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Now, get a driving licence without taking a test at the RTO

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Soon, you will be able to get your driving licence without undertaking a driving test at any RTO. Seems like a dream come true? There is a catch, of course. Licences won’t be doled out indiscriminately and learners will have to undergo training at an accredited driver training centre and pass the test there.

“This entire process will be tech-driven and without any human interference. The accreditation will be given to centres that meet the criteria of space, driving track, IT and biometric system and carry out the training as per prescribed syllabus. Once the centre issues a certificate, it will reach the motor vehicle licence officer concerned,” an officer was quoted in The Times of India.

On their official Twitter handle, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) posted the salient features of accredited driver training centres. Those are:

1) The centre shall be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high quality training to candidates.

2) Remedial and refresher courses, as per the requirement of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, can be availed at these centres.

3) The candidates, who successfully pass the test at these centers, will be exempted from the driving test requirement at the time of applying for driving license, which is currently being taken at the Regional Transport Office (RTO). This will help the drivers in getting the driving licence after completing training from such accredited driving training centers.

4) These centers are allowed to provide industry- specific specialized training as well.

The MoRTH, also tweeted on their social media handle saying, “Shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major issues in the Indian roadways sector. A large number of road accidents occur due to lack of knowledge of road regulations.

 

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Kashmir Handicrafts to be promoted in Germany

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The Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah held an extensive web meeting with Dr Suyash Chavan Consulate General of India (CGI), Germany.
The online meeting dealt exclusively with reviewing the scope of developing end-to-end export linkages to provide quality handicraft products of Kashmir to the German Market in particular and the rest of Europe in general so as to ensure quality products reach Germany to increase the handicraft exports to Germany.
Germany is the largest consumer of Kashmir carpets and in addition imports Chain Stitch, Paper Machie and Walnut furniture from Kashmir. As the weather of Germany is characterized by cold winters, this makes it a perfect destination for the use of Kashmiri Shawls, Rugs and Carpets.
The tie-up shall also aim to connect art lovers and handicraft importers of Germany with  exporters from Kashmir and also achieve a tie-up of master craftsmen and artisans of Kashmir  with art connoisseurs through digital platforms, which shall ensure long term sustainability for arts like Papier-mâché, sozni, Kani shawl, basket weaving, khatamband, wood carving, silver and copper carving, carpet weaving, leather, silk and pashmina weaving amongst other crafts that Kashmir is known for in German markets
It was discussed that the participation of Handicrafts & Handloom shall be facilitated in participation in upcoming Expos and Trade shows which shall provide an opportunity for international exposure as well as showcasing the Kashmiri art at international platforms besides selling their inventory which has remained unsold due to COVID-19 pandemic.
To begin with, GI certified products of Kashmir shall be presented to the Consulate General of India, Germany which includes Pashmina, Khatamband, Walnut wood carving, Sozni, Kani Shawl, Hand-knotted carpet, Paper Machie and Saffron for display in the Consulate General Munich office and in the exhibitions at Germany.
The consulate general was briefed about the export incentive announced by the Government on GI certified goods and about the renewed focus on Handicrafts in view of the recent UNESCO Craft listing for Srinagar City.
He was apprised about initiatives taken to promote artisans through Craft tours. Consulate General was also apprised about the GI labelling of Kashmir carpets and adaption of blockchain mechanism to check piracy and misbranding of Kashmir handicrafts
The Consulate General expressed his desire for cross-platform exchange and promotion of Departmental social media handles in Germany. The Counsel General requested for digital content like films and photographs on Kashmir craft to be promoted by counsel handle.
The Counsel General was assured that digital content like pictures videos, brochures will be provided to CG for dissemination in German Market. We will make the administration accountable and answerable for people’s grievances at all costs”, Harsh roared.
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Jio surpassed BSNL to become the country’s largest fixed broadband provider

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JioFiber added 0.19 million subscribers to become the number 1 operator in the fixed broadband segment in just about two years from commercial launch, with 4.34mn FBB subs.

JioFiber’s market share improved 85bp month on month to 16.9 percent (launched commercially in Sep-19), Nomura said in a report.

Bharti added 0.1mn subs to reach 4.08mn FBB subs (up 68% since May-20), with market share up 60bp m-m to 15.9 per cent.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s (BSNL) market share further declined by 185 bp to 16.4 percent share (vs 44 percent pre-JioFiber launch on September 19), the report said.

Without significant fund-raising, Vodafone Idea’s network investments and 5G rollout would likely remain constrained, at least in the near term. Hence, we expect market share gains to continue for Bharti and R-Jio, the report said.

TRAI data for November shows a slight improvement in industry numbers, with Jio gaining market share at the expense of VIL, UBS said in a report.

After a large decline in September (driven by the 19mn subscriber loss reported by Jio) and flattish numbers in October, the industry witnessed a slight improvement in November, with the overall subscriber base expanding by 1.2mn. Bharti gained 1.3mn subs (-0.5mn in Oct), Jio added 2mn subs (+1.8mn in Oct), while VIL continued to lose market share: it lost 1.9mn subs (versus a loss of 1mn and 1.1mn in Oct and Sept respectively).

Jio remains the market leader, with a subscriber market share (SMS) of 36.7 per cent (+10bps). Bharti and VIL ended Nov with SMS of 30.4 per cent (flat MoM) and 22.9 per cent (down 20bps) respectively. It is important to note that the tariff hikes were largely applicable from end-November / December, and therefore, December is likely to see some churn, UBS said.

In fixed broadband, Jio surpassed BSNL to become the country’s largest FBB provider. Jio now has 4.3mn FBB subs (+0.2mn in Nov), followed by BSNL with 4.2mn subs (-0.5mn in Nov) and Airtel with 4.1mn subs (+0.1mn in Nov).

After a large decline in September (driven by the 19mn subscriber loss reported by Jio) and flattish numbers in October, the industry witnessed a slight improvement in November, with the overall subscriber base expanding by 1.2mn. Bharti gained 1.3mn subs (-0.5mn in Oct), Jio added 2mn subs (+1.8mn in Oct), while VIL continued to lose market share: it lost 1.9mn subs (versus a loss of 1mn and 1.1mn in Oct and Sept respectively).

Jio remains the market leader, with a subscriber market share (SMS) of 36.7 per cent (+10bps). Bharti and VIL ended Nov with SMS of 30.4 per cent (flat MoM) and 22.9 per cent (down 20bps) respectively. It is important to note that the tariff hikes were largely applicable from end-November / December, and therefore, December is likely to see some churn, UBS said.

In fixed broadband, Jio surpassed BSNL to become the country’s largest FBB provider. Jio now has 4.3mn FBB subs (+0.2mn in Nov), followed by BSNL with 4.2mn subs (-0.5mn in Nov) and Airtel with 4.1mn subs (+0.1mn in Nov).

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Gold Price Today Rises: Check latest rates

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Gold rates in India rose for the second consecutive day, on Monday. The price of gold was Rs 100 higher than the previous day. In India, the gold rate today was Rs 49,090 per 10 grams of 22-carat gold. Yesterday, this price was Rs 49,080. The gold rate in Delhi per 10 grams of 22-carat gold is Rs 47,140. On the other hand, the gold rate in Kerala is Rs 44,990, according to data on goodreturns.in.Gold

However, according to a report by Reuters, the spot price of gold was down 0.2 per cent to $1,814.08 per ounce. This was due to the hawkish signals by the US Federal Reserve. The US treasury yields were trading near the two-year high.

Gold is, usually, considered a hedge against inflation but it is highly sensitive to the changes in US interest rates. The country has signalled that due to rising inflation, it will consider a tighter stance and interest rates may soon start to rise.

Price On January 17, 2022: Check Latest Gold Rates In Your City Here

The following prices may not match the local prices because these do not include GST, TCS and other taxes. These are the prices per 10 grams of 22-carat of gold in various cities across the country.

Gold rate in Chennai: ₹45,340
Gold rate in Mumbai: ₹47,090
Gold rate in Delhi: ₹47,140
Gold rate in Kolkata: ₹47,190
Gold rate in Bangalore: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Hyderabad: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Kerala: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Pune: ₹46,450
Gold rate in Vadodara: ₹46,760
Gold rate in Ahmedabad: ₹46,490
Gold rate in Jaipur: ₹47,200
Gold rate in Lucknow: ₹45,800
Gold rate in Coimbatore: ₹45,340
Gold rate in Madurai: ₹45,340
Gold rate in Vijayawada: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Patna: ₹46,450
Gold rate in Nagpur: ₹47,090
Gold rate in Chandigarh: ₹45,800
Gold rate in Surat: ₹46,490
Gold rate in Bhubaneswar: ₹45,000
Gold rate in Mangalore: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Visakhapatnam: ₹44,990
Gold rate in Nashik: ₹46,450
Gold rate in Mysore: ₹44,990

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