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World’s biggest threat right now: Pakistan’s 250 nuclear weapons

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Pakistan is again making South Asia’s blood run cold by its actions. It has sunk deeper into chaos, threatened by economic collapse, the weakening of political institutions and, most of all, a Taliban insurgency that aims to bring down the state.

But the biggest threat to the world is that Pakistan is continuing to build up its nuclear arsenal, now estimated at 250 weapons.

“Pakistan, with the world’s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal, is unquestionably the biggest concern in South Asia,” a leading US daily reported.

The New York Times said that “These investments reflect the Pakistani Army’s continuing obsession with India as the enemy.”

Pakistan allows its Generals to maintain maximum power over the government and demand maximum national resources. The newspaper reported that Pakistan has plans to purchase eight diesel-electric submarines from China, which could be equipped with nuclear missiles, and test-firing a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to any part of India.

“Pakistan now has an arsenal of as many as 120 nuclear weapons and is expected to triple that in a decade,” the report said.

“An increase of that size makes no sense, especially since India’s nuclear arsenal, estimated at about 110 weapons, is growing more slowly.”

“Even more troubling, the Pakistani Army has become increasingly dependent on the nuclear arsenal because Pakistan cannot match the size and sophistication of India’s conventional forces,” it said.

“This is not a situation that can be ignored by the major powers, however preoccupied they may be by the long negotiations with Iran,” the report said.

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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)