RPSC CA: 9th July 2020

Rajasthan to install solar panels atop Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal

Context:

  • Rajasthan’s public health engineering department (PHED) is planning to install solar panels on top of the Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal (RGLC) and other large reservoirs across the state.

Key Points:

  • Discussions are being held to install solar panels on the 190-km long Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal in Jodhpur region and other large reservoirs across the state.
  • This will not only save electricity at the pumping stations but help in producing additional energy. Energy can be produced on a large scale by setting up a 110-megawatt solar plant in the RGLC region.
  • For this regard a letter will be sent to NTPC to study the feasibility of the project (installation of solar panel) at RLGC or at other big raw water reservoirs. 
  • NTPC is a public sector undertaking engaged in generation of electricity and allied activities.
  • Similar project is being undertaken on the Narmada canal in Gujarat.

Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal (RGLC):

  • RGLC is a composite carrier system with eight intermediate pumpings at different stages. The system draws water from the Indira Gandhi Main Canal (IGMC).
  • Various drinking water schemes are sanctioned and have been executed with source as RGLC and are connected and sanctioned at different points on RGLC.
  • Jodhpur city is at its tail end.
  • PHED will use a mobile application for time-bound monitoring of each of the phases of drinking water projects in the state.

 

Centuries-old lamp collapses in Ajmer Dargah

Context:

  • A centuries-old chiragdan (lamp) collapsed inside Ajmer Dargah on Monday when repair and maintenance work was on within the dargah premise. 
  • The chiragdin, a 10-feet tall lamp carved out of white marble, broke into two pieces after the fall. However, no injuries were reported.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah:

  • Ajmer Dargah is a sufi shrine (dargah) of the revered sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti, located at Ajmer, Rajasthan. The shrine has Chisti’s grave (Maqbara).
  • Moinuddin Chishti was a 13th-century sufi mystic saint and philosopher. Born in Sanjar (modern day Iran), or in Sijistan,he travelled across South Asia, eventually settling in Ajmer, where he died in 1236.
  • In 1332, the Sultan of Delhi (Tughlaq dynasty) Mohammad Bin Tughluq constructed a dargah and it grew in popularity and size over the years. 

 

All efforts will be made to conserve pasture land: Govt

Context:

  • Ancient pasture lands that had played an important role in maintaining environmental balance are fighting for existence in Jaisalmer. 
  • These lands are facing encroachment and high tension wires pose threat to rare birds.
  • In the pasture land of Shri Degrai Temple, the high tension wires had injured a falcon of Tawney Eagle species.

Shri Degrai Temple pasture land:

  • Shri Degrai Temple pasture land is situated around 45km from Jaisalmer headquarters.
  • The land, which encompasses four villages and is around 600 years old, is the habitat for different wildlife. 
  • During winters, various migrant birds and GIBs come here. Besides, 500 camels reside here. The spot is popular among wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photographers.
  • A huge chunk of this land is not registered in the revenue records. Since 2001, villagers are appealing the administration to register this pasture land in the revenue records. 

 

Pratap is a symbol of valour: Gehlot

  • Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap is a symbol of valour and self-respect. His name and fame is known not only in the country but also in the world. 
  • Gehlot was addressing a delegation of the Rajput community of Mewar at his residence over some alleged disparaging references to Pratap in the textbooks.
  • “Great men are not limited to any caste or religion. Pratap is also an inspiration to all of us. It is the responsibility of all of us to honour great men.

About Maharana Pratap:

  • Pratap Singh I (9 May 1540 – 19 January 1597), popularly known as Maharana Pratap, was the 13th king of Mewar, a region in north-western India in the present-day state of Rajasthan.
  • Maharana Pratap was born in a Hindu Rajput family. He was born to Udai Singh II and Jaiwanta Bai. His younger brothers were Shakti Singh, Vikram Singh and Jagmal Singh. 
  • Pratap also had 2 stepsisters: Chand Kanwar and Man Kanwar. He was married to Ajabde Punwar of Bijolia. 
  • After the death of Udai Singh in 1572, Rani Dheer Bai wanted her son Jagmal to succeed him but senior courtiers preferred Pratap, as the eldest son, to be their king. 
  • He was also known as ‘Mewar Kesari’ ‘Tiger of Haldighatti’ and ‘Pathal’.
  • In 1576, the famous battle of Haldighati was fought against a Mughal army commanded by Raja Man Singh. Maharana Pratap’s army was not defeated but Maharana Pratap was surrounded by Mughal soldiers. It is said that at this point, his estranged brother, Shakti Singh, appeared and saved Rana’s life.
  • Another casualty of this war was Maharana Pratap’s famous, and loyal, horse Chetak, who gave up his life trying to save his Maharana.
  • The Battle of Dewar was fought between the army of Mewar and Pratap. Pratap won and claimed back many Mewar territories but failed to get control over Chittor.
  • Rana Pratap made his new capital at Chavand (Udaipur).
  • His cremation ceremony was held at Badoli (Udaipur). At that place Ashth Khambho ki Chatri built by Amar Singh.