Important Current Affairs for CLAT-7th November 2022

TATA Power and the Indian Army collaborate to install EV charging stations

TATA Power and the Indian Army collaborate: The Indian Army collaborated with Tata Powers to install 16 EV charging stations, in accordance with its “Go Green Initiative.” In several areas of Delhi Cantonment, charging stations have been installed. Lt Gen Dhiraj Seth, General Officer Commanding Delhi Area, officially opened the installation of charging stations in cooperation with the nation’s largest integrated utility in the presence of army authorities and senior TATA Power and TATA Motors executives.

TATA Power and the Indian Army collaborate: Key Points

  • The GOC further asked everyone to support these environmentally friendly programmes in order to protect a clean environment as a duty to the next generation.

  • Virendra Goyal, the head of business development at TATA Power, talked at the occasion on the company’s partnership with the Indian Army.

  • The Indian Army announced its intention to introduce electric vehicles in Ladakh in October of this year.

  • Army officials stated that a portion of chosen units’ light vehicles—roughly 25%—buses—38%—and motorcycles—48%—were to be replaced with EVs with suitable charging infrastructure.

  • The Army may also supply a few peace station units with EVs, depending on the need for and viability of the vehicles.

About the EV Charging Stations:

  • Customers can now easily and conveniently access the charging stations thanks to TATA Power‘s EZ charge smartphone app, which is accessible on all platforms.

  • It offers several features, like e-payment and the location of the nearest EV charging station, that enable EV users a smooth EV charging experience.

  • The Indian Army and TATA Power‘s partnership will strengthen the nation’s efforts to promote sustainable mobility.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2022

On November 6th, the UN observes the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. The day seeks to make people aware of the consequences that war and conflict have on the environment. This day was established to protect the environment as a source of security and peace and to prevent its use in military conflicts. We are all encouraged to speak up and reaffirm our commitment to protecting our threatened planet, even in the face of armed aggression.

The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed. The goal of the day is to raise awareness about the environmental consequences of war and conflict. War and armed conflict have a wide range of negative effects on the natural environment.

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict: History

On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).

On 27 May 2016, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted resolution UNEP/EA.2/Res.15, which recognized the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably managed resources in reducing the risk of armed conflict, and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals listed in General Assembly resolution 70/1, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Adani New Industries installed India’s largest wind turbine

India’s largest wind turbine by Adani: Adani New Industries Ltd. has constructed a wind turbine in Mundra in Gujarat as part of its growth plans for renewable energy that is taller than the Statue of Unity and has blades that are broader than the wingspan of a jumbo jet.

India’s largest wind turbine by Adani: Key Points

  • Adani New Industries Limited (ANIL) announced the installation of the largest wind turbine generator (WTG) in the nation in Mundra, Gujarat.

  • Mundra Windtech Ltd (MWL), an Adani Enterprises Ltd. wholly-owned company, installed the turbine.

  • This prototype is also Adani New Industries Ltd.’s (ANIL) first addition to its portfolio and has paved the way for the installation of even larger wind turbine generators, according to the company.

  • A record-breaking 19 days were needed to finish the proto assembly. It has been set up and tested, and will soon apply for a type certification.

About the wind turbine:

  • The wind turbine, which is 200 metres tall and can power over 4,000 households with 5.2 MW of electricity, can generate.

  • The Statue of Unity, which stands at 182 metres, is the tallest statue in the world, it was added.

  • It is the longest in the nation, with blades that are longer than a jumbo jet’s wingspan, at 78 metres.

  • Its 160-meter-diameter rotor makes it the most powerful wind turbine in the world. The wind turbine generator’s hub height is 120 metres, or roughly the height of a 40-story structure.

  • The popularity of wind turbines has increased dramatically over the past few years.

  • Turbines of a capacity of 4 MW or more are typically installed offshore, where the machines can reach 14 MW in size.

  • However, a 5.2 MW onshore turbine is extremely uncommon and is almost never found in India.

  • It was also said that this machine is a first and was constructed using German company W2E (Wind to Energy) technology.

  • It can operate at wind speeds as low as 3 mps and as high as 20 mps, with 12 mps or so being the wind speed at which it produces the most electricity.

  • India’s single wind turbine’s maximum capacity was 2-3 MW only a few years ago.

Tesla’s Former India Policy Chief to Join e-Scooter Startup Ather Energy

Tesla Inc.’s former India policy chief is joining homegrown electric scooter startup Ather Energy Pvt, one of the best-funded fledgling firms in a sector attracting record investment. Manuj Khurana who quit his post as Tesla’s local head of policy and business development in June, will start next week at the firm based in the southern technology hub of Bangalore. Khurana will join as a vice president, though his specific role there is unclear.

About Ather’s Recent Development:

Ather, which competes with local rivals including Ola Electric, this year raised $128 million from investors including Hero MotoCorp Ltd. and India’s National Investment & Infrastructure Fund. It’s one of several players vying for a slice of a market expected to surpass $150 billion by the end of the decade — roughly 400 times its current size.

Shifting Of Choices:

Indian consumers are expected to gravitate toward electric vehicles as the nation combats some of the world’s worst pollution. Venture capital and private equity funding in Indian electric mobility firms is on track to exceed $1 billion for the first time in 2022 as sales rise steadily.

About Khurana’s Exit:

Khurana had joined Tesla in March 2021. The US electric automaker, run by billionaire Elon Musk, has faced a raft of challenges in India over import taxes and a local factory. It’s sought lower levies in India so it can test the market by selling cheaper imported electric vehicles before committing to a manufacturing base of its own.

About Ather Energy:

Among the most popular electric vehicle manufacturing companies is Ather. Ather is an Indian electric vehicle company founded by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain in 2013 goes by the name Ather Energy Pvt. Ltd. It currently manufactures the electric scooters, Ather 450X and the Ather 450 Plus, where it launched the all-new Ather 450X 2022 on July 19, 2022. Furthermore, it has also established the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Ather Grid, and is one of the most prominent rivals of Ola Electric.

Amit Dasgupta honoured with a member of the Order of Australia Award

Amit Dasgupta was appointed as an Honorary Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the Australia-India bilateral relationship. Dasgupta is a tireless promoter of Australia-India relations, challenging the nations’ governments and people to realise the underlying potential of a stronger bilateral relationship.

Dasgupta’s deep and longstanding service to the Australia-India bilateral relationship is commendable and worthy of formal national recognition through his appointment as an Honorary Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM).

Tenure of Das Gupta in Australia:

  • As Consul-General of India to Australia from 2009 to 2012, Dasgupta was a staunch advocate for the principles of multiculturalism, which underpins contemporary Australia.

  • During this period, attacks against Indian students threatened Australia’s international reputation. Dasgupta’s personal efforts assisted in diffusing tensions and reassuring the Indian diaspora.

  • Dasgupta was instrumental in establishing the Australia-India Youth Dialogue. Now in its second decade, the Dialogue is a permanent fixture of the bilateral relationship and fosters connections between Australian and Indian young people.

  • Dasgupta continues to advance relations between the two countries as a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Society for Policy Studies, and the Inaugural Country Director of the University of New South Wales since 2016.

  • There are a number of different Australian Honours Awards which are awarded for different reasons. The main Australian honour is the Order of Australia which confers the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Switzerland created record for operating the longest passenger train

Switzerland is now home to the world’s longest passenger train. The train has 100 coaches, measures 1910 metres and consists of 4,550 seats. The train was seen passing through the mountainous landscape in the Swiss Alps. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of Switzerland’s first railway, the country’s railway operators came together to create the new Guinness World Record-holding train which tows 100 carriages, weighs 2,990 tons, and measures 1.91 km (1.19 miles) long.

The train carried 150 passengers on its journey. It wound through dazzling sunshine reflecting off its shiny-silver roof. The train also comes with a digital destination sign on the front that reads “Alpine Cruise” It took the spectacular Albula-Bernina route, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The route covered nearly 25 kilometres from Preda to Alvaneu in less than 45 minutes. It passed through 22 helical tunnels and crossed 48 bridges on its way.

“Niveshak Didi” programme launched in order to promote financial literacy

“Niveshak Didi” programme launched: Niveshak Didi, in order to promote financial literacy “By the women, for the women,” India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) organised India’s First Floating Financial Literacy Camp in Srinagar, J&K. The Niveshak Didi Initiative is founded on the principle of “women for women,” as rural women are better at ease discussing their concerns with another woman.

Niveshak Didi: Key Points

  • The Niveshak Didi programme launched under the direction of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), the IPPB in conjunction with the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) launched it.

  • The discussion addressed a wide range of subjects, including banking and financial products, the value of utilising the mainstream financial services provided by regulated businesses, protection against various forms of investment hazards, and methods of preventing fraud.

About IPPB- India Post Payments Bank:

  • It was founded under the Department of Posts of the Ministry of Communication, and the Government of India owns all of the equity.

  • The bank was founded with the goal of creating India’s most approachable, inexpensive, and reliable bank for the average person.