GST revision leaves electric vehicle manufacturers unimpressed

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. Automotive batteries have been retained in the 28 per cent slab while electric cars have been put in the 12 per cent tax slab. Bangalore, November 23, 2017: Electric car manufacturers are unhappy about the GST council’s... Continue Reading →


Peri-urban drinking water in B’lore has high amounts of E-Coli

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. The presence of diarrhea-inducing bacteria such as E. Coli or Escherichia coli in Bangalore’s peri-urban areas indicates fecal and sewage contamination. Bangalore, November 22, 2017: The drinking water in peri-urban Bangalore (areas adjoining the suburbs) is unfit for... Continue Reading →

Access to water a pipe dream in Siddapur Taluk

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. A majority of the people in Siddapur Taluk, Karnataka are underserved when it comes to water, especially drinking water. Bangalore, November 21, 2017: Siddapur taluk in the district of Uttara Kannada, is among the laggards in providing... Continue Reading →

India’s chemistry research: quantity over quality

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. Study reveals India’s research output in chemistry is high, but little of it makes it to top journals. Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Despite being home to 17 per cent of the world’s population, India is poorly represented in... Continue Reading →

BARC Report: Hindi the dominant language among children, English second most popular

Originally published on TheSoftCopy By Bharath Manjesh Bangalore, Oct 12, 2017: Hindi is the dominant language and English comes in at second, in terms of viewership among children in India, says a May, 2017 report from Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). The report... Continue Reading →

Patent backlogs slow down start-ups

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. By: Bharath Manjesh Bangalore, Oct 6, 2017: India experienced a 22 per cent decline in patent applications filed in the financial year of 2016-17 against the previous year. The numbers published on the Indian Patent Office’s... Continue Reading →

India needs to ramp up research efforts to operationalize the Paris agreement

Originally published on TheSoftCopy. An IISc study says India needs to speed up research efforts to meet Paris deal requirements. Bangalore, 21 September: A recent Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, study published in Current Science magazine says India needs to ramp up... Continue Reading →

BBMP fails to shut unhygienic meat vendors in Shivaji Nagar

Originally published on By Bharath Manjesh Bangalore Sept 12, 2017: Shivaji Nagar’s meat market continues to be dirty and unhygenic despite a July order by the BBMP that warned vendors to shut shop until they clean up their act. The... Continue Reading →

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Here's a quick take on my book of the month for March, 2017. The author of the book is Ashlee Vance. Grand ambitions In this book by veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance, what stood out to me the most was Elon’s... Continue Reading →

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