While Mumbai will restart operations from Monday, it will allow only 25 each of arrivals and departures, a fourth of the flights the Centre said airlines (30% of regular flights) could operate to different airports. The decision came hours after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that he had sought more time from the Civil Aviation Ministry to restart operations. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown | With India all set to open domestic travel health ministry issues travel guidelines
Attracting industrial investments and creating jobs is a high-priority item for the state, as it requires to boost the sagging revenues caused also by the Covid-induced revenue fall. The government’s decision to open liquor shops, against political and public protests, even while keeping educational institutions and places of worship closed owing to Covid-19, is a pointer to the pressure on the revenue front. … [Read more...] about TN’s EPS woos investments amid Covid, but is the environment friendly?
D.S. Gowda., president of Visvesvaraya Layout Welfare Association, located near the lake, recalled a time when people would swim in the lake. “That was 15 years ago. Regular dumping of waste, and inflow of sewage and industrial effluents in the past decade had almost killed the lake. We took the matter to the State Level Committee of the National Green Tribunal where the BDA had requested the BWSSB to build an STP near the lake. The BWSSB had prepared a DPR but there has been no action since then,” he alleged. … [Read more...] about Fish kill in Kommaghatta lake again
By Divya Kottadiel The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has highlighted several existing systemic gaps in services, especially to the rural poor. Inadequate healthcare infrastructure is one of them. Reverse migration has also put additional stress on an already overburdened rural health system, impacting its capacity not only in caring for those who have contracted the virus, but also other health and wellness issues in these regions. Despite an increase in electrification under Saubhagya, many health facilities are forced to function without proper electricity supply. Hospitals use diesel generators as back-up sources of power. These solutions are expensive, maintenance is difficult, and they contribute to air pollution in the area. Regular, reliable supply of power is critical in order to store much-needed vaccines and medicines, and to run life-saving equipment.According to the 2018-2019 Rural Health Statistics report, around 39,000 rural health sub-centres in the country lack electricity. … [Read more...] about OPINION: Solar innovation gives health mission a shot in the arm
BEIJING: China intends to impose restrictions on expansion of solar equipment production to tackle overcapacity in the industry in the face of falling domestic installations, a draft plan issued by the country's industrial ministry showed on Friday.Surging manufacturing capacity helped to spark grid price parity, where electricity from solar and coal are priced the same, but also led to a severe supply glut in the Chinese market and encouraged producers to dump cheap Chinese products abroad."(We will) strictly control the solar equipment manufacturing projects whose solo purpose is to expand capacity," the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said.China, the world's biggest manufacturer of photovoltaic products, had silicon wafer production capacity of 173.7 gigawatts (GW) by end 2019, accounting for 93.7 per cent of the world's total, according to China Photovoltaic Industry Association.It also took 77.7 per cent of the world's solar panel production capacity, 69.2 … [Read more...] about China to restrict expansion of solar equipment producers