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Indian Railways Creates History by Converting Diesel Locomotive into Electric

Indian Railways created history by converting the diesel loco into electric loco with indigenous technology under‘Make In India’ initiative.



Indian Railways created history by converting the diesel loco into electric loco with indigenous technology under‘Make In India’ initiative.

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This spectacular work is done by The Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), a production unit of Indian Railways in Varanasi.

The DLW authorities claimed that this is for the very first time in the world that any loco has been converted from diesel traction to electric traction.This is a great achievement and proud moment for all of the Indians.

“It was a great challenge accomplished in a short span of time. The work on this project was started on December 22, 2017, and the locomotive was successfully rolled out on February 28, 2018,” said the chief public relation officer of DLW Nitin Mehrotra adding that the works are on for testing of unit’s safety and further improvement.

Diesel Locomotive Works :

DLW has turned out a WAGC3 class of locomotive (Number 001). This 5,000 hp unit is one half of a 10,000 hp locomotive. What is remarkable about this new series is the concept on which it is based, wherein two diesel locomotives of WDG3A class are converted to one permanently coupled 12-axle, electric locomotive of 10,000 hp.

A team consisting of engineers from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), DLW and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) worked under the leadership of DLW general manager Rashmi Goel and guidance of Railway Board member (traction) Ghansyam Singh.

“For this audacious attempt the team set very hard targets for itself,” he said adding that it was decided that only those locomotives will be considered for conversion which are due for mid-life rehabilitation (where the diesel locomotives are practically given new heart), retaining their chassis, bogies and traction motors.The team adventurously attempted to use the sidewalls and roof of the decommissioned WAM4 class electric locomotive. The work needed detailed system engineering as there were no precedent designs and experience available anywhere in the world. RDSO prepared equipment layout and DLW prepared the drawings for modification of the WDG3A chassis. The modifications were vetted by RDSO after detailed finite element analysis on standard load scenarios.


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President inaugurates Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

President Ram Nath Kovind on March 19 inaugurated a Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and presented the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.



President Ram Nath Kovind on March 19 inaugurated a Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and presented the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The five-day festival is an initiative to recognise, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators.

It is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology and the National Innovation Foundation-India.

The festival is a platform for innovators to build linkages with potential stakeholders whose support can improve their prospects in coming years to develop their ideas into implementable projects for the larger social good.

Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said that it was imperative to create an environment to transform innovation into entrepreneurship.The number of innovators participating in the festival this year has considerably increased. 250 innovators are participating in it.

Steps have also been initiated to promote lateral learning and linkages among the innovators to enrich the ecosystem for sharing of ideas as also provide a window to showcase creative and innovative solutions for social development through innovation emerging from grassroots, student ideas and other technologies.

The innovations showcased can positively impact fields such as agriculture, rural development, sanitation, health, women and child development, biotechnology and medicine.

Platforms like this can provide opportunities for young innovators to present their work not only within the country but worldwide.

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Digital Transactions in India to Cross $1 Trillion a Year by 2025



Demonetisation and cashless drive has pushed the growth trajectory of digital payments in India significantly, and by 2025, digital transactions in the country could be worth USD 1 trillion annually, says a report.

According to a white paper by ACI Worldwide along with AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL), digital transactions in India could be worth USD 1 trillion annually by 2025, with four out of every five transactions being made digitally.

“The user base for digital transactions in India is currently close to 90 million, but could triple to 300 million by 2020 as new users from rural and semi-urban areas enter the market”.

“Flexible, scalable and reliable technology will be critical to the future of payments in India as the market continues to experience incredible growth,” said Manish Patel, Vice President, ACI Worldwide.

Meanwhile, with the rise in digital payments, cybersecurity costs for companies in India is also rising.

Mahesh Patel, Group Chief Technology Officer, AGS Transact Technologies said, “we understand that rapid rise in internet users nationwide is spurring an increase in digital transactions. However, the Indian market unlike many western nations is still to mature and remains threatened due to lower awareness levels”.

As per the report, Cyber attacks cost India an estimated USD 4 billion annually and could rise to USD 20 billion by 2025, with the digitisation of payments presenting new challenges for cybersecurity.

“It is necessary that the rise in digital transactions remain holistic thereby supporting growth with scalable processing platform. Also, it should be accompanied by allied precautionary measures such as cybersecurity and fraud prevention,” Patel said.

Mass adoption of e-payments and a thriving fintech scene, combined with regulatory policy, are set to propel India into a leading position in the global payments landscape, it said adding unified payments interface (UPI) transactions are a key driver of greater financial inclusion.

The white paper titled “Transactions 2025” noted that India’s smartphone user base is likely to double to 500 million by 2020 as affordable devices and data will spur safe, fraud-resistant digital transactions based on biometrics and multi-factor authorisation.

ACI Worldwide is a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, while AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL), is an end-to-end payment solutions company.

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World Bank Report Praises the Impact of GST, Projects 7.5% Growth in 2019-20

The World Bank Report points to macroeconomic stability of the Indian economy.



World Bank’s publication ‘India Development Update‘ has noted credible signs of a further uptick in Indian economic growth.The rebound in industrial activity including manufacturing sector is critical for job creation in the years to come.

The report says that the Indian economy is set to revert to its trend growth rate of 7.5% as it bottoms out from the impact of GST and demonetisation. The World Bank Report points to macroeconomic stability of the Indian economy.

The report expects the Indian economy to clock a growth rate of 6.7% in the current fiscal.rise to 7.3% for the next financial year and accelerate further to 7.5% in 2019-20.

Besides pointing to enhanced macroeconomic stability.on sectoral growth, the report says that services will continue to be the main driver of economic growth.agricultural growth has become more stable with slow acceleration.and industrial growth has seen some acceleration.

World Bank report has lauded India’s recent record in controlling inflation.fiscal discipline despite revised budget estimates, declining debt to GDP ratio even after accounting for the recapitalisation of banks, stable balance of payment situation and higher macroeconomic stability as compared to recent years.

The report refers to the impact of reforms on the Indian economy from composition of deficit, energy subsidy reforms, GST, ease of doing business, FDI liberalisation, infrastructure generation, inflation targeting framework, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, to access to financial services and digital payments.leading to better governance, and delivery of services and benefits.

The report says that oil prices could impact the Indian India is increasingly integrated with the global economy.

The report appreciated the impact of GST on the formalisation of the economy and for making economic growth sustainable.

As one of the fastest growing emerging and open growth impacts the Indian economy.With global growth picking is expected to infuse further momentum into the Indian growth story.

The World Bank Report is an endorsement of economic reforms undertaken by the Modi govt.and India’s growth is expected to have a salutary impact on the global growth scenario as well.

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