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Indian Railways working on technology to achieve Mission 41 K; know what it is

Indian Railways is working on technologies that will enable 40% substitution of diesel by compressed natural gas (CNG) in locomotives and nine-zoned solar panels on diesel electric multiple units (DEMUs). The move will help railways achieve its ‘Mission 41K’ target and reduce carbon footprint. The development comes close on the heels of railways flagging off a solar-powered DEMU, a six-coach rake, which is expected to save 21,000 litre of diesel annually, translating to savings of Rs 12 lakh, and also cut carbon emission by 9 tonne per year. Such initiatives are…

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Indian assistant prof and solar energy expert selected as ‘young scientist’ to address BRICS meeting in China

Hyderabad An assistant professor of a city-based University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected as young scientist to participate in the second BRICS meeting, scheduled from July 11-15, at Hangzhou in China. Murali Banavoth, who recently joined as an assistant professor at School of Chemistry in UoH, will be addressing on the theme titled Solar Energy in the BRICS meeting, a release from the University said today. After obtaining his Ph D, from the Indian Institute of Science, Banavoth moved to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as post-doctoral…

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SwiftKey for Android Gets GIF Support, Transliteration for 8 Indian Languages, and More

After announcing transliteration support for seven new Indian languages in beta mode last week, SwiftKey has now brought transliteration support for these languages in the stable version, apart from Tamil and Tamlish. With the latest update, SwiftKey now supports transliteration for Bangla, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, and Telugu. Additionally, it has also added GIF support, along with bug fixes and improvements. Thanks to transliteration, these supported language speakers will now be able to use SwiftKey to type in their native language by spelling words out phonetically in English. SwiftKey will throw…

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Chana Dal, Keema, Curry Leaf Among Indian Words to Enter The Oxford English Dictionary: Twitter Is More Than Happy

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has over 900 news words and includes close to 240 words from Indian English. Interestingly, the cause of joy for India is the fact that a host of culinary terms and Hindi names of food items have also secured a place in the dictionary reflecting the popularity of Indian cuisine and a global understanding of indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Some of the words to have found a place in the mega-word bank includes items like Chana dal, curry leaf, keema…

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Naan Pizza: The Indian Twist to the Most Popular Snack

Are you in need for an instant snack that is both easy to make and mouth-watering to eat? Then we’ve got the perfect solution for you, Naan Pizza. Well, it’s just like regular pizza but only better. Naan is a long-ish, oven-baked flatbread which was first introduced in Central and South Asia. In India, it is a common bread which is often teamed with Chicken Butter Masala, Mutton Korma, Dal Makhani and the like. The crisp and mildly chewy texture is perhaps what makes it perfect to function as a…

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Indian Council of Medical Research Will Implement UN Standards On Clinical Trials

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) along with some of the leading healthcare bodies and other trusts has decided to adopt UN health agency’s recommendations to register and publicly disclose results of all clinical trials they fund or support. The participating bodies have all agreed to develop and implement policies within the next 12 months that require all trials they fund, co-fund, sponsor or support to be registered in a publicly-available registry. They also agreed that all results would be disclosed within specified timeframes on the registry or by…

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