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IITF gets over 1 lakh visitors on last day

28 November 2010

NEW DELHI: The last day of the 30th India International Trade Fair witnessed the highest footfalls, with the number of visitors crossing the 1-lakh mark. Till now only up to one lakh visitors were allowed inside on one day, but officials said this restriction was relaxed on Saturday so that more people could visit before the fair closed.

The fair culminated at Shakuntalam Theatre where participants were awarded for putting up a good show. There were seven awards on offer, including the Chairman’s Certificate for Excellence in Display which has been introduced this year. The pavilions were judged based on their display and design in keeping with this year’s theme `Energytech and Envirotech’.

Giving away the awards, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said, “These awards reflect the condition of the states and the efforts they have put in towards development.”

While Gujarat won the gold in the states/union territories category, Meghalaya bagged the first position in the northeastern states category. Afghanistan won the gold medal in foreign category and the ministry of health and family welfare was adjudged the best in the category of ministries and departments.

Among PSUs, commodity boards and banks, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research won the gold followed by National Mission on Bamboo Application which got the silver medal. The Coir Board received a special commendation…….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/IITF-gets-over-1-lakh-visitors-on-last-day/articleshow/7002426.cms#ixzz16Ym58gdo

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November 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Posted in CSIR

Cheaper clot busting drug from next fiscal

27 November 2010

CHANDIGARH: Come 2011-12, and India will roll out a blood clot busting injection for domestic and global markets at a much lower rate than its market price now. It will not only cost at least Rs 10,000 less, but also rule out bleeding problems — a common drug side-effect now.

Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (Imtech) has made it possible to cost-cut expenditures and already filed two patents.

“This third generation drug is clot-specific…. prevents bleeding and targets only the affected area,” said Dr Girish Sahni, Imtech director and leader of the team which developed the drug.

The institute has inked an Rs 750-crore deal with New Jersey-based company for preclinical trials. “We have licensed this product to Nostrum, which will conduct trials and market it. We will get a royalty of 2.5% of the product cost,” said Girish.

Imtech had developed streptokinase (clot dissolver) in India in 2002. It was subsequently developed as first and second generation drug by 2009. The fourth generation drug will prevent re-occurrence of clot. “What it implies is that the drug can stay for some more time than the present 15-20 minute span and effectively work at the clot site without causing much toxicity,” he revealed.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Cheaper-clot-busting-drug-from-next-fiscal/articleshow/6998672.cms#ixzz16SE6Cec0

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November 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

Posted in IMTECH

US firm to market molecules developed by IMTECH

27 November 2010

CHANDIGARH: Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, the US, has obtained the worldwide licence to develop and commercialise the third and fourth generation thrombolytic molecules developed by city-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH).

The technology has been transferred by IMTECH as part of a 150-million US dollars deal in milestone payments and royalties.

The agreement was signed in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal and Prof Samir K Brahmachari, Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

In the recent past, IMTECH has developed safe, low-cost clot busters that have received a good response from the medical fraternity. These were developed after a long research by IMTECH director Dr Girish Sahni and his team. Dr Sahni said the fourth generation clot-busters also prevent re-occlusion.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-firm-to-market-molecules-developed-by-imtech/716890/

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November 27, 2010 at 10:05 am

Posted in IMTECH

Nautiyal takes over as NBRI director

27 November 2010

LUCKNOW: The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), a CSIR laboratory, got a new director on Friday. Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal, Scientist-G, has taken over as the director. Nautiyal was heading the plant microbial interaction division of NBRI.

He obtained his MSc (1977) degree from Lucknow University (LU) and PhD Degree from University of Baroda in 1982. After spending about 10 years in Canada and USA working on various positions like post doctoral fellow to production manager in a biotechnology company in USA, he moved to NBRI in February 1994 as scientist in the plant microbiology division and became Scientist-G in February 2009.

His research interests include area of fundamental and applied aspects of plant-microbe interactions and relate to elucidation of relationships between microbial populations and environmental stresses. He has also been bestowed with five national awards.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Nautiyal-takes-over-as-NBRI-director-/articleshow/6997899.cms#ixzz16SDQg8Gj

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November 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

Posted in NBRI

Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, LLC Licenses Clinical Development and Worldwide Commercialization Rights From IMTECH, India, for Novel, Next-Generation Thrombolytics With Clot Specific Activation and Re-occlusion Prevention Properties

24 November 2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J: Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Nostrum”), a privately held pharmaceuticals company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced today its licensing agreement with Institute of Microbial Technology (“IMTECH”), Chandigarh, India, a research institute under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (“CSIR”), a Government of India organization.  Pursuant to such agreement, Nostrum will in-license next generation thrombolytics from IMTECH for clinical development and worldwide commercialization.

Nirmal Mulye, Ph.D., President of Nostrum, said, “These novel, next generation thrombolytics are clot specific plasminogen activator proteins, and each one of these molecules has a uniquely different value-added properties such as longer half-life in blood circulation and re-occlusion prevention during heart attack.  Moreover, these unique properties of the molecules will help to effectively mitigate a number of systemic side effects, such as bleeding, usually associated with the prevalent thrombolytic protein molecules in the market today.”  Dr. Mulye further said, “Our collaboration with CSIR is an example of successful public-private partnership.  This is our third collaboration with IMTECH/ CSIR.  Clearly they have been developing world-class technologies and setting an example of pursuing commercially viable innovations.”

These new molecules were invented at IMTECH in the laboratory headed by Girish Sahni, Ph.D., who is also the director of IMTECH.  Dr. Sahni said, “Re-occlusion of the blood vessel after thrombolytics treatment remains one of the main cause for patient death after the heart attack and continues to be both a practical and scientific challenge to reckon with.”  Dr. Sahni added, “My group at IMTECH had been working for a very long time to come up with an approach that will resolve the issue of blood vessel re-occlusion after thrombolytics treatment.  I am glad that one of our new thrombolytic molecules has shown that promise in the laboratory experiments.  Based on these results we are confident that it will develop into a world class drug with a most sought after property of not only clot specificity of activation but also re-occlusion prevention.”  Dr. Sahni further added, “Collaborating with Nostrum over the years has been a very fulfilling experience.  They have demonstrated a true commitment to take forward our collaborations as seen by the remarkable pace at which they have taken forward the development of our first thrombolytic Clot Specific Streptokinase (CSSK).”…..

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/11/24/2666186/nostrum-pharmaceuticals-llc-licenses.html#ixzz16GJTZG22

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November 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

Posted in IMTECH

MCD to take action if buildings over 15m high

25 November 2010

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi will take action against buildings in unauthorized and unauthorized regularized colonies which are over 15 metres in height. MCD commissioner K S Mehra said on Wednesday the civic agency was identifying such buildings during its ongoing survey of dangerous structures in the city.

According to Master Plan-2021, the ceiling on vertical growth in most parts of the city is 15 meters and buildings which have been constructed violating this norm may face action. MCD standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia said illegal floors in such buildings “may be demolished”.

Though the MCD survey is currently concentrating on buildings around the Yamuna riverbed, the agency plans to extend it to other parts of the city. “A survey to identify dangerous buildings will be carried out across the city in a phased manner and action will be taken to ensure structural stability. The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) will help us with the survey.” Mehra said CBRI experts will be back in Delhi on Wednesday.

“The CBRI experts have collected samples from the building that collapsed at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar and inspected other constructions in the area. They will tell us whether the buildings can be repaired through retrofitting. The cost will, most probably, be borne by the owner of the buildings as they are all privately owned,” Mehra said. Chandolia, however, said the civic agency may bear the cost of repairing the buildings……….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/MCD-to-take-action-if-buildings-over-15m-high/articleshow/6985440.cms#ixzz16GJ3KtM4

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November 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

Posted in CBRI

Panic spreads as cracks widen in HP town houses

24 November 2010

SHIMLA: For the 78,000-odd residents of pictureque Rekong Peo, about 250km from Shimla, the winter has come with a sinking feeling: scores of houses and government offices have developed cracks, which are widening by the day triggering panic in the town. Rekong Peo is the headquarters of the tribal Kinnaur district.

Even as the state government is waiting for experts from Geological Survey of India and scientists from IIT and Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, state PWD engineers have sounded an alarm. According to the engineers, the cracks that were just about 3cm wide about a month back have increased to over a ft, while the ground has sunk by over 10cms. …

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Panic-spreads-as-cracks-widen-in-HP-town-houses/articleshow/6979241.cms#ixzz16CGXbLHP

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November 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Posted in CBRI

DNA Stand Swamped at Delhi Trade Fair

23 November 2010

Want a piece of your genes? You can get it at the trade fair that’s going on in Delhi till the weekend. Literally.

At the ongoing India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, scientists are offering to isolate DNAs for the public—for free. DNA is the material inside your cells that carries information about your genes; your heredity.

Of course, many people don’t know what DNA or a gene is, and it is to spread awareness about this that the state-run Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology set up its DNA-isolating stall at the trade fair.

The organizers were expecting a mediocre response. After all, who goes to a science stall at a trade fair?

But they’ve been pleasantly surprised, receiving hundreds of visitors daily, says Pankaj Jha, a scientist at the stall.

Sometimes school students, accompanied by their parents, will drop by and reel off DNA’s full form — deoxyribonucleic acid. Some visitors come because they have read about the stall in local newspapers. But a majority are simply curious, says Mr. Jha. He and other scientists explain to them that genes are derived from our ancestors and determine a lot about us.

One visitor asked Mr. Jha to see if his DNA matched his son’s, says Mr. Jha.

Fortunately that can’t be done here because the scientists at the stall use a rough method that produces impure DNA, protecting the stand from making startling revelations.

They collect the visitor’s saliva, and in less than 20 minutes, they isolate the DNA from it. It looks like a tiny piece of cotton, and is placed in a small vial filled with clear liquid. The cotton-looking piece contains proteins and other particles besides DNA, and is thus unfit for further scientific research.

Still, visitors are excited at the thought of looking at their genetic material, says Mitali Mukherji, another scientist at the Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology. Visitors get to take the vial home as a souvenir.

Mr. Jha says his team can isolate only around 100 per day, so they often have to use a lottery system to determine which visitors will get lucky. Many times, they have had to turn visitors away. One person was outraged that he wasn’t going to be able to get his DNA. “‘It’s my moral right,’ he said,” recalls Dr. Mukherjee……..

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/11/23/at-delhi-trade-fair-dna-stand-swamped/

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November 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Posted in IGIB

Delhi Building Collapse: CBRI to Submit Report Soon

23 November 2010

A team of experts from the Central Building Research Institute will submit a report to the MCD soon after a survey of structures in the city locality where a house collapse killed 70 people last week.

It is also likely to inspect buildings in other east Delhi areas.

A team of experts from the Roorkee-based institute arrived in the national capital yesterday following a request by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and carried out a joint extensive survey of the collapsed building at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar along with officials of the civic body. They also collected samples of the material used.

The teams also visited the other sealed and vacated buildings constructed by the same builder in the area.

“The CBRI experts are examining the matter and going into various technical aspects. The team feels that it needs a few more days to study the structural aspects of the collapsed, sealed and vacated buildings as well as the 36 buildings declared unsafe at Lalita Park,” an MCD official said.

“They will continue to study the matter for a few more days and subsequently submit the report to MCD,” the official said, adding, the corporation will take further action after the report is submitted by the CBRI experts.

Sources said the team is also likely to inspect buildings in other east Delhi areas to ascertain their condition…..

Read more: http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?702019

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November 23, 2010 at 8:28 am

Posted in CBRI

NAL scouts for pvt partners for aircraft project

22 November 2010

HYDERABAD: National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), the Bangalore-based nodal centre for the design of the Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA), is set to issue expressions of interest (EoIs) to invite potential partners for the project from the private sector, both from India and abroad, according to NAL director AR Upadhya, director (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research).

“The Centre has given us a directive to design a framework to form a joint venture (JV) for carrying out the RTA project through public-private partnership. We have already drafted the EoI, which will be issued in a month’s time. The JV will be for design, development and manufacture of the RTAs. It (JV) could be two separate entities too. Roping in cost-sharing partners within a segment or a particular activity … that has to be looked at,” Upadhya said……

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/nal-scouts-for-pvt-partners-for-aircraft-project/415692/

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November 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

Posted in NAL