Current Affairs - June 2015

Rajasthan becomes No. 1 state in solar energy in India

Rajasthan has become number one state in the country in terms of total installed capacity of solar energy.

It was revealed in recently released data by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.  Rajasthan with total 1,167 megawatt (MW) installed capacity has surpassed Gujarat (1000 MW) which was previous number one state in the country.

Top five states in India are (in terms of installed capacity)

  • Rajasthan: 1047 MW.
  • Gujarat: 1000 MW.
  • Madhya Pradesh:563 MW.
  • Maharashtra: 363 MW.
  • Andhra Pradesh: 247 MW.

In 2014, Rajasthan government had released its Solar Policy which aimed at installing 25000 MW of solar power in state. In this policy state government had introduced numerous investor-friendly measures to tap full potential of solar power.

One of the key measure introduced was to installed solar plants was through State, Private Enterprises or Public-Private partnership (PPP). In this regard state government had inked agreements number of private companies to develop solar parks with a cumulative capacity of 26,000 MW.

It should be noted that Rajasthan has all natural advantage for solar parks such as abundant barren land and high solar radiation (insolation) in the country.

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Tennis Icon Steffanie Graf appointed as brand ambassador of Kerala’s Ayurveda

Kerala government has appointed Tennis Icon Steffanie Graf as Ayurveda brand ambassador.

Decision in this regard was taken by cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram.

As an Ayurveda brand ambassador she will promote Ayurveda tourism of state in North America and Europe with theme Visit Kerala Destination.

About Steffanie Graf

  • Steffanie Maria Graf from Germany is former number 1 ATP women tennis player. She holds World number 1 title for the longest period (record 377 total weeks) till date.
  • She had won 22 Grand Slam single titles and also holds record for the most number of major wins by a tennis player (after introduction of the Open Era in 1968).
  • Graf is the first and only tennis player (male or female) to achieve the Calendar Year Golden Slame. winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
  • She is the only tennis player (male or female) to win 3 grand slams in a calendar year 5 times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).
  • Graf had retired from professional tennis in 1999. She is married to Andre Agassi, former World number 1 in men’s tennis player.

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