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Tamil Nadu is number one in wind power generation
  • The Central Department of Renewable Energy has published a list of the production capacity of solar and wind power plants in every state in the country as of January 31 this year. Tamil Nadu tops the list with 9,964 MW of wind power generation capacity. 
  • Following that, Gujarat is second with 9,918 MW of capacity; Karnataka ranks third with a generating capacity of 5,269 MW; Maharashtra is fourth with 5,012 MW and Rajasthan is fifth with 4,681 MW. Large solar companies set up solar power plants of more than one megawatt on their vacant land and sell the electricity they generate to the power board.
  • Low capacity rooftop power plants have also been set up in buildings including houses. Farmers have set up low-capacity solar power plants on their lands. As of January this year, in Tamil Nadu, 6,123 megawatt solar power plants have been installed on buildings and 373.73 megawatt solar power plants have been installed. 
  • Tamil Nadu ranks fourth in solar power generation capacity in the country. In the list, Rajasthan tops the list with a capacity of 16,353 MW; Gujarat is second with 8,747 megawatts; With a capacity of 8,018 MW, Karnataka is also at the third position.
Defense talks between India and Sri Lanka
  • The 7th security talks between India and Sri Lanka started in Delhi on 24th. The 2-day meeting was chaired by the Secretary of the Defense Department, Krithar Aramane, and the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Defense Department, General Kamal Gunaratne. Defense cooperation between the two countries was discussed in the meeting.
  • It was decided that the two countries would share their experiences and capabilities during the joint exercise. It was also agreed to increase the intensity of bilateral military exercises. The talks have gained importance amid China's efforts to expand its influence in the Indian Ocean region.
PM Modi meets German Chancellor Schalz
  • Accepting PM Modi's invitation, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Delhi on a 2-day visit. He was accorded a grand welcome at the Delhi airport.
  • Later, Scholz was given a red carpet welcome at the Presidential Palace. Following this, he met Prime Minister Modi. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed ways to focus on improving bilateral relations in the areas of trade and investment, new technologies, clean energy and security. Also, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region were discussed.
  • During his meeting with German President Olaf Schalz, Prime Minister Modi was gifted Meghalaya's stoles (neck piece) and Nagaland's shawl. It is to be noted that assembly elections are going to be held tomorrow in both these states.
Indian Navy Annual Restructuring Conference 23 (ARC-23) and Annual Infrastructure and Indigenization Conference 23 (AIIC-23)
  • The Annual Restructuring Conference 23 and the Annual Infrastructure and Indigenization Conference 23 were held on February 23 and 24 at the Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command Headquarters, Visakhapatnam. 
  • The conference was chaired by Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani. Restructuring plans, operations of ships/submarines of the Indian Navy, plans to upgrade infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the Indian Navy were discussed during the conference.
  • During the AIIC meeting, the progress of various technological and marine infrastructure projects was reviewed. Satisfaction was expressed over the pace of technical infrastructure projects aimed at improving repair and overhaul facilities in the Indian Navy. 
  • Also, various offshore infrastructure projects, including creating additional space for future platforms planned to be absorbed over the next 15 years, were reviewed during the meeting.
  • A special session on Indigenization was also held during the conference in line with the Central Government's Self-Reliance India Initiative. The conference was attended by representatives of various organizations of the Indian Navy.

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