www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs March 03, 2018 (03/03/2018)
Topic : India and it’s Neighbourhood Countries, Latest Diary of Events
India to help build nuclear plant in Bangladesh
India, Bangladesh and Russia have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.
Russia is building the nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on a turnkey basis.
Indian companies can be involved in construction and installation works and in the supply of equipment of a non-critical category.
Topic : General Administration, Profile of States, Latest Diary of Events
World’s largest solar park Shakti Sthala launched in Karnataka
The Karnataka government recently inaugurated the world’s largest solar park, Shakti Sthala.
It is located in Tumkur district, about 180km from Bengaluru.
The park ties in with the centre’s scheme to generate 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2020. It has a capacity of 2,000 MW.
It is part of the “Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021” which aims to decrease dependence on traditional power sources and move to environmentally friendly ones to meet the growing power needs of the state.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Reports and Summits
Global Status Report 2017
The ‘Global Status Report 2017 : Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector,’ published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
It has listed the Energy Management Centre (EMC), an autonomous institution under the Kerala government campus, as one of the recent achievements in the deployment of key technologies for energy-efficiency in buildings.
Unique features of EMC campus:
The EMC campus uses daylighting controls, CFC-free heating, ventilation and cooling systems, along with a halogen-free fire-fighting system.
Built with assistance from the Global Environment Fund, the EMC campus is the only LEED Gold certified building in the government sector in Kerala.
EMC is the only one from India to figure in the list, along with five other projects worldwide.
The other five projects recognised by the UNEP include the Sierra Crest development in Fontana, California, the Association of Nubian Vaults in Sub-Saharan Africa, a construction and demolition waste recycling project in Paris, the Palm Tree eco-development project in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the Higashi-Matsushima Smart ecotown in northern Japan.
Need for energy efficiency in buildings:
Building-related carbon emissions have been rising by around 1% per year since 2010, and more than four million deaths are attributable to illness from household air pollution.
Topic : Latest Inventions on Science and health, Latest Diary of Events
Scientists detect water in exoplanet’s atmosphere
Astronomers have detected a large amount of water in the atmosphere of a Saturn-size exoplanet 700 light-years away.
The planet, known as WASP-39b, is located in the Virgo constellation and has three times as much water as Saturn does.