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Hydrogen-powered bus developed by Tata Motors and ISRO

  Hydrogen-powered automobile : TATA-ISRO For the first time in the country, a Hydrogen-powered automobile bus has been developed by Tata Motors and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after several years of research. The hydrogen fuel-fitted bus was demonstrated at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, an ISRO facility in Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. It’s a CNG-type bus. Hydrogen in bottles at high pressure is stored at the top of the bus and there would be zero pollution. The hydrogen cells were a spin-off of the cryogenic technology that ISRO had been developing for the... 

Will the great locking of horns happen in Nalanda: Modi vs Nitish?

  Will it happen in Nalanda? Patna: according to reports, a senior BJP leader today requested Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to contest from Nalanda Lok Sabha seat, which falls in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home district, in the next general elections. “I have requested Modi to contest from Nalanda parliamentary seat in the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as he (Modi) is likely to sail through by a massive margin by riding on popular wave in his favour,” BJP national vice-president C P Thakur told reporters here. There are two questions to be raised... 

Booming opportunities in power sector in Bihar

    Bihar: power boom now? Patna: With an estimated Rs 28,000 crore being proposed to be invested in power sector in Bihar, a senior official today urged investors to lap up huge business opportunities in transmission and distribution segments in particular. “There are booming opportunities in power sector in Bihar especially in transmission and distribution segments with an estimated Rs 28,000 crore likely to be spent over the next few years under various plan heads,” the Energy Secretary Sandeep Poundrik told reporters here. “The huge investment in power sector... 

N-Fix: new technology may enable all plant cells to fix atmospheric Nitrogen!

    The Nitrogen cycle: a technique to master! In a major scientific breakthrough, a leading world expert in nitrogen and plant science, Professor Edward Cocking, director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation, has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots. His major breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in sugar-cane which he discovered could intracellularly colonise all major crop plants. This ground-breaking development potentially provides every cell in the... 

Finally Ganga driveway project takes off: Patna to reshape in four years!

    Ganga ghat in Patna during Chhath Patna: according to the latest reports, the Ganga driveway project has finally started taking shape. On Friday, tenders for the project were opened at the office of Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) and work allotted to the lowest bidder, the Hyderabad-based Navyuga Engineering Company Ltd. The project entails building a 21.50-km-long road along the Ganga, starting from the road cum rail bridge near Digha Ghat and ending at NH-30 near Didarganj. Also known as Ganga Path, it will have 7.65km elevated structure. The total project... 

To striking Bihar teachers: ‘stop serving meals if you wish, but please start teaching’!

    Bihar schools: food for thought! Patna: Millions of school children, mostly from the poorest of poor families in Bihar, were not served their mid-day meal Thursday as 3,00,000 school teachers began a boycott of the scheme. The outcome was a national daily claimed that ‘millions of children went hungry’ due to the teacher’s strike. The assumption here is that the students depended entirely on the midday meal scheme for their meals. This is questionable. The fact is the teachers in Bihar schools are a dissatisfied lot for reasons rather complex. With a history of neglect and... 

Shrawani Mela begins: Bihar’s ‘Bol Bam’ month!

    The Bol Bam route Sultanganj, Bhagalpur: after Chhath, Shrawani Mela is perhaps the biggest annual event in Bihar. The month-long Shrawani Mela was officially declared open by the revenue and land reforms minister Ramai Ram at Sirhighat in Sultanganj amidst huge gathering of kanwarias and chanting of ‘bol bum’ mantra on Tuesday. The participants called Kanwariya trek long distances carrying Ganges water and are often at the mercy of the elements as they move. The governments have over the years made efforts for safety and security, stay, health camps, drinking... 

How commodity prices are determined for you: a folksy tale from Assam!

    Chain of bribes: chain of supply! Guwahati: Rising prices are proving a headache for state governments and Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi is no exception. Cornered many times on the issue of prices of essential food items, Gogoi asked his officers to look into it. Additional chief secretary Himanshu Das took the matter seriously and called for records of invoices of fish, eggs, and chicken imported from other states. Das, a seasoned bureaucrat who is in-charge of the finance department, was shocked to find that eggs are imported at Rs 1.09 but sold at Rs 4.50 and fish is imported... 

Batras [बतरस]-Gali-Galauj as civilized discourse: the FB status of India these days!

   By Ratnakar Tripathy 2014: start with shouting match! One of the most memorable images from my childhood days when I got to spend my vacations in the village is that of a quarrel between the women of two households that went on for a whole day. The two households were at some distance and the shouting match had to be scaled at loudspeaker like decibels. I remember even as the men of those two families sat with drooped heads, many other men and women gave up their work of the day and hung around to catch every single word exchanged. So did I. I remember young girls holding idle spades and... 

WHO had asked India to ban killer monocrotophos in 2009: but of course…

    Monocrotophos; the killer Patna: The pesticide that killed 23 Indian schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison banned by many countries because of what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as its “high acute toxicity”. As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged India to consider a ban on the pesticide monocrotophos – the substance said by a magistrate investigating the deaths to be the cause of the poisoning.  It had also warned that in India – against strong international health warnings – many pesticide containers are not thrown... 
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