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Dr Sanjaya Rajaram of India wins 2014 World Food Prize for increasing wheat production

    Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram with Norman Borlaug Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 18, where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger. Dr. Rajaram’s breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools... 

Earth Day: web portal organizes documentation of Indian trees

Trees: Earth Day awarenessThe web portal India Biodiversity will organise a nation-wide ‘Neighbourhood Trees Campaign’ from Tuesday (Earth Day) to Sunday. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the importance of trees and crowdsource information on trees in the country. Volunteers just need to click photographs of trees in their gardens and neighbourhood and post their observations on them. The campaign will be conducted online at http://treesindia.indiabiodiversity.org/. There are about 7,500 tree species in India. The organisers of the campaign are hoping to create a web page on every tree... 

Patna to get 20km stretch of free Wi-fi: all the way from NIT to Danapur

    Patna: a Wi-fi hotspot? Patna: according to reports, the long stretch from NIT-Patna on Ashok Rajpath to Danapur, a 20-km distance will have free Wi-Fi facility. On Wednesday, chief minister Kumar unveiled the 20km free Wi-Fi zone, the longest across the globe, at the e-Bihar summit in Patna. Kumar also unveiled a ‘city surveillance and dial 100′ scheme under which at least 100 CCTV cameras installed in different localities of the state capital became operational. A state data centre has also been opened for storing of the ‘data’ collected by these cameras. Speaking... 

Hyderabad firm to automate PDS in Bihar: getting ready for food security

    IT backbone: to smoothen PDS? Patna/ Hyderabad: according to latest reports, Identity management and e-governance solutions company 4G Identity Solutions Pvt Ltd has won a Rs. 10-crore contract from the Bihar Government for automation and monitoring of the public distribution system (PDS). The hope and the plan here is that the automation would make the PDS processes and supply chain more efficient and even more important, more transparent for a vast population. The main components that would be implemented as part of this contract are GPS-based Fleet Tracking for grain transportation,... 

101st Indian Science Congress, Jammu: PM announces projects worth Rs 9,000 crores

    1st ISC: 1914 Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday gave a boost to the country’s research and development (R&D) works by announcing scientific projects worth over Rs 9,000 crore. In his inaugural address at the 101st Indian Science Congress, in Jammu, the Prime Minister emphasized the need for increasing the annual expenditure on science and technology to at least two per cent of the GDP and urged the corporate sector to join hands with the government in realising the goal. Among the projects announced by Singh were National Mission on High Performance Computing with... 

Report is ready: river linking in Bihar ?

    River linking: for better or worse? Patna: An ambitious project to mitigate flood damage in Bihar has taken a major step forward with a central agency finalising the detailed project report for linking four intra-state rivers which would help protect three districts from floods. The multi-purpose project, which envisages diversion of 492 cumecs of flood water from Burhi Gandak river to Baya/Ganga river, would also augment irrigation of over a lakh hectares of farmland. DPR, prepared by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), is a crucial step in the process of interlinking... 

India to emerge as global Solar Power with 60 solar cities across country?

    Solar power: taking charge? In early December, the World Bank said India was on the brink of becoming a global solar power. Under the government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Phase-1 (JNNSM), which was initiated in January 2010 to promote sustainable growth, broadly expand solar power, and deal with the effects of climate change, India’s installed capacity of solar power has already jumped from about 30 megawatts to more than 2,000 MW. The World Bank noted that JNNSM has also helped bring down the cost of solar power to competitive levels — to about $0.12 per... 

Scientists discover second code hiding in DNA: does DNA language carry puns?

Duons: secret life of codons Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery. The findings are reported in the Dec. 13 issue of Science. The work is part of the Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements Project, also known as ENCODE. The National Human Genome Research Institute funded... 

Texas-based Bengali scientist explains origin of life: connecting geology and chemical evolution

    Impacting meteorite Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor of Geosciences and curator of palaeontology at The Museum of Texas Tech University believes he has found the answer by connecting theories on chemical evolution with evidence related to our planet’s early geology. “This is bigger than finding any dinosaur,” Chatterjee said. “This is what we’ve all searched for – the Holy Grail of science.” Thanks to regular and heavy comet and meteorite bombardment of Earth’s surface during its formative years 4 billion years ago, the large craters left behind not only contained... 

No Facebook, no twitter for JD[U]: Nitish ahead of times or behind?

    Is social media just a bubble? Patna: take it or leave it – the Bihari voter, a largely rural constituency has no time for and no access to tweets. This is a body of voters that also has its own mind and there is no likelihood of it absorbing messages sent down by the twitterati.  The Congress and the BJP have lately been expending energy and attention on social media training and brain-storming. But Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar just doesn’t see the point. His government does not have a Facebook page. And Mr Kumar says he has no interest in tweeting. “What is the... 
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