Asia Briefs: Indian airport runs fully on solar energy

Indian airport runs fully on solar energy

NEW DELHI • Cochin International Airport (CIAL) in the south of India is the world's first to run completely on solar energy. The 12MW project is estimated to generate more than 50,000 units of electricity daily and will make CIAL grid-power neutral, Bosch, which oversees the project, said yesterday.


Japan begins military live-fire drills

GOTEMBA (Japan) • Japan's Self Defence Forces yesterday began four days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji, in an annual exercise that comes as Tokyo tries to expand the role of the military. About 2,300 soldiers joined the exercise with some 80 tanks and armoured vehicles as well as 60 field guns and 20 helicopters deployed at training grounds, 80km west of Tokyo.


7 killed in landslide at Sikh temple complex

NEW DELHI • A landslide has struck a popular Sikh temple complex in northern India, killing at least seven people and wounding nine others.

Rescue workers yesterday searched through the rubble for survivors, after boulders rolled down a hill onto the complex in Himachal Pradesh state. A building at the Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Sikhs, was badly damaged.


3D-printed heart aids in plan for baby's op

NANJING • Doctors in east China's Jiangsu province recently used a 3D-printed heart to plan an operation for a nine-month-old baby born with five holes in his heart chambers. Surgeon Sun Jian and his team at Nanjing Children's Hospital on July 3 closed three of the baby's holes in the heart. Currently, the child is in stable condition and recovering.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Indian airport runs fully on solar energy'. Print Edition | Subscribe