Narendra Modi Current Affairs - 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60 MW (megawatt) Tuirial hydropower project in Aizawl, Mizoram. It is first large hydropower central government project to be commissioned in Mizoram.
It is expected to boost socio-economic development of the state. It made Mizoram third power-surplus state in North-East after Sikkim and Tripura.
The Tuirial hydropower project has been built on Tuirial River, a tributary of Barak River. It was first cleared in 1998, by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is central sector project, built at cost of Rs. 1302 crore. It was executed by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) under Union Ministry of Power.
The hydropower project will produce 251 million units of electrical energy every year. Moreover, water stored in in its reservoir (spread over an area of 45 square km) will provide connectivity to remote villages and will also be used for development of fisheries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines built under the strategic Project 75 built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) with assistance and technology transfer from France’s DCNS. The commissioning comes days after Indian Navy observed the golden jubilee of its submarine wing.
INS Kalvari will be the first conventional submarine to be inducted into India Navy after more than 17 years. INS Sindhushastra was last inducted conventional diesel-electric submarine in July 2000 which was procured from Russia.
INS Kalvari is most modern non-nuclear stealth submarine in India Navy. ‘Kalvari’ is Malayalam word that means deep-sea tiger shark. It reflects its agility, strength and predatory prowess. The length of INS Kalvari is 67.5 metres and height of 12.3 metres and weighs 1,565-tonn and displacement capacity of 1,600 tonnes.
It is powered by two 1250 kW MAN extremely silent diesel-electric diesel engines making it very difficult to detect underwater. It boasts highly advanced Combat Management System and a sophisticated Integrated Platform Management System.
Its hull form, fin and hydroplanes are specifically designed to produce minimum underwater resistance. It has 360 battery cells (each weighing 750 kg) to power the extremely silent Permanently Magnetised Propulsion Motor. Its stealth capability is enhanced through mounting of equipment inside pressure hull on shock absorbing cradles.
Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System (SUBTICS) suite is heart of INS Kalvari’s weapons system which processes information from sonars on-board submarine in detecting targets which can then be engaged with torpedoes or missiles.
It is armed with heavy weight torpedoes and Exocet anti-ship missiles. It can launch torpedoes both while submerged or on the surface. It has an attack-and-search periscope equipped with infrared and low light level cameras and laser range finders to spot targets on the surface of the sea.
It is designed to operate in all theatres, including the tropics and can undertake multifarious types of missions typically undertaken by any modern submarine such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence gathering, area surveillance, mine laying etc.