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Saturday, 22-September-2018



55 weeks ago
At the first stage, affordable emergency clinics are going to be set up in major stations like Mumbai Central, Bandra, Andheri, and Churchgate, and will eventually be established at all 24 stations located on the Western Railway line.  Cost effective ‘one rupee clinic’ will be set up for commuters travelling on Mumbai’s Western line. It will first open at 10 railway stations.  In a short duration of three months, the eight such clinics set up at the Central and Harbour line stations have seen over 17,000 visitors. The first clinic was opened at the Ghatkopar railway station in May this y...


55 weeks ago
India has a huge potential for consumption of organic products and attempts should be made by progressive farmers to promote it, said NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant. “Some should become great organic farmers. India needs a couple of success stories. If farmers get better unit realisation value, many will emulate it. Sikkim has done outstanding work in the field of organic farming. I even found that Kiwi (fruit) from Arunachal Pradesh was of better quality than that in New Zealand,” he said in an event marked to release a report on organic farming.  “As per the study conducted by the Internat...

Higher seas to flood US cities: Study

60 weeks ago
Higher sea levels due to climate change will flood hundreds of US cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Miami, in the next 20, 50 or 80 years, according to a study.The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a study Wednesday listing the cities that will be inundated with water in the years to come, with inundation defined as a “non-wetland area is flooded at least 26 times per year or the equivalent of a flood every other week”, reports SSB. “Between 165 and 180 chronically inundated communities in just the next 15 to 20 years; between 270 and 360 in roughly 40 years, depending on the pace of sea level rise; and 490 by end of century wit...

Do not engage manual scavengers: madras High Court

60 weeks ago
Holding that manual scavenging was prima facie a contravention of human rights and the right to live with dignity as per the Constitution, the Madras High Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that there was no engagement of manual scavengers. The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar gave the direction on a PIL filed by Safai Karmachari Andolan of Chennai. The bench said, “Section 7 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 bars persons from engagement or employment for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.” It said, “It is true that those e...

Northern Territory dunnies among  world’s best

60 weeks ago
The best loo with a view award was given to the picturesque toilet perched over a cliff on the Cobourg Peninsula in Garig Gunak Barlu National. And Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio in Alice Springs was the joint winner of best design.“A good public toilet had a ‘trickle-down effect’ into the local economy, by enticing tourists to stop and look around said Judge Bronwyn White. She said the Cobourg toilet was a clear standout.“To be able to sit on the toilet and be able to watch the crocodiles and nature — there’s no other toilet like it,” Ms White said.“Someone said it’s like watching a live National Geographic show from the t...

A Tree with many branches

61 weeks ago
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, numerically is arguably the world’s largest social organisation but its membership is not registered. Sangh though, has over three dozen allied organisations working in different fields. These range from education, culture, religious, social, agriculture, labour, economy, women, tribals and the youth. Members of all these organisations are naturalised members of the parent organisation as well.  Today, with over 5 million active members assembling in over 50,000 shakhas each day across India and over 100 affiliate bodies, the RSS is certainly a force to be reckoned with. With such an extensive network, they have successfully conducted m...

Fishing Out a Solution

61 weeks ago
If you are an industrious lot, you can turn a clouded sky into sunshine. Thus it is the case with farmers in the agrarian state of Haryana, where farmers are quietly shifting to fishing to solve the problem of large swathes of the state’s farmlands submerged in water permanently. It isn’t something their forefathers had taught them to do, but more and more farmers are learning the skills of fish farming in their human-made ponds. And they are being encouraged by the state agencies. With more farmers taking to fish farming, the annual production of fish in Haryana has increased to 144,200 tonnes in 2016-17 against 105,579.50 tonnes during 2013-14, Agriculture and F...

synthetic foods yet to reach market  

61 weeks ago
Memphis meats, a company based in the United States, has recently announced that it is developing artificial chicken and duck meat from cultured cells of both the birds. This is a part of their “clean poultry” program. With the development of artificial meat and the possibility of it going main stream right around the corner, the question of regulation pops up almost instantaneously. While the first hamburger made from lab meat didn’t get any taste reviews back in 2013, it definitely started a discussion about the regulation of cellular agriculture – an emerging field that uses biotechnology to create animal products like meat, milk, and eggs.  Wh...


62 weeks ago
The pradhan of a village in Uttar Pradesh has done something so spectacular that he could be the envy of even well-meaning officials. Hasuri Ausanpur village in Bhanwapur bloc of Dumariyaganj Tehsil in Sidharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh has become the first ‘Digital Model Village’ in Uttar Pradesh with 23 Wi-Fi hotspots, 23 CCTVs, remote and mobile-controlled public address system, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, cemented roads, new primary school, banking facility, common service centre and has been declared open defecation ...


62 weeks ago
A success story of India’s Northeast is the growth of natural rubber plantation in Tripura. In terms of area under rubber cultivation, estimated to be about 62,000 hectares, the border state now ranks second in the country after Kerala.  Rubber plantation in Tripura is generally taken up on uplands (locally called tilla) which are ideally suitable for rubber cultivation as unutilised and follow in nature. Rubber plantation was initiated by the forest department in 1963. In 1976, the Tripura Forest Development Plantation Corporation (TFDPC) raised rubber in leased forest land of about 10,000 ha. The tribal welfare depa...


62 weeks ago
In a major leap ahead to life beyond chargers, cords and dying phones, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have invented a cellphone that works without batteries. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype calls using its battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype made of commercial, off-the-shelf components can receive and transmit speech and communicate with a base sta...


64 weeks ago
 Milinda Ghosh Roy   Commuters look out in surprise from windows of cars and buses. Some passersby occasionally stop to click pictures. The subject of their interest is a man who literally makes managing busy traffic on a bustling east Kolkata road a song and a dance. Braving the heat, Ashok Gupta, 59, in a fluorescent orange jacket and helmet, shows off his innovative dance steps while directing vehicles near Gate No. 4 at Rajarhat’s Eco Tourism Park for 12 hours a day, six days a week   managing to draw a smile or two from passing commuters. A resident of Hooghly district’s Da...