West Bengal Current Affairs

BHEL commissions 40 MW hydropower plant in West Bengal

Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the second 40 MW hydropower generating unit at the Teesta low dam hydroelectric project (HEP) stage IV in West Bengal.

The hydropower generating unit was successfully installed at the Teesta low dam HEP, a run-of-the-river greenfield project, located in Darjeeling district of the West Bengal.

Key facts

  • Teesta low dam HEP is being set up by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).
  • BHEL’s Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur, Mumbai and Bengaluru facilities had supplied equipment for the project and execution of work was undertaken on site is being.
  • The estimated annual energy (power) generation from the project is around 720 million units.
  • It is expected to reduce green-house gas (GHGs) emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state as well as the nation.

So far, BHEL has commissioned nearly 400 hydro generating sets of various ratings with a cumulative capacity of around 20,000 MW in the country.

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Lok Sabha passes The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Lok Sabha has passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to include certain communities in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) from 4 states.

The bill seeks to amend Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to include certain communities from Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala and West Bengal in the list.

It also has provisions for exclusion of certain communities from Odisha and removal of area restriction in respect of certain communities.

Key facts

  • Chhattisgarh: Inclusion of Sais, Sahis, Sarathi, Soot-Sarathi, Thanwar communities in the list.
  • Haryana: Inclusion of (i) Aheria, Aheri, Hari, Heri, Thori, Turi and (ii) Rai Sikh communities in the list.
  • Kerala: Inclusion of Peruvannan community in the list and Modification in the area of specification of Malayan community.
  • West Bengal: Removal of area restriction of Chain community.
  • Odisha: Exclusion of Bariki and Kummari communities in the list.

Background

  • The bill was introduced in the Parliament by Union Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot as per the provisions of Article 341 of the Constitution.
  • Article 341: It empowers Parliament to include or exclude castes from the list of Scheduled Castes in the notification.
  • It also empowers the President to specify castes which will be deemed as Scheduled Castes through a notification.

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Four Bengali sweets to get GI tag

West Bengal government is planning to get Geographical Indication (GI) tag for four traditional sweet delicacies of the state.

These four traditional sweet delicacies are Moa of Jainagar, Sarpuria of Krishnagar, and Mihidana and Sitabhog of Burdwan.

Key facts

  • GI tag will help to protect these sweets from cheap imitations and also help preserve their quality. It will also help to boost their exports.
  • Jainagar-er moa: It is made of puffed rice and date palm jiggery. It is famous in Jainagar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
  • Sarpuria: Made of milk cream and is famous in Krishnagar area of Nadia district.
  • Sitabhog and Mihidana: They are rice-based sweets from Burdwan.

Geographical Indication (GI) tag: It is given to products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In India, GI registration is governed by the Geographical Indications of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

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