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  • CM asks officials to prepare Health Map for future of Telangana state
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Over 25-crore LED bulbs distributed under UJALA scheme

Over 25-crore LED bulbs distributed under UJALA scheme

New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) With the implementation of the Government of India’s Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) programme in Arunachal Pradesh, the world’s largest non-subsidised LED bulb distribution programme is now being implemented across India. According to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), over 25-crore LED bulbs have been successfully distributed under UJALA, in addition to over 28-lakh LED tubelights and 10-lakh energy efficient fans. The programme is being implemented by EESL, a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, in collaboration with various power distribution companies (DISCOMs) in each of the 29 states and 7 Union Territories. Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2015 with a target of replacing 77-crore inefficient bulbs with Energy Efficient LED Bulbs, the distribution of energy efficient appliances under the UJALA scheme has led to annual energy savings of more than 3,277-crore kWh, while resulting in avoidance of over 6,597 MW of peak demand. The estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers, per year is ₹13,100-crore and has also helped in reduction of 2.7-crore tonnes of CO2 per annum. Speaking on the occasion, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, said, “EESL is proud that the UJALA scheme is being implemented in each and every corner of India. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to every citizen of the country, who has pledged towards leading the way towards an energy efficient lifestyle, and contributed towards an energy efficient nation.” “The UJALA scheme is being hailed by reputed international agencies like the International Energy Agency and the United Nations as a viable case study for other developed and developing markets, and the 25-crore LED bulb milestone as well as the pan-India implementation of the scheme is only a testimony to the international recognition,”Said mr Kumar. Post the implementation of GST, the 9-Watt LED bulbs available under the UJALA scheme are priced at Rs 70 per unit across the country, while the 20-Watt LED tubelights and the BEE 5-Star rated energy efficient fans are priced at Rs 220 per unit and Rs 1,200 per unit respectively. Eligible consumers can purchase these appliances from the authorised EESL distribution centre nearest to their home. UNI ADP SNU 1755

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Twitterati viral with comments on GST controversy in Mersel

21 Oct 2017 | 9:03 PM

New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) With BJP criticising certain remarks against GST and Digital India in Tamil film ‘Mersel’, twitterati exploded with the controversy with a new trending hashtag #TamiliansVsModi followed by a hashtag #MerselVsModi on Friday.

Sushma Swaraj heads to Dhaka to boost ties with Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives in the Bangladesh capital Sunday afternoon on a two-day official visit during which the two neighbours will review the entire gamut of their bilateral relations and and explore new avenues for cooperation.

Kohli hails India's new spin duo ahead of NZ ODI series

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Undated, Oct 21 (Reuters) India captain Virat Kohli has praised new spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and is tempted to play them together in India's one-day series opener against New Zealand in Mumbai on Sunday.

Govt fixes issue price of Rs 2971 per gram for SGBS 2017-18

21 Oct 2017 | 7:12 PM

New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has fixed the issue price of Rs 2,971 (Rupees Two thousand Nine hundred Seventy One only) per gram with Settlement on October 30, 2017 for Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (SGBS) 2017 -18, as was also published by RBI in their Press Release dated Oct 20, 2017.

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