May Spotlight 2020

ūüóďÔłŹ May¬†2020


1. India installed 7.3 GW of solar capacity in 2019 and was the world’s third-largest solar market in 2019, according to the India Solar Market Leaderboard 2020 published by Mercom India Research.

  • India claims to have cumulative solar installations of about 35.7 GW at the end of December 2019.
  • 23.7 GW capacity projects were under-development projects by the end of 2019, with 31.5 GW capacity tenders pending under auctions.
  • Large-scale solar installations in 2019 accounted for 85% with 6.2 GW capacity.
  • Solar power accounted for 41% of new power capacity additions in 2019 behind coal which accounted for 44%.
  • At the end of 2019, the top 10 rooftop solar installers represented 34% of the total rooftop solar market share. In 2019, the rooftop solar market growth came down by 33% compared to 2018.

2. Jammu and Kashmir administration has signed an MoU with the Tata Technologies ltd to set up the two Centres for Invention, Innovation, Incubation, and Training (CIIITs) in the Union Territory for the first time.

  • The centres would help in improving the academic and training curriculum in the¬†already established technical institutes in J&K by helping innovators in developing new products and promoting technology start-ups.

3. USA has announced to provide an additional $3 million to India to fight against Covid-19 through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under PAHAL.

  • Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity (PAHAL) project of¬†USAID and Indian company IPE Global aims to promote health financing models and provide support to social enterprises.
  • Till now, USAID has provided $5.9 million to help India in responding to the¬†pandemic.

4.¬†Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has launched an ‘Agro-Entrepreneur Facilitation Desk’ to help the entrepreneurs of the state to get subsidies and incentives from Central government.

  • The desk facility will create awareness among agro-entrepreneurs about the various¬†subsidies programs of central and state govt and help them avail the same.
  • The desk would be set up at the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation of¬†the state and would incur an annual expenditure of Rs 24 lakh.

5.¬†National Council for Science & Technology Communication (under Department of Science & Technology) has launched ‚ÄėYear of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)‚Äô program to increase health and risk communication with a focus on COVID-19.

  • The program aims to reduce the risks at all levels with the help of public¬†communication.

6. Chak-Hao (Manipur black rice), Gorakhpur Terracotta, Kashmir Saffron, and Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai (peanut candy made in southern parts of Tamil Nadu) have received GI tag.

  • Also, Thanjavur Netti Works and Arumbavur wood carvings of Tamil Nadu have¬†been given GI tag.
  • Jharkhand‚Äôs Sohrai Khovar painting (traditional and ritualistic mural art) and¬†Telangana‚Äôs Telia Rumal was also given the GI tag.

7. Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to conduct biennial elections for the Maharashtra Legislative Council due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The decision of deferring the elections has been taken under Article 324 of the¬†constitution.
  • Article 324 ‚Äď It details about the functioning of ECI. Article 324 empowers ECI to¬†conduct elections of Parliament, President, Vice President, and State Legislative Assemblies in the country.

8. Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), a CSIR lab, has developed an app called Kisan Sabha to resolve the problems related to the agricultural supply chain.

  • Purpose: – to provide the most economical and timely logistics support to the¬†farmers and directly connecting them with institutional buyers.
  • The app will provide best market rates for crops by comparing the prices in the¬†nearest mandis, booking of freight vehicles at the cheapest cost to giving maximum benefit to the farmers.

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