19th Nov, 2020

India’s First Green Energy Convergence Project

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power and Department of New & Renewable Energy (DNRE), Goa, have signed a MOU to implement

India’s first Convergence Project in the State.

Under the MoU, EESL and DNRE will carry-out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects.

EESL shall implement the solar energy projects including;

(1) establishment of 100 MW of decentralized ground mounted Solar Power projects on government lands to be used for agricultural pumping;

(2) replacing approximately 6,300 agricultural pumps with BEE star rated energy efficient pumps;

(3) distribute approximately 16 Lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households.

The projects will accelerate the usage of renewable energy sources, especially for agricultural and rural power consumption in the State.

7th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Kazakhstan held

The 7th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Kazakhstan was held recently.

 During the consultations, the two sides reviewed the entire scope of bilateral cooperation within the framework of their Strategic Partnership. 

The consultations covered political, economic and commercial, energy, defence, space, consular and cultural matters.

A MoU on “Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of High Impact Community Development Projects in Kazakhstan” was signed.

Indian Army rejects report on Microwave Weapons

The Indian Army has rejected a report which claimed that the Chinese army had used microwave weapons to drive Indian soldiers away from their positions in eastern Ladakh.

 These are supposed to be a type of direct energy weapons. 

They aim highly focused energy in the form of sonic, laser, or microwaves, at a target.

They use beams of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation to heat the water in a human target’s skin, causing pain and discomfort.

A number of countries are thought to have developed these weapons to target both humans and electronic systems.

Concerns have been raised on whether they can damage the eyes, or have a carcinogenic impact in the long term.

China had first put on display its “microwave weapon”, called Poly WB-1, at an air show in 2014. 

The United States has also developed a prototype microwave-style weapon, which it calls the “Active Denial System”.

The US apparently deployed such a weapon in Afghanistan, but withdrew it without ever using it against human targets.

In a microwave oven, an electron tube called a magnetron produces electromagnetic waves (microwaves) that bounce around the metal interior of the appliance, and are absorbed by the food.

The microwaves agitate the water molecules in the food, and their vibration produces heat that cooks the food. 

Foods with high water content cook faster in a microwave often than drier foods.

Capacity building component of PM-FME Scheme inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries inaugurated the capacity building component of the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme (PM-FME Scheme).

 PM-FME Scheme

It was launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. 

It is a centrally sponsored scheme.


(1) To enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry;

(2) To promote formalization of the sector;

(3) To provide support to Farmer Producer Organizations, Self Help Groups, and Producers Cooperatives along their entire value chain.

Vision: To directly assist the 2,00,000 micro food processing units for providing financial, technical, and business support for upgradation of existing micro food processing enterprises with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. 

GIS One District One Product (ODOP) Digital Map Of India

The Ministry of Food Processing launched the GIS One District One Product (ODOP) digital map of India.

 The digital ODOP map provides detailed information about ODOP products to all states and facilitates the stakeholders.

The digital map also has indicators for tribal, SC, ST, and aspirational districts.

It will enable stakeholders to make concerted efforts for its value chain development.

Hurricane Iota

Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua in Central America recently. 

It developed into a category five storm.

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June to November and covers the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Eastern Pacific Hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30.

Tropical cyclones or hurricanes 

Such Cyclones use warm, moist air as fuel. 

Therefore, they form over warm ocean waters near the equator.

The tropical cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean or the eastern Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes. 

The ones that form in the Northwest Pacific are called typhoons. 

Tropical storms that form in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea are called cyclones.

Hurricanes are categorised on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which rates them on a

scale of 1 to 5 based on wind speed.

Hurricanes that reach category three or higher are called ‘major hurricanes’ because of their potential to cause devastating damage to life and property.