Current Affairs – February, 2019

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BEL Launches Atmospheric Water Generator

The Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled the Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) at the Aero India 2019. The new product aims to provide an innovative solution to meet the ever-increasing need for drinking water worldwide.

Atmospheric Water Generator

  • The Atmospheric Water Generator would generate water straight from the humidity present in the atmosphere through a novel technology.
  • The Atmospheric Water Generator extracts water from the humidity present in the atmosphere through the process of condensation and purifies it.
  • The water generator uses the process of heat exchange for condensing the atmospheric moisture to produce pure, safe and clean potable water.
  • The Atmospheric Water Generator is integrated with a Mineralisation Unit to add minerals which are required to make the water potable.
  • The Atmospheric Water Generator would be made available in both static and mobile (vehicular) versions and would be available in 30 litres/day, 100 litres/day, 500 litres/day and 1,000 litres/day capacities.

The Atmospheric Water Generator is being manufactured by BEL in collaboration with CSIR-IICT and MAITHRI, a start-up company based in Hyderabad.

The search for the alternate sources of water has become a necessity due to the twin challenge of water pollution and climate change. The Atmospheric Water Generator is a good step in this direction.

Navy Drill of Iran Velayat 97

Iran will hold a three-day navy drill Velayat 97 in a vast area of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean including a sensitive global shipping route.

Features of the Velayat 97

  • The three-day navy drill would be held in the waters of Strait of Hormuz, Makran coast, Oman Sea and the north of the Indian Ocean, covering 2 million square kilometres.
  • The navy drill Velayat 97 aims to evaluate the navy’s equipment, practice launching weapons and enable the troops to gain readiness for a real battle.
  • The three-day drill will showcase Iran’s submarines, warships, helicopters and drones, according to the admiral.
  • The drill also includes missile launches from the vessels.

Will Velayat 97 further heighten the tensions?

The Strait of Hormuz is a vital international transit route. American forces routinely pass this route and it has earlier witnessed some tense encounters between American and Iranian forces.

Iran’s show of military might through Velayat 97 comes at a time of heightened tensions with Iran’s main regional rival Saudi Arabia and with the United States of America which last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

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