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NEERI develops indigenous De-fluoridation kit

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) has developed indigenous and economically feasible method to reduce high fluoride content in potable water, which has possible domestic and community applications. The method can be used for reduction of fluoride concentration from 5-8 mg/L to less than 1.0 mg/L (miligram per litre). The process does not affect the ..

China to destroy unsafe drug capsules

254 pharmaceutical enterprises (~ 12%) of all capsule makers in China were discovered to be producing unsafe drug capsules. 5.8 % were found to contain excessive levels of chromium, of the 11,561 batches of drugs tested. China’s food and drug watchdog ordered substandard drugs to be immediately taken off shelves, sealed, recalled and destroyed. Hazards ..

Square Kilometre Array Project

A verdict on where to site the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will be taken soon. The choices under considerations are: South Africa Australia and New Zealand The SKA will be built in the southern hemisphere, in South Africa or Australia and New Zealand, where the view of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, ..

Supermoon: Moon to be closest to Earth

On the May 6, 2012, the moon will be closest to the earth than it will be on any other night in 2012 and will appear significantly larger. This phenomenon, called Supermoon, this year 2012 it coincides with ‘Buddha Purnima’. On May 6 at 9.05 pm, the distance between the earth and the moon will ..

‘All mobiles must carry radiation tags by September’: Centre to cell phone manufacturers

The Government has instructed all cell phone manufacturers to include radiation tags in mobile handsets to display Specific Absorption Rate, SAR value by the first of September 2012. All the indigenous manufactures have been instructed to make necessary changes in the design, software and packaging in compliance with these instructions within the stipulated time. A ..

6 Indian-origin scientists elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Society for 2012

Royal Society (RS): Founded in 1660 to recognise, promote and support excellence in science, has over the years awarded the Fellowship to nearly approximately 1,450 individuals, including Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Tim Berners-Lee. The Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. ..

Punjab bans use of dangerous pesticides

Responding to National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) directions, the Punjab Government has: Banned the manufacture, import and use of pesticides which are harmful to health. Withdrawn registration of some such pesticides in addition to limiting use of some unsafe pesticides. Made arrangements for educating farmers on judicious use of pesticides and their healthcare. Why this ..

Production begins in AP’s first uranium mine ‘Thummalapalli’

Production commenced in the first uranium mining and processing plant of Andhra Pradesh, at Thummalapalli in YSR District. About the new plant: Capacity of mining and processing: 3,000 tonnes uranium a day. Reserves: With over 48 million tonnes of reserves, the Thummalapalli mine has been estimated one of the world’s largest uranium mines. Cost: The ..