankar have visited Colombo more than once
  • It is in all their interest, but primarily Colombo’s, to find a compromise formula to salvage a deal that has far-reaching consequences for the region.

Tough talk

  • In his first diplomatic address, US President Joe Biden has shown aggressive posturing towards China and Russia.
  • America will keep its interests first and foremost while dealing with affairs related to Southeast Asia, South Asia and China.
  • On the one hand, Biden pledges to counter China’s economic abuses and human rights violations and, on the other, asserts that he is ready to work with it when it is in America’s interest.
  • New Delhi shares tense relations with Beijing due to China’s expansionist policy and its military adventurism, breaching India’s territorial sovereignty at several points.
  • Be it Donald Trump or Biden, capitalism drives the US democracy and economic interests often subsume all other forms of commitment.
  • There are no permanent friends or adversaries and economic interests, coupled with other factors, play a key role in formulating America’s foreign policy.
  • America is going to intervene in every possible manner in the affairs of other sovereign powers to satiate its diplomatic and economic interests.
  • However, only time will tell what Biden’s diplomacy holds for India and the rest of the world.

New questions

  • The results of the ICMR’s third serological survey to ascertain the spread of COVID-19 show that nearly one in five Indians — about 270 million — may have been infected.
  • The headline findings were publicised at a press conference and it will be a while before granular details of the course of the infection — as was known till December — will be made public in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • However, what is known so far is that compared to August — when data for the second serological survey was announced — there has been a three-fold rise in infections.
  • There has also been a five-fold rise (in percentage terms) of the infection in those aged 10-17 years.
  • The third edition also included a serological survey of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, revealing that nearly 25% — significantly above the national average — had been infected.
  • The ICMR emphasises that the results point to a significant number still potentially vulnerable, underscoring the need to be vaccinated and continuing with distancing and masking up.
  • Also, neither this survey nor any city-wide survey has evaluated how long antibodies persist and if certain virus mutant variants can overcome the protection from antibodies.
  • Should the rise in spread among teenagers and children mean that they be considered for vaccination earlier than scheduled?
  • Should companies accelerate trials to test protection in children?
  • Should the rise in rural India - mean that they be given vaccines earlier?

NEWS

  • PM Modi to address diamond jubilee event of Gujarat High Court today
  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says, 22 countries requested India for supply of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Jammu and Kashmir govt restores 4G mobile Internet service in entire Union Territory
  • Assam govt to distribute 3 thousand rupees each to nearly 7.5 lakh people under Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar scheme
  • India's Forex reserves jump by 4.85 billion dollars to record high of 590.18 billion dollars
  • Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways issued guidelines for floating structures
  • Centre working on setting up Single Window System for clearances, approvals of industry
  • Budget 2021 truly reflects PM’s vision for Minimum Government and Maximum Governance: Jitendra Singh
  • Indian Navy receives 3 Mk III Advanced Light Helicopters from HAL
  • Govt agrees in SC to give extra chance to UPSC aspirants who exhausted their last attempt due to pandemic
  • CGTN broadcasting license revoked in UK, China vows “necessary response”