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Modi, Macron inaugurate UP’s biggest solar power plant
Elon Musk says bases on moon, mars could preserve civilization in World War III
Pioneering geneticist John Sulston passes away
PM Modi calls for concessional, less-risky financing for solar projects
Pioneering geneticist John Sulston is dead
French President's Visit May Turbo Charge PM Modi's Solar Energy Plans
Brace for more aftershocks in Sabah
Federal govt spends RM525k to provide solar energy for Orang Asli
2018-04-19 10:00:27 GUA MUSANG: The federal government has spent RM525,000 to provide solar energy to 150 Orang Asli houses which were without electricity in Pos Gob here.   Read More ...
Heavy downpour causes mud flood in Bandar Tasik Selatan
2018-04-19 08:00:56 KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy downpour since late afternoon yesterday caused an apartment area near the ongoing construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway in Bandar Tasik Selatan here to be inundated with mud flood.   Read More ...
Research team develops thermally stable, highly efficient solar cell
2018-04-19 05:48:22 The Yomiuri ShimbunA team led by researchers from RIKEN and Toray Industries Inc. has developed an ultrathin solar cell that remains functional even when pressed by an iron heated to over 100 C. The team announced the new technology on Monday and said it hopes the solar cell will be put to commercial use as a power source for wearable electronic devices and other items sometime in the first half of the 2020s   Read More ...
Gov't launches drones to tackle air pollution
2018-04-19 05:12:58 By Lee Kyung-min The government will use drones to detect industrial plants discharging toxic gaseous byproducts without proper filtration treatment in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. This is part of continued efforts to combat air pollution, a growing health threat further compounded by fine dust. The National Institute of Environment Research (NIER), supervised by the Ministry of Environment, conducted a trial crackdown on about 570 air pollutant facilities including manufacturers of fabric, clothing, shoes, leather, rubber, cork, minerals, paper and cigarettes last week   Read More ...
Particles from fossil fuel power plants not monitored properly
2018-04-12 15:14:47 Fossil fuel power plants in South Korea have been releasing toxic fine particles without properly monitoring how much they were emitting, a lawmaker revealed Monday. Not one of 33 coal plants nationwide had equipment at their furnaces to measure particulate matter emissions, according to Rep. Choi Do-ja from the Bareun Mirae Party, citing a Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy report   Read More ...
National earthquake research center to be built in Busan
2018-04-12 15:14:12 A national research center on earthquakes will be built in Busan in collaboration between the city and universities, officials said Tuesday. The port city, some 450 kilometers southeast from Seoul, has the highest density of nuclear reactors in the country, also the third highest globally. Three fault lines cross the city to form the Yangsan fault zone. Building the country's first national research center on earthquakes in the area was a campaign pledge by President Moon Jae-in   Read More ...
Series of strong quakes hit Shimane Prefecture
2018-04-09 04:57:50 The Japan News A preliminary magnitude-5.8 earthquake with an epicenter in western Shimane Prefecture occurred at around 1:32 a.m. on Monday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. An intensity of upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 was felt in the city of Oda. A lower 5 was registered in the eastern part of the prefecture, while a 4 was recorded in western Tottori Prefecture, southern Okayama Prefecture, northern and southeastern Hiroshima Prefecture and eastern Ehime Prefecture   Read More ...
Timber engineering offers solution for sustainable living
2018-04-06 00:19:15 /Timber engineering is re-emerging as a sustainable option for construction, amid earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters that have struck the world in the recent years. As engineering powerhouses around the world are turning their eyes to timber, Korea seeks to jump on the bandwagon, with the Korea Forest Service (KFS) holding an international timber engineering conference in Seoul. The KFS said Wednesday its National Institute of Forest Science will hold the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) at the COEX convention center in Seoul from Aug   Read More ...
Hole found in pipe after steam leak at reactivated nuclear reactor
2018-04-02 15:46:13 FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Sunday that it found a one centimeter-size hole in a pipe that is believed to have caused a small steam leak at its recently reactivated nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan on Friday. The steam leak at the Genkai plant's No. 3 reactor in Saga Prefecture occurred in part of a system to produce steam for electricity generation and did not cause any radiation leakages   Read More ...
Southwestern Japan nuclear reactor back online after 7-yr hiatus
2018-03-23 18:46:44 SAGA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A nuclear reactor at the Genkai power plant in southwestern Japan resumed operation Friday for the first time in over seven years, amid lingering concerns among residents about evacuating from islets near the plant in the event of a serious accident. Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s No. 3 unit at the plant in Saga Prefecture was halted for a regular inspection in December 2010, three months before a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant   Read More ...
Saju of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking
2018-03-23 15:21:50 The death of Stephen Hawking, an English physicist and cosmologist, was announced on March 14. As a philosopher, trying to know the ultimate nature of the universe by studying the limited lives of human beings, the beginning and end, creation and destruction of the universe and the theories of singularity and relativity, as studied by Hawking, have always been my intellectual concerns   Read More ...
Court rejects call to suspend nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan
2018-03-20 04:48:29 SAGA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A district court in southwestern Japan on Tuesday rejected local residents' request to suspend the planned restart of nuclear reactors in Saga Prefecture over safety concerns. Some 70 people sought an injunction to halt the restart of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co., scheduled for Friday and May, respectively, questioning safety standards and citing the risks of a volcanic eruption in the region   Read More ...
Flash floods wreak havoc in PJ
2018-03-20 04:06:22 Flash floods along Jalan Reko in Kajang also slowed traffic to a crawl. The photos showed that the underpass was largely inaccessible to vehicles due to the flash flood.   Read More ...
Bottled water used in Singapore meets safety standards: AVA
2018-03-16 19:48:06 SINGAPORE - Routine laboratory tests by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) show that bottled water that is used in Singapore meets safety standards, the authority said in a statement to The Straits Times on Friday (March 16). This was in response to a study by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective, which found that bottled water from the world's leading brands is contaminated with tiny plastic particles   Read More ...
Advisory for heavy rain & strong wind issued
2018-03-13 15:02:30 The Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Met Department says that heavy rain and strong winds could be experienced in the sea areas off the coast extending from Hambantota to Mannar via Galle and Colombo. It added that under the influence of the low-pressure area to the southwest of Sri Lanka, there is a possibility for heavy showers or thundershowers and sudden roughness, associated with a sudden increase of wind speed up to 70-80 kmph   Read More ...
Depression over southeast Arabian sea, Kerala’s southern coast warned of heavy rains
2018-03-13 10:22:09 The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest weather bulletin has warned of heavy rain, thundershowers and squally winds in southern Kerala over the next 48 hours due to the formation of a depression over the southeast Arabian Sea. “Yesterday’s well-marked low-pressure area over Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining south Sri Lanka and Maldives-Comorin area concentrated into a depression and lay centred at 0830 IST of today, the 13th March 2018, over the southeast Arabian Sea adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean near latitude 5   Read More ...
S. Korea builds ESS for solar power plant
2018-03-13 08:06:16 SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state-run utility firm said Tuesday it has completed the construction of the nation's largest energy storage system (ESS) to manage the electric grid for a solar power station on the southeastern coast. The Korea South-East Power Co. said the ESS with a battery capacity of 42 megawatts per hour will capture excess electricity from a solar power plant in Samcheonpo, 454 kilometers southeast of Seoul   Read More ...
More rains, strong winds, rough seas
2018-03-13 08:02:58 rains, strong winds, rough seas Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea, extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle, during next 36 hrs due to strong winds and rough seas. The Met Department states that the low pressure area in the vicinity of Sri Lanka is now located to the south of Sri Lanka. It is likely to develop further and move to west- Northwestward, towards the Arabian Sea   Read More ...
Met Dept. predicts heavy rainfall and strong winds
2018-03-13 08:00:48 March 13, 2018 08:27 am The low pressure area in the south of Sri Lanka is now located to the south-west of the island and is likely to develop further and move to west- Northwestward, towards the Arabian Sea, the Meteorology Department said. Under the influence of the system, showers or thundershowers with cloudy conditions are expected to continue over most parts of the island and surrounding sea areas   Read More ...
Rahul Gandhi meets Macron, discusses fake news, climate change
2018-03-13 05:12:18 Congress President Rahul Gandhi met French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday and discussed with him issues that affect liberal democracies including fake news. Gandhi was accompanied by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, when he met with the visiting French president. The Congress chief, however, did not raise the Rafale fighter jet deal with Macron, party sources said. The Congress has been attacking the BJP government on the defence deal, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of causing loss to the state exchequer by buying the fighter jets at inflated rate   Read More ...
Protection from the sun just became easier
2018-03-13 00:16:25 Living in a tropical country has its obvious benefits: dressing for two seasons instead of four, access to some of the best beaches in the world, and a near constant humidity that helps keep skin moist and supple longer. The sun, however, can pose huge problems like uneven skintone and wrinkles or, worse, skin cancer. It is during these summer months that stores drum up interest in their sun protection products   Read More ...
PM Modi, Emmanuel Macron inaugurate UP’s largest solar power plant
2018-03-12 20:34:42 French President Emmanuel Macron flew down to Varanasi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to inaugurate the state’s largest solar power plant in the neighbouring district of Mirzapur. He spent the rest of the day touring the temple city, concluding his four-day bilateral visit to the country. The two leaders landed in Varanasi at around 11 am and then flew to Mirzapur, where they inaugurated the 75 MW solar power plant built with French assistance under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) programme at an approximate cost of Rs 600 crore   Read More ...
Water Board to felicitate RWH builders
2018-03-12 19:34:31 Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has decided to felicitate people who have done good work in conservation of water by taking up construction of Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWH) to improve ground water scenario and benefited in the yield of their bore wells in their respective premises within the limits of Outer Ring Road (ORR). Following are the categories – Apartment complexes: One best apartment per each GHMC circle (30), Gated communities: One best gated community per each circle of HMWSSB(4) and Colonies : one best colony per each Director operation area (2)   Read More ...
Modi, Macron At Mirzapur, UP, For Inauguration Of Solar Power Plant
2018-03-12 18:27:58 In a major move for the Macron-Modi friendship, the two leaders were at Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate a 75-watt solar power plant. ___ About Channe   Read More ...
PM Modi, French President Inaugurate UP's Largest Solar Power Plant
2018-03-12 18:27:37 Prime Minister Narendra Modi received French President Emmanuel Macron in Varanasi on Monday. The two attended a series of events including the inauguration of Uttar Pradesh’s largest solar power plant. The leaders took a boat ride from the Assi to the Dashwamedh ghat along the Ganges. Since his arrival on Saturday, the two leaders have signed 14 deals in areas of defense, security and nuclear energy to name a few. This has been the French president’s first visit to India since his election to office in 2017. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: iOS:- Android:- Watch more videos at: hindustantimes   Read More ...
To Tackle Delhi Air Pollution, Centre Okays A Comprehensive Action Plan
2018-03-12 15:11:47 New Delhi: The government today said a Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) for management of air pollution "specifically" for Delhi-NCR has been finalised by the Environment Ministry. The plan has a number of measures including actions to reduce vehicular emissions and control dust from constructions. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha said the finalised action points to mitigate air pollution have been notified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for strict implementation by agencies concerned   Read More ...
Does Korea have too many power plants?
2018-03-12 15:07:51 A 2017 study of electricity demand in South Korea showed that the situation was far from demanding, with almost half the power plants unused. The average electricity use rate last year was a record low 54.2 percent, according to Korea Electric Power Corporation's statistics released last December. The figure was 7.4 percentage points lower than in 2016, and 19.7 percentage points lower than in 2011, which had the highest usage rate   Read More ...
Modi, Macron inaugurate UP's biggest solar power plant
2018-03-12 09:43:48 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron today inaugurated Uttar Pradesh's biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district's Chhanvey block. The prime minister, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the French president and his wife Brigitte at the airstrip here. The prime minister and the French president pressed a button to energize the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people   Read More ...
Modi, Macron inaugurate UP’s biggest solar power plant
2018-03-12 09:09:03 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district’s Chhanvey block. The prime minister, Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath received the French president and his wife Brigitte at the airstrip here. The prime minister and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people   Read More ...
PM Modi, French President Macron Inaugurate UP's Biggest Solar Power Plant
2018-03-12 08:35:19 Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron have inaugurated Uttar Pradesh's biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district's Chhanvey block. The prime minister and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people of the state. Built at a cost of around Rs 500 crore by French firm ENGIE, the 75 MW solar plant has come up at Dadar Kalan village on the hilly terrain of the Vindhyas range   Read More ...
Elon Musk says bases on moon, mars could preserve civilization in World War III
2018-03-12 08:13:27 Bases on the moon and Mars could help preserve human civilization and hasten its regeneration on earth in the event of a third world war, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, said on Sunday. Musk, the founder of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX, said the company’s interplanetary ship could begin test flights as soon as next year. There is “some probability” that there will be another Dark Ages, “particularly if there is a third world war,” Musk said at the SXSW conference   Read More ...
PM Modi to host French President Macron in Varanasi, inaugurate solar power plant
2018-03-12 04:09:26 French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on a four-day visit to India, will head eastwards from Delhi to Varanasi on Monday, where he will be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning. Both the leaders will then visit the neighbouring Mirzapur district where they will inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant, before flying back to Varanasi where the two leaders will take a boat ride from Assi to Dashaswamedh Ghat   Read More ...
‘Amihan’, tail-end of a cold front to bring cloudy skies, rain in PH – Pagasa
2018-03-12 04:08:13 The northeast monsoon and tail-end of a cold front are the dominant weather systems affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration said on Monday. Weather specialist Samuel Duran, however, noted they are not monitoring any weather disturbance in the country. Eastern and Central Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the tail-end of a cold front affecting Eastern Visayas, the state weather agency said   Read More ...
October rain quenches Mumbai's thirst this year
2018-03-12 02:09:02 Mumbaikars will have some respite from drinking water supply cuts this year as all the lakes that provide water to the city have sufficient water — that is more than 50 per cent water — stored. The credit for this goes to the heavy rains received by the city in October 2017 that helped fill the lakes. Memories of 2014 and 2015 are yet fresh for Mumbaikars, when the city suffered from water cuts of up to 25 per cent due to poor rainfall   Read More ...
India sets up facility to develop solar energy projects
2018-03-12 02:08:50 The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday said that India has set up a project preparation facility (PPF) to assist projects across countries that are seeking concessional funding under Lines of Credit (LoC). According to MEA officials, this facility will enable International Solar Alliance (ISA) partner countries in preparing project documentation by providing them consultancy support.   Read More ...
India reaffirms its fight on climate change, kickstarts solar revolution
2018-03-12 01:07:13 India is going to provide a $1.4 billion financial assistance, through Lines of Credit (LoC), to 27 solar projects in 15 countries.   Read More ...
India commits $1.4 billion for solar energy worldwide
2018-03-11 21:18:17 India on Sunday announced one of the world’s largest investment plans in solar energy at the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The $1.4 billion line of credit will cover 27 projects in 15 countries and boost the much-required financial power to the solar sector. “India will provide assistance to 15 countries for $1.4 billion. I am happy to announce that to fill the gap of solar technology, India will start a solar technology mission with international focus, which will cover all government technical and educational institutions,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, announcing the unprecedented investment   Read More ...
French President Emmanuel Macron to inaugurate UP’s largest solar power plant at Mirzapur
2018-03-11 20:10:23 After his visit to Taj Mahal in Agra, the French President Emmanuel Macron will accompany the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday. Uttar Pradesh is all set to get the largest solar power plant with an installed capacity of a 75 MW when Macron inaugurates it on Monday. The largest solar power plant in the state has been built in collaboration with French solar power giant Engie Solar at Dadar Kala, some 25 kms from Mirzapur under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) program to promote solar energy across globe   Read More ...
PM Modi presents 10-point action plan to promote solar energy
2018-03-11 18:16:40 Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for concessional and less-risky finances for raising the share of solar electricity in the energy mix and pledged to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in India from renewable energy sources by 2022. Speaking at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Modi presented a 10-point action plan that includes making affordable solar technology available to all nations, raising the share of electricity generated from photovoltaic cells in the energy mix, framing regulations and standards, consultancy support for bankable solar projects and creating a network of centres for excellence. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: iOS:- Android:- Watch more videos at: hindustantimes   Read More ...
SEVEN YEARS AFTER: Nation observes moment of silence at time deadly quake hit
2018-03-11 11:02:25 Heads were bowed and prayers offered around Japan at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, the moment the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Tohoku region seven years ago, resulting in a devastating tsunami. People gathered at beaches, damaged school buildings, sites where monuments were erected for victims, or areas that were previously off limits due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed. In Tokyo, a commemorative ceremony was held to mark the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami   Read More ...