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Go green, go solar: Kochi airport goes solar

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BL08_SOLAR_1388187f By NewsGram Staff Writer

Oommen Chandy, the Chief minister of Kerela inaugurated the world’s first 12 MWp solar power plant at the Cochin Airport on Tuesday.

The plant comprises 46,150 solar panels that are laid across 45 acres of land. This plant will enable Cochin airport to produce 50,000-60,000 units of solar power for its routine operations. By installing the solar plant, the airport becomes ‘absolutely power neutral’.

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) had first installed a 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar plant on the rooftop of the arrival terminal in March 2013. This plant, in another 25 years will eschew the carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by more than 3 lakh metric tonnes.

While the other airports are planning to go green, the Delhi airport has a 2.1-Mw solar plant and Mumbai airport has a 650-kW rooftop solar plant.

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You May have a Twin stranger: List of Indian Cities that Have Doppelganger Abroad!

Here is a list of cities in India which have doppelgangers in all over the world

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Kochi in Kerela has its namesake in Japan as well. Pixabay

July 12, 2017: 

Do you know there are myriads of cities in India which have doppelganger name in the abroad as well? No. Well, here is a list of cities in India which have a doppelganger in all over the world.

KOCHI: Kerela/Japan

Kochi, alias Cochin, in India is popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. The place was incipiently established as a castle town encompassing the seat of the lords of Province of Tosa, the Kochi Castle.

PATNA: Bihar/Scotland

Patna in India is the oldest inhabited places in the world. Previously, it was known as Patliputra. Patna has also been the home to famous astrologists and scholars including Chanakya, Aryabhata, Kalidasa, and Panini. There is another Patna in Scotland that got its name from the Indian city itself. William Fullarton, the founder of the village was the son of a person who served the East India Company.

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh/United States

Lucknow is the capital of Indian state Uttar Pradesh and the largest cultural hub in the state. Its namesake in the United States is a small unincorporated community in Pennsylvania. It is a 5,500-acre mountain estate mansion and surprisingly Lucknow in the United States is also named after the city of Lucknow in India.

BARODA: Gujarat/United States

Vadodara in Gujarat, aka Baroda, is popular for furniture, textiles, handicraft items and food. While its namesake in the United States is a 1.7 sq km village established by Michael Houser. The name was suggested by CH Pindar, a constructor on the railroad born in Baroda.

INDORE: Madhya Pradesh/United States

Indore in Madhya Pradesh has a marvellous past. While Indore in the United States is an unincorporated community in West Virginia that derived its name from Endor, a place cited in the Hebrew Bible.

BALI: Rajasthan/Indonesia

Bali is a town located in Rajasthan on the left shore of Mithari river. The major draw of this town is forts. While Bali in Indonesia houses several islands including Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. It is also a popular tourist destination across the world.

KOLKATA: West Bengal/United States

Kolkata, now called Calcutta is the capital of West Bengal. It is also called as ‘Cultural Capital of India’ and ‘City of furious, creative energy’. While its namesake in Ohio state of the US and was designed in 1810.

SALEM: Tamil Nadu/United States

Salem in Tamil Nadu is girded by hilly regions that were part of Chera dynasty and a trade route with the Roman empire. Its namesake is a city in the US state of Massachusetts which is popular for its Witch trials. Contrastingly,‘Salem’ in Hebrew means ‘Peace’.

–  by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Kerala’s first waterfront IT campus opens in Infopark campus at Kochi

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Kochi, Jan 22, 2017: Kerala’s first waterfront IT campus opened at the Infopark campus at Kochi on Sunday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan officially launched ‘Jyothirmaya’, a 5.5 lakh sq.ft. building on the 160-acre park campus.

Set in idyllic settings, the building overlooks the Kadamrayar River. Those coming to work here can arrive on boats now.

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“We have a boat jetty. At the moment, the boat service is only for 1.5 kms from our campus. We expect the remaining portion to be completed soon,” IT Parks Kerala CEO, Hrishikesh Nair told IANS.

In the new building, with an area of 400,000 sq.ft., IT building is expected to provide jobs to over 4,000 IT professionals.

The building has parking facility and space for other commercial activities such as banks, ATMs and food courts.

Some 15 companies have already taken up space in the new building.

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“Foreseeing the scope of development around Kadamprayar River, I feel it is necessary to include Kadamprayar River in the government’s HarithaKeralam’ scheme. The natural beauty and the environment around this river needs to be maintained effectively in the wake of development,” said Vijayan in his inaugural address.

The second phase of Infopark is expected to be completed by 2022.

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“The campus with water frontage to Kadamprayar river will have a total built-up area of eight million sq.ft when it is fully operational with direct employment opportunities to 80, 000 IT professionals,” said M Sivasankar, IT Secretary in the state government. (IANS)

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Terror Strikes Again: Suicide Bombers Rock Mogadishu Airport

A suicide bomber tried to drive a car packed with explosives through a Somali security checkpoint and then detonated the explosives causing casualties

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Map of Somalia. Image source: VOA
  • The entrance targeted in the bombing is regularly used by employees who work at the airport
  • Residents in the area also reported hearing two massive simultaneous explosions just around 9 a.m. local time
  • The security source said casualties are expected among Somali security forces, AU and private security guards

Two suspected Al-Shabab car bombs exploded outside the main entrance of Mogadishu’s airport early Tuesday, July 26, during morning rush hour, said security officials of Somalia.

Somalia’s Interior security ministry said on Twitter that there were twin explosions, but did not give casualty figures.

The entrance targeted in the bombing is regularly used by employees who work at the airport.

Residents in the area also reported hearing two massive simultaneous explosions just around 9 a.m. local time.

Mogadishu Airport. Image source: www.somaliareport.com
Mogadishu Airport. Image source: www.somaliareport.com

According to reports from the residents, a suicide bomber tried to drive a car packed with explosives through a Somali security checkpoint and then detonated the explosives causing casualties.

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Seconds later another car arrived and this time, the suicide bomber detonated the car close to security forces and nearby African Union forces.

A security source told VOA that private security guards charged with protecting United Nations personnel outside the AU compound were also at the checkpoint at the time of the attack.

The security source said casualties are expected among Somali security forces, AU and private security guards.

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It’s not yet known if any UN officials were preparing to leave the airport at the time of the attack. The private security detail escorts UN officials and vehicles outside the airport perimeter.

Security sources say attackers did not breach the perimeter of the airport which partially hosts the main Headquarters of the AU as well as foreign embassies. (VOA)

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