An innovation which can generate electricity from moving vehicles on the highways and rainwater, besides recharging water bodies, has come to light – thanks to Pruthviraj S Sarangmath and Prasanna Kalkoti, final year Civil Engineering students from the KCE Society’s CI Munavalli Polytechnic College based out of Hubbali in Karnataka.
The project ‘Strategies for enhancing local water bodies with the production of electricity through water and Enlil turbines’ won the first prize over 100 such entries in the Indian International Science Festival in Lucknow.
Enlil turbine is originally a vertical a...
India may have found its next international science prodigy – Amal Pushp, an 18-year-old “independent researcher” from Patna with a passion for physics and cosmology studying in Delhi Public School.
Britain’s world-famous Royal Astronomical Society selected the Patna boy as a Fellow after he earned a nomination from Lord Martin Rees, a top British astronomer and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge, who was amazed by the boy’s “scientific output”.
“I was fascinated with the astronomical phenomenon, such as solar systems and eclipses and developed an inter...
Despite being the oldest B-school in the country, in its five decades of existence, the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) has never had a woman at the helm of its academic affairs.
Now, after five decades IIM-Calcutta has welcomed its first ever woman director, with Professor Anju Seth taking over from Saibal Chattopadhyay. Screened by a search panel that was appointed by the board of governors of the institution, Seth was a frontrunner amongst the shortlisted academicians, before she was finally confirmed.
“We are indeed delighted that Anju will be the first woman director of the IIM-C. She was...
A team of eight girl students of Matunga’s Ramnarain Ruia College won a gold medal at an international competition held in Boston for inventing an eco-friendly and cost-effective method of removing beetle leaf (paan) stains in public places and on structures.
As paan stains defame public spaces, it also becomes an easy breeding ground for H1N1 virus and hosts other harmful contagions.
Competing with around 300 other contestants, the team also won the best integrated human practices special award at the Genetically Engineered Machines 2018 at Boston.
What earlier required gallons of water and huge sums ...
In a rare honour, Indian chef Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to get a Michelin star for her restaurant in Bangkok. Her restaurant, GAA, was featured in the recently released Michelin’s guide to Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga for 2019.
Born in Mumbai, Garima is an alumnus of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. She studied in Mumbai’s Jai Hind College and is a former journalist. After having worked with culinary stalwarts like Gordon Ramsay, Gaggan Anand and René Redzepi, she set up GAA in 2017.
GAA is also the only restaurant in Bangkok run by an Indian woman and is also the first of it...
Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category recently.
The 24-year-old Bajrang, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and silver at the World Championship, was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the UWW list. It has turned out to be a remarkable season for Bajrang, who was also the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship.
“Every athlete nurtures the dream to be world number one in his career. But If I had become number one with a W...
Pakistan’s late human rights activist Asma Jahangir has won the prestigious UN Human Rights Prize for 2018.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the president of United Nations General Assembly, tweeted that Jahangir, along with Rebeca Gyumi, the founder of a Tanzanian NGO, Brazilian lawyer Joenia Wapichana and the Irish human rights organization Front Line Defenders have won the prestigious UN award.
Jahangir, who was given the award posthumously, served as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions from 1998 to 2004 and as the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief from 2004 to 2010. Jahangi...
Bengaluru’s boy, Samay Godika (pictured), won the Breakthrough Junior Challenge with 400,000 USD (more than 2.9 million rupees) as a reward.
Samay, a 16-year-old student at Koramangala National Public School, will receive a $ 250,000 collegiate scholarship (worth Rs.1.8 million) his ninth and tenth grade science teacher, Pramila Menon, who encouraged his interest in life sciences and tutored him after school to encourage his curiosity about scientific ideas, will win a $50,000 (over Rs 36 lakh) prize.
In addition, his school will receive a state-of-the-art scientific laboratory valued at $ 100,000 (over 72 la...
An Indian-American woman has been honoured with a Presidential award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combatting human trafficking in Houston.
Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, received the ‘Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’ in the White House at a ceremony also attended by President Donald Trump.
“It was unbelievable,” said Davis after winning the award, the country’s highest honour in the field.
“My parents came here from India. I was the first one in...
Benyamin, the author of ‘Jasmine Days’, translated from Malayalam into English by Shahnaz Habib, is the winner of the first edition of the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature, India’s richest literary prize.
The award was announced at a specially curated dinner event. ‘Jasmine Days’ is published by Juggernaut Books.
The book was first published in Malayalam in 2014 as Mullappoo Niramulla Pakalukal and then translated into English by Shahnaz Habib.
The winning author congratulated all the other shortlisted authors and described each of them as equally deserving. “It is one ...
Over four decades after he began his scientific engagement with gravitational science, Professor Abhay Ashtekar is set to receive the prestigious Einstein Prize conferred by the American Physical Society (APS).
The prize for 2018, which carries an award of $10,000, is scheduled to be announced on October 23. Its citation reads: “For numerous and seminal contributions to general relativity, including the theory of black holes, canonical quantum gravity, and quantum cosmology.”
Ashtekar is professor of physics, Evan Pugh Professor, Holder, Eberly Chair, and director of the Institute for Gravitation and th...
Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal - senior or junior - as she grabbed India’s second silver medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires.
Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.
For Tababi, the silver medal is a long-awaited victory, and a moment of triumph, that has come after a lot of hard work and struggle.
Tababi Devi is the Asian cadet champion in 2017 and won her second gold medal at the same level at the Cadet and Junior Asian Cup this year. At the co...