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NTPC to invest over Rs 1,000 crore in Dulanga Coal mining Project in Odisha with estimated production capacity of 7 mn tonnes per annum

NTPC Board has consented to make an investment of over 1,053 crore for the Dulanga coal mining project in Odisha with an annual production of 7 million tons

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National Thermal Power Plant (NTPC), from their website

New Delhi, Jan 12, 2017: State-run power generator NTPC’s board has approved an investment of over Rs 1,053 crore for the Dulanga coal mining project in Odisha with an estimated production capacity of 7 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

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“The Board of Directors of the company has accorded investment approval for Dulanga Coal Mining Project having rated production capacity of 7 MTPA at an appraised estimated cost of Rs 1053.41 crore,” NTPC said in a stock exchange filing made after close of market hours on Wednesday.

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NTPC stock gained in trading following the announcement and closed on Thursday at Rs 173.75 a share, 9.35 points or 5.69 percent higher than its previous close, on the Bombay Stock Exchange. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Indian High Commission in London Lits up in Energy Efficient Tricolour

The building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting, leading to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption

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The Indian High Commission in London
London: The Indian High Commission in London is decorated with energy efficient tricolour lights as part of a pact with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). PTI
  • The Indian High Commission in London has signed up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  • Under the contract, 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India will be installed that will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years
  • So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models

London, June 30, 2017: As a step leading towards annual energy and cost savings, the Indian High Commission building in central London has been lit up in energy efficient tricolour. The High Commission, the largest Indian diplomatic mission, is situated in the iconic ‘India House’ building. Now it has become the first to sign up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

According to the statement by EESL, “Under the contract, EESL will install 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India. The installation of these LED lights will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years.”

The statement also mentioned that the building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting. This will lead to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Last month, during the UK visit of Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, the agreement between EESL and the Indian High Commission in London was signed.

According to PTI reports, Under the ESCO model created by EESL, a joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, energy savings and/or demand reductions are purchased by a utility using a predetermined rate.

The result of the implementation of the LED programme is energy savings, which are then monetised. Upon completion of the LED project, EESL is paid fixed amounts per kWh. Then an authorised measurement and verification (M&V) organisation assesses and analyses the savings achieved. The duration of this project is seven years, within which EESL provides operational maintenance of the installed lights as well.

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EESL stated, “EESL, under the administration of the Indian government’s Ministry of Power, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio (worth 5.6bn pounds over a period of three years) establishing 20-fold growth.”

So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models. EESL is looking forward to leverage this implementation experience and explore new opportunities in the global market for the diversification of its portfolio. The company has already set up overseas operations in the UK, South Asia and South East Asia.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393