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Member of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi says, the "pilot project is a sign of growing India-Iran cooperation, as the Iranian kits have been used for retro-fitment"

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  • The government plans to roll out new CNG two wheeler vehicles in collaboration with Iranian government
  • CNG emissions have 20% less CO gas and 75% less hydrocarbons
  • These vehicles will be closely monitored and based on the study, they will be rolled out in the whole country

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forests & Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar jointly launched a pilot program for the first time in India to run two wheeler vehicles on CNG gas, with the help of Iran’s technology, in a new move to improve relations between the two countries.

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CNG gas station in Delhi. Image courtesy: Newsgram.com

The project, called ‘Hawa Badlo’ will comprise of 50 CNG powered vehicles, having a 4.8 liters of water capacity, plying across the city of Delhi. These vehicles will be closely monitored by the government and all the stakeholders based on their activities, running emissions and fuel usage per kilometer. The government plans on expanding this program throughout the country after a careful study of these parameters, said Sputnik.com report.

‘Hawa Badlo’, literally translates to ‘Change the air’, and in this case, it would refer to purifying the air of Indian cities. As per idle emission test, the hydrocarbon emissions from CNG retrofitted two wheelers are 75% lesser and CO emissions are 20% lesser as compared to petrol driven similar models.

M/s Ituk Manufacturing India Pvt. Ltd is an Indian company handling the task of fitting CNG kits with scooters. Around 0.4 million two wheeler vehicles will receive these kits. The company will be working in close cooperation with an Iranian company.  Approvals from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) as well as Transport Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi have been obtained.

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Sputnik News reports, according to the Center for Science & Environment, pollution from two wheeler vehicles account to one third of vehicular pollution. In a paper submitted by pib.nic.in, it is mentioned that these CNG fitted motorcycles and scooters will also be economically friendly. They can drive upto 120 kms in a single fill and are expected to be substantially economical as compared to a similar petrol run vehicle at the current level of prices, as per the kit manufacturer.

The government has been striving strongly to improve the air quality in New Delhi, and the rest of the country. Realizing the eminent danger of increasing pollution, The ‘Hawa Badlo’ movement is a people’s initiative to fight air pollution which is supported by GAIL and city gas distribution companies.

-This report is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram. 

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    CNG two wheelers have great mileage too!

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Twitter Takes Multiple Steps To Curb Misinformation Before Elections in India

More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation

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Twitter is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of 2019 general election in India, Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said here on Monday.

Addressing a Town Hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category.

“The real problem is not misinformation per se as jokes can also be categorised as misinfomation. But misinformation that is spread with the intent to mislead people is a real problem,” stressed the Twitter CEO who is in India on a week-long maiden visit.

Dorsey, who got a rousing reception at IIT-D with the students wildly cheering the young entrepreneur, likened solving the problem of misleading information to that of addressing a security issue, or building a lock.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

“No one can build a perfect lock, but we need to stay ahead of our attackers. AI could probably help,” Dorsey told the audience.

Earlier in the day, the Twitter CEO met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform.

Dorsey also met Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama over the weekend. He was also expected to meet Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the growing criticism over Twitter’s role in the spread of misinformation and fake news as India faces Assembly polls in five states in November-December ahead of next year’s general elections.

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Twitter, along with other social media platforms, including Facebook, came under intense scrutiny of policymakers in the US for their failure to stop the spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts on their platforms during the 2016 Presidential election.

The micro-blogging site since then has stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of divisive messages and fake news on its platform.

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter recently announced that it would now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviour.

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As part of the new rules, accounts that deliberately mimic or are intended to replace accounts that were previously suspended for violating rules may be identified as fake accounts, Twitter said recently.

Also Read: Twitter Giving Its Users More Freedom to Report Fake, Suspicious Accounts

However, according to a Knight Foundation study released in October, more than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 US election are still active. (IANS)