Infrastructure

DIGI YATRA

Digi Yatra policy is an initiative launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation for biometric boarding system using Facial Recognition Technology. It aims at providing seamless and hassle-free experience for passengers at airports. Its main objective is to enhance passenger experience by eliminating the need for verification of ticket and ID …

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STUDY ON GAS TURBINE POWER STATIONS

Tangedco has initiated a feasibility study to set up gas turbine power stations in north Chennai to generate 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The proposal to set up gas turbine stations was to make use of the natural gas pipeline infrastructure available from Ennore to Thoothukudi. The study is being …

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MAJOR THRUST PLANNED FOR GREEN ENERGY

Underlining a commitment to accelerate the Indian economy’s transition to green energy, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech on Wednesday mentioned a slew of schemes aimed at promoting clean energy and sustainable living. She said green energy was among the Saptarishi or seven guiding lights that would steer India …

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SOLAR ENERGY IS NOT THE BEST OPTION FOR INDIA

The Hindu’s editorial, “Energy conundrum” (December 15, 2022), expressing caution about the country’s bubbling enthusiasm in the climate change agenda by going the whole hog on solar energy is timely but spartan, and needs amplification. Apart from the external pressure that is pushing India more and more into the so-called …

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PROMOTING DIGITAL PAYMENTS AND GUARD AGAINST CYBER THREATS

The Union Cabinet’s recent decision to earmark ₹2,600 crore for providing banks with an incentive to promote digital payments has focused attention on India’s welcome push to broaden and deepen alternatives to the most widely accepted method of payment worldwide, cash. The Reserve Bank of India’s ‘Payments Vision 2025’ document …

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LARGE RESOURCE-EXTRACTION PROJECTS

The land subsidence in Joshimath has become emblematic of a geological disaster that has in fact manifested across India, in the neighbourhood of several large resource-extraction projects. There have been reports of subsidence from the Jharia, Bhurkunda, Kapasara, Raniganj and Talcher coal mines; from Delhi and Kolkata due to the …

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INDIA’S PLAN TO DEVELOP GREEN HYDROGEN

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a ₹19,744 crore National Green Hydrogen mission that aims to make India a ‘global hub’ for using, producing and exporting green hydrogen. What is green hydrogen? Hydrogen is a key industrial fuel that has a variety of applications including the production of ammonia (a …

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MULTI-DOMAIN OPERATIONS IN INDIA

The India-China skirmish on the Arunachal Pradesh border has brought the Chinese threat on the front burner again. This has made External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar accept that to counter this threat, “…we have a deployment of the Indian Army… that we have never had.” The threat had never decreased, …

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EMERGENCY LANDING RUNWAY FACILITY ON NH 16

Four Air Force aircraft — Sukhoi and Tejas combat jets and one AN-32 transport aircraft — on Thursday flew at a height of about 5 metres on the 4.1-km emergency landing runway (ELR) on the National Highway 16 at Pichukalagudipadu village in Bapatla district of Andhra Pradesh. However, the aircraft …

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