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Odisha's Konark Sun Temple and Town To Go 100% Solar


Posted on 2020/5/23 11:00:51 ( 215 reads )

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ODISHA, INDIA, May 21, 2020 (PV Magazine): The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the complete solarization of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha. The scheme envisages setting up of 10 MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications like solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, off-grid solar power plants with battery storage. The project will be done by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency with 100% central financial assistance (CFA) of around US$3.3 million through MNRE. The scheme will meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy. Speaking about the scheme, power minister R.K. Singh said, "The government of India launched the scheme with an objective to take forward the Prime Minister's vision to develop the historical Sun Temple town of Konark in Odisha as Surya Nagri, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy."




Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2020/5/23 11:00:38 ( 187 reads )

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All this universe is in the glory of God, of Siva, the God of love. The heads and faces of men are His own, and He is in the hearts of all.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 3.11



Tirumala Temple to Sell Its Famed Laddu Sweets at 50% Discount


Posted on 2020/5/21 5:23:46 ( 235 reads )

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TIRUPATI, INDIA, May 20, 2020 (Newsd): With uncertainty continuing as to when the temple will open, Sri Venkateswara temple authorities on Wednesday decided to sell Tirupati laddu Prasadam or the sacred offering among devotees at 50 percent discount across Andhra Pradesh and in state capitals of neighboring states. The laddu, weighing 6 oz, will be sold for US$0.33, against its normal price of $0.66. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the world's richest Hindu temple, took the decision in view of the continuing uncertainty over resumption of darshan.

It has been two months since darshan was stopped for the devotees at the hill shrine in view of the lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. TTD Trust Board Chairman Y.V Subba Reddy said the laddu prasadam will be made available shortly at all TTD Kalyana Mandapams and information centers present in all the 13 district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh along with Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru. Reddy said responding to devotees' generous contributions to its e-Hundi, TTD decided to resume laddu prasadam sale at the 50% discount.



Vat Savitri Puja 2020: History, Date, Significance and Puja Vidhi


Posted on 2020/5/21 5:23:33 ( 192 reads )

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INDIA, May 20, 2020 (Newsd): Vat Savitri Puja or Vat Savitri Poornima is observed by married Hindu women in North India for the well-being, prosperity, and longevity of their husbands. This year the festival will be celebrated on May 22. Women fast for the whole day and wear new clothes and accessories. The prayer and pujas associated with Vat Savitri are observed at the community level or individually at home. Vat Savitri is widely celebrated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, and Punjab.

On this day, women usually worship the Banyan tree as it represents Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The root represents Lord Brahma, the stem represents Lord Vishnu and the upper portion is Lord Shiva. Vat Savitri Vrat Fasting begins on the Trayodashi day of Jyeshtha month and ends on Purnima. The fast is broken on the fourth day. Nowadays, many women observe the fasting only on the day of Purnima.

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The End of Plastic? New Plant-Based Bottles Will Degrade In a Year


Posted on 2020/5/21 5:23:21 ( 213 reads )

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NETHERLANDS, May 16, 2020 (The Guardian): A biochemicals company in the Netherlands is seeking investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. The plans, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, have already won the support of beer-maker Carlsberg, which hopes to sell its pilsner in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic. Avantium's chief executive, Tom van Aken, says he hopes to greenlight a major investment in the world-leading bioplastics plant in the Netherlands by the end of the year.

The project, which remains on track despite the coronavirus lockdown, is set to reveal partnerships with other food and drink companies later in the summer. The project has the backing of Coca-Cola and Danone, which hope to secure the future of their bottled products by tackling the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and a reliance on fossil fuels. Globally around 300 million tons of plastic is made from fossil fuels every year, which is a major contributor to the climate crisis. Most of this is not recycled and contributes to the scourge of microplastics in the world's oceans. Microplastics can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

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