- End-Oct target for Bihar rooftop solar plan
- The installation of solar power plants under the grid connected rooftop scheme will start from government buildings in Bihar. The selection of agency for this work has been done and the installation work is expected to start by the end of the current month.
- The scheme entails setting up rooftop solar power energy source on buildings owned by individuals or organisations as well as government offices. A sum of Rs 75,000 for setting up the micro solar power plants generating 1KW of power at rooftops would be required out of which half of the cost would come as subsidy from the Centre and the state in case of individual households.
- In case of institutions, government buildings and social organisations, subsidy would be 25 per cent of the cost whereas commercial or industrial units would not be entitled for any subsidy.
- The state government has already provided a sum of Rs 241 crore for this project whereas the Centre is releasing funds on the basis of sanctioned projects.
- The two-way meters needed to be installed because the scheme also has a buyback component under which the distribution companies would buy back the power at the current tariff, in case the user is not using it for the time being.
- The two-way meters allow flow of electricity both ways, i.e. from distribution company to consumer and vice-versa. The meter would also ensure that power from the distribution company is supplied to the consumer only if the daily quota of power generated by the rooftop plant is consumed.
- In case of non-use of power generated at rooftops, the same would be supplied to the distribution company.
- India and the ADB sign $ 150 Million Loan Agreement to support India’s First Global Skills Park
- Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 million Loan Agreement in New Delhi to establish a Global Skills Park (GSP) in Madhya Pradesh.
- It will be the First Multi-Skills Park in India to enhance the quality of Technical and Vocational Education And Training (TVET) System in the State and create a more skilled workforce.
- IBSAMAR-VI kicks off at Simons Town, South Africa
- The sixth edition of IBSAMAR, a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies, is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 Oct 18.
- The last edition of IBSAMAR (IBSAMAR V) was conducted off Goa, from 19 – 26 Feb 16.
- The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies, building interoperability and mutual understanding as well as sharing of best practices.
- Nobel Prize in Physics is shared by a woman for the first time in 55 years
- The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years, and for only the third time in its history.
- Donna Strickland, a Canadian physicist, was awarded the 2018 prize jointly with Gérard Mourou, from France, for their work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.
- They share the award with an American, Arthur Ashkin, who at 96 becomes the oldest Nobel Laureate, for developing “optical tweezers.
- India’s first dolphin research centre to come up soon in Patna
- Much-awaited National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC), India’s and Asia’s first, would be set up in Patna.
- The NDRC is likely to be set up next month on the banks of the Ganga river in the Patna University premises.
- It will play an important role in strengthening conservation efforts and research to save the endangered mammal.
- Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes over as the 46th Chief Justice of India
- Ranjan Gogoi has been sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cabinet ministers and former PM Manmohan Singh were present for the oath-taking ceremony.
- Justice Gogoi was born on 18 November, 1954, in Assam’s Dibrugarh district. He is the first person from the North-Eastern states to hold the post of Chief Justice of India.
- Ranjan Gogoi’s tenure as the CJI will continue till November 17, 2019, a day before he turns 65 years old.
- Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI Act
- The Central Information Commission has pronounced the judgement that the BCCI comes under the jurisdiction of the RTI Act.
- As a result of the ruling, the board is now “answerable to the people of the country”.
- The commission, which is the top appellate body in RTI matters, come to a conclusion that the characteristics of the BCCI fulfill the required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
· Lonar Lake and St. Marys Island are announced to be geoparks
- Lonar Lake, an ancient circular lake created by a meteorite strike, in Maharashtra and Mary’s Island, a hexagonal mosaic of basaltic rocks in an island off Udupi are poised to become global geoparks, under the plan of Geological Survey of India (GSI). Lonar Lake in Maharashtra and St. Mary’s Island and Malpe beach in coastal Karnataka are the GSI’s candidates for UNESCO Global Geopark Network status.
- Mary’s Island which was declared a national geo-heritage site in 1975 is estimated to be an 88-million-year-old and Lonar crater became a geo-heritage site in 1979. It is around 50,000 years old.
· SIDBI Launched National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign ‘Udyam Abhilasha’
- Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States and reaching to around 15,000 youth.
- They will join to contribute “the transformation mission” unleashed for these districts.
· Project Utkrisht launched by Indian Railways
- Indian Railwayslaunched its Project ‘Utkrisht’ to upgrade 140 rakes of Mail/Express trains in the first phase.
- The main aim of the project aims to do the following:
Installing ‘Swachh Rail Toilet’,
Fitting of energy-efficient LED lights – in the main interior, doorway, gangway and inside toilets,
Braille signage & night glow stickers,
LED panel photo frame in first AC coaches, new types of bottle holders, big side mirrors,
Anti-graffiti vinyl wrapping in the gangway area,
New types of fire extinguishers.
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