Sweden Current Affairs - 2020

Sweden inaugurates world’s first electric road

Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road in Sandviken to conduct tests with electric power for hybrid heavy transports on public roads.

With this, Sweden becomes first country in the world to have electric road. The tests will be conducted on parts of road E16.

Key Facts

  • The tests will continue up through 2018 and will provide knowledge of how electric roads work in practice.
  • The road E16 tests will involve a current collector on the roof of the hybrid heavy truck’s cab that will feed the current down to a hybrid electric motor in the truck.
  • It will also check feasibility of whether the technology can be used in the future.
  • These experimental tests are based on the Sweden’s goal of energy efficiency and a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030.
  • The project is being partially funded by Sweden’s three government agencies viz. Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Energy Agency, and the country’s innovation agency Vinnova. The rest funding is provided by the private participants.

Future Potentials: Bring one step closer to fossil fuel-free transport systems. It has the potential to achieve zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Provides a simple way for developing environmentally smart transport systems in the existing road networks.

Major General Per Lodin appointed head of UNMOGIP

Major General Per Lodin from Sweden was appointed as chief military observer and head of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

His appointment was approved by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He will succeed Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana whose two-year term completes on July 2, 2016.

About Per Lodin

  • Previous to this appointment he was Director of Procurement and Logistics for the Swedish Armed Forces.
  • His distinguished military career in the Swedish Army began in 1978. Earlier he had served as deputy director of the National Armaments for Sweden (2012-2014).
  • He also had served as director of Strategic Planning and Development (2008), head of Strategies Research and Development and Business Development (2007) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Swedish Armed Forces (2005-2006).

About UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

  • UNMOGIP has been established by UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution. It had started its operations in 1949.
  • It observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control (LoC) between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • UNMOGIP has 44 military observers, 25 international civilian personnel from 10 countries and 47 local civilian staff. The group is financed by the United Nations regular budget.