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Monday, 11-December-2017

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SOLAR DIDI OF KANPUR

24 weeks ago
Solar energy is an answer to power blues in rural India, says 60-year-old Noorjaha, popularly known as ‘Solar didi’. In the last five years, she not only lighted her own house but adjoining five villages in Kanpur rural. Her missionary zeal to remove darkness from rural areas was even appreciated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his ‘Man Ki Baat’ program about a year ago, Modi made a special mention of Noorjaha’s efforts to light up rural areas. “A small effort by Noorjaha in Kanpur will go a long way in removing darkness from rural areas,” PM had stated in his programme.
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TURNING E-WASTE INTO GOLD

25 weeks ago
A pilot micro-factory that safely transforms toxic electronic waste (e-waste) into high value metal alloys is soon to be unveiled at the University of New South Wales, offering a unique low-cost solution to one of the world’s fastest-growing waste burdens. The breakthrough new process, invented by UNSW ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla, recovers the considerable wealth of resources embedded in e-waste while overcoming the challenges of toxicity and the often prohibitively high costs of conventional industrial-scale recycling. Professor Sahajwalla’s solution will enable the safe, cost-effective &ls...
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MORE SOLAR POWER NEEDED

26 weeks ago
India plans to install 10,000 small-scale solar-power grids across the country in next five years, to bring basic electrical power to communities without it. But providing access to a minimal supply of clean energy – enough to power two LED lights for a few hours and charge a mobile phone – is probably not enough to significantly improve people’s lives. A study in Uttar Pradesh, which looked at more than a thousand homes that had received basic access to clean electricity for the first time, found that spending on expensive kerosene for lighting had fallen benefitting the families. But access to a...
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NF RAILWAY’S FIRST GREEN CORRIDOR

26 weeks ago
North East Frontier Railway’s first ‘green corridor’ will be commissioned in the Chaparmukh-Silghat Town section in Assam, officials said. The officials said various initiatives are being taken and implemented by the North East Frontier Railway towards fulfilling the goal of a Swachh Bharat under the leadership of the Railway Minister. The 81-km Chaparmukh – Silghat town section is planned to be converted into a discharge free Green Corridor within June this year.  Four more sections: Rangiya – Murkongselek (448 kms including Naharlagun, Dekargaon and Bhalukpong), Badarpur – Agartala (225 k...
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VARANASI CAN GENERATE 676 MW FROM SOLAR ROOFTOP PANELS

28 weeks ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi has the potential to generate 676 MW power from solar rooftop panels alone. However, outdated grids and a huge line loss pose a challenge, said a report. The Centre for Environment and Energy Development  (CEED) report “Vibrant Varanasi, Transformation through Solar Rooftop”, released here by Girish Chandra Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), also set a road-map for the historic city to generate 300 MW by 2025. The recognised potential -- 676 MW  can be achieved using only 8.7 per cent of the total el...
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SCHOOL TOILET MADE OF PLASTIC BOTTLES

28 weeks ago
“With only one toilet for an entire school, the students and teachers at Manav Vikas School in Jamshedpur were facing many troubles. An eco-friendly initiative, however, is going to puncture their many problems with one go. The school, managed by retired employees, plans to build a toilet made of used plastic bottles instead of conventional bricks. The bottles filled with sand, iron-ore dust and slag ash will act as bricks. Sanjay Kumar Pandey, Deputy Collector in the chief minister’s camp office, said that this initiative will also help keep the environment clean as only waste materials would be used to ...
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AIR PURIFIER GENERATES POWER

28 weeks ago
Researchers in Belgium have developed a device which, when exposed to light, can purify air and at the same time generate power.“We use a small device with two rooms separated by a membrane”, explained Professor Sammy Verbruggen from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven).“Air is purified on one side, while on the other side hydrogen gas is produced from a part of the degradation products. This hydrogen gas can be stored and used later as fuel, as is already being done in some hydrogen buses, for example,” Verbruggen said.The heart of the solution lies at the membrane level, where ...
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KARBI HILLS TO GET SPECIAL FOCUS

29 weeks ago
With a view to accelerate the pace of development in the hill districts of the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has recently laid the foundation stone of several projects in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts. The Chief Minister during his daylong tour kick started the works for construction of a Civil Hospital, DIET, Polytechnic Institute, B.Ed College at Hamren, Public Hall at Baithalangsu and Science College at Dongkamokam. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal assured that the Government of Assam would ensure safety and security of all people living in the hill districts and uphold...
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MAKING A FORTUNE OUT OF TRASH

29 weeks ago
This may sound bizarre but this young women entrepreneur gives life to trash and discarded items. She is out to prove that recycling and land-fills are no longer sustainable methods to deal with solid waste management in India. She has rather created a fortune out of trash. A new change-maker to keep the environment clean, 28-year-old Shikha Shah is upcycling them. Upcycling is generally a process of giving a new life to the scrapped materially without changing its chemical and original component. Environmental Scientist world over have found this process user-and-environment-friendly, creative and less energy consuming t...
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AJRAKH - THE PRINT OF FASHION

30 weeks ago
As the scorching sun beats upon the dry land in this western part of the country, the brown landscape suddenly starts getting dotted with sheets after sheets of colourful cloth, all dyed and block-printed, and laid out in the open to dry. Heavy stones are put at the four corners to keep the sheets from flying off. The lengthy dyeing and printing process includes un-dyed fabric being first prepared by being torn into a particular length -- usually nine metres -- and being soaked in water overnight before being washed to remove the starch. It is then dried in the sun. After that, it is dyed with myrobalam and again put out in the ...
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PHONE ENABLED BUSINESS WOMEN

31 weeks ago
Her fingers move fast over the touch screen of her smart phone. Purnima Mahato, 35, from this tribal village in Jharkhand, has just discovered ease of doing business with her ubiquitous companion in an otherwise rocky entrepreneurial journey. Travelling long distances to market homemade pickles and papadum (a local snack) was always tough -- till she started using a smartphone. She now circulates images with small write-ups about her products through platforms like WhatsApp to reach out to her customers before making deliveries to them. Payments to buy and sell are also made online. “Ho Gaya (done),&rd...
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NUMBER OF WORKING WOMEN GROWING IN INDIA

31 weeks ago
“My observation is that the biological clock and career clock are in total conflict with each other. When you have to have kids you have to build your career. Just as you are rising to middle management your kids need you because they are teenagers. They need you for the teenage years. And that’s the time your husband becomes a teenager too. So he needs you. They need you too. What do you do? And as you grow even more your parents need you because they are aging. So we are screwed”, said PEPSICO CEO Indra Nooyi on work-life balance debate at Aspen Ideas Festival. She was ranked 13th on Forbes’s Power Wome...