USOF signs pact with BSNL for high speed internet access in northeastern states.

  • Citizens will get high-speed internet connectivity for better access to e-services in the North Eastern states.

NPCI International to offer UPI in UAE, ties up with Mashreq Bank

  • UAE will be the 3rd country outside India to accept UPI payments after Singapore and Bhutan.
  • The strategic tie-up between the two entities will significantly boost the digital payments ecosystem in the UAE
  • And will prove to be a major step forward for UPI's wider reach in international markets.
  • Mashreq Bank is the oldest privately owned bank in the United Arab Emirates.

India's highest herbal garden inaugurated in Uttarakhand.

  • The herbal park has been inaugurated in Mana village at an altitude of 11,000 feet.
  • It is the last Indian village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand bordering China.
  • It is adjacent to the famous Himalayan temple of Badrinath.
  • The Herbal Park has about 40 species that are found in high altitude alpine regions in the Himalayan region.

India's largest floating solar PV project started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

  • The project is part of NTPC's plan to have 60 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032, up from 4GW today.
  • NTPC plans to invest ₹1 trillion between 2019 and 2024 to generate 130GW of electricity by 2032.
  • Simhadri unit of NTPC commissioned a 25 MW floating solar power project at its unit premises in Visakhapatnam.
  • The project is being developed in its own reservoir spread over 150 acres.

India's 1st Solar Electric Vehicle Charging Station has been inaugurated on the Delhi to Chandigarh Highway.

  • The network of stations was set up by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) under the FAME-1 (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles) scheme of the Ministry of Heavy Industries.
  • The 1st Solar Electric Vehicle Charging Station has been inaugurated at Karnal Lake Resort.
  • The EV charging station at Karna Resort is strategically located at the midpoint of the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.
  • It is currently equipped to cater to all types of e-cars in the country.

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