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Saturday, 19-August-2017



19 weeks ago
The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur recently announced that it has set up a plant biodiversity park to “conserve vulnerable, threatened and endangered local plant species” that are either of botanical value or medicinal and aromatic importance. The park is home to more than 80 plant species such as Telegraph plant, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow and Allspice plant. “This park will serve as a repository from which the community can source seeds and saplings for restoration and to sustain livelihoods. It will be an information resource ...


19 weeks ago
The All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has decided to go green by using solar energy and reduce its electricity bill by 50 per cent over the next two years. The premier medical institute has joined hands with Japanese conglomerate Hitachi to set up a solar power generation unit in its premises. The one megawatt facility will come up on the roof of the parking space located near the Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMS. Japanese government organisation New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), which ...


20 weeks ago
Promoting clean energy, the central government has sanctioned funds worth over Rs 30 crore to 21 states and union territories under the solar cities development programme. These funds were sanctioned during the last three years till November 30th. Out of the total sanctioned amount of Rs 30.36 crore under the ‘Development of Solar Cities Programme’ for 21 states and union territories, around Rs 12.98 crore have been released, said Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.


20 weeks ago
With aims to promote recycling and save up to Rs 400 crore in the process, the Railways has decided to cut down its water bill by buying recycled water from private players. With the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non-drinking purposes. The Indian Railways Water Policy, was rolled out on March 22 (World Water Day). Currently, the Railways buys water from the states and its water bill is about Rs 4,000 crore a year. “The water pol...


22 weeks ago
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the visitor’s award for the best university to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University while noting that the research activities in the Central universities should align with the developmental challenges of the country. He also urged all the universities to continue the good work and use their “best minds” to convert new knowledge into innovative products to directly benefit the common population. The president said, “Innovative minds should create tools and implements that alleviate the drudg...

More power to Rajasthan

22 weeks ago
State-run power giant NTPC announced commissioning of 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan taking the total installed capacity of the project to 160 MW. A senior official said, “The 45 MW of Bhadla solar power project of NTPC in Rajasthan has been commissioned today. With this, the installed capacity of Bhadla solar power project has become 160 MW and that of NTPC’s solar power projects has become 520 MW.” Last month, NTPC had commissioned 115 MW capacity out of the 260 MW Bhadla solar power project. It has planned capacity addit...


23 weeks ago
Internet has become one of the basic requirement in modern life, hence it’s the government’s job to provide it to everyone. So has done the Kerala government, providing 20 lakh new internet connections in the state. “Internet would be made the right of the people and two million (20 lakh) “poor families” will get free access to the web,” the Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said presenting the budget.HE further added, “Internet will now become a right for the people and within 18 months the internet gateway would be set up through the K phone network at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Two ...

Odisha’s Startup Helpline

23 weeks ago
The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has launched a Startup Odisha Helpline in a bid to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state. He said, “I hope this Helpline will provide a platform to our youth, incubators and other stakeholders to address their issues.” A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department. “I am sure that partnership between Startup Odisha Initiative and Startup India Hub run by Invest Ind...

Nation-building at school!

24 weeks ago
“Even a bowl of payasam (a milk-rice sweet dish) that Akshaya Patra provides every Saturday is a luxury for our school kids.” Though Leelawati, a senior teacher in Kasba Bengre (Mangalore, Karnataka), says this about the students of her school, it could be a reality for a large chunk of poor children who are among the major beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal programme. One such child is Nagamma of Taravanhalli Higher Primary School. Had Akshaya Patra not reached out to Travanhalli school children with its nutritious food, Nagaamma would not have aspired to become a social worker. Then her major worry would have been &ndas...

A Thousand First Steps

24 weeks ago
  Recently, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar pointed out ‘learning outcomes’ will become a part of the Right to Education Act by March this year. Towing the same line, National Council for Educational Research and Training sought feedback regarding a draft it has prepared on ‘learning outcomes’ for school children. The fancy word, ‘learning outcomes’ was an alien term in Indian educational paradigm until a decade ago. Today, one can’t ignore the clamour around this term; right from Parliament to NITI Aayog, everyone is talking about learning outcomes of our children. If there is one organisation which can take credit for bringing t...

Free Higher Education

26 weeks ago
 India abroad news service Soon, Assam would provide free higher education in government institutions. The State government is making plans for free admission in universities as well after making enrolment in government higher secondary institutions and colleges free. Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Education minister informed that state government’s move to make free enrolment in higher secondary institutions and colleges has benefitted 4.6 lakh students in the state this year. He said soon university admission will be free for students. Sar...

Preserving heritage

26 weeks ago
 raj kashyap / guwahati In a bid to spread the ideologies and contributions of Swargadeo Chaulung Siu Ka Pha, the first Ahom ruler of Assam, amongst new generation of the state, the government of Assam will spend Rs two crore in first phase for preservation of historic Habung in Dhemaji district. Habung manifests the rich Ahom legacy and it is said that Chaulung Siu Ka Pha founded the Ahom kingdom’s capital here on the north bank of the mighty Brahmaputra river in 1240 AD. The earliest reference to Habung comes in the 10th century copper plate ...