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Global Wind Day: India Can Harness the Potential

Global Wind Day is observed on 15th June to raise awareness of the potential of wind power for future energy systems and the opportunities for growth and employment.Wind Day, as it was known until 2009, was first organised by the European Wind Energy Association in 2007 and is currently coordinated by WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and various national associations. 

Wind energy is important for decarbonization of economies as unlike fossil fuels, itis clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land. Wind power is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed and has the potential to exceed current global energy requirements forty times over

A GWEC reportin April asserts that wind power could generate 20 per cent of global electricity by 2030, with installed wind power capacity of 2110 gigawatts (GW). An increase in wind capacity would also create up to 2.4 million new jobs and help reduce carbon emission by 3.3 billion tonnes a year.


China and India were the top nations with new wind power in 2016, accounting for a major share of 54 GW installed across 90 countries worldwide. Last year wind accounted for 44 per cent of all new power installations in Europe and onshore wind energy is now the cheapest form of new power generation.

In the beginning of 2017, Dutch railway company NS announced that all public transport trains in the Netherlands now run on 100 per cent renewable wind power. The train network requires 1.2 billion kWh of electricity annually and this pioneering initiative is expected to inspire similar action across the world.

The American Wind Energy Association recently declared that the U.S. wind energy sector added jobs more than nine times faster than the overall U.S. economy last year. African countries led by Kenya, South Africa and Morocco and Australia are also expected to make record progress in the next few years.

During 2016-17, India added a record 5,400 megawatts (MW) of wind power, exceeding its 4,000MW target, but there is huge gap in terms of the commitments made at the Paris Agreement. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana and Kerala are among the top states with installed wind power capacity.

India is committed to a renewable energy revolution and looks to solar and wind power for driving economic growth.At the Paris Agreement, India had declared an ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, including 60 GW from wind power. Wind power is currently the major component of the renewable energy sector, contributing over half of the 50000 MW installed capacity in the country.According to government estimates, the onshore wind power potential alone is about 302GW. The National Offshore Wind Energy Policy has been set up to harness wind power along the vast coastlinethat extends to 7600 kilometres.Wind power has arrived and along with solar, set to hasten the end of dirty energy.

 

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Rituraj Phukan is the Chief Operating Officer, Walk For Water; District Manager, Assam, Nagaland & Manipur, The Climate Reality Project India and Secretary General of Green Guard Nature Organization.

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Manuscript workshop

Manuscript workshop
13 Jul 2013 - 10:18am | Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti

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Total 39 learners from different parts of Assam underwent training in the workshop. They were taught about the process of preparing the fine leaves where manuscripts were written in medieval era. Next they were taught the art of painting with Hengul and Haital. They were given hands-on training to handle these substances. All of them successfully drew paintings on Sancipat, which were later exhibited in the valedictory function. They were given a beautiful certificate on completion of the five day course. Their names are :

1 NANDINI NILAM
2 GIRISH CH MAHANTA
3 UJJAL SAIKIA
4 NAYANA BORA
5 DIPSHIKHA MAZUMDAR
6 LAKHYA JYOTI BORA
7 LIZA DAS
8 JYOTIRMOY DAS
9 JHARNA BHARALI
10 NAYANMONI BORA
11 MINTU KALITA
12 DIBYAJYOTI GOSWAMI
13 BISWAJIT BORA
14 NASRIM SELIMA HUSSAIN
15 DHIRAJ BORA
16 SUMONTO DEORY
17 NIKITA SAIKIA
18 RISHWITA HAZARIKA
19 ABHINOB BORA
20 SHIRSTI NANDA KASHYAP
21 PARASH BORA
22 PRIYANKA BORA
23 NIBEDITA DOLEY
24 HIRONMOYEE DOLEY
25 RUPJYOTI BHARALI
26 MOHAN BORA
27 MANJU RANI KALITA
28 RUMI ARA BEGAM
29 ANURAAG NATH
30 KUMAR DIUCK NATH
31 DEVIKA NATH
32 KASTURIMA NATH
33 RITUL BORA
34 HIMANGSHU SAIKIA
35 PRASANTA SAGAR BORA
36 SUBHANGINI NEOG
37 DEEPAK KALITA
38 DIPUL SAIKIA
39 KAUSTAV MONI SAIKIA

The workshop ended on July 11. The valedictory function was attended by eminent mask artist from Jokai Sattra Girish Mahanta, Principal of Dhing College Dr Sarat Dutta, co-ordinator of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA Pradip Hazarika, Secretary Neilh Gautam and others. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti presided over the function. Mridu Moucham Bora gave a report on the performance by the trainees. About one hundred distinguished citizens of Dhing attended both the inauguration and valedictory function.

Farmers' Information Centre inaugurated at Nagaon

20 Sep 2017 - 1:12pm | Dibya J Borthakur
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The day was celebrated with the ribbon cutting ceremony by the Dr. D. K. Borah, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and a interactive session cum official meeting was organized by the students. The meeting was presided over by Dr. P. K. Das, Chief scientist, RARS, Shillongani, Nagaon. 


 


At the beginning the lighting of the lamp was formally done by Dr. D. K. Borah, Dr. P. K Das, Dr. Tulshi Prasad Saikia,  Programme Supervisor, and Dr. K. K. Sarma  Principal Scientist, RARS  assisted by a fellow student, Shilpi Gupta. Other dignitaries present in the meeting were Dr. Ranjana Chakraborty, Scientist, RARS and Mrs. Hira Borah. 


 


Dr. Tulshi Prasad Saikia described the objectives of the meeting and Dr. P. K. Das explained the motive behind opening up of the centre. Dr. D.K Borah gave the guest lecture and inspired the students and farmers on how to improve their agricultural systems. The programme was hosted by Miss Manisha Barman and Gouranga Chetia(students).  Students performed a chorus and addressing speech was given by agri student Jyotiprasanta sharma. 


 


The meeting witnessed huge mass gathering and warm appreciation from the local people. The Information Centre was designed with a view to serve people various needs of the farming community of the area so that they can be made aware of the new improved technologies which they can use to improve their present farming practices. 


 


The Information centre  comprised of various agricultural models, crop disease charts, equipments and all sorts of information for the farmers. Thus, the effort of the students received mass appreciation from the farmers and the students promised to promote more information among all farmers at grassroots level in future too so that the farmers of the locality can earn huge profits with improved technologies learnt.

Arunachal Pradesh clears gas pipeline to Assam

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