- NTPC to build 5GW solar park in Gujarat
- NTPC Ltd. plans to set up a 5-gigawatt solar park in Gujarat, which would be the biggest in the country.
- A site has been identified for the project, which is expected to cost as much as ₹25,000 crores ($3.5 billion) and begin operations by 2024.
- The company may also invite bids from developers to set up projects in the park.
- The plan is part of the NTPC’s aim to build 32 gigawatts of renewable capacity by 2032 and reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix to 70 per cent from about 96 per cent now.
· Google honours mountaineer Junko Tabei with a doodle on her 80th birthday
- Google honoured Junko Tabei, the first Japanese woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on her 80th birthday with a animated doodle.
- She is also the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.
- The doodle depicts a graph along with seven ice-capped mountains which symbolise all the “seven summits” – the highest peaks such as Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Elbrus, Puncak Jaya, on each continent that was climbed by Tabei.
- Apart from the mountains, the doodle also shows a moving animated cartoon representing Tabei.
· India to leverage its Strategic Energy Partnership with USA
ð India and USA plan to further strengthen their Strategic Energy Partnership launched in New Delhi in It includes larger energy imports from the US by the world’s third-largest oil importer state-run firms such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL).
ð Petronet LNG Ltd may ink a deal with US liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian Inc for around $2 billion in the proposed Driftwood project in Louisiana.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the energy resource rich country where he will be addressing an energy round table in Houston China and India.
- CBDT sets up National e-Assessment Centre for faceless scrutiny of IT returns
- The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has set up a National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) for assessing tax returns electronically without any personal contact between officials and taxpayers.
- The initiative is a part of government efforts to reduce human discretion in assessments and scrutiny, which in turn will eliminate possibilities of corruption, by leveraging new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, video conferencing, telecommunication application software and mobile applications.
- The CBDT has appointed Krishna Mohan Prasad, a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, as the first Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (PrCCIT) of NeAC.
· NASSCOM DSCI MeitY and Google India launched a nationwide Digital Payment Abhiyan
- Nasscom’s Data Security Council of India (DSCI) collaborated with the electronics and IT ministry (MeitY) and Google India to launch a nationwide awareness campaign Digital Payment Abhiyan.
- To drive the campaign objectives and amplify outreach to users across all states, DSCI has onboarded various digital payments ecosystem partners.
- The Pan-India campaign crafted in seven languages namely Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi and will engage with users and make them aware of the dos and don’ts for different payment channels including UPI, wallets, cards as well as netbanking and mobile banking.
· Transport Ministry issues SOP for transport-related information presented in e-form
- Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued detailed Standard Operating Procedure-SOPfor acceptance of Driving License, Registration Certificate and other transport related information presented in electronic form.
- According to the amended Central Motor Vehicles Rules, carrying hard copy of relevant documents is not necessary now as they can be carried in electronic form.
They are available on DigiLockeror mParivahan app to be legally recognized at par with the original documents.
- The enforcement agencies can simultaneously access these details from eChallan app.
· Centre to set up National Police University
- Centre has announced its plan to set-up state-of-the-artNational Police University (NPU) at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- The aim is to establish a world-class NPU with a dynamic learning and working environment that is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of education, research and scholarships of the highest quality in specialized niche areas of policing science, forensic science, cyber forensics, criminology, criminal justice, risk management, and related areas.
· IIT Bombay ranks among top institutes in QS Graduate Employability Rankings
ð Three Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Delhi University have ranked among the top 200 in QS World Graduate Employability Rankings. The 2020 QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employability included revaluation of 758 institutions that comprises a 15% increase in the number of institutions on previous year’s edition.
ð Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay is ranked in the 111-120 range. It is among the top 24% institutes in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings with the score 54-55.1/100.
· Gully boy has been nominated for 92nd Oscar Awards
- The movie Gully Boyhas been selected as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards. The ceremony has been scheduled to take place on 9 February 2020.
- 92nd Academy Awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).The award honors the best films of the year 2019. The award ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 9, 2020.
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