30.06.22 JPSC Daily Current Affairs

JHARKHAND

Jharkhand to add 320MW of power through four solar parks

 

At a time when the country is staring at power crisis due to the short supply of coal to thermal power stations, Jharkhand is preparing for the challenge by clearing the decks for installation of solar power. The total installed capacity of the state through renewables would supersede the indigenous installed capacity through non-renewables. Four solar parks of 80MWs each have been planned to be installed in Garhwa, Palamu, Simdega, and Deoghar. Tender has been floated to invite parties to conduct topography survey, geo-technical investigation, hydrological study and assessment of social and environmental impact over the plots selected for these solar parks.

At present, the only state-owned power generation unit is of TenughatVidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL), which is a thermal plant with an installed capacity of 2X210MWs, of which one unit is functional. Yet another operational unit is of SubarnRekha Hydel Power (SRHP) of 130MWs. Once the solar parks see the light of the day—installed thermal capacity would remain at 420MWs whereas the installed capacity through renewables would reach 450MWs. As of now, around 52MW solar power plants are operational.

 

The solar parks would be photovoltaic grid connected with the option of including storage. The ground mounted PV solar parks produce electricity during the day time and feed the electricity to the nearest grid whereas once connected with storage, power produced can be used as an alternate to the grid power in case of short supply.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Iran applies to join BRICS group of emerging countries

Iran has submitted an application to become a member in the group of emerging economies known as the BRICS.

 

 

Iran’s membership in the BRICS group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

 

Russia has long been pushing to forge closer ties with Asia, South America and the Middle East, but it has intensified its efforts recently to weather sanctions imposed by Europe, the United States and other countries over its invasion on Ukraine.

 

Hamad International Airport named World’s Best Airport 2022

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport for the second year running. The announcement took place at the Skytrax 2022 World Airport Awards, held at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Paris, France.

 

  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport)was named the finest regional airport in India and South Asia. Customers voted for the airport with the greatest customer service every year in a global study, and BLR Airport received this honour.
  • Singapore Changi Airport(World’s Best Airport Staff Service and World’s Best Airport Dining).
  • Istanbul Airport(World’s Best Airport Shopping and Most Family-Friendly Airport).

World Bank approves $250 mn loan for road safety

The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan to support the Government of India’s road safety programme for seven States under which a single accident reporting number will be set up to better manage post-crash events.

The India State Support Program for Road Safety, financed by the World Bank, will be implemented in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The $250 million variable spread loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a maturity of 18 years including a grace period of 5.5 years.

The project will also establish a national harmonised crash database system in order to analyse accidents and use that to construct better and safer roads.

 

It will also fund network expansion of basic and advanced life support ambulances and training of first responder caregivers to road crash victims on the spot.

The project will also provide incentives to the States to leverage private funding through Public Private Partnership (PPP) concessions and pilot initiatives.

According to a World Bank study, road crashes are estimated to cost the Indian economy between 5% to 7% of GDP a year. Official government data show that each year road accidents in India kill about 1,50,000 people and injure another 4,50,000. More than half of the victims are pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists and almost 84% of all fatalities are among road users between the working ages of 18-60 years.

 

NATIONAL

 

India successfully conducts VL-SRSAM missile test off the coast of Odisha

Off the coast of Chandipur, in the state of Odisha, India successfully tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully conducted flight tests for the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). Off the coast of ChandipurOdisha, the launch was carried out from an Indian Naval Ship.

 

A ship-borne weapon system called VL-SRSAM is designed to eliminate close-range aerial threats such targets that skim the surface of the sea.

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