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Government Launches Scheme For 100% Solarisation Of Konark Sun Temple

The scheme is expected to meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the Complete Solarisation of Konark sun temple and Konark town in Odisha.

The scheme has been launched to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha into ‘Surya Nagri‘.

The key objective is to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy.

Speaking about the scheme, Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said, “The Government of India launched the scheme with an objective to take forward Prime Minister (Narendra Modi)’s vision to develop the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha as ‘Surya Nagri’, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy.”


Under the scheme, a 10 MW grid-connected solar project will be set up along with various solar off-grid applications such as off-grid solar power plants with battery storage, solar trees and solar drinking water kiosks with complete Central Financial Assistance (CFA) support of around Rs 25 crores through New & Renewable Energy Ministry.

The project will be implemented by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

The scheme is expected to meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

The Sun Temple in Konark is a 13th-century CE Sun temple situated about 35 km northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, and is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.


Odisha is no stranger to efforts related to solar power. In 2015, it announced plans for a 1 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant. In 2016, Sonthalia Group unveiled plans for a 600 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, and the state announced plans for 70 MW of rooftop solar.

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COVID-19: India Now Producing Over 3 Lakh PPEs And N95 Masks Every Day

States and UTs have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95 masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs. 

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NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry said that India has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity related to Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs and N95 masks and the requirements of the States and Union Territories are being sufficiently met.

Today, the country is producing more than three lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day.

States and Union Territories, as well as Central Institutions, have been provided with around 111 lakh N-95 masks and 74.48 lakh PPEs.


Reacting to reports in a section of media expressing concern about the quality of PPE coveralls, the ministry clarified that HLL Lifecare Limited, HLL, procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers and suppliers tested and approved by the labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles.

Procurement is being done only after their products qualify in the test prescribed by the technical committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Ministry advised all the States and Union Territories to ensure procurement after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from Ministry of Textiles’ nominated labs. In addition, manufacturers who have got their products qualified from these labs are also being brought on Government e-Marketplace, GeM.


Information of manufacturers whose products have qualified the tests is available on the Ministry of Textiles’ website.

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1.50 Lakh MP Students About To Become Doctors, Engineers Under MMMVY

Madhya Pradesh government deposits fees worth Rs 326,,69,85,000 in the accounts of the students.

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): About 1,52,000 students in Madhya Pradesh are on the verge of becoming doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects, business managers etc. by availing the Mukhya Mantri Medhavi Vidyarthi Yojana launched in the academic session 2017-18 by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to remove the financial difficulties obstructing the education of meritorious students.

The government has deposited tuition fees worth Rs 326,69,85,000 of 1,52,278 students in the last three academic sessions.

This scheme of giving complete tuition fees for the education of meritorious students has been implemented for the first time in the country only in Madhya Pradesh. It is a scheme in which all the students of all classes can avail its benefits on the basis of merit.


Under the scheme, payment of Rs 88 lakh 66 thousand 671 of 22 IIM students, Rs 4,36,59.993 to 325 students of I.I.T., N.I.T., I.I.I.T., I.I.S.E.R., N.I.F.T. S.P.A. located in Madhya Pradesh and Rs 12 crore 23 lakh one thousand 701 to 1374 students of I.I.T., N.I.T., I.I.I.T., I.I.S.E.R., N.I.F.T. and S.P.A. located outside Madhya Pradesh has been made.

Rs 187 crore granted to 2832 students of medical (NEET)

Similarly payment of tuition fees of Rs 187 crore 41 thousand 460 to 2832 students of Medical (NEET), Rs 21 crore 13 lakh 36 thousand 892 to 3329 students of Technical Education, Rs. 5 crore 74 lakh 10 thousand 534 to 328 students of CLAT-NLIU, Rs 3 crore 59 lakh 70 thousand 724 to 251 students of private colleges outside Madhya Pradesh on the basis of J.E.E. rank, Rs 73 crore 38 lakh 79 thousand 774 to Rs one lakh 38 thousand 790 students in Higher Education and Rs. 18 crore 35 lakh 17 thousand 358 to 5027 students of other courses have been made by the government.


It may be noted that under the Mukhya Mantri Medhavi Vidyarthi Yojana, those bonafide students of Madhya Pradesh, who have passed with 70 per cent in the Board of Secondary Education Bhopal Class XIIth examination or with 85 per cent or more in the Class XIIth examination of CBSE / ISCSI can avail benefits.

The annual income of the parents of the students should be less than Rs 6 lakhs.

The entire tuition fee of these students is deposited by the government.

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No Longer ‘J&K Police’, The Force Is Now Called LADAKH POLICE in Ladakh UT

The police in Ladakh had been using its old organizational name as ‘J&K Police’ at all places.

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LADAKH (Union Territory): The Ladakh Union Territory (UT) administration has ordered the replacement of ‘J&K Police’ organizational name by ”Ladakh Police”.

It is hereby ordered that wherever organisational name ‘J&K Police’ is written on any signboards, police vehicles, official stationeries, seals and other official items of UT police Ladakh should be replaced by the word ‘LADAKH POLICE” in capital letter henceforth.  No police officer/official shall put on president police collar insignia of J&K Police on the uniform,” reads an order issued by the Inspector General of Police, UT Ladakh SS Khandare.

The officer also said that there will be mass police recruitment drives in Leh and Kargil to strengthen the police in number. Ladakh was officially declared UT on October 31 with R K Mathur as its first Lieutenant Governor and SS Khandare as its first Inspector General of Police (IGP). As of now, Ladakh has about 800 vacancies at different levels for recruitment.


The UT Administration and Inspector General of Police are in the process of establishing the new identity of Ladakh Police, which would conclude in a month’s time:

Formation Sign: In the backdrop of blood-red colour symbolizing sacrifice in golden border and ribbon, a snow leopard in motion.

Flap Pattern: Starting with the name of Ladakh as a common practice with police forces across the country.


Logo: Ashoka with Satyameva Jayate, LP in symmetric design and Juniper leaves (incense offered on religious occasions) covering the Ashoka and LP.

A Superintendent of Police for Traffic will also be appointed soon with a priority on road safety by enhancing the traffic police presence, in the world-famous tourism destination Ladakh.

Speaking on infrastructure development for police, SS Khandare said, under the special development package for Ladakh by the Union Government, the Police department has enough funds for upgradation.

After separation from erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir Police, newly formed Ladakh Police will have its new symbols, insignia with a separate identity.

With the latest development, the Ladakh Police will also have a separate formation sign and flag as well. Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur has approved the new identity of Ladakh Police.


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