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With BJP at helm, officers might face the axe


With BJP back at the helm after a long hiatus of about 14 years there is a palpable sense of sweeping changes in the bureaucratic set-up in UP’s NCR cities. According to sources, this has made several officers of the rank of IAS, PCS and engineering departments—jittery, in Ghaziabad, Noida and Meerut. It is to be noted here that many among these officers have played ball either to the erstwhile SP or the BSP governments. Needless to say that these officers were handpicked by the politicians to serve their ends; but now with BJP in, all this might change. But first of all, many of such officers of these regions might be shunted out sooner or later. Not just this, as a number of high-profile corruption cases like the Yadav Singh one, involving Noida Authority and quite a number of land allotment cases would now come under further scrutiny. Also the CAG audit of GDA (Ghaziabad Development Authority)—an issue that was raised by the top brass of BJP and fiercely protested by the SP and GDA brass itself (who said that they were abiding by the State Govt.’s directions), could now be a reality. This could mean that the officers serving in these regions would not just get the boot but could also be probed further for several irregularities, say sources. For long, all the authorities of Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts such as Noida, Gr. Noida, Yamuna Expressway, among others have been accused of mismanagement and misappropriation in the previous regimes. Now with the BJP gaining power the officers working in these authorities might face the heat.



2017 BJP sweeps UP & Uttrakhand ; Congress gets Punjab ; Goa & Manipur Head for Hung Assemply



Uttar Pradesh : BJP wins 320 (of the 403 constituencies) ,
Samajwadi 47 alongwith Congress 7, and
BSP 19 seats.

  • U.P. Voter turnout : over 60 % .

Uttarakhand : BJP gets 56 & leading at 1 (of the 70 constituencies) and
Congress 11 seats.

  • Uttarakhand Voter turnout : 68 % .

Punjab : Congress gets 77 (of the 117 constituencies) ,
AAP 20 and
Shiromani Akali Dal wins 15 seats,

  • Punjab Voter turnout : 78 % .

Goa : Congress gets 17 (of the 40 constituencies) and
BJP wins 13 seats.

  • Goa Voter turnout : 83 % .

Manipur : Congress wins 28 (of the 60 constituencies) and
BJP gets 21 seats .

  • Manipur Voter turnout : 86 % .

Vidhan Sabha or the (State Legislative Assembly)
Election Results 11th March 2017

Uttar Pradesh 
Result Status


Status Known For 403 out of 403 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bahujan Samaj Party 19 0 19
Bharatiya Janata Party 312 0 312
Indian National Congress 7 0 7
Rashtriya Lok Dal 1 0 1
Samajwadi Party 47 0 47
Apna Dal (Soneylal) 9 0 9
Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal 1 0 1
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party 4 0 4
Independent 3 0 3
TOTAL 403 0 403

Uttar Pradesh Partywise Vote Share


PartyName Votes Wise(%)
BJP {39.7%,34403039} 34,403,039
BSP {22.2%,19281352} 19,281,352
SP {21.8%,18923689} 18,923,689
INC {6.2%,5416324} 5,416,324
IND {2.6%,2229448} 2,229,448
RLD {1.8%,1545810} 1,545,810
ADAL {1.0%,851336} 851,336
* NOTA {0.9%,757643} 757,643
NINSHAD {0.6%,540542} 540,542
PECP {0.3%,227998} 227,998
AIMIM {0.2%,205232} 205,232
LD {0.2%,181704} 181,704
BMUP {0.2%,152844} 152,844
CPI {0.2%,138763} 138,763
MD {0.1%,96087} 96,087
SHS {0.1%,88595} 88,595
JAM {0.1%,72537} 72,537
BSRD {0.1%,66412} 66,412
RPD {0.1%,59194} 59,194
JANADIP {0.1%,52812} 52,812
IEMC {0.1%,49860} 49,860




Vidhan Sabha or the (State Legislative Assembly)
Election Results 11th March 2017

Result Status

Status Known For 70 out of 70 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 56 1 57
Indian National Congress 11 0 11
Independent 2 0 2
Total 69 1 70
Uttarakhand Partywise Vote Share

PartyName Votes Wise(%)
BJP {46.5%,2312912} 2,312,912
INC {33.5%,1665664} 1,665,664
IND {10.0%,499625} 499,625
BSP {7.0%,347507} 347,507
UKKD {0.7%,37039} 37,039
SP {0.4%,18202} 18,202
IBusP {0.1%,6245} 6,245
RLD {0.1%,4808} 4,808
CPI {0.1%,4106} 4,106
CPM {0.1%,3893} 3,893
UPP {0.1%,3068} 3,068
UKDD {0.1%,2660} 2,660
* NOTA {1.0%,50408} 50,408



Vidhan Sabha or the (State Legislative Assembly)
Election Results 11th March 2017

Result Status

Status Known For 117 out of 117 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 3 0 3
Indian National Congress 77 0 77
Aam Aadmi Party 20 0 20
Shiromani Akali Dal 15 0 15
Lok Insaaf Party 2 0 2
TOTAL 117 0 117

Punjab Partywise Vote Share


PartyName Votes Wise(%)
INC {38.5%,5945899} 5,945,899
SAD {25.2%,3898161} 3,898,161
AAP {23.7%,3662665} 3,662,665
BJP {5.4%,833092} 833,092
IND {2.1%,323243} 323,243
BSP {1.5%,234400} 234,400
LIP {1.2%,189228} 189,228
* NOTA {0.7%,108471} 108,471
APPA {0.2%,37476} 37,476
RMPOI {0.2%,37243} 37,243
CPI {0.2%,34074} 34,074
CPM {0.1%,10901} 10,901
AITC {0.1%,10587} 10,587
DEMSWP {0.1%,9931} 9,931
CPI(ML)(L) {0.1%,9616} 9,616



Vidhan Sabha or the (State Legislative Assembly)
Election Results 11th March 2017

Result Status

Status Known For 40 out of 40 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 13 0 13
Indian National Congress 17 0 17
Nationalist Congress Party 1 0 1
Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 3 0 3
Goa Forward Party 3 0 3
Independent 3 0 3
TOTAL 40 0 40

Goa Partywise Vote Share


PartyName Votes Wise(%)
BJP {32.5%,297588} 297,588
INC {28.4%,259758} 259,758
MAG {11.3%,103290} 103,290
IND {11.1%,101922} 101,922
AAP {6.3%,57420} 57,420
GFP {3.5%,31900} 31,900
* NOTA {1.2%,10919} 10,919
GSM {1.2%,10745} 10,745
UGP {0.9%,8563} 8,563
GSRP {0.6%,5747} 5,747
GVP {0.6%,5379} 5,379
SHS {0.1%,792} 792



Vidhan Sabha or the (State Legislative Assembly)
Election Results 11th March 2017

Result Status

Status Known For 60 out of 60 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
All India Trinamool Congress 1 0 1
Bharatiya Janata Party 21 0 21
Indian National Congress 28 0 28
Naga Peoples Front 4 0 4
Lok Jan Shakti Party 1 0 1
National People’s Party 4 0 4
Independent 1 0 1
TOTAL 60 0 60

Manipur Partywise Vote Share


PartyName Votes Wise(%)
BJP {36.3%,601527} 601,527
INC {35.1%,581869} 581,869
NPF {7.2%,118850} 118,850
IND {5.1%,83834} 83,834
NPEP {5.1%,83744} 83,744
NEINDP {3.4%,56185} 56,185
LJP {2.5%,42263} 42,263
AITC {1.4%,23384} 23,384
MNDF {1.2%,20120} 20,120
NCP {1.0%,15767} 15,767
CPI {0.7%,12251} 12,251
* NOTA {0.5%,9062} 9,062


RPI(A) {0.3%,4176}





PDA {0.2%,3044} 3,044





National Crime Records Bureau celebrates its 32nd Inception Day

The DG, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Smt Archana Ramasundaram presented the Republic Day and Independence Day Police Medals at the 32nd Inception Day Celebrations of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in New Delhi on March 11, 2017.

Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Smt. Archana Ramasundaram was the Chief Guest at the 32nd Inception Day of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which was celebrated here today.

The DG, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Smt Archana Ramasundaram presented the Republic Day and Independence Day Police Medals at the 32nd Inception Day Celebrations of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in New Delhi on March 11, 2017.

On the occasion, Smt. Archana Ramasundaram acknowledged the progress made in CCTNS and expected NCRB to provide the platform for better Police services through CCTNS and upcoming Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS). She requested the Director, NCRB Dr. Ish Kumar, to take up with all the State DGsP to fill up the vacancies of finger print staff and provide them with adequate resources. She also suggested to commission some research studies for effective usage of data for better policing. NCRB has a huge mandate linked to effective policing and its staff has to ensure that CCTNS succeeds and a citizens are benefitted by effective Policing, she added.

Dr. Ish Kumar said that NCRB should take leap forward and become a centre of excellence for Criminal Intelligence System through IT services and Finger Prints. He said that the Bureau will establish new research wing partnering with esteem institutions. The new subjects in training will be introduced for Indian and Foreign Police Officers, he added. Dr. Ish Kumar said that the Ministry of Home Affairs has started a new project of ICJS where all the pillars of criminal justice system will be linked. He said that the data analysis should lead to predictive policing. He also informed that NCRB has won Digital India Award 2016 for digitizing and uploading ‘Crime in India’ on Opensource Govt. Portal since 1967. He said that NCRB has been training Indian and Foreign Police Officers from more than 20 countries since 1990 and till date more than 40,000 Police Officers have been trained.

Smt. Archana Ramasundaram gave away Republic Day & Independence Day Police Medals to Shri R.B. Singh, Shri S. K. Saxena, Shri P.S. Gulati and Shri Sanjay Chakraborty, for meritorious services announced by the Government of India. Commendation Certificates were also given to the 14 NCRB officers for excellence in development of Mobile Apps, Establishing CCTNS instance for Rajasthan, Developing the software for Crime in India and other publication, CCTNS Testing and locating Missing Children with the help of Talash Software.

NCRB is mandated to empower the Indian Police with Information Technology and is responsible for collecting, maintaining and analysing the crime data of the country. It facilitates Investigating Officers with updated IT tools and information in Investigation of Crimes.

An exhibition showcasing of various applications developed by NCRB under Crime & Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), Finger Prints Science, ‘Vahan Samanvay’, ‘TALASH’, Mobile Apps Citizen Complaint, View FIR, Locater, Automated License Plate Reader and NCRB Publications of ‘Crime in India’, ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ and ‘Prison Statistics India’, was organised.

Senior officials of NCRB, CPOs and Former Directors General of NCRB were also present on the occasion.


Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill, 2016


The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues. It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance. The Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends upto territorial waters.

Introduced during the winter session of Parliament, the Bill came up for discussion in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Minister of State ( RT&H, S, C&F), Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, presented an overview of the Bill in the House, highlighting the need for repealing five obsolete British statutes on admiralty jurisdiction in civil matters, which are 126 to 177 years old. The Bill provides for prioritization of maritime claims and maritime liens while providing protection to owners, charterers, operators, crew members and seafarers at the same time. During the course of discussion, thirteen members presented their views and raised various questions which were replied to by Shri Mandaviya. The Bill was then passed by the House.


Mission Fingerling to achieve Blue Revolution


Recognizing the potential and possibilities in the fisheries sector, Government of India has envisaged a program named ‘’Blue Revolution’’ to unlock the country’s latent potential through an integrated approach. The Blue Revolution, in its scope and reach, focuses on creating an enabling environment for an integrated and holistic development and management of fisheries for the socio economic development of the fishers and fish farmers. Thrust areas have been identified for enhancing fisheries production from 10.79 mmt (2014-15) to 15 mmt in 2020-21.

Greater emphasis will be on infrastructure with an equally strong focus on management and conservation of the resources through technology transfer to increase in the income of the fishers and fish farmers. Productivity enhancement shall also be achieved through employing the best global innovations and integration of various production oriented activities such as: Production of quality fish seeds, Cost effective feed and adoption of technology etc.

Fish Fingerling production is the single most important critical input visualised to achieve fish production targets under the Blue Revolution. The need is to establish more hatchery to produce Fry/PL required for different categories of water bodies. Barring few States that’s to in terms of fry (15-20 mm size), all States are in need of Fingerling production (standard size 80-100 mm). Use of High Yielding Verities of brooders is another significant aspect to be addressed on priority.

The Department has identified 20 states based on their potential and other relevant factors to strengthen the Fish Seed infrastructure in the country. This program with a total expenditure of about Rs. 52,000 lakh will facilitate the establishment of hatcheries and Fingerling rearing pond to ensure the fish production of 426 crores fish fingerling, 25.50 crores Post Larvae of shrimp and crab in the country. This will converge in the production of 20 lakh tonnes of fish annually and will benefit about 4 million families. The implementation of this program will supplement the requirement of stocking materials in the country up to a large extent, which is a much needed input to achieve the enhanced fish production.


Narendra Kumar takes over as Chairman, Central Water Commission


Shri Narendra Kumar, an officer of Central Water Engineering Service (1979 batch) has assumed the charge of Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC). Born on October 11, 1957, Shri Kumar obtained his BE degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee and M Tech from IIT Delhi in Structural Engineering. He has served in various capacities in CWC as Assistant Director in Design Organisation, Deputy Director in Project Appraisal Directorate and Director in Dam Safety Organisation and Project Monitoring Directorate. He has also served as Senior Joint Commissioner in Command Area Development wing of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from 2002 to 2005. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Chief Engineer, Brahmaputra and Barak Basin, Shillong. He has also worked as Commissioner of B&B wing of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation during 2011 to 2014.

Shri Kumar has attended various international training programme and has served in various committees at UNESCO-IHE Delft Netherland, London, Beijing, Bhutan etc. He was also member of Experts Committee for Scientific Assessment of flood prone area in India and Standing Committee for Morphological studies of Indian rivers. He took over as Member (River Management) of Central Water Commission in October 2014.

48th CISF Day Parade held in Ghaziabad

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a group photograph with the medal winners during the 48th CISF Day Parade, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on March 10, 2017. The Director General, CISF, Shri O.P. Singh is also seen.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has commended the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for its diverse role in securing vital installations and national assets. Addressing the 48th CISF Day Parade in Ghaziabad today, Shri Rijiju said the CISF contingent deployed under the UN Flag helped conduct peaceful Presidential elections in afar Haiti during November 2016. The CISF is also deployed at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, he said.

From a modest beginning in 1969, Shri Rijiju said, the CISF today secures Government buildings and provides security to most of high risk installations such as the airports, harbours, atomic power plants and space research facilities. He said that providing foolproof security to Delhi Metro, which records a ridership of more than 30 lakh passengers everyday, for a decade, is a big achievement. CISF is also providing security to 78 VVIPs presently, he added. Shri Rijiju also congratulated the Force personnel for bagging the Best Marching Contingent Trophy during this year’s Republic Day Parade.

In his address, Director General, CISF, Shri OP Singh said the CISF security at many Indian airports has been adjudged among best in the world by the Brussels based Airport Council International.

On the occasion, Shri Rijiju presented medals to the CISF personnel. He reviewed the Parade and took salute of the March Past.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a group photograph with the medal winners during the 48th CISF Day Parade, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on March 10, 2017. The Director General, CISF, Shri O.P. Singh is also seen.

Pharmaceutical companies deposited Rs. 294.84 cr against demand notices issued by Government for overcharging patients for Scheduled Medicines

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Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today, informed the House thatthe Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) issued by the Government from time to time contains provisions to take appropriate action against any manufacturer selling a schedule bulk drug or formulation at a price higher than the ceiling price fixed and notified by the Government.

Shri Mandaviya informed that the provisions empower the Government to direct the manufacturer to deposit the overcharged amount along with the interest thereon from the date of overcharging, in addition to the penalty. Pursuing the above mentioned provisions, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, has issued demand notices to companies which have overcharged patients. The details in the last three years is as follows:


Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 (as on 28.02.2017)


Cases of Overcharging 90 129 263 120
Amountsdeposited by companies(Rs. crores) 40.08 90.17 12.36 294.84


The Minister also stated that the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) is prepared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the recommendation of the core committee appointed by them. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has revised the NLEM, 2015 on 23rdDecember, 2015 and subsequently Schedule – 1 of DPCO, 2013 was revised by Department of Pharmaceuticals on 10thMarch, 2016. There were 348 medicines listed in NLEM 2011. A total of 106 medicines have been added, and 70 medicines have been deleted to prepare NLEM 2015, which now contains a total of 376 medicines.

In a written reply to another question in Rajya Sabha today, Shri Mandaviya informed that

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the initial price fixation/price determination is not under the purview of Government. Government only controls price of medical devices declared as essential drugs. Out of the 23 medical devices regulated as “Drugs” under Drugs & Cosmetics Act & Rules thereunder,3 devices namely ‘Condom’, ‘Intra Uterine Device (IUD) containing copper’ & ‘Coronary Stents’ have been included in the Schedule-I of DPCO, 2013 and are under price control. The remaining 20 medical devices are categorized as non-scheduled formulations under DPCO, 2013 and therefore, no price has been fixed for these non-scheduled medical devices. However, manufacturers are not allowed to increase the price of these 20 medical devices more than 10% per annum, the Minister added.


Declare March 10 as “Home Buyers Day” –AOA members

AOA members discuss strategy

March 10, 2017, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad: “FIGHT for RERA”- is a PAN INDIA organization  working for  Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA). Fight for RERA  has been very actively associated with the formation of the Real Estate Regulatory Act and its subsequent enactment from the Parliament. The TEAM FIGHT for RERA Under the leadership of Shri Abhay Upadhyay met the Urban Development Minister, Shri Venkaiha Naidu, Shri Vijay Verghese, Hon’ble Shri Dig Vijay Singh, Shri Sharad Yadav, Shri Rahul Gandhi and very many other Parliamentarians and as a result of the pressure from both the Ruling and the opposition Political Parties the bill was passed on 10 Mar 2016. Its rules are to be made by the States latest by 30 Apr 2017 since it has to come in ground operation fromMay 1 , 2017. The States have also to constitute their Real estate Regulatory Authority.

The CREDAI is lobbying with the Government and the Power that may be, to dilute the rules of the Real Estate Regulatory Act to favour the Builders which the Home Buyers will oppose tooth and nail.

States of Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujrat, Uttar Pradesh etc have diluted a great deal the provisions of the RERA act 2016. Just as one example, the UP Government diluted the provisions of the Real Estate Regulatory Act 2016 regarding ON GOING PROJECTS. The Act lays down that ON GOING PROJECTS in which completion certificate has not been taken, will come under the ambit of the act and Promoters will have to get such projects registered with the Regulatory Authority. The UP Government diluted the act by saying that completion certificate may be dispensed with if the Society is being maintained by the RWA/AOA. We raised the voice against it with the Governor of UP who in turn wrote to the Chief Minister to review it (Copy of the letter is attached). We now demand the following from the Central and State Governments:

*    Declare 10 Mar as the Home Buyers Day so that the Home Buyers could collectively raise their voice.

*    Not to dilute any clause of the RERA Act 2016, in general, and for ON GOING PROJECTS,in particular.

The members of the “ Fight for RERA” and the AOA Federation Ghaziabad met today to demand the aforesaid. The Vice Chairman of the Vasundhara Zone Shri U B Garg, Shri Arvind Tyagi, Shri Mahesh Sharma, Shri H L Bhandari, Smt Rekha Arora, the Media Secy of the Federation Shri Gopal Maheshwari, Shri Parag Chaudhary, Secy of the City Zone Shri Ajit Nigam,Shri B P Gupta,Shri B C Joshi,Shri K K Sharma of SG Impression,Shri Rishi Bansal,Shri Subodh Garg,Shri S K bhatnagar,the secy of Indrapuram Zone Shri C M Vaid,, Shri Dinesh Baranwal,, the Vice Chairman of Mohan Nagar Zone Shri G S Siddhu,, Shri Pawan Kr Kaushik,Shri Rajeshwar Tyagi, Shri R S jauhri and others were present in the meeting.

The President of the AOA Federation Ghaziabad and NCR Chapter of Fight for RERA Col Tejandra Pal Tyagi  said that Home Buyers are in astronomically high proportions to the number of Promoters and in a Democracy the collective voice matters and hence March 10 should be declared as the HOME BUYERS’ DAY. Over 20,000 projects in 26 cities and with more than Rs. 3 lakh crore budget are existing and the issue needs immediate consideration.


Tata Motors signs MoU with Volkswagen Group and Skoda


Tata Motors today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda, to explore strategic alliance opportunity for joint development of products. The agreement has been signed by Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD of Tata Motors, Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG and Bernhard Maier, CEO of Skoda Auto.

The document lays down the scope and objectives in order to reach agreement on the modalities and terms of a long-term cooperation in identified areas of partnership. Skoda Auto will take the lead on behalf of the Volkswagen Group to drive forward work towards development of vehicle concepts in the economy segment.

Announcing this strategic alliance opportunity, Guenter Butschek, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to announce our potential cooperation with Volkswagen Group and Skoda. We strongly believe that both the companies, by working together, can leverage from each other’s strengths to create synergies and develop smart innovative solutions for the Indian and overseas market. This is in alignment with Tata Motors’ efforts to make itself ‘FutuReady’ by embracing new technologies, fostering higher platform efficiency and offering solutions that connect with the aspirations of our customers.”

“Our aim with the envisaged strategic partnership with Tata Motors is to lay the foundations in the Group and the brands that will enable us to offer customer-oriented mobility solutions in the emerging, fast-growing automobile markets, as elsewhere. By offering the appropriate products, we intend to achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world. That is why we are systematically pursuing our regional growth strategy”, Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, commented.

“We are looking forward to the joint project with Tata Motors. Delegating project responsibility to ŠKODA underscores the great confidence of the Volkswagen Group in the ability of our brand. Together with Tata we will be specifying the concrete opportunities for collaboration over the coming months”, Bernhard Maier, CEO of ŠKODA Auto, stated.

Tata Motors and SKODA Auto, representing the Volkswagen Group, will detail out the guiding principles and terms of cooperation in the next few months. Post successful completion of definitive agreements, the two companies will start joint development work and joint value-chain activities. Based on this joint work, Tata Motors plans to launch products in the Indian market, starting calendar year 2019.