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Trivendra Singh Rawat sworn in as CM of Uttarakhand

Former RSS pracharak and Uttarakhand BJP chief and Trivendra Singh Rawat (56) was sworn in as ninth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

He was administered oath to office and secrecy by Governor Krishan Kant Paul at oath taking ceremony held in Parade ground of Dehradun. Besides, him seven Cabinet Minister and two Minister of State (MoS) also took oath.

About Trivendra Singh Rawat

  • He was born in December 1960 in the village of Khairasain in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand (formerly in Uttar Pradesh).
  • He had oined the right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ideological parent of BJP in 1979. He became its pracharak for the Dehradun region in 1985 and subsequently joined the BJP.
  • He was elected from Doiwala in the State’s first legislative assembly elections in 2002 and later in 2007 and 2017. He had served as the State’s Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2012.
Background

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) had won the 2017 Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly election by winning 57 seats of the total 70 seats with record vote share of 46.5%. Indian National Congress (INC) had won 11 seats and Independents won 2 seats. The election was held on 15 February 2017 in a single phase for 69 seats except Karnaprayag with saw voter turnout 65.64%.

Note: This is for fifth time BJP has formed government in Uttarakhand. The party formed its first government in the state when it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000, with Nityanand Swami as the first Chief Minister.

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NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kerala

State-run NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) has installed India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala.

The 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) floating solar PV plant has been indigenously developed as a part of Union Government flagship ‘Make In India’ initiative.

Key Facts
  • It has been indigenously developed by NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance), R&D arm of NTPC, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai.
  • The system was installed by Chennai based Swelect Energy Systems Ltd with support from NETRA and NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days.
  • Floating solar PV systems are fast emerging as an alternative to conventional ground mounted PV systems which are land intensive. It can also be installed on saline water environment.
  • It has various benefits like conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased power generation due to cooling effect on the panels, reduced installation time etc.
  • Installation potential of such type of floating systems in India is huge because of abundance of water bodies.Particularly in Kerala this type of system has a great potential due to availability of water bodies and lack of presence of enough land.

About National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)

  • NTPC limited is a Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU), operational under the Ministry of Power. It is India’s largest power generator and accounts for 25% of total electricity generated in the country
  • It was established in 1975 by Union Government which now holds 70% of its equity shares as of May 2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2015).
  • Its headquarters are located in New Delhi. 

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Highlights of Kerala State budget 2017-18

The Kerala State budget 2017-18 was presented by the State Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac. It was is the first full-fledged budget of the present Left Democratic front (LDF) government.

In the Budget speech the minister held that the Centre’s demonetization move has affected all sectors of life and will cause economic slump. It also mentioned that state is prepared to introduce Goods and Services Tax.

Key Highlights
  • Various social welfare measures were announced. Over one lakh homeless people to get houses under budgetary provisions.
  • Medicines for treatment of lifestyle diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol will be free at primary health centres.
  • Health data register having the health details of all the citizens was proposed. Autism parks will be set up in all districts of the state.
  • Proposed to spend Rs 150 crore on water conservation projects in the wake of state facing its worst drought season.
  • Internet facility will be made a right of citizens. Basic free internet services will be provided to 20 lakh poor families. For this digital connectivity will be boosted.
  • High priority was given to the development, security and rehabilitation of the women. Rs 68 crore was announced for women protection.
  • Separate women battalion, police stations will be there in state and public registry of the sex offenders will be created, which will be first of its kind.
  • For achieving target Clean Kerala, Suchitwa Mission was allocated Rs. 127 crore. Efforts will be made to completely end manual scavenging. Rs 10 crore allocated for mechanization of sewage maintenance.
  • Rs 100 crore wass allotted for clean crematoriums with focus on clean streets. 3 crore trees are to be planted in a span of three years. Rs 50 crore allotted for scientific landfills.

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