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Archive for September 2009

India’s genetic divide may hit pharma cos’ R&D plans

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30 September 2009

HYDERABAD: Global pharma firms making drugs for the Indian market may have to review their discovery and development programme, following a path-breaking discovery by top Indian and American scientists that India is genetically not a single large population.

“Drug companies engaged in clinical trails could be worried as our research shows that many groups in modern India descend from a small number of founding individuals. A common drug may not be the answer, considering the genetic variation in the Indian population. For instance, medicines tested on the Western population may not be effective on the Indian population,” said Lalji Singh, former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular and Biology (CCMB) who has co-authored the research findings on Reconstructing the Indian Population History, said on Thursday……Read complete news item….

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September 30, 2009 at 6:47 am

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CBRI to study Qutub tilt as flights cause concern

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By Richi Verma

29 September 2009

NEW DELHI: Qutub Minar will now come under intense scrutiny for keeping tabs on its `tili’ level. After requests from the Archaeological Survey  of India (ASI), a team of experts from Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee will arrive in Delhi next month and conduct a periodical study of the 13th century monument to assess the tilt and ensure it has not aggravated.

The report of the last Qutub study by CBRI in 2005 said the tilt was in the range of 2.5cm to 4.7cm to the southwest side, but there was possible danger of further tilt due to the minar’s location in a seismic zone.

“Till last year, there was concern that rainwater seepage was affecting the foundation of the minar and possibly aggravating the tilt. But lime-terracing around it ensured no more rainwater would dampen Qutub’s foundation. Now, our concern is basically about the affect of vibrations caused by frequent movement of planes over Qutub Minar,” said a senior official…..Read complete news item…….

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September 30, 2009 at 6:43 am

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Four more H1N1 testing centres to come up in Hyd

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30 September 2009

HYDERABAD:  The state government has decided to set up four new centres for conducting H1N1 tests in Hyderabad. These would come up at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Kamineni Hospitals and one yet-to-be-decided location.

With the proposed centres and the already functioning Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), there will be five centres in the city. Also, there are plans to set up one screening centre in each district headquarters. The samples from these screening centres would be sent to IPM or the proposed testing centres. At present, IPM, which is working round-the-clock, has a capacity to conduct 150 tests and gives the report the same day.

Meanwhile, 580 people have so far been tested positive, of which 32 have died of swine flu. However, unofficial sources put the figure at 50. The first swine flu case in Hyderabad was confirmed on May 16….Read complete news item…

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September 30, 2009 at 6:40 am

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NBRI chanting PPP mantra for research

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30 September 2009

NEW DELHI: Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) will soon set the ball rolling for public-private partnership (PPP) model to bring its research work in the public and commercial domain.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) lab is planning to invite top companies, including MNCs and make a presentation of its research work for jointly pursuing further research and if necessary, human and safety trials for commercial production.

One of the researches that NBRI is keen about is the transgenic tomato and banana varieties, whose shelf life has been extended by almost two weeks.

This will help in saving the perishable consignment during transportation over long distances and export.

“The next stage for these genetically modified (GM) fruit varieties is the bio-safety clearance, which would require trials on small and big animals by administering 2-3 grams of their protein,” NBRI Director Rakesh Tuli told Business Standard…Read complete news item….

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September 30, 2009 at 6:37 am

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Scientists trying to identify sanjivani herb

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30 September 2009

LUCKNOW: The sanjivani may not be just myth. Scientists are now busy trying to identify the magical herb, which according to the Indian epic Ramayana brought back to life the deity Ram’s dying brother Lakshman.

Having found a few Himalayan herbs that match the description of the sanjivani, a team of five scientists at the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) here is working on identifying the properties of each of these.

“We are engaged in a genetic analysis of these herbs to zero in on what we are looking for in a true sanjivani herb,” team leader P N Khare said.

What has made the task difficult is the similar features of several different herbs found at high altitudes in the Himalayas………Read complete news item..

 

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September 30, 2009 at 6:32 am

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PMC urged to follow NCL’s method of sewage treatment

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29 September 2009

PUNE: About nine years ago, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had taken assistance of the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) to implement a pilot project for treating sewage flowing from nullahs with the help of chemicals instead of the conventional method of air-oxidation.

The pilot project was completed successfully and was mentioned in the 1999-2000 Environment Status Report (ESR) of the PMC and the civic body had also sought from NCL the details of cost that would be required to implement a full-fledged project.

However, the project never took off since the PMC never got back to the NCL after they sent the cost details. Meanwhile, NCL’s senior scientist (now retired) Pramod Moghe went on to receive a prestigious national award for the invention in sewage treatment.

The recent ESR published by PMC in June 2009 reveals that the pollution levels at Ambil nullah, Nagjhari nullah and Bhairoba nullah are very high….Read complete news item…

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September 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm

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Establishing identity a cellphone away

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27 September 2009

NEW DELHI: The Unique Identity Project (UIP), which aims to build a database on citizens, will help the authorities crosscheck the identities of the persons they are dealing with by using the cellphone.

“Once the numbers are issued, we will go for on-line authentication. Let’s say, you are asking for a job under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). The authorities will send the number and fingerprint of the person on the cellphone and send it across to the central database and receive authentication within seconds with a message on the mobile saying ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ ” Unique Identity Authority of India (UIAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani said.

He was delivering the Foundation Day lecture at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research here on Saturday. “This will verify whether you are the person you are claiming to be,” he said.  The UIAI may be the first body in the world to make available on-line authentication where agencies can compare demographic and bio-metric information of a resident with the record stored in the central database…..Read complete news item….

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September 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

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Over 30 institutes in race for Ganga master plan bid

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27 September 2009

NEW DELHI: Over 30 scientific institutions of international repute are in the race to formulate a master plan for the water quality management of Ganga river basin which feeds about 40 per cent of country’s population.

“A few months ago we had floated a global tender for the task. We have received proposal from at least 30 prestigious international and national organisations such as NEERI, Pune, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur,” Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said.

One of the institutes will be selected for the job to prepare a master plan for one of the largest basins in the country on October 5 during the first meeting of the newly constituted Ganga River Basin Authority to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“The identified institute will have to prepare the master plan within the next two months.

Source: Press Trust of India

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September 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

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CSIR Celebrates its Foundation Day

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26 September 2009

The challenge before science today is to make significant improvement in the life of “Aam Aadmi”. Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Union Science and Technology minister, speaking on the occasion of CSIR Foundation Day said today here at Vigyan Bhawan. He congratulated CSIR for the important achievements made in the field of Science and Technology and Research and Development. The minister also greeted various awards winners in different discipline in the field of Science and Technology. He stressed the need to convert our Research and Development units into innovation creating institutes. Recalling Pandit Nehru’s commitment to scientific development, he said that Pandit Nehru believed that “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty….”. The same approach was continued during Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s regime. Shri Chavan lauded the support extended by present Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to scientific development in the country. Shri Chavan added that because of our robust and appropriate economic policy being followed since 1991, we could withstand the pressure of global melt down and sustain our growth rate. Shri Chavan applauded the efforts of CSIR in the field of scientific research and development in general and encouraging innovative programme of giving scholarship to students of 10th and 12th standard and further funding their research work till the age of 32 years in particular. He called upon CSIR to help developing Scientific Temper among our citizens.

Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) delivered CSIR Foundation Day lecture. He enlightened the audience about the importance of Unique Identification Number to be given to each Indian, the mammoth task he is presently handling. Under this UID Number, there will be basis demographic and biometric information about an individual. There will be no duplication as it will be a centralised database on biometric basis. The most unique feature of this number will be online authentication of Identity of an individual on cell phone network. Though this UID will not confer any right on a citizen still it would enhance power of Identity, access to services, direct benefit to poor. With the introduction of UID the implementation of flagship scheme would be fool proof and chances of fraud would be reduced to minimum. Shri Nilekani further inform that new UID would combine data basis of multiple agencies of food and supply departments, panchayat, gas agencies, education institutions, LIC, passport office etc. Enrolment under UID would be valid for lifetime identification. He also threw light on various challenges to be faced by UID project which included technological challenges, architecture challenges, network infrastructure related and demographic challenges. He expressed hope that CSIR would help UIDAI building a basic framework for this project by giving the benefits of various technological advancement and innovations in research and development work.

On this occasion names of eleven scientists selected for 2009 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Science and Technology were also announced. Shri Prithviraj Chavan gave away CSIR Young Scientist Award 2009, CSIR Technology Awards 2009 and CSIR Diamond Jubilee Invention Award for School Children 2008. Under the category of CSIR Young Scientist Award for the year 2009 six young scientists were awarded in five disciplines namely Dr Fayaz Ahmad Malik, Department of Pharmacology, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu in Biological Sciences, Dr. Srihari Pabbaraja, Organic Division I, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad in Chemical Sciences, Dr. Balaraman Madhan, Centre for Human & Organizational Resources Development, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai in Engineering Sciences, Dr K V Ramesh, CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS) Bangalore and Dr. Nimisha Vedanti, Fractals in Geophysics Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean & Planetary Sciences, Dr. Debi Prasad Das, Process Engineering and Instrumentation Cell, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, in Physical Sciences.

CSIR Technology Award 2009 in the category of Physical Sciences including Engineering was given to Team IIP at Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun and CSIR Technology Award 2009 for Innovation to Team CDRI at Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. Each Award carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh, a plaque and a citation.

Under the category of CSIR Diamond Jubilee Invention Award for School Children 2008, Second prize (Rs.25000/-) to Miss Neha Lalit Sharma, Class 11th (Mumbai), Third prize (Rs.15000/-) to Master Harjas Singh Sodhi, Class 8th (New Delhi) and Fifth prize (Rs.5000/- each) to Master Shikhar Bhandari, Class 12th (New Delhi), Master Vishakh Hegde, Class 11th (Bangalore), Master V Pranav, Class 9th (Mysore) were given. No first prize was given this year.

Source: Press Information Bureau

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September 27, 2009 at 8:52 am

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11 scientists win Bhatnagar awards

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By P Sunderarajan

26 Septembe 2009

NEW DELHI: Eleven scientists including four from the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science have been selected for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awards of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for 2009.

The winners include N.Jayaraman, S.K.Sateesh, Giridhar Madras, and J.R.Haritsa of the IISc; Abishek Dhar of the Raman Research Institute and Amitabh Joshi of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

The others are Charusita Chakravarty of IIT, Delhi; Bhaskar Saha of the National Centre for Cell Science; V.Suresh of the University of Hyderabad; S.G.Honavar of the L.V.Prasad Eye Institute and R.Gopakumar of the Harish Chandra Research Institute.

The names were announced at the council’s 67th foundation day celebrations here on Saturday.

Science and Technology Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the council was actively considering rebranding itself like the IITs, underlining its strong focus on research. As a first step, moves were afoot to start an academy of science and industrial research to leverage the research being undertaken in each of its 37 laboratories.

Noting that funding was no more a constraint for the council, he appealed to CSIR scientists to pursue research relevant to the needs of the country. “We cannot look to the West to solve our problems.”….Read complete news item…

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September 27, 2009 at 8:45 am

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