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SEIA: Inaction in Massachusetts has stopped $617 million in economic inactivity

first_imgSEIA: Inaction in Massachusetts has stopped $617 million in economic inactivityInaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the SREC program in Massachusetts has stopped construction of 551 solar projects, with a total value of US$617 million. Delay could cost the state $3.2 million in annual tax revenues. April 1, 2016 Adilya Zaripova Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share Analysis by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and California-based non-profit organization Vote Solar has demonstrated that a reluctance to adopt more solar-friendly legislation in Massachusetts will be damaging for the local economy. More than 551 solar projects, totaling $617 million of investments and 241 MW of installed PV capacity, have been stalled or cancelled in the state due to lawmakers’ inaction on raising net metering caps.According to SEIA, the stalled projects, which would have produced enough energy to power almost 40,000 Massachusetts homes, will cost the state $3.2 million in lost tax revenue annually. It will also impact the local job market, analysts predict. To date, Massachusetts’ solar market, currently the fourth largest in the U.S., created more than 15,000 well-paying, local jobs.”Solar has become an integral part of the Massachusetts economy and job market,” said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for SEIA. “The state is leaving jobs and money on the table and ceding its place in the booming solar energy market to other states.”The analysis demonstrates that cities and towns that have previously not been part of the solar debate at the legislature will also be deeply impacted. For instance, a solar project in Billerica, which seeks to turn a former landfill into a 6 MW PV plant, has faced a series of setbacks.“We need quick action from state lawmakers to raise caps on the net metering program and ensure consumers receive full credit for their valuable solar investment,” said northeast regional manager for Vote Solar Sean Garren, introducing the results of the analysis.On Tuesday this week, more than 100 solar workers representing over two dozen solar companies assembled at the Massachusetts State House Read trying to persuade the legislators to raise the caps. It has been a year since the restrictive caps on Massachusetts’ net metering program were reached in National Grid service territory. More recently, caps have also been hit in Unitil and Eversource Energy.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

first_imgJA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipmentsThe past ten years have seen the Chinese Tier-1 solar company ship more than 7 GW of monocrystalline PV modules globally, data shows. July 26, 2016 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Tier-1 vertically integrated Chinese solar company JA Solar in mid-July hit 7 GW of shipments of its monocrystalline PV products – a decade after the company first began production of the technology. Founded in 2005, JA Solar’s production line first began producing mono PV products in March 2006, and has hit various milestones since then. In 2010, the company became one of the largest suppliers of P-type mono cells in the industry, and then later transformed its chief focus from cells to modules. In 2013 JA Solar shipped just 500 MW of monocrystalline modules, but saw that figure rise to 1 GW in 2014 and expects to hit 2 GW this year. The introduction last year of China’s Front Runner project – which aims to drive higher efficiency, lower cost per watt and improved quality among the country’s leading cell and module producers – is viewed by JA Solar as a significant growth opportunity. The firm has already provided $22 MW modules for the national advanced PV technology demonstration project in Datong, Shanxi province, including some 303 MW of its mono modules for the project, which has a target of 1 GW. JA Solar is expected to supply 42% of that figure, the company said. “Reaching the shipments of 7 GW monocrystalline modules demonstrates consumers’ confidence in the quality of such products and the popularity of our high-efficiency products on the market,” said JA Solar president Jian Xie. “As the trend of mono modules recovers in China, we intend to further bolster our track record of innovations in technology, with the goals of better conversion efficiency and improved manufacturing processes.”Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Nigerian minister unveils rooftop solar energy project

first_img BRICS Earlier this week, the Nigerian minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, commissioned the 125kVA rooftop solar energy project at the Citadel and Towers of House on the Rock, in Abuja.Minister Babatunde Fashola cutting the ribbon. Image credit: NaijaCynthAmong the attendees was the director general of the Nigerian Energy Commission, Dr Alhassan Musa, representative of the Central Bank Governor, Ebipere Clarks and House on The Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin.Local media the Daily Trust reported that the project was constructed by a local company, Protergia Ltd.Rooftop solar energy projectSpeaking during the unveiling, Fashola said: “I am highly impressed that a Nigeria company could do remarkably well in taking giant steps in actualising such massive renewable energy projects.”The minister also said: “The challenges we have to deal with are sufficient bastions of opportunities if the right policies are in place. Read more…“This project sits very well with all of the policies the Buhari Administration has enunciated. Under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, power and energy supply is one of the five urgent actions that President Buhari has challenged us to deliver upon.”Urgent interventionAccording to local media NaijaCynth, the company’s CEO, Ayodeji O. Deji, noted that Nigeria as one of the highest energy and power consuming countries of the world still needs urgent intervention and innovation in the area of renewable energy generation and distribution. Read more…“As a nation it would appear that our progress in renewable energy has mostly been focused on two extremes of the value chain namely the large, grid connected utility-scale projects with over 900MW worth of IPP licenses already issued at one end and residential systems (usually less than 10kW per unit) already being adopted all over the country at the other end,” Deji stated. Previous articleHigh Court rules in favour of Eskom electricity interruptionsNext articleEgypt seeks to construct Zahraa Nasr City substation Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image source: NaijaCynth Finance and Policylast_img read more

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Small Island states demonstrate will to tackle climate change

first_img“In the wake of a deadly hurricane season in the Caribbean and at a time when the resolve to tackle the climate crisis has been called into question, small islands are sending the world a clear message: we are seizing the promise of renewable energy to grow our economies today and build a better future for tomorrow,” said Thoriq Ibrahim, energy and environment minister for the Maldives and chair of Alliance of Small Island States.Ibrahim stated this at the inaugural meeting of the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE), hosted by the government of the Maldives, which saw an impressive turnout of 30 countries and organisations in attendance.The seminar organised in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicated the determination of small island developing states (SIDS) to strengthening global efforts in addressing climate change and accelerate renewable energy deployment.Small island developing states have been early and committed adopters of renewable energy, seeking to develop their economies with cost effective, renewables-based energy systems, while enhancing energy security, national resilience and climate adaptation. Read more…“As chair of AOSIS, Maldives has made leaving a lasting legacy of renewable energy infrastructure in small islands a priority and IRIE is how we are fulfilling that vision,” Ibrahim added.Small Island states already addressing climate changeAccording to the IRENA, just over 2GW of renewable technologies are already deployed in SIDS, and at least 6GW of additional capacity is envisaged under Nationally Determined Contributions. A number of countries have set plans to achieve 100% share of renewables in the electricity mix.“Small island developing nations have been frontrunners in the global drive to scale-up renewables,” noted Adnan Amin, Director-General of the IRENA.Amin said: “This meeting is further evidence of their collective commitment to strengthen the momentum of the global energy transition as they pursue economic growth, energy security and increased national resilience.“This ministerial is also particularly timely as we are just a few weeks away from COP23 in Bonn, where the priorities of small island nations will take centre stage under Fiji’s Presidency. We are committed to supporting the renewable energy ambitions of our island partners, through the SIDS Lighthouses initiative, as they take their energy transformation to the next level.”Challenges facing small islandsDespite progress, SIDS face financial and technical barriers as they transition their power, heating, cooling, and transportation sectors to renewable energy, many of which stem from their size, geography and limited capacity.Greater international cooperation can help overcome these barriers by enhanced collaboration and knowledge sharing, leading to improved economies of scale, reduced transaction costs and better enabling environments for donors and investors, asserted the IRENA.IRIE works to enhance AOSIS political coordination and outreach to development partners with a view to mobilising the resources such as finance, technology, and capacity building required for the transformation of energy systems in SIDS. IRIE also works to amplify the success of SIDS focused initiatives, such as IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouses.Minister Ibrahim noted: “Small islands contribute a miniscule fraction of global emissions and yet we have taken the lead in committing to some of the most ambitious clean energy plans in the world. IRIE is a testament to island leadership and the important role the Maldives has played in the international effort to tackle climate change for over three decades.”AOSIS is an organisation of 44 low-lying island and coastal nations from around the world that are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Previous articleThe secret to industrial lightingNext articleJohannesburg Stock Exchange crowns SA best performing financiers Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Featured image: ESI Africa library Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector last_img read more

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Tanzania: Preparations underway for Rufiji hydropower plant

first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy TAGSRufiji hydropower plantStiegler’s GorgeTanzania Previous articleKenya: ERC introduces framework to open up energy marketNext articleArtisan Training Institute partners with South Africa’s equipment export council Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation Stortemelk Hydro Scheme, Clarence FreeState, SA The project execution committee chairman, Juma Idd declared that preparations for the proposed 2,100MW Rufiji hydropower plant at Stiegler’s Gorge are well underway in order for construction works to commence.Idd was informing energy minister, Medard Kaleman, in Dodoma, on the progress made thus far, reports Daily News.“Other preparatory works include setting up of electricity power cooling stations at Pangawe and Dakawa and supply of water to the construction sites,” he said.Minister Kalemani urged the committee to ensure the remaining work is timely completed to enable the project contractor to begin the work.The Rufiji hydropower project is planned on Rufiji River in Stielger’s Gorge, Selous Game Reserve of Tanzania. Read more: Tanzania continues to defend Stiegler Gorge power projectWith a gross output of 5,920GWh, the plant envisaged to double the country’s total generation capacity, upon commissioning.The government opened the bids for the hydropower project in August 2017 and construction was planned to begin sometime this year and to last 36 months.Background on Rufiji hydropower plantIn August 2018, Minister Kalemani made a declaration: “Let me also assure you that we are well-prepared for the task and nothing is going to hold us back from completing it on time.”Tanzania’s budget proposal unveiled in May 2018 earmarked $307 million for the project, which will include the construction of a roller compacted concrete dam on the Rufiji river.The 134-metre dam will have a storage capacity of 34 million cubic metres of water.The reservoir will be 100-kilometre long and 1,350 square kilometres in surface area while the earth embankment will be 3.7 million cubic metres. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICSlast_img read more

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Businesses focus on energy management policies

first_imgEnergy management strategies evolve based on data Read more about:DecarbonisationSustainability The overwhelming amount of energy and sustainability data available can be complicated to navigate and difficult to manage. But over the past year, more businesses have been investing in digital technologies to ease this complexity, with double the number of respondents (37%) from last year reporting that they use IoT devices such as meters, sensors, and other smart assets. Investing in these technologies is having a positive impact on organizations, with 63% of respondents with digital solutions reporting higher confidence in preparedness for innovations in resource management.  Companies surveyed represent 17 industry segments and reported minimum annual revenues of $250 million. In 2020, business leaders are recognizing energy managers as an integral part of their business operations, with 87% of respondents agreeing that energy procurement is increasing in its scope and complexity. Generation Public perception is a driving factor for sustainable energy investment with brand/reputation (50%) and competitive advantage (47%) top of mind. Seventy per cent of this year’s respondents report that they have set energy or sustainability targets and announced them publicly, compared to just 57% in the 2019 report.Seventy-five per cent of respondents say that they have increased goals over those previously set, and those that have increased goals are more confident they will meet them.Thirty per cent of responding CEOs indicated that they strongly agree that their organization’s response to climate change will be advantageous to their business. Prioritising climate change AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector In 2019’s report, only 29% of respondents’ companies cited strategic energy sourcing as a top initiative for cost savings, but this year 46.5% noted that timing and pricing volatility are the single biggest challenge.Sixty per cent of respondents are considering onsite or offsite renewables as a purchasing strategy in the next three years to manage volatility, with 30% of respondents already deploying renewables. More than 46% of respondents are prepared to respond to future innovations in energy management.Executive buy-in is the most important driver for getting new energy and sustainability programmes approved and funded according to 84% of respondents. Mitigating and adapting to climate change and global warming, rapid decarbonisation, and other climate-related initiatives make up a much larger focus of business operations than ever before. The Corporate Energy & Sustainability Progress Report was developed to understand how large organizations purchase energy, manage resource demand, use data, and develop, finance, and execute enterprise efficiency and decarbonisation programmes. “The landscape is evolving rapidly and if businesses want to remain competitive, they will need to implement strategies that demonstrate a clear understanding of where energy management is heading.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Participants included 265 global energy and sustainability professionals who oversee procurement, operations and sustainability, from board members to individual contributors. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The report is based on a survey completed in partnership with GreenBiz Research, of 265 global professionals responsible for energy and sustainability at organizations with more than $250 million in annual revenue. Energy management has become a critical part of an integrated sustainability strategy for many businesses, with the increase in the use of digital data tools, states a new report.center_img Executive leadership is beginning to understand the benefits of addressing climate change, including reputational advantage with stakeholders, new products and services, and the potential to benefit from environmental investing. Other climate related statistics show:  Although 54% of respondents reported they are still managing their data using spreadsheets, the benefits of investing in digital solutions are clear. “Energy and resource management has moved past the payment of utility bills and become a strategic way for organizations to mitigate financial and reputational risks,” said Bill Brewer, VP of Global Energy & Sustainability Services at Schneider Electric. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “Climate change has taken centre stage for any global business,” said an anonymous survey respondent. “Stakeholders from investors to consumers are keeping a close eye on how organizations are doing their part to reduce carbon emission and commit to sustainable energy stewardship and its imperative businesses start thinking about their plans to contribute if they have not already.” Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The research also shows that energy and resource management strategies are evolving based on new data technologies. Of the participants, 48% reported that they are adapting their energy or sustainability data management programmes based on growth in connected devices and 24% said the same about growth in artificial intelligence. Related findings include:  TAGSdecarbonisationSchneider Electricsustainability Previous articleSomalia: Energy firm tackles solar power transitionNext articleStandard Bank board: Fossil fuel ties brought to light Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The findings in the report come from a web survey and phone interviews conducted by GreenBiz Research. This has led to changes in the way organizations approach energy management; 56% of respondents now employ dedicated energy management staff. With a growing number of different energy sources, financial mechanisms and technological developments to manage, in an increasingly volatile environment, organizations require expertise to advise on money-saving best practices and strategies. The research showed that environmental considerations are a top driver for corporate energy and sustainability initiatives (51.5%) and that climate change is the top risk to energy and resource supply (58%). Finance and Policy BRICS The 2020 Corporate Energy & Sustainability Progress Report, issued by global energy solutions provider, Schneider Electric, examines how organizations are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by a changing energy landscape focused on enterprise energy management and decarbonisation.last_img read more

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GWEC: Wind power market set for record growth despite COVID-19

first_imgOutlook for wind power market looks stronger post-COVID-19, says GWEC. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), this is a significant increase from original predictions that expected wind power installations to be reduced by up to 20% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the resilience of the wind power industry across the globe. From 2020 to 2024, the cumulative global wind energy market will grow at a compound annual rate of 8.5% and installing 348GW of new capacity, bringing total global wind power capacity to nearly 1,000GW by the end of 2024, which is an increase of 54% for total wind power installations compared to 2019. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector While some project completion dates have been pushed into 2021 due to the pandemic, next year is expected to be a record year for the wind industry with 78GW of new wind capacity forecasted to be installed in 2021. Over 50% of the onshore wind power capacity added between 2020 to 2024 will be installed in China and the US, led by installation rushes to meet subsidy deadlines. Wind power has continued to grow and thrive According to the latest market outlook published by GWEC Market Intelligence, 71.3GW of wind power capacity is expected to be installed in 2020 despite the impacts of COVID-19, which is only a 6% reduction from pre-COVID forecasts. Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The offshore wind sector has been largely shielded from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, GWEC Market Intelligence has increased its forecast for offshore wind by 5% to 6.5GW of new installations in 2020, another record year for the industry, led by the installation rush in China. Up until 2024, over 48GW of new offshore wind capacity is expected to be installed, with another 157GW forecasted to be installed from 2025 to 2030. China and the US will continue to be the two main markets driving growth over the next few years, according to Feng Zhao, Strategy Director at GWEC. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development However, the right enabling regulatory and policy frameworks must be in place to accelerate renewable energy growth to meet these targets, urges Zhao. Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC said: “While the COVID-19 crisis has impacted every industry across the world, wind power has continued to grow and thrive. This is no surprise given the cost competitiveness of wind energy and the need to rapidly reproduce carbon emissions. Fossil fuel industries face market fluctuations and require bailouts to stay afloat, while wind turbines across the world have continued to spin and provide affordable, clean energy to citizens everywhere.” The full updated market outlook is available for GWEC Members on the GWEC Market Intelligence Platform.  Read more about:Wind energyCOVID-19 “Thanks to the localised nature of wind power supply chains and project construction, the sector has continued to generate billions in local investment and thousands of jobs to support economic recovery. However, in order to tap into the full potential of wind power to drive a green recovery, governments must ensure that energy markets and policies allow a continued ramp-up in investment in wind and other renewables, while disincentivising investment in expensive and declining fossil fuel industries,” he added. “China, the world’s largest wind power market and largest carbon emitter, has pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2060. To have a chance at achieving this target, we need to be installing 50GW of wind power per year in China from now until 2025, and then 60GW from 2026 onwards. It is crucial that governments firm up carbon neutrality targets with tangible actions to drive wind and other renewable energy growth at the levels needed to achieve these aims,” concludes Zhao. He adds: “We have seen a series of carbon neutrality commitments by major economies such as China, Japan and South Korea over the past few weeks. Since wind power is a key technology for decarbonisation, these targets will increase the forecast for wind power over the next few decades.” “We have increased or maintained our forecasts for onshore wind in regions such as Latin America, North America, Africa, and the Middle East over the next five years, with only minor decreases in Asia Pacific and Europe. However, these reductions are not necessarily a direct impact of COVID-19, but also a symptom of pre-existing regulatory issues, such as protracted permitting procedures, which are slowing down installations. In particular, offshore wind has demonstrated its resilience by exceeding our pre-pandemic forecasts for 2020, and will be an important source of growth in the decade ahead,” says Zhao. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS TAGSCOVID-19GWECwind energy Previous articleTwo-part webinar series: Municipal Leaders ForumNext articleOp-ed: SA’s nuclear sector divided and weakened by COVID-19 crisis Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

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UP-Bihar rains: Where is our farmer amidst the ruining environment?

first_img“In terms of per capita carbon emissions, India’s contribution to global warming has been very less, but India is a leading country in taking steps to address this.”These are the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which he said while addressing the United Nations General Assembly recently. But is the ground reality the same? Probably not! Probably this is what the situation created due to heavy rains in many districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 73 people have died in the last four days in Uttar Pradesh. An alert has been issued in the surrounding districts of Allahabad and Banaras in Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, as per media reports, in Bihar also till now 123 people have lost their lives. Meteorological Department has also said that there will be rain in the next 48 hours in Central Bihar, East Bihar, North-East Bihar, and South East Bihar.Although every section of society is struggling with these conditions, but comparatively who will be affected the most?So the answer is – Farmer!Now, when the time of harvesting of Kharif crop was very close, this disaster has proved to be disastrous for the farmers. The common citizen of the country will also not remain untouched due to the impact of natural havoc on the farmers. The way crops have been destroyed will also have an impact on the common people in the form of an increase in prices of pulses, oilseeds, and various vegetables immediately.The backbone of India’s economy can be called the farmer here. A farmer depends on his crops for almost every kind of needs of his and his family such as monthly household expenses, children’s education, clothes, medicine, marriage, etc. Even for every type of buying and selling related to farming, its dependence on its crops remains. There are crores of farmers in the country who are not financially capable and they take the risk of farming by taking money on interest from banks, usurers or any other way.There are also a large number of farmers who do not even have their cultivable land and they cultivate by putting their money and hard work on someone else’s land. Farmers have only one hope that they will get the fruits of their hard work in the form of a good crop so that they will be able to meet all the needs of their own and their families and can also repay the debts of the bank or money lenders. But it will be called bad luck that due to natural calamities like storm, hail, untimely rains or drought, the ‘ANNDATA’ is often seen in crisis in our country. Nature’s havoc wreaks havoc on all their aspirations.A debt-ridden farmer is unable to fulfil his family responsibilities like children’s education, marriage, etc. In such a situation, when he feels that he is completely ruined and does not get any help from anywhere to compensate for his loss, he is either anxious to repay the debts of the moneylenders and the banks. , Becomes a victim of depression, etc. or takes such a step that he feels that his problem will end with his life.Relief packages are indeed announced by the government, but this government relief is not in everyone’s luck. In the rules and regulations related to government relief by the responsible departments and officials, the farmer who is suffering due to disasters is so stuck that he does not have access to relief. For example, small farmers and labourers are most likely to suffer the loss of crop due to lease or distribution, since small farmers who have invested capital and hard work by renting a farm may be deprived of compensation. The reason for this is that farmers get compensation based on Khasra and Khatauni (Khasra is the original land record, in which the Khasra number and area of the land of the landlord and other information are written. While Khatauni is a supporting land record, in which all the Khasra of one landowner is recorded at one place). But those agricultural labourers who do not own their land, whose whole hard work, labour, and money have sunk everything, what should they do.The need here is that every farmer who is indebted to banks or money lenders due to natural calamities by the government without any latency can get rid of the debt hanging on him so that he does not take steps like suicide. The government should also take such steps on its behalf keeping in mind the interests of the farmers, which help the farmers to reduce the risks related to agriculture. For example, insurance of crops should be done till the time of harvesting, government relief should also be ensured to farmers who are on lease or sharecropping, crops that do not make much difference to the weather, such as herbs Farmers should be made aware about natural medicines, fruits, etc. used in medicine, Ayurvedic treatment.Apart from this, if the recent scientific studies are to be believed, then the situation is not favourable to us.A recent IPCC report states that extreme seasonal events such as oceanic summer waves, and severe cyclones are increasing, which can have dangerous consequences. This can be gauged from the fact that the year 2015-16 recorded the strongest El Nino effect of the recent years. It usually occurs at intervals of about two to seven years. El Nino, which is caused by the warm temperatures of the eastern Pacific Ocean, affects the weather all over the world.Due to moderate El Nino, monsoon rains in India may be less or irregular. India suffered a drought during the extreme El Nino effects in 2015–16.By the end of this century, the frequency of El Nino can be seen at intervals of every ten years. This can have a direct impact on the monsoon-based agricultural economy in a broad way.last_img read more

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Food as not thought before

first_imgEvery place’s non-veg preparation has its own variation and uniqueness. It is hard to beat the fervour and robustness of Rajasthan’s ‘Laal Maas’ and even if you transport every ingredient of its recipe to some other place, the Laal Maas you would relish in the Thar region of Rajasthan, cannot be replicated anywhere. Similarly, the flavorful dryness of Bengal’s Kosha Mangsho is absolutely magical but that does not mean, we start ranking a dish over the other. Every preparation is a masterpiece in its own right which is built over time and the spices, utensils and the history which goes with into it.The cuisine of a place is also a fountainhead of knowledge because it is something not established overnight but obviously due to years of exchange of customs, the spice trade, battles etc. Interestingly, the Kolkata biryani which is savoured widely is a direct offshoot of the Lucknowi or the Awadhi biryani. When the Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah was dethroned by the British in 1856, he was exiled to Kolkata from his capital Lucknow. Being fond of his food and indulgences, Nawab took his Khansamas and chefs with him but recreating the same taste of Biryani, amidst scarcity of money was a big worry and consequently, the Kolkata variant of this Biryani was born. Potato pieces were introduced along with meat to cut down on the expenses. Hence, this Biryani episode not only talks about the use of potato in Kolkata biryani but tells one about how due to the introduction of the policy of “Doctrine of Lapse”, the Nawab of Lucknow took this Biryani to Kolkata.Food thus is not just a source of satisfying one’s hunger but there are different dimensions to it. Just like in this lockdown how we have realized the importance of being well-fed, many of us have even learnt how to cook and that is certainly one step towards being ‘self-sufficient’, clearly something we all need to master one day. During such unprecedented times, ‘scare’ and ‘worry’ have perhaps become the most quintessential expressions across mankind. One needs to switch oneself off from this wailing maybe for some time. Not thinking about an imminent threat does not end it, but certainly brings some mental sanity for a while, perhaps something badly needed today.Food is something which no one can deny, interests everyone. This lockdown saw exponential growth in home chefs and people trying their hands in the kitchen. The reason being, we work to feed ourselves well and when there was no professional work possible, people took to do what they love doing the most, i.e. eating and feeding people. Food has for generations travelled through various forms, regions, languages, cultures and these unique traits a food of a particular region grows into, makes it to call the ‘cuisine’ of that region.India is a land which is home to a variety of different cuisines across its length and breadth. Every region has its different taste due to various factors such as the availability of spices, weather conditions, historical background etc. Therefore, superimposing one region’s cuisine over the other is totally unfair or for that matter ranking one region better than others in terms of their cuisine is also stupidity. As I am from Lucknow, my palette has an obvious inclination towards non-vegetarian dishes and Lucknow also boasts of some variety of lip-smacking non-veg delicacies, but that does not give me the right to claim that Lucknow’s non-vegetarian food is incomparable.last_img read more

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Algorithm is the Real Game for Reliance JIO’s shares selling spree

first_imgIn this COVID19 Lockdown from the business point of view, the most and only enjoying news by Indians has been the way Jio’s shares selling spree is going on. Well, there is no surprise that why Jio’s share selling spree is on a very higher end but the most surprising part is that the companies which are competitors have now become shareholders in the same company for the same purpose. This shows how these big companies have their future goals already planned towards the future business working system. There is nothing hidden fact that Data is the new oil in the business sector all over the world but the query is data in which format or date in which aspect. As having data if would have been so much money making business, then why Google will invest in Shares. Hence the real query is not only Data but in my view, it is all about making algorithms via data. I am of the view that future is not about Data in isolation but Data with Algorithm and am for sure with surety that Algorithm will play the huge role in defining future market, future customer choice, future way of branding, future way of marketing, future way of getting electorates to elect of one choice.If you see the change of pattern of Reliance way of working off late they have realized for sure that where the future lies and hence they have already taken the giant step in entering into Digital space and since with no doubt Reliance has all the powers and heads everywhere in India, they have taken the right step at a great time and for sure they are looking for far goals ahead and to prove this, their showing of Jio Glass is just another proof of their thoughts nice.Today whoever is aware of how Google Works, Monkey Survey prepares the queries, Facebook works, Google App works, etc then they shall be aware of the magic of Algorithm. Let me illustrate how this Algorithm is reading our click and mind. Many times you have visited one website and might have put a query on QUORA and the moment you do so and you don’t stop there or you may shop there but thereafter in all your Google Apps, Samsung calls end image, Facebook image, etc it shows the advertisement of what you have seen. This is AI Algorithm and this works brilliantly as at least for once you have clicked on what was offered by AI Algorithm and this shows that they are in process of reading your click and mind but now the Companies are going ahead and wants to read mind, a character with click and finance. Alorightm is a Patent material or not is a different issue but more up-gradation in the Algorithm will kill the advertisement industry very soon and be ready for the same. You must be thinking about what I am saying. So let me share how this Algorightm will kill the advertising industry. Assuming that Algorithm has reached to its great level and Google as such works on Algorithm and you must be aware of the same and in fact the way Google has been bringing changes to its technology, I am sure that Google wants to play monopoly for search Algorithm and they wants to reach a point where we can ask google anything, and get the best answer in the world. Think about what may happen sooner or later when you ask Google about your choice of car and how it may work. “Hi Google, based on everything you know about cars, and based on everything you know about me (including my needs, habits, my views, my reviews, my search till date, my downloading and usage of apps, my finance, etc), suggest me the Best Car. Just imaging for Google based on what you called for will be very easy to give you the best car available for you as he at that time will have all the data and all the data and you will for sure will buy the same and this is where Google wants to reach. Use Algorithm and sell the products. In this scenario, do you really think, Car manufacturers will find any relevancy in advertising its cars on TV, OTT, Youtube, etc? Just imagine as this has started happening at present also in lower level dimensions. That does not mean that Google will always give the best and real answers and this is where manipulation issues may come and if there is no stoppage here, later making this issue with Google or else will be almost losing the opportunity.There are many things which will change when Algorithm meets Data and Data meets the validity and Validity comes from an upper source and hence right time to touch these sensitive issues is now and not late and hence mandating the government to nationalize the data will probably curb the power of big corporations but it will have it another side of its effect.There are many other points which I can speak off as what will happen in this integration of Algorithm with Data and Data with necessity and that time for humans to get separate will become mandatory impossible even with law backing or no law backing.This is where the game has started and hence you are seeing big data taking companies have invested in Jio and it is not that Jio does not know but the bad news is that Jio knows that the Laws in India are useless when it comes to the handling of Data and Algorithm and seems not being interested in what future holds in such investment and hence Jio has played their game very well and no doubt brilliantly and since now Jio is aligned with big foreign companies as shareholders, walking will be easy for such big foreign companies and time is here to seriously think on protecting Data and its views.I am ending this article on my personal note “Those Who Own the Data, Owns the Future”. Take this seriously and start realizing from the date you read this ArticleI am in the process of writing some other blogs regarding Data Vs Future, Data and Humans Safety, Data + Algorithm + Laws = Money as FDI. If you feel having any queries or views on my above thoughts, please share.last_img read more

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