Current Affairs – December, 2017

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China successfully tested its first Photovoltaic road

China successfully tested its first photovoltaic (solar) highway based on home-grown technology in country’s eastern Shandong province.

With this, China became the second country in the world to construct a photovoltaic highway. France had introduced world’s first photovoltaic road fitted with solar panels in late 2016.

Key Facts

China’s photovoltaic highway is constructed using solar panels which have thin sheet of transparent concrete on top of them, protecting the surface. It has wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs). The photovoltaic panels of the highway are built to transfer energy to electric vehicles passing on top of them.

The one-kilometre segment of solar-powered highway covers a surface area of 5875 sq m. The stretch has three layers viz. bottom layer which is insulator to prevent moisture from getting to photovoltaic devices in middle layer, and top layer has transparent concrete.

The tested segment of the solar highway can generate 817.2 KW of electricity and is expected to generate 1 million KW hours of electricity each year. The electricity generated will be connected to China’s national power grid.

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Vinay Sahasrabuddhe appointed as President of ICCR

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe as President of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

He will succeed scholar and thinker Lokesh Chandra, who was appointed by the NDA government in October 2014 and has completed his three-year-term.

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is BJP’s national vice-president and is also a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra. He is vice-president of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini which is South Asia’s only training and research academy for elected representatives and voluntary social workers. He had headed BJP’s training cell for over a decade and at present was national in-charge of two departments of the party — Policy Research and Good Governance.

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

The ICCR is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of External Affairs. It was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. It is involved in India’s external cultural relations, through cultural exchange with other countries and their peoples.

Its mandate is to actively participate in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations. It also seeks to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries. It also aims to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations.

Month: Categories: Persons in News 2018