www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC current affairs MARCH. 30, 2017 (30/03/2017)
Topic : History – National, Latest Terminology
India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity for the first Time
As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity.
During the current year 2016-17 (April to February 2017), India has exported around 5,798 Million Units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
This is 213 Million units more than the import of around 5,585 Million units from Bhutan.
Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in last three years.
Import of power:
Ever since the cross border trade of electricity started in mid-Eighties, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal in radial mode at 33 kV and 132 kV from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
On an average Bhutan has been supplying around 5,000- 5500 Million units to India.
Export of power:
At present around 600 MW power is being exported to Bangladesh.
Export of power to Nepal is expected to increase by around 145 MW shortly over 132 kV Katiya (Bihar)– Kusaha (Nepal) and 132 kV Raxaul (Bihar)– Parwanipur (Nepal).
About Central Electricity Authority:
The Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) is a statutory organisation constituted under section 3(1) of Electricity Supply Act 1948, which has been superseded by section 70(1) of the Electricity Act 2003.
The CEA advises the government on matters relating to the National Electricity Policy and formulates short-term and perspective plans for the development of electricity systems.
The CEA is also responsible for concurrence of hydro power development schemes of central, state and private sectors.
Topic : History – World Organizations
G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting
The 3rd G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency was held in Varanasi on 28th and 29th of March, 2017.
The first two G-20 FWG meetings under the G-20 German Presidency have already been held at Berlin in Dec 16 and at Riyadh in Feb 17.
Since the inception of the FWG in 2009, this is the fourth occasion that India is hosting this meeting.
Previously, India had hosted the G-20 FWG Meetings in Rajasthan (2012), in Goa (2014) and in Kerala (2015) under different presidencies.
Topic : Political Science – Govt., Welfare Oriented Schemes and Their utilities
UDAY Scheme – Kerala, Tripura and Arunachala Pradesh joined
Kerala, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh have joined the Centre’s power distribution company debt relief scheme, Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY).
With this, 26 states have joined the scheme.
Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana or UDAY.
UDAY provides for the financial turnaround and revival of Power Distribution companies (DISCOMs), and importantly also ensures a sustainable permanent solution to the problem.