Current Affairs, News & Facts of 10 Mar 2015

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  • India ranks 4th in the world in terms of power generation; 5th in Wind Energy and 11th in terms of Solar Energy (installed capacity). 
    • As per Global Status Report, REN 21, India's global position in 'Renewable Energy' capacity installation is 5th in the world.
    • India already has installed capacity of over 34 GW from various renewable energy sources which is 13% of the total installed capacity of power generation in the country.

    Solar Energy

    • With an installed capacity of about 3000 MW solar power, the share of solar energy is about 2% in the power sector of the country.
    • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed to scale up Grid Connected Solar Power targets from 20000 MW to 100000 MW by 2022.
    • The target includes 40,000 MW roof-top solar photovoltaics, 57,000 MW large solar projects and 3,000 MW already installed.
  • World sole solar-powered aircraft coming to India. - read more cat
  • India plans to establish cross cultural linkages with 39 Indian Ocean Countries under Project 'Mausam'. 
    • The move seek to revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties with these 39 littoral countries which include Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand , Yemen, South Africa, Philippines and Pakistan among others.
    • The Project is a Ministry of Culture project with Archaeological Society of India (ASI), New Delhi as the nodal agency and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi as its Research Unit.
  • New schemes PRASAD and SWADESH DARSHAN launched by the government to promote tourism in the country. 
    • (1) "National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)"
    • (2) "Swadesh Darshan"
    • Under PRASAD, initially, twelve cities namely Amritsar, Ajmer, Amaravati, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Kamakhya, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Vellankani have been identified for development.
    • Developing world-class infrastructure in the respective destinations/circuits is one of the mission objectives of the schemes.
    • Both the schemes are to be implemented in mission mode.
  • Centre takes steps to minimize dependence on Foreign Transhipment Terminals
    • The measures will also promote development of transhipment hub in the country together with decreasing the dependence of Indian EXIM cargo on foreign transhipment terminals.
    • The main measures taken by the Government are:
    • (i) Relaxation of cabotage restrictions was granted to the International Container Transit Terminal (ICTT), Vallarpadam of Cochin Port Trust on 21 September, 2012 initially for a period of three years.
    • (ii) The Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on specified bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of EXIM and empty containers between two or more ports in India.
    • As per available information, during the year 2012-13, from major ports of India, 72.6% of the containers were transported to their destination and 27.4% of the containers were transhipped through Colombo, Singapore and other international ports.
    • The shipping lines decide to use a port for transhipment depending upon several factors such as availability of vessels, availability of cargo for onward journey, cost of transhipment at the port, convenient geographical location of the port, access to major trading center etc.
  • The first bullet trains in India will ply on 'Mumbai-Ahmedabad' route. 
    • Two separate feasibility study done on this project has already been submitted.
    • Government is undertaking a feasibility study to set up a Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed trains in the country on... (i) Delhi-Mumbai, (ii) Mumbai-Chennai, (iii) Chennai-Kolkata, (iv) Kolkata-Delhi (v) Delhi- Chennai and (vi) Mumbai-Kolkata routes.
    • The total length of network will be almost 10000 km.
  • There are 289 communities identified as Scheduled Tribes in the Presidential Orders since 1990. 
    • Apart from that, requests of another 373 communities for inclusion have been received so far.
    • Government of India on June 15,1999 (further amended on June 25,2002) has laid down the modalities for determining the claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications.
    • According to these modalities, only those proposals which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration and concurred in by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are to be considered for amendment of legislation.

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