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New solar power project in rural areas launched

Aiming to improve access to electricity in rural areas, a new programme to take solar power to villages across the country was launched here Wednesday.

Launched by NGO Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra (KBSK), the programme will be implemented in the national capital region, the northeastern region, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir.

The programme will initially be launched in 50 villages across India.

Solar energy is sustainable energy and the best method to provide electricity. It is eco-friendly and our efforts are to tap this renewable source of energy,’ said Prosenjit Bose, managing director of KBSK, at the launch function here.

As per KSBK, the project will create job opportunities for about 50,000 unemployed youth across the country.

‘This is a very good initiative taken up by KSBK. Through this, poor people in the remote areas of India will also be able to lead a life with electricity and this will solve their problems,’ said Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes.

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World Bank, Himachal sign carbon credit agreement

SHIMLA: World Bank on Sunday signed an agreement with Himachal Pradesh government for what is to be the world’s largest and India’s first clean development mechanism (CDM) project. Under this, the bank will buy carbon credits from the new forests being developed on degraded lands under a watershed management programme. In presence of chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the agreement was signed by Hurber Nove Josserand, deputy country director, World Bank, on behalf of International Bank for Reconstruction & Development: World Bank Bio Carbon Fund, and Sudripto Roy, additional chief secretary forests on behalf of the state government. The agreement would be in force till December 2018. Speaking after signing of the agreement, Josserand said the project would impact an area of 4,003.07 hectares. The figure for the area surpasses the 3,500 hectares for CDM project of China, to make it the largest project of its kind in the world.

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