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World’s Biggest Floating Solar Power Plant launched in China

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While the United States of America has withdrawn from the Paris AgreementAsian superpower China is marching towards emission reduction as well as renewable energy commitments. The world’s biggest floating solar power plant has been made operational in Huainan city, Eastern China. The 40-MW plant is situated on a reservoir and is in close proximity to the city. Offshore from Huainan, the plant has been successfully connected with the power grid. Being offshore, it does not take up space and uses less energy than solar farms as seawater acts as a coolant. Sungrow, the world's leading photovoltaic system supplier, has set up the plant. Floating solar power plants can be set up on water bodies such as lakes and seas, particularly near cities where land availability is less. China faces massive air pollution China, the most populated country on the globe is facing high degrees of air pollution, which is estimated to kill 1.1 million people annually in the country. A major reason for…

India job cuts: Information Technology (IT) employees challenge layoffs as illegal and arbitrary

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The mass firings at some of India's leading Information Technology Sector companies has not gone down well with the employees. Ex-employees of Indian Information Technology (IT) firms such as CognizantWipro, and Tech Mahindra, who faced layoffs recently, are taking recourse against what they termed illegal and baseless job cuts, according to media reports. The complainants from Pune, India, have approached the Maharashtra Commissioner of Labor against former employers and have filed petitions seeking justice. They claim their services were terminated without appropriate reason. According to the report, the petitions have been filed through Forum of IT Employees (FITE), a Chennai-based organization. There has been a flood of such complaints after major IT companies started downsizing in response to several factors such as H1B visa reformsautomation, uncertain global climate and a perceived slump in demand. There have been complaints that no written communication was done about…

Challenge to China: India opens longest ever river bridge: Dhola-Sadiya in Assam near border area

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A shot in the arm for infrastructure, India inaugurates its longest river bridge at a whopping cost of around Rs 2,056 crore. The 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya bridge across the river Lohit is situated at the eastern tip of Assam and is a tributary of the river Brahmaputra. The bridge is around 3.55 km longer as compared to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link of Mumbai. The bridge will connect Assam with eastern Arunachal Pradesh and is expected to reduce travel time between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam by 5 hours, bringing the previous 6 hours to 1 hour and reducing the distance by 165 km. Around Rs 2,056 crore was invested in the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, whose construction started in 2011 by Ministry of Road Transport. The bridge can endure 60 ton weight, including battle tanks. The river bridge would make it easier for the Indian Army to reach areas near the China border and the development surely has a strategic angle to it. The bridge, with a three-lane carriage way, would definitely ease India’s strat…

IT sector job cuts: IBM to fire thousands of employees as mayhem continues in India's IT sector?

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Information technology (IT) major IBM has decided to layoff a few thousand employees from the Indian unit, according to media reports. IBM India is looking at "achieving 100 per cent utilization" across projects with shift in business and increased demand for digital-technology-based services, said a source to the media outlet. Recently, there has been a flood of layoffs in the IT sector by some of the biggest names in India. Tech Mahindra, India’s fifth-largest IT services firm, is laying off 1,500 employees across job levels. Infosys is planning to give pink slips to hundreds of mid- as well as senior-level employees. Other corporate giants such as Wipro and Cognizant have announced job cuts in the recent past in response to what some industry experts term as cost control measures. However, IBM India has denied the media report. "This is factually incorrect. We are not going to comment further on rumors and speculation," an IBM India spokesman has said in a state…