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India: Gujarat to Upgrade Renewable Energy Sector To an Ambitious 30,000 Megawatt (MW)

A provision of Rs 1,000 crore has been made for this scheme during the current year

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A special subsidy scheme in the solar energy sector for which the state government will give a subsidy of 40 per cent up. Pixabay

The Gujarat government is planning to upgrade the state’s installed capacity in the renewable energy sector to an ambitious 30,000 megawatt (MW) by 2022 and announced a special subsidy scheme to encourage solar energy in a big way.

Finance Minister Nitin Patel, who presented his seventh Rs 2 lakh crore budget in the state Assembly on Tuesday, has announced a special subsidy scheme in the solar energy sector for which the state government will give a subsidy of 40 per cent up to three KW and 20 per cent for a system from three to 10 KW.

Patel said a provision of Rs 1,000 crore has been made for this scheme during the current year. Under this scheme, people can install solar panels on their rooftops and after exhausting their requirement could even supply the surplus back to the power grid.

He said more than 50,000 families were already using solar power at their homes through the government solar rooftop scheme.

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The Gujarat government is planning to upgrade the state’s installed capacity in the renewable energy sector to an ambitious 30,000 megawatt (MW). Pixabay

“Gujarat aspires to reach a stage where it will not only fulfil its own requirement but also the requirements of other states in the country,” the Finance Minister said.

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The state’s installed capacity of renewable energy has increased to 8,885 MW from 4,126 MW in 2013, he said, adding that plans were afoot to increase this to 30,000 MW by 2022 and 10,000 MW out of this would be sold to other states. (IANS)

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Spying Charges On 2 Ex-Twitter Employees for Saudi Arabia

2 former twitter employees were charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

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Two former Twitter employees have been charged with spying for the Saudi Arabia government. Pixabay

Raising concerns that American technology firms might be exposed to foreign governments, two former Twitter employees have been charged with spying for the Saudi Arabia government and the Kingdom’s royal family, according to the US Justice Department.

The two former Twitter staffers, Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, used their access at the micro-blogging giant to gather sensitive and non-public information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department said in a criminal complaint.

The case, unsealed in San Francisco federal court, underscores allegations the Saudi government tries to control anti-regime voices abroad. It also recalls a move reportedly directed by the country’s controversial leader to weaponise online platforms against critics, CNN Business reported on Thursday.

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A US citizen, used their access at the micro-blogging giant to gather sensitive and non-public information on dissidents of the Saudi regime. Pixabay

One of the two people is reportedly an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.

“The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” US Attorney David Anderson said in a statement.

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Another man, named Ahmed Almutairi, who is also from Saudi Arabia, allegedly acted as a go-between to the two Twitter staffers and the Saudi government, which according to the complaint rewarded the men with hundreds of thousands of dollars and, for one man, a luxury Hublot watch, the report added. (IANS)