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To light up sites at night, ASI is likely to install Solar Panels on all Historical Monuments

5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites but the capacity of these units might increase depending on the requirement

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Brihadeeswarar Temple. Image source: www.romanticbug.com
  • Sources in the Ministry of Culture has confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead
  • 5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites
  • It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to light up the heritage sites as well as Historical monuments with the help of solar photovoltaic systems at the rooftop of all the monuments. The idea behind the new ambitious plan is to increase the tourist visits and reduce electricity bills significantly.

The India Today report stated that sources in the Ministry of Culture confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead and the process of installing solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems on the premises of heritage sites and historical monuments. The installation process will start from July-August this year, in 2016, only as the fund for the project has already been allocated by the Ministry of Culture.

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5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites but the capacity of these units maight increase depending on the requirement. The tourists can view the ASI monuments after the solar panels have been installed.

“All the rooftops of the ASI protected monuments will come under the purview of the initiative. We will cover the rooftops with solar power panels to light up the area at night. It will help save on the electricity bills significantly. It is an ongoing process and will be executed in phases. The fund has been sanctioned already by the ministry. It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation. The capacity of the solar panels may increase at some sites where the requirement would be higher as per the physical geography of the location,” an official said to India Today.

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture was founded in 1861 that is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country. ASI protects and preserves more than 3,686 protected monuments of national importance spread all over India.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Night view is full of pleasure. This will help in attracting more tourists and since it works on Solar power it will reduce the bill and will be eco-friendly.

  • AJ Krish

    Installing solar panels to light the monuments up has so much potential for tourism. The view of the monuments at night will definitely be different and will attract more tourists.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. We should start installing more Solar panels for generating electricity so, that it will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. It will decrease our the use of fossil fuel. We should install more solar panels in other places also.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Night view is full of pleasure. This will help in attracting more tourists and since it works on Solar power it will reduce the bill and will be eco-friendly.

  • AJ Krish

    Installing solar panels to light the monuments up has so much potential for tourism. The view of the monuments at night will definitely be different and will attract more tourists.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. We should start installing more Solar panels for generating electricity so, that it will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. It will decrease our the use of fossil fuel. We should install more solar panels in other places also.

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Governments Around The World are Learning to Confuse Dissidents on Social Media

The researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Political Science Research and Methods, specifically examined social media from both the Venezuela regime and its opposition

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The regime also seemed to develop a more sophisticated approach to using hashtags on Social Media. The regime used long hashtags, as opposed to the shorter hashtags that are more commonly used, to promote distraction among the protest groups. Pixabay

Governments the world over are learning new tactics to quash dissent on various Social Media platforms, responding with tweets designed to distract and confuse like longer hashtags, according to a team of political scientists.

In a study of Twitter interactions during Venezuela’s 2014 protests, in which citizens voiced opposition to government leaders and called for improvements to their standard of living, the tweets of the protesters focused mainly on the protest itself, while the tweets issued by the ruling regime covered more diverse topics.

This could mean that regimes are growing more savvy in their use of social media to help suppress mass movements.

“When we started doing this study there had been a lot of optimism about the capacity of social media to produce revolutions throughout the world, like Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions in Europe,” said Kevin Munger, assistant professor of political science and social data analytics, Penn State.

“But it seems like, in hindsight, this was the result of short-term disequilibrium between the capacity of the masses to use this technology and the limited capacity of these elites to use it.”

A lot of these elites may have not been keeping up with modern communication technology and got caught unawares.

So, for that short period of time, social media did produce better outcomes for revolutions and mass movements.

The researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Political Science Research and Methods, specifically examined social media from both the Venezuela regime and its opposition.

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Governments the world over are learning new tactics to quash dissent on various Social Media platforms, responding with tweets designed to distract and confuse like longer hashtags, according to a team of political scientists. Pixabay

Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in early 2013, Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s vice-president, won a special election.

After his election, mass protests erupted related to economic decline and increased crime.

In their analysis, the researchers noted that the regime abruptly shifted its Twitter strategy after protests swept across the country.

The topics of the regime’s tweets became even more diverse than usual — including such topics as a tree-planting event — and often did not address the protests at all.

As the protests continued, however, the researchers said that the opposition also became less focused, which the researchers suggest may have been a reaction to the regime’s social media strategy.

The way that attention works on social networks offers a glimpse into why the strategy to distract citizens might be effective, added Munger, who worked on the study while a doctoral student in politics at New York University.

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Regimes are growing more savvy in their use of Social Media to help suppress mass movements. Pixabay

“To have effective protests, you need to have a ton of people coordinated on a single message, so spreading other narratives disrupts that process of coordination,” said Munger.

“Being able to spread doubt is effective. You don’t have to get people to love your regime, you just need people to less convinced of the single narrative.”

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The regime also seemed to develop a more sophisticated approach to using hashtags. The regime used long hashtags, as opposed to the shorter hashtags that are more commonly used, to promote distraction among the protest groups. (IANS)