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Eram’s e-toilets can be a boon to fight Public Peeing in India

Eram toilets

A new kind of portable toilet has been created by Eram Scientific Solutions Ltd based in Thiruvananthapuram.  It is already in use in Kerala, and could serve as a model for such toilets all over the country.  What are its features?
Built with stainless steel/fibre to withstand corrosion, it can be programmed to accept either Re 1, Rs 2 or Rs 5 denominations. After payment, the door of the unit unlocks and the light and exhaust fan are switched on automatically. After the user enters it, the closet is doused with 100 ml of water. In case it isn’t flushed after use, the system automatically does the cleaning. This is an intelligent toilet too. If the usage is for less than three minutes, the system flushes with 1.5 litres of water. If used for more, it flushes four litres. “There are plans to reduce this to less than three litres,” says Varghese. Normal toilets consume seven litres for a single flush. The water tank can store up to 500 litres of water and pump water from an additional source in emergencies.
It is intelligent and can turn the human waste into biological charcoal, mineral, clean water and even electricity!  They are expanding in the rest ofthe country as well.
“Commercial production started in 2010 and today, some 400 units have been installed under the aegis of local bodies and government departments. We also have pilot installations in Noida, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” says Manohar Varghese, director, Eram.
They have also received a grant of Rs 3 crore from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’.
One hopes to see such toilets everywhere in India.  This really is the answer to solve the Peeing in Public Issue.!

Source : Drishtikone

UFOs sighted in Ladakh near China Border


It seems UFOs (Unidnetified Flying Objects) are being sighted by the Indian Army units near the China border.
An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and October 15 this year. In reports sent to their Delhi headquarters in September, and to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), they described sighting ”Unidentified Luminous Objects” at day and by night. The yellowish spheres appear to lift off from the horizon on the Chinese side and slowly traverse the sky for three to five hours before disappearing.
Image courtesy Indian Today

Some thought that they might be drones from China, which btw are very common.
The Army has reported 99 sightings of Chinese drones between January and August this year: 62 sightings were reported in the western sector, the Ladakh region, and 37 in the eastern sector in Arunachal Pradesh. Three of these drones intruded into territory claimed by India along the 365-km-long border with China in Ladakh, manned by ITBP.
But as per the investigations, the Army is certain that these sightings near the Pangong Tso Lake are not drones, but some strange flying objects.
In September, the Army moved a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyser-that picks up frequencies emitted from any object-to a mountaintop near the 160-km-long, ribbon-shaped Pangong Lake that lies between India and China. The radar could not detect the object that was being tracked visually, in dicating it was non-metallic. The spectrum analyser could not detect any signals being emitted from them. The Army also flew a reconnaissance drone in the direction of the floating object, but it proved a futile exercise. The drone reached its maximum altitude but lost sight of the floating object.
This year, I was in Kailash Mansarovar area.  Mansarovar is known as the base for UFO activity on this planet.  But that is for another time.

Source : Drishtikone
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Roche’s Hepatitis Drug Patent Revoked by India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board

In a major win for Indian drug companies which manufacture generic drugs for major ailments, the India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board revoked Swiss giant Roche’s patent for a hepatitis C drugs.  This means that the patent that could have prevented the Indian companies from copying this formula have a free hand.

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Alternative to Wood Developed



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                                                                                Jacob Abraham*


            All over the world hard wood becomes a scarce commodity.  The furniture manufacturers are vigorously searching for an ecofriendly alternative to wood.  The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) at Thiruvananthapuram, a constituent laboratory of CSIR has developed the technology to make wood substitute from natural fibre polymer composites.  It has been a pioneer in the research of natural fibre - composites for more than two decades.

            
The natural fibre polymer composite christened as 'Polycoir' developed by NIIST has been found suitable substitute for wood.  The composite material utilizes coir fibre all other natural fibres such as coir, jute and sisal.

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Shri Pawar to Inaugurate NIFTEM, a World-Class Institution on Food Processing Education and Research

Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar is to inaugurate a world-class institution in food processing sector – called NIFTEM - at kundli, Haryana, day after tomorrow (7th November). Haryana Chief Minister Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda and a number of Union and State Ministers will be present at the inaugural function.



NIFTEM or the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management has been conferred Deemed University status. The institute has begun its first academic session this summer. It will confer B. Tech. (Food Technology and Management), M. Tech. and Ph. D. in the area of Food Technology and Management. 

India Signs Loan Agreement with World Bank for US$ 106 Million for “ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project”


An agreement for loan of US$ 106 million (equivalent) for Phase-I of the World Bank assistance for the “ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP)” was signed at New Delhi today between Shri Prabodh Saxena (Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs) on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. Representatives from Ministry of Women and Child Development and officials from the World Bank, among others, were present. 

The overarching Goal of the proposed two-phased Program is to improve nutritional outcomes of children in India. The Objective of the Phase-I is to support Government of India and participating states to: 


  • Strengthen the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) policy framework, systems and capacities, and facilitate community engagement, to ensure greater focus on children under three years of age 
  • Strengthen convergent actions for improved nutrition outcomes. 


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Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch takes Over as Union Minister of Culture


Recently appointed Cabinet Minister Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch today assumed charge as Union Minister of Culture. Talking to newspersons after taking over, she said, it has been an honour for her to have been appointed Culture Minister of this great country which has a long legacy of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She said, it is especially a privilege to be head of this Ministry in a period of increasing global engagement when we are entering into an era of cultural dialogue which is dictated by new developments and technologies. She said, the challenge before us is both to preserve our historical legacy while incorporating and fostering an environment for development of evolving cultural spaces. Culture is not only an abstract concept but also contributes to the daily lives of people both in terms of cultural and economic aspects.

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President confers Dr Durgabai Deshmukh awards, calls for concerted efforts by government, private and voluntary sectors for the development of the weaker and vulnerable sections of our society


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee called for concerted efforts by Government, private and voluntary sectors for the development of the weaker and vulnerable sections of our society. He pointed out that the Government of India, through its programmes and policies has engineered a major directional change in public policy by its focus on inclusive development. He expressed confidence that the organizations who have won awards will inspire hundreds of other organizations like themselves, located all over India - in rural as well as urban centres.