Saturday, July 10, 2010

• CECA with India will be an ‘icing on the cake'
• World Bank approves two loans
• Nuclear talks with Japan
• NIA moves court for NBW against Headley
• China signs $525-million deal to help Pakistan highway projects in PoK
• Pakistan going ahead with Iran gas deal (Cant be serious!)
• Focus on innovative research, Ansari tells academia
• Minor planets to be named after Kolkata school students
• Schools to be set up in public-private partnership mode
• Biggest defaulters on mortgages are the rich (general interest, not for the examination!)
• Corrections and Clarifications
• Knowledge of the Self


Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology launched an environment-friendly postal delivery vehicle ‘Soleckshaw’ today. Minister said that it is the endeavour of the Ministry to use green technology for delivering services in efficient and eco-friendly manner. He said that this effort is a under Project Arrow. Availability of this vehicle will add to the efficiency of postal agents and will also give them a sense of pride.

As a Pilot Project, Soleckshaw will be introduced soon in the Project Arrow post offices in a city of Rajasthan. Soleckshaw is a solar-power assisted, pedal-operated cycle rickshaw developed by CSIR. It reduces the rickshaw puller’s effort by providing battery assistance. It is still a zero carbon emission vehicle. The batteries are charged by solar power at charging stations. Technology has been transferred to multiple entrepreneurs and Soleckshaws are currently plying at Delhi (Chandni Chowk), Chandigarh, Jaipur, Durgapur, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmadabad.

Recently, M/s Kinetic Motors in association with CMERI (CSIR) has re-designed and developed a modified version of Soleckshaw specifically suitable as a light delivery vehicle, particularly useful for delivery of post, parcels and other postal services both in urban and rural areas. This is expected to improve speed and efficiency of postal delivery, increase ability to carry more load; distribute other value-added products in rural areas and provide charging facilities for mobile phones in remote areas etc.

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