GIST

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Summary

Page no. 1

POS put AIDMK merger plan on hold

Insists on Sashikala expulsion, plum berths for stalwarts
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HC asks U.P. government for details on child deaths

Five PIL petitions seek Independent probe
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Vishal Sikka quits as Infosys CEO, shares take beating

Cites ‘drumbeat of distractions’ that inhabited his ability to create value

Page no. 5

Assam seeks help; plans to dredge Brahmaputra bed

Page no. 5

Bengal not for central recruitment of judiciary

It’s against federalism principle: Bengal
Page no. 6

Editorial Politics of probe

The inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s death is another set piece in Tamil Nadu’s political theatre
Page no. 6

Cause for caution, not gloom

Macroeconomic stability has been a hard-won battle. We must remain mindful of the lurking dangers
Page no. 6

Getting charged up

Research and smart trade agreements are needed to realise India’s ambitious electric vehicles target
Page no. 7

Ground Zero The disease that just don’t go away

Around 3,000 people afflicted with Kala-azar come in the way of India declaring itself free of the scourge; tracking down patients in West Bengal: report
Page no. 8

China bristles at Japan’s remarks on Doklam

India declines to respond to Ambassador Hiramatsu comments
Page no. 8

India for mutually acceptable solution

‘Ladakh-like incidents not favourable’
Page no. 8

No data from China on Brahmaputra this year

No information since may 15, says Ministry of External Affairs
Page no. 8

Rajasthan govt. grants reservation for Gujjars

OBC reservation to be raised by 5%
Page no. 9

Interview: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan ‘Lack of diagnostic facilities forces doctors to do guesswork’

It would be unfair to say that all the reported deaths occurred due to one reason alone- be it drop in oxygen level or anything else, says ICMR chief
Page no. 9

National Human Rights Commission issues notice on Rohingyas

They are no doubt foreign nationals but they are human beings, it tells Centre
Page no. 11

‘No discrepancy in data on returns filed’

PM, others cited data relating to different periods, categories of filers: I-T Dept

Editorial

Getting charged up

India targets to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) from 2030. The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) is targeting 5 to 7 million electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles annually by 2020. Tirtha Biswas and Neeraj Kuldeep argue on their article ‘Getting charged up’ that this overall changes in Indian automobile market requires huge infrastructures facilities for the EVs including charging batteries. Among different battery technologies available in the market for the EVs, variants of lithium-ion batteries such as lithium-titanate, lithium-cobalt, and lithium-sulphurare are predominantly used in electric vehicles. Lithium is the primary minerals and the lithium resource is limited to only nine countries of the world. 95% of global lithium production comes from Argentina, Australia, Chile and China. The recent demand surge in the electric vehicle market has already increased in lithium prices from $4,390 per tonne (in 2013) to $9,100 per tonne at present. The annual EV battery market is expected to be around $30-55 billion and according to them, India cannot afford to fulfill the demand solely through imports. They observe that China and the U.S. is making strategic move to control a large share of the lithium production capacity by acquiring shares in international lithium mining assets. Hence, India need to formulate policies incentivizing domestic public and private mining companies to invest in overseas lithium mining assets to secure mineral supplies for its domestic industry. They suggest that India must focus on creating a vibrant battery research for developing alternative technologies containing minerals with low supply risks against the current high risk lead-acid battery technologies. Battery recycling techniques to recover associated minerals and materials should also focused as recycling lithium batteries present in the waste stream will significantly reduce the burden in procuring fresh resources. Biswas and Kuldeep comments that policies that incentivize domestic manufacturing, address the need for virgin resources and recycling of used batteries, while constantly pushing R&D for substitutes and alternatives are vital to secure electric mobility.

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