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International Olympics Organization to postpone Tokyo Olympics 2020

Recently, Greece handed over the Olympic Flame to Japan. However, due to the increasing threats of Corona Virus, the International Olympics Committee is considering postponement of 2020 Olympics. The organization might postpone Olympics to 2021.

Highlights

The International Olympics Committee has set a time frame of 4 weeks to make a decision about the postponement of Olympics. The Canada Government recently announced its withdrawal from the game considering athletes safety and public health over the COVID-19 threats. Apart from Canada, North Korea and Indonesia have withdrawn from the game. The countries are withdrawing as the Corona cases are touching 335,000 world-wide and countries locking up to contain the disease.

Olympic Flame

The Olympics Flame Symbol represents the continuity between ancient and modern games. Every year the flame is lit at Olympia, Greece. It is then relayed to the site where the games are to be held. This ceremony is called “Olympics Torch Relay”.

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India-European Union to work together on Integrated Local Energy Systems

During India’s Smart Utility Week, India and European Union called upon Integrated Local Energy System. The countries are to work upon clean energy and climate. The collaboration will help to improvise clean energy supply

Highlights

The collaboration and steps that were taken are completely based on Mission Innovation. The collaboration will aim at increasing the contribution of renewables. Along side of the collaboration, India and Sweden are to work on Smart Grids. These projects are to be funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST). The DST has so far established 3 major international smart grids in 24 countries.

Smart Grid Systems

Smart Grids are electricity networks that allow devices to communicate (between consumers and suppliers), protect distribution network, allow to manage demand, save energy and reduce costs.

Mission Innovation

Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 countries. It aims at accelerating clean affordable energy to create commercial opportunities. It was announced by Bill Gates at COP21 in 2015 along with PM Modi, President Obama and President Hollande (French).

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