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CURRENT AFFAIRS Solar Power Tree in New Delhi (26-07-16)
  • 2016-07-25
CURRENT AFFAIRS Solar Power Tree in New Delhi (26-07-16)

Madras Music Academy on 24 July 2016 announced that Kanyakumari receive Sangita Kalanidhi Award:

The Madras Music Academy on 24 July 2016 announced that it has chosen versatile violinist A. Kanyakumari for its coveted Sangita Kalanidhi Award for the year 2016.

Kanyakumari was unanimously named for the award by the Executive Committee of the Academy.

The violinist is the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy. She will preside over the 90th annual conference of the Academy to be held between 15 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.

The award will be conferred on Kanyakumari at the Sadas on 1 January 2017.

The Sangita Kala Acharya Awards will go to Rudrapatnam brothers, R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan and K. Venkataramanan.

TTK awards will be conferred on vocalist Nirmala Sundararajan and Thevaram singer M. Kodilingam.

Musicologist Award will go to Rama Kausalya and Pappa Venkatramaiah Award will go to violinist Sikkil Baskaran.

The Nataya Kala Acharaya Award will be conferred on Malavika Sarukkai on 3 January 2017.

angita Kalanidhi is the title awarded yearly to an expert Carnatic Musician by the Madras Music Academy.

• This honour is considered one of the highest awards in Carnatic music.

• In 2015, vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan was awarded with the title.


23 July 2016 launched Indian's First  Water Metro project in Kochi, Kerala

Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, on 23 July 2016 launched Kochi Water Metro project in Kochi, Kerala. It is the first ever Water Metro project in the country.

German Development Bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) is funding 85 million euro for the project. The German bank has inked an agreement with the Kochi Metro Rail Limited for the project worth 747 crore rupees.

The boats will operate at an optimal speed of eight knots, with the potential to go up to 12 knots once the dedicated water transit corridor is established.

• It will also draw global attention to Kochi as a major port city.

• The Water Metro project involves purchase of two variants of air-conditioned and WiFi-enabled catamaran passenger ferries with a capacity of 50 and 100 passengers.


on 22 July 2016 launched the Solar Power Tree in New Delhi.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, on 22 July 2016 launched the Solar Power Tree in New Delhi.

The Solar Power Tree has been developed by the CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI), a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The product harnesses solar energy for producing electricity with an innovative vertical arrangement of solar cells. Therefore, it reduces the requirement of land as compared to conventional Solar Photovoltaic layout.

By holding the photovoltaic panels at a higher height, it gets more sunrays for one hour in a day on an average. As a result, it is possible to harness 10-15% more power in comparison to a conventional layout on ground.

It has a battery back-up of 2 hours on full load. Therefore, it is capable of giving light even after sunset.

As a future prospect, the Solar Power Tree will be developed in a rotatable module, which will have a motorized mechanism to align itself with the movement of the Sun during the day.

• It is facilitated with water sprinkler at the top for self-cleaning of panels, which increases the efficiency of the solar panels.


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