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GOVT STARTS DISTRIBUTION OF LED BULBS IN UTTARAKHAND, JHARKHAND
The Centre has started distribution of LED bulbs in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme(DELP). According to DELP website government has already distributed 3.45 crore LED bulbs under the scheme. The scheme has been launched in Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, among others and is rapidly expanding across all other states
HIMACHAL PANCHAYAT POLLS IN THREE PHASES FROM JAN. 1
Himachal Pradesh Panchayat elections would be held in three phases on January 1, 3 and 5, barring Kangra and Lahaul and Spiti districts, State Election Commissioner T G Negi said here on Saturday.The elections would be held for 192 zila parishad members and 1,280 Panchayat samiti members; 2,436 Panchayat pradhan and Up-pradhans each; and 1,5438 gram panchayat members.The counting of votes of Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad members would be taken up on January 7 at respective block headquarters while the counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and Panchayat members would be taken up after the close of the polling on January 8.
RED TAPE HOLDING UP $41-BN U.S. INVESTMENT
Red tape is hindering U.S. companies from going ahead with a $41-billion investment in India, and an investment treaty to settle disputes with the States needs to be in place to speed up overseas funds,set up to strengthen trade ties between the two nations. U.S. firms are planning to invest in infrastructure, defence, pharmaceutical, healthcare, e-commerce and renewable energy.
PSLV BAGS TWO MORE US LAUNCH ORDERS
Two more U.S. satellite launch contracts have come the way of ISRO’s PSLV rocket, this time from commercial weather satellite company PlanetiQ .A couple of space industry observers noted this as an inevitable trickle of business, if not a flow yet, from a top space market such as the U.S. to the now proven Indian player.PlanetiQ, the Maryland-based commercial weather satellites operator, recently signed a deal with Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s marketing arm, for launching its first two weather satellites. Its final fleet totally will have 12 to 18 satellites.
INDIAN MODEL WINS BEAUTY PAGEANT SUB-TITLE IN POLAND
It was a moment of glory for India when Aafreen Rachel Vaz clinched the title of Miss Supranational 2015 Asia and Oceania at the Miss Supranational 2015 beauty pageant here.Aafreen, who was crowned Femina Miss India Supranational 2015, won the title on Friday. The event was held at Malopolska Region here and was organised at the MOSIR (Hall of Sports) in Krynica-Zdrój. She has also received prize money of $1000. Last year, Asha Bhat won the pageant.Aafreen was on cloud nine after winning the title and went on to thank everyone in her life for being a part of the journey.
TIRUPATI TEMPLE MAY MOVE STASH TO CENTRE’S GOLD SCHEME, CUT IMPORTS
The gold monetisation scheme, aimed at persuading individuals, institutions and rich temples to deposit some of their gold stash with banks to recycle, has only attracted about one kg in a month out of a total hoard of over 20,000 tonnes.But the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, popularly known as the Tirupati Temple that is believed to have been the abode of Lord Vekateswara for 5,000 years, may become the biggest contributor with more than 5.5 tonnes of gold.
PLUTO REVEALS VARIETY OF RICH COLORS, STUNNING EXPERTS
Pluto contains a rich variety of colors on its surface, according to observations from NASA’s New Horizons probe that stunned astronomers.The probe’s first published science results revealed dark red parts at the equator of the dwarf planet to lighter and bluer regions at higher latitudes.Previously experts did not have a clear picture of Pluto’s colors.
DHRUV & SABEENA WON 26TH NATIONAL TENPIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Delhi’s Dhruv Sarda and Sabeena Athica of Tamil Nadu won a hat-trick of national titles by emerging the champions of the Accident Relief Care 26th National tenpin bowling championship, which concluded at BluO (Orion Mall) on Saturday.In the men’s final, Dhruv defeated two-time national champion Shabbir Dhankot of Tamil Nadu with a 236-223, 257-224 scoreline. Aakash Ashok Kumar finished third.Sabeena trounced Anukriti Bishnoi of Haryana 223-56 to claim the women’s title. Kashmira (Maharashtra) took the third spot.
SOLAR CAPACITY CROSSES 5,000 MW
India’s total installed capacity of solar power has crossed the 5-GW-mark. The total commissioned utility solar capacity in the country stands at about 4.7 GW, while rooftop capacity is 525 MW, according to Bridge to India, a solar energy consulting firm. During last fiscal, a total capacity of 1,112 MW of grid connected solar power projects and 44.5 MW of rooftop projects were installed. For the current fiscal, 827 MW of solar capacity has been added so far.