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TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017 14 for Group 1 and Group 2 Mains (ALL)

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017

1.Tamil Nadu Government has launched the water management scheme-Kudimaramathu

Tamil Nadu Government has launched the traditional water resource management system "Kudimaramathu" project, at Manimangalam, near kancheepuram dist

Chief Minister K.Palaniswami to inaugurated Kudimaramathu, a traditional water resource management system involving General public in the time of drought which aims to rejuvenate water bodies in 30 districts at a cost of 100 crore.

Kudimaramathu literally means repair and maintenance of water bodies by people.

The project has been launched in Manimangalam lake , which is one of the largest lake in Kancheepuram dist, which is spread over 3.42 which helps 800 hectare through irrigation.
About project:

  •  Kudimaramathu is traditional practise where people will contribute some capital or work for managing water resources.
  • The project has been launched with the financial assistance of 100 crore from World Bank, it will help in cleaning weeds from canals, maintenance of lakes, strengthening their banks and other infrastructure activities.
  • Going forward this project will be extended with the financial assistance from NABARAD bank in all districts at a cost of 300 crore for, desilting lakes and strengthening various water-related infrastructure.

 About Kudimaramathu:

Kudimaramathu literally means repair and maintenance of water bodies by people. People will contribute 10 per cent of project cost and work for managing water resources. The project will focus on deepening tanks, strengthening of embankment and repairs of sluices

2. NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kayamkuklam

India's largest floating solar photo voltaic (PV) plant has been installed at RGCCPP (Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant) Kayamkulam in Kerala by NTPC.

In a official release complany said , 100 kWp floating Solar PV plant is the largest of its kind in India as on date, indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make In India’ initiative, was inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) Kayamkulam, Kerala.

It is inaugurated by A.K Jha, Director, in presence of other senior official of NTPC ltd

About Project:

  • The main benefits of floating solar PV plant is to conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels also reduction in time of installation.
  • The floating Solar PV Plant will be an alternative to conventional ground mounted PV systems which are land intensive.
  • This type of project has great advantage due to vast available of water bodies and lack of available land especially in Kerala
  • It is developed indigenously by R&D Arm of NTPC ltd, NETRA ( NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance), in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai.
  • It is installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with help from NETRA & NTPC Kayamkulam station within 22 days.

3.India test fired BrahMos Extended Range missile successfully.

India Test Fired BrahMos  supersonic extended range missile successfully from a test range at Odisha. It has the extended range of 450 km against earlier 290 km and which can capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg.

The BrahMos Supersoic Supersonic Cruise missile has been test fired on Monday from  integrated test range Chandipur at sea in Balasore , off the Odisha coast Successfully.

The Extended range technology was enabled only after India Officially joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

About Missile:
  • Brhamos is a Joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM.
  • BrahMos  is a two stage missile ,first stage has the solid propellant booster engine and second stage has the ramjet liquid propellant .
  • The first stage ,solid propellant booster engine will gives the supersonic fast then it gets separated and  second stage, ramjet liquid propellant will take the missile closer with 3 Mach speed
  • As  per the new extended range Brahmos, it can accurately hit 450 km target with capable of carrying 300 kg warheads.

 About MTCR:

MTCR(Missile Technology Control Regime) is an association of countries which controls the proliferation of missiles and unmanned delivery of weapons of mass destruction. It was established in 1987 by group of 7 countries include US, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, UK and Japan.

Currently it has 35 members; India is the 35th country to join in this group in June 2016. India can buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia and other countries. India also can sell its supersonic  missile to other countries.

In Simple words, MTCR aims to restrict proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles or related technologies. It also aims to restrict capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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