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Celebrating the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India: India Discovery Centre, Massachusets

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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The Indian diaspora, or the Indians living abroad are known to have very firm associations with their roots. Their respect towards Indian culture and staunch belief in Indian values can be easily observed by the many activities they organize.

Celebrating the Indian heritage and the legacy of father of our nation- Mahatma Gandhi, The India Discovery Centre (IDC), a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts, is organizing an event called “India Heritage Weekend.”

The programme will be a celebration of the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India and will consist of a planned set of activities including movies, music concert, exhibition and a lecture.

Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1915 and launched India’s nonviolent civil disobedience movement that helped gain India’s freedom. He is remembered and respected throughout the globe because, along with being the catalyst for the liberation of his own people, he also helped South Africa and many other African and Asian nations to liberate from the British Raj.

Adding to the highlights of the programme, the IDC also plans to conduct a national level essay competition. The contest will be open to all school and college students below twenty years of age. The topic is “Gandhi’s message and its influence on the world.” There will be cash prizes for the winners.

The deadline for submission of essays will be the 30th of September 2015. The results will be announced in the second week of October.

For more details: visit www.IndiaDiscoveryCentre.org  or Contact: Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi at IDCinBoston@gmail.com or by calling him at 781-248-0591.

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BSES Launches Blockchain Tech Platform for Power Trading: Report

There is no specific hardware device or investment required to sign up to the blockchain-based platform

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Last year, BSES saved 183 MW in Delhi's total contribution of 305 MW during Earth Hour, it added. Pixabay

In a major environment-friendly digital initiative, Delhi electricity distribution company (discom) BSES on Wednesday announced that BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) has partnered Australias Power Ledger, a global leader in blockchain technology, to launch consumer-to-consumer (peer-to-peer or P2P) solar power trading on a trial basis.

A BSES statement said that Power Ledger’s blockchain-based platform can enable consumers even without rooftop solar, to trade power between themselves.

According to the company, BRPL has, thus, become India’s first discom to use a blockchain-based platform for P2P solar trading.

“A feasibility study has been successfully undertaken. The offering will rolled-out, once the regulatory approvals are in place,” it said.

“The pilot project will initially be carried-out amidst the existing and select group of gated community (CGHS) solar consumers in Dwarka who generate around 5-6 MW of solar-power. These consumers will be able to trade solar power their neighboring apartments and buildings using this platform rather than letting it spill-back to the grid.”

Consumers with rooftop solar infrastructure can sell their excess solar energy to their neighbours even if they don’t have rooftop solar, using the energy trading platform.

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This will provide single window computerised facilities for customers to apply for various services. Pixabay

“Thus, even consumers who don’t have roof-top solar will benefit by purchasing cheaper and cleaner electricity, compared to the slab-rate of the discom, which as consumer they would otherwise have to pay,” it said.

P2P surplus solar power trading among consumers connected to the same distribution transformer is expected to result in optimal loading of the distribution transformer (DT).

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“The platform will give BRPL access to a cost-effective energy alternative during the times of peak demand pricing. Apart from this, the discom will also benefit by not having to purchase solar energy exported to the grid, gain revenue through transaction fee and wheeling charges as also create and actively engage in a two-way positive relationship with its consumer base,” the statement said.

There is no specific hardware device or investment required to sign up to the blockchain-based platform.

“This technology is a transactive layer that utilises close to real-time data from smart meters to facilitate the P2P trading environment. All that is required is access to solar power infrastructure – solar power panels installed on the roof of the house, or solar power infrastructure within the consumers’ community,” it added. (IANS)