In today's thought of the day, we take a look at the words by Indian author and Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai. She says, "writing for me means humility. It’s a process that involves fear and doubt, especially if you’re writing honestly." (Video by Venkatesh.S)
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NEW DELHI — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than half, but disappointed with the practical limitations of driving his Nexon XZ+. For starters, he says he's only getting 200 kilometres (125 miles) per charge, not the promised range of 315 kilometres (195 miles). And he can't drive the car outside the city because of a lack of charging stations. EVs are a rarity in India, where more than 300 million vehicles, most of them scooters and three-wheel motorized rickshaws, jam the highways. The country is now making an ambitious push for what it calls “electric mobility,” to reduce smog. But the effort is plagued with technological and logistical hurdles, even for those relatively simple vehicles. The EV passenger car segment may be potentially huge but for now it is a niche within a niche: In March, 25,640 electric vehicles were sold across the country, of which 90% were two and three-wheelers. The total 400,000 EVs registered in India in 2019 accounted for less than 0.2% of all vehicles. Panno got a $1,770 rebate as a government incentive for buying his Nexon XZ+, Indian automaker Tata’s mid-range electric vehicle model. It cost $22,740, about twice the price of the company's most popular gas-fueled models. “It's a good car and a pleasure to drive, but I'm still scared of breaking down midway from a lack of charge,” Panno said. Officials see EVs as a solution to the deadly smog choking city streets, even though for the most part heavily polluting coal power plants generate the electricity needed to charge them. India’s capital New Delhi provides a slew of subsidies to first-time EV buyers. EVs are also exempt from road tax and registration fees and there are other incentives to encourage swapping of old gas and diesel vehicles for new electric ones. About half of India’s 31 states have drafted similar EV policies with varying degrees of progress. The New Delhi government recently dropped the Nexon XZ+ and Nexon XM from its list of a dozen four-wheel vehicles eligible for subsidies. The reason? Their low range. Tata said the Nexon XZ+'s 315-kilometre range was verified by the official Automotive Research Association of India. But the actual range depends on factors such as air conditioning, “individual driving style and the conditions in which the vehicle is driven," the company said in a statement. The EV market has been growing at an annual rate of 20% and is dominated by five major players: Tata, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., MG Motor India, Olectra Greentech Ltd. and JBM Auto Ltd. Startups also are joining the fray. Local automakers have been slow to get into making EVs and their parts, largely because of a lack of demand. Those that have jumped in mostly rely on cheap imports that have added to complaints over poor quality. Last year, India raised tariffs on imports of EVs and their parts, including all-important and expensive lithium-ion batteries. That and other policies are aimed at encouraging domestic production, raising quality and bringing prices down to the level of conventional autos. Some companies, both domestic and foreign, have taken heed and dozens of projects are in the pipeline. Tata plans a $54 million lithium-ion production facility in the Indian state of Gujarat. Japan’s Toshiba-Denzo-Suzuki has set up a factory in the western state of Gujarat, an auto manufacturing hub, to make lithium-ion batteries for Maruti Suzuki and Suzuki motor plants. Elon Musk recently announced Tesla plans to set up an EV factory in southern India. Moushumi Mohanty, head of electric mobility at the Centre for Science and Environment, a non-profit focused on sustainable development, says the lack of charging stations remains a big hurdle. “For the supply side to work, the government will have to formulate a standardized regulatory framework to monitor the quality of technology and safety parameters,” Mohanty added. India has been striving to follow the lead of the U.S., Japan, and China in building up its auto industry, which already employs more than 35 million people, directly or indirectly, and contributes more than 7% to the country’s gross domestic product. To help repair damage from the pandemic, the country's leaders are aiming to double exports of vehicles and components in the next five years. The effort to ramp up EV use is part of a global trend. Sales of such vehicles rose 40% in 2019 from a year earlier to account for 2.6% of worldwide car sales, or about 1% of all vehicles, according to the International Energy Agency. But for the foreseeable future, India's EV market will likely remain the domain of electric scooters and rickshaws, which cost $1,200 to $3,680 and like passenger cars need charging facilities. Ashok Kumar switched to driving an electric rickshaw taxi from working at a printing press three years ago, after hearing the New Delhi government was offering subsidies. However, he never got the promised rebate on his $1,770 electric rickshaw. Kumar sets out each day acutely aware that he has just until lunchtime to earn as much as he can. Then he has to rush home to charge his vehicle. It takes 12 hours of charging to get a running time of five hours, he says. “It’s absolutely useless,” he said about the e-rickshaw as he waited for customers outside a metro station. So far, New Delhi, a city of 31 million people, has only 72 active charging stations, with another 100 in the pipeline. That’s nowhere near enough for a city that plans to ensure one-quarter of all new vehicles sold, whatever their size, be electric. The problem is worst for commercial vehicles that cannot afford to stop in the day to recharge. Most private EV owners just charge their vehicles at home, viewing public charging stations as a last resort. Jasmine Shah, vice chairman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission, a government think-tank leading the capital’s electric mobility initiative, shrugs off such complaints. India needs EVs to improve the environment, he said. “We’re simply focusing on creating demand for electric vehicles. The rest will follow,” Shah said. Neha Mehrotra, The Associated Press
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):11 p.m.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has lowered the minimum age for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.He says those aged 40 and over will be able to book appointments for the shot starting on Tuesday.As it stands, only those 55 and older can receive the AstraZeneca shot.The Sunday night announcement came in a tweet, hours after Ontario made a similar move.Kenney says more information will be released in the morning.---7:05 p.m.Ontario is expanding the number of residents eligible to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. A spokeswoman for the province's health minister says those 40 and older can start receiving the shot as of Tuesday. The previous cut-off age was 55. Alexandra Hilkene says AstraZeneca shots will be available through pharmacies and primary care providers.--- 6 p.m.Alberta is reporting 1,516 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.There have also been three additional virus-related deaths.The province's chief medical health officer says in a series of tweets that 800 of the new cases reported today are variants of concern.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says out of 15,343 tests completed in the past day, 9.8 per cent of them have been positive for COVID-19.---4:30 p.m.The federal government says it has reached out to numerous provinces to see whether they can provide health-care workers to help with the surge in new COVID-19 cases in Ontario.Yet it isn't clear whether the Ontario government has agreed to take the assistance, which was announced by four federal ministers during a news conference this afternoon.Ontario on Friday rejected an offer from Ottawa for mobile vaccination clinics, saying what it really needs is more vaccines, even as the province said it was short nurses.---3:50 p.m.Saskatchewan is reporting 289 new cases of COVID-19, as well as one additional death.The person who died was in their 50s and lived in the province's North Central zone.Health officials report there have been 11,063 new doses of vaccine administered in the past day, bringing the provincial total to 345,126.---3 p.m.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says federal health-care workers will be sent to Ontario to help manage the worsening COVID-19 crisis.Trudeau says in a video update that workers from departments such as National Defence and Immigration will be reassigned to help in the Greater Toronto Area in particular.He says he’s also working with provinces such as Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to see what human resources and equipment they can spare.He says the federal government will also work with Ontario cities to deploy rapid tests to hard-hit locations and will cover the costs of relocating personnel and resources from other provinces.---2:30 p.m.British Columbia says ready to expand its vaccine effort to residents as young as 18. Authorities say those 18 and older will be invited to register for an immunization appointment over the course of the week.Registration will be open to those 40 and above starting Monday, with the lower age limit decreasing every following day. Those as young as 18 will be able to sign up by Friday. The government says those who register for a vaccine will be contacted about booking an actual appointment after they've signed up.--- 2:15 p.m.Nunavut is reporting three new COVID-19 cases, all of which are in Iqaluit where the territory's only current outbreak is located.Today's new cases in the capital raise the total number of active infections to 22.The city of approximately 8,000 went into lockdown Thursday when it identified its first case.Health authorities identified 12 additional cases on Friday and six more on Saturday.---1:50 p.m.Manitoba is reporting 170 new COVID-19 cases today and one additional death.The province's daily pandemic update says three cases have been removed due to data correction, bringing Manitoba's total number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic to 36,159.The person who died was a man in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health Region in southwestern Manitoba.The province's five day test-positivity rate is 5.6 per cent.There are 132 people in hospital in Manitoba with COVID-19, with 33 of those in intensive care.---12:45 p.m.Prince Edward Island is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today.Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says the new cases include a child under 10 years old who has been hospitalized, an individual in their 30s and a person in their 50s.All three cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.The Island currently has 10 active cases.---12:40 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 today.Four of the cases are in the Halifax area, with two close contacts of previously reported cases, one related to international travel and the other under investigation.The three other infections are in the eastern health zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.Nova Scotia has 49 active cases of COVID-19.---12:25 p.m.New Brunswick is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today.Nine of the cases are in the Edmundston region with six confirmed as contacts of previously confirmed patients and the other three under investigation.The remaining case is in the Saint John area and is related to travel.The province has a total of 153 active infections.---11:10 a.m.Quebec is reporting 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with nine new deaths related to the virus. The province says two of the most recent deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other seven took place between April 11 and 16. Hospitalizations in the province declined slightly, falling by nine to 683. The number of patients in intensive care units remained stable at 175.--- 11 a.m.Hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units continue to reach record heights in Ontario. The province says 2,107 patients are currently in hospital, with 741 in an ICU and more than 500 on a ventilator.Provincial figures show hospital admissions are currently outpacing recoveries from COVID-19.Ontario is also reporting 4,250 new infections over the last 24 hour and 18 virus-related deaths. ---This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
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