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Archive for June 2011

Jorhat institute & Thailand to sign MoU

22 June 2011

JORHAT:The CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology here will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Agricultural Research Development Agency (Arda), Thailand, to carry out joint research for development of the northeastern region.

Arda is Thailand’s principal public sector agency responsible for fostering and co-ordinating research in science and technology and its application.

An 11-member delegation, led by agency director Napavarn Noparatnaraporn, is on a four-day official visit to the institute.

The head of information and business relations at the institute, B.C. Saikia, said during their stay in India, the Thai delegation will, among other things, visit various R&D divisions of the institute to see the ongoing research activities for themselves. At the end of the visit, the delegation will sign a memorandum of understanding for a broad base collaboration to promote research in science and technology between Thailand and India with specific focus on the Northeast……

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110623/jsp/northeast/story_14147015.jsp

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June 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

Posted in NEIST

Benefit talk for tea growers

24 June 2011

More than 100 small tea growers were apprised about the benefits of using an integrated miniature tea processing plant, developed by the CSIR’s Central Scientific Instrument Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, in Jorhat today.

The interactive session was organised by the CSIR’s North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) to reach out to the unorganised small tea growers who are dependent on leaf agents or sub-agents to sell their produce at unfair prices, and to make them aware of the latest technological developments and need for quality enhancement.

The institute’s director, P.G. Rao, said for the benefit of tea growers and manufacturers, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, had been working on grading of tea with regard to its colour, size and aroma using electronic nose and tongue, along with research related to crop protection and allied areas.

“The CSIR-CSIO has initiated the development of environmentally controlled system for obtaining known quality of tea, whereby a planter can optimise the tea manufacturing processes for a particular clone. The machine development aims to simulate the real-time factory process for analysing the quality of tea produced,” he said.

CSIO director Pawan Kapur said the miniature tea automation system had been designed in such a way that it could be layered horizontally or vertically and enlarged according to requirement. “At present, the machine is structured to process 50 kg of plucked leaves to produce 10-12 kg of made tea,” he said…..

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110624/jsp/northeast/story_14151230.jsp

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June 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

Posted in CSIO, NEIST

Hamsa the ferry, no longer just a fairy tale

24 June 2011

BANGALORE:National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has developed an air propelled ferry system — CSIR Hamsa — to access difficult terrains such as marshy land and water.

Hamsa, with a likely price tag of Rs4 lakh, can be used for eco-tourism, fishing, leisure, geometrics, law enforcement, search and rescue operations.

The ferry, named after the mythological bird which does not fly but moves in land and water, is a self-propelled multi-terrain vehicle which depends primarily on air thrust for propulsion.

“In India, over 400 million people live along the coastline and water bodies like rivers, lakes, shallow water regions of which many are filled with weeds. The air ferry can be used in a wide variety of applications where access is a problem,” said Dr S Selvarajan, NAL scientist and project leader of the CSIR.
Hamsa is undergoing trial runs at Ulsoor Lake and can be custom-built with different hull designs……

Read more: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_hamsa-the-ferry-no-longer-just-a-fairy-tale_1558447

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June 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

Posted in NAL

NGRI to conduct research on water-related issues in KG basin

22 June 2011

HYDERABAD:The Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) is proposing to carry out a multi-agency comprehensive research study on water-related issues in Krishna-Godavari River Basin, encompassing five states.

The project which is in proposal stage aims to undertake research in Krishna-Godavari River Basin, which will cover about six lakh square kilometre in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, parts of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, inhabited by about 135 million people, who depend on these rivers, NGRI Chief Scientist, Mr Shakeel Ahmed, told PTI….

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article2125533.ece

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June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Posted in NGRI

Farmers learn about gains of bio-fertilisers

13 June 2011

LUCKNOW: To inform farmers about the utility of microbial bio-fertilisers, the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) in collaboration with department of agriculture, UP organised a one-day training programme on application of microbial bio-fertilisers for enhanced productivity and quality improvement of agriculture production at Kalli (west) village situated on Rae Bareli Road.

UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi inauguarted the programme. She praised low cost microbial bio-fertiliser developed by NBRI.

The farmers were told that microbial fertilisers are available at subsidised rates and that they can benefit by adopting low cost farming practices of organic cultivation, as it will gradually improve organic matter of soil and help in increasing the crop yield. The farmers were also told about the other technologies developed by NBRI…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-13/lucknow/29652243_1_bio-fertilisers-nbri-herbal-products

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June 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

Posted in NBRI

More natural gas reserves found: NIO

13 June 2011

PANAJI: National Institute Oceanography (NIO) scientists have discovered huge quantities of natural gas trapped in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (IEEZ) but are unable to tap this due to lack of technology in the country.

NIO scientists, involved in research to find natural gas in Indian basins, have estimated that 1,894 cubic meters of gas can be explored from the region. Speaking to reporters on Sunday at NIO, head of the gas hydrate group, T Ramprasad said there was a possibility of gas hydrates being present off Kochi, which was discovered during recent drilling in the area. “It’s not confirmed but there can be a possibility,” Ramprasad said…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-13/goa/29652532_1_gas-hydrates-krishna-godavari-basin-nio

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June 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

Posted in NIO

Lucknow scientists identify Sukhna lake mystery weed

15 June 2011

CHANDIGARH: The mystery of the Sukhna Lake’s mysterious incorrigible weed has finally been solved. The weed has been identified as Potamogeton crispus commonly known as curly leaf pond weed, found in alkaline and high nutrient water. The weed was identified by scientists of the National botanical Research Institute, (NBRI), Lucknow. In fact,for the past year and a half, the UT Administration had done its best to ensure that the lake could be de-weeded and had toyed with all possibilities including hiring the workers are responsible for cleaning the lake around the Jalmahal in Jaipur…..

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lucknow-scientists-identify-sukhna-lake-mystery-weed/803864/

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June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

Posted in NBRI