BEL Current Affairs - 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), which can be used to make payments across public transport anywhere in the country, including Metro, bus and suburban railways, for toll and parking, and for retail like any credit or debit card.
National Common Mobility Card
- The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) was envisaged as part of the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) in 2006 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- Referred to as ”One Nation One Card”, this inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.
- It runs as on RuPay card and automates the fare collection system. This eliminates the need to carry change and cash while travelling in the metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking.
- The gate and reader prototype for the NCMC has been developed by government-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in compliance with the Make in India initiative.
- These cards would be issued by all public and private banks the same way credit, debit, and prepaid cards are issued.
- NCMC provides a value proposition for customers as they need not carry multiple cards for different usage and the super-quick, a contactless transaction will improve the seamless experience.
- A pilot project for the NCMC ecosystem on January 31 with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
- The first-level trials were successfully completed in collaboration with CDAC, BEL, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and State Bank of India.
The NCMC was launched by the Prime Minister while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service.
Tags: Ahmedabad Metro Rail project • BEL • CDAC • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation • DMRC • Make in India • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs • National Common Mobility Card • National Payments Corporation of India • National Urban Transport Policy • NCMC • NPCI • One Nation One Card • RuPay card • SBI • State Bank of India
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.