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China's Mobike to foray into India in next few weeks 20.5.2018 General News
App-based bicycle-sharing platform Mobike is firming up plans for its entry into the Indian market in the next few weeks and is in advanced discussions with authorities in various cities to start services. Mobike, which offers services in 16 countries across over 200 cities, was acquired by Chinese firm Meituan Dianping for an estimated USD 2.7 billion last month. "We are in advanced stages of discussions with authorities of various cities in India and are also looking at smart city projects. We want to be a part of the India story. We are looking at launching our services here in the next couple of weeks," Mobike India CEO Vibhor Jain told PTI. These cities include Nagpur, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad, among others, he added. Jain said the company is also in discussions with corporate parks and educational institutes in the country for introducing its platform. He, however, declined to comment on the investment earmarked for the Indian market or the number of bikes that will .
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Bank of Baroda consolidates operational activities at GIFT City 20.5.2018 General News
State-owned Bank of Baroda today said it has consolidated all its operational activities at a shared service center (SSC), which employs over 2,000 people, at Gujarat's GIFT City. Operational services such as retail loan processing, deposit account opening, forex transactions, call center, among others have been migrated to the SSC. "The SSC employs more than 2,000 staff, making Bank of Baroda one of the largest employers in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar region," the lender said in a statement. The bank said it has taken 20,000 sq, ft of office space in GIFT City, making it the first India bank to actually move a lots operations to the smart city. Some other banks have already opened branches and representative offices there. The bank has been on a journey of rapid transformation in its services and processes over the last two years. Part of the transformation in processes was the idea to move the operations at the branch level to a centralised facility. This frees space at the branches ..
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Few takers for Janmitra card, AMC pushes councillors to take one 8.5.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Despite intensive promotions and marketing of Janmitra cards at many major events of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), there are very few takers for the civic body's newly introduced system. Under the Smart City project, the AMC has introduced a common card payment system called 'Janmitra Cards', an all-in-one prepaid card for financial transactions. The card not only works for the civic body services, but can also be used as a debit card. However, it is not popular and has found very few takers. To add numbers, the AMC has asked all elected members to get it; it'll be provided free of charge to the councillors. "To avail the card, there is a processing fee of Rs 50, but the civic body is not charging any money from councilors. All they have to submit is a copy of their respective Aadhar cards. Monday was the last day for submission," said an official. A Congress councillor said, "They have asked me to submit documents as they are going to issue Janmitra cards to us. Now I don't travel in BRTS ...
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Cisco, IBM and Bosch showing keen interest in Modi's Smart City Mission 29.4.2018 Business Standard: Front Page Headlines
As many as 99 cities have been selected under the Modi government's Smart City Mission. Each city will get Rs 500 crore to carry out the projects
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Smart Cities Mission is the beginning of India’s urban renaissance: Vice President 25.4.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Smart Cities Mission is the beginning of India’s urban renaissance. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the Book ‘Smart Cities Unbundled’ authored by Dr. Sameer Sharma, here today.
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How can a city become a 'smart city'? This is how Tel Aviv did it 23.4.2018 Latest News
To be a smart city is to know your people, know what they want, and know what they need
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Centre commits Rs 2,070 cr under AMRUT for 31 Guj cities 5.4.2018 General News
The Centre has committed a sum of Rs 2,070 crore for the development of 31 cities in Gujarat under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) mission, Independent Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani said today. In a release issued today, he said the 31 cities included Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Godhra, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara. The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha by Nathwani and he had sought a reply from Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs. In his reply, tabled in the House, Puri said that the Union government had committed financial assistance of Rs 35,989.70 crore for development of 500 cities nationwide under AMRUT, of which Rs 2,069.96 crore was for 31 cities in Gujarat. The total allocation for the 31 cities is Rs 4,884.42 crore, the reply stated, adding that the rest of the amount would be pooled in by the Gujarat government. It said that Rs ...
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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s WiFi helps BRTS get 20k riders 5.4.2018 DNA: India
It’s been a month since the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation introduced Janmitra WiFi service, and people are loving it! Not just that, the new free WiFi service has helped BRTS get 20,000 more passengers in March compared to February. Under the smart city project, the AMC started providing free internet service to citizens from March 5, 2018, at more than 150 locations. In a month, 52,000 users have availed the WiFi service, according to AMC data. “It’s been a month and we are getting good response,” said AMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Shankar. “Not only this, we have seen a rise in ridership of BRTS compared to the previous month. As many as 20,000 more passengers have used BRTS in March compared to February,” The AMC’s free WiFi service is available at 145 BRTS terminuses, six zones, MJ library and civic body-run hospitals. Two more places – Riverfront Park near Subhash Bridge and Flower Park – were added to the list on Tuesday. One of the user said the 1GB mobile data given by his cellular ...
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Here's how BJP's flagship smart cities mission echoes failures of UPA govt 3.4.2018 Latest News
Launched in 2015, smart cities mission aims to create 100 smart cities, improve the quality of life for urban residents and steer India's rapid urbanisation
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Pune, Hyderabad bank on municipal bonds, but why are Kochi and Surat dithering? 2.4.2018 Citizen Matters
The Centre has been actively promoting municipal bonds as a source to fund development of cities, but those with lower credit ratings may not find it a very smooth option to raise money through the same. ...
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Ashok Leyland plans to make batteries for electric vehicles 2.4.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Working on technology that can charge battery of a bus in five minutes, says CEO
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Ahmedabad's urban planning to be discussed at UN Habitat meet 1.4.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The city has been steadily marching towards development and has set several examples by being a smart city and India's only heritage city. Now, a study of Ahmedabad's public transportation and urban planning is going to be discussed at a UN Habitat meet to be held in Fukuoka, Japan in July-August, 2018. Fukuoka city is going to host its 12th Asian-Pacific City Summit under the theme of 'Sustainable Cities and Communities'. By inter-city collaboration, participating cities will showcase their best examples of how urban issues have been solved. It is to be noted that only five cities have been selected to showcase their implemented, successful urban projects. Presentation of the case study will be given by the mayor of the respective cities. The introduction of BRTS enhanced accessibility, connectivity, social inclusiveness and improved the environmental quality, which covers five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "Urbanisation is growing rapidly and as per an estimate, by 2050 around 70 per ...
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Janmitra card must to avail bus concession 1.4.2018 DNA: India
In data-driven, smart city Ahmedabad, if one needs to avail the concession facility of monthly passes to use the public transport bus – AMTS, they now must have a Janmitra Card. The civic body, under its smart city project, has launched the 'Janmitra Card' -- an all-in-one prepaid card for financial transactions. The card, earlier in October 2017, had replaced BRTS cards. There were around 51,000 BRTS cards issued, out of which a few thousand were converted to Janmitra. The contract of the card had been given to a private bank but it was getting a poor response from people. To woo people and get them to use the card, the AMC had also announced free double the internet speed to Janmitra Card-holders when they created a few free wi-fi free hotspots in the city. To increase the users of the Janmitra card, starting from the new financial year, it has been made mandatory to have a Janmitra card to get different kinds of concession. Also, there will not be any monthly passes, but a pass that will be valid for ...
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Stop zipping on roads! E-challan issuance from Apr 15: Gujarat police 29.3.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The Gujarat police will restart issuance of e-challan memo against traffic rule violation in different cities from April 15. The government had stopped issuing a memo in January this year after some technical glitches reported in the process. The minister of state for home Pradipsinh Jadeja made this announcement in Gujarat assembly on Wednesday while answering to question of MLAs in question hour. The Congress MLAs trying to tighten the noose around the government over the non-functional CCTV cameras in the police stations across Gujarat. Replying to their answers, Jadeja mentioned, “The process of issuance of E-challan memo for traffic rule violation was stopped across the state but that will start from April, 15 onward in all the cities including Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The process was stopped due to some technical reasons but the system is streamlined now. This government is committed to controlling the traffic-related offenses and that will be achieved through e-challan.” The Gujarat government ...
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From mata to menace: Who let the cows out? 25.3.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The stray cattle is dogging everyone's life in the smart city. Besides choking the main traffic arteries, the unrestrained manoeuvring of the happy-go-lucky animal has become one of the pivotal reasons behind the increasing number of road accidents. The Gujarat High Court has directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to act tough on it. Earlier, the deputy municipal commissioner had filed an affidavit before the HC saying Ahmedabad, which spans over 470 sq km, has over 23,482 cattle owners and 45,000 stray animals. Before the HC issued its order on August 10, 2017, around 20 to 30 cattle would be captured daily. This number has swelled to 40 to 50 today. "There are around 45,000 cows in the city. Almost every ward has the Rabari colony– who keeps the cows," said Dinesh Desai, chairman of health and solid waste committee of AMC. "It is true that at times stray cattle creates problems. We are in talks with the community to find a solution. We've also planned to have an animal hostel on the outskirts of ...
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In CCTV-loaded smart Ahmedabad, mayor's car's emblem stolen 22.3.2018 DNA: India
Many people in the city might have faced the unusual problem of finding their cars with missing emblems. This time it happen to Mayor Gautam Shah who found the emblem missing on his official car. This despite civic body's tall claims about Ahmedabad becoming safer after installation of more than 6,000 CCTV cameras as part of the smart city project. "It was something unusual. This might have been stolen, it is not like it just fell off somewhere. When I contacted the driver regarding the same, he informed me that the incident took place a day or two ago," said Shah. "I use the car for pick up facility and to go to events. The car is, most of the time, parked at proper parking space. I wonder how this has happened." Car emblems are in high demand and they are often seen pasted on autorickshaws and two-wheelers. Former leader of opposition Badruddin Shaikh said: "This is the smart city Ahmedabad where mayor's car is not safe. And these are people who are making tall claims about safety and security. This ...
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Singapore, Paris are world's costliest cities, none from India in top-10 17.3.2018 Top Stories
Asia Pacific and European destinations dominated the ranks of costliest cities identified in the report released this week
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The beautiful mind of Balkrishna Doshi, who won architecture's Nobel Prize 16.3.2018 Rediff: GetAhead
He designed some of India's most iconic buildings.
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'Architecture is a living being, where you live, rejoice' 11.3.2018 Deccan Herald - Analysis
Balkrishna Vitthalbhai Doshi, 90, the first South Asian to win the highest accolade in the field of architecture - the Pritzker, considered to be equivalent of Nobel prize - comes from a humble family that was in the furniture business. Born on August 26, 1927, he transcends Indias journey from pre-independence era in to the 21st century. And his work, spanning over six decades, has stood out. His buildings, they say, speak volumes - be it IIMs in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru or Lucknow, the Hussain-Doshi Gufa, the CEPT campus, the Institute of Indology (all in Ahmedabad), Shreyas School (Bengaluru), or the low-income housing projects across India. Sunil Raghu of DH caught up with the renowned architect who has instilled life in his creations. You have won great accolades over years. How is Pritzker different? This one is like the culmination of ones career. Like saying that you are doing good work. Is this also recognition of Indian architectural genius? Do you think we have arrived (on a global scale)? From my ...
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Buildings being created sans sense, planned devp missing: 11.3.2018 General News
For noted architect Balkrishna Doshi, who has won an award considered architecture's Nobel equivalent, a smart city, the current buzzword in urban space, should reflect its residents' aspirations and built with a holistic approach. Doshi, the first Indian to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour, said the last six to seven decades have been a constant discovery for him. The 90-year-old architect started working on low-cost housing in the beginning of his decades-long career, much before affordable housing became a regular theme in government policy documents. Doshi told PTI in an interview that his constant pre- occupation over the years have been to resolve issues related to cities, urbanisation and living space. The architect in the beginning of his career worked as an associate of the master of architecture Louis Kahn, an American, on the iconic IIM-Ahmedabad project. He then went on to design numerous institutions like IIM-Bangalore, CEPT .
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