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Archive for June 2011

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

Written by csirindia

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

Written by csirindia

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

Written by csirindia

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/

Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

Posted in NBRI

Declining interest in pure sciences worries govt

12 June 2011

PANAJI: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar says the sharp fall in enrollments to pure sciences courses is alarming and the government is making a serious attempt to reverse the trend and reignite the interests of young minds in the field of scientific research. “More and more young people are going into other disciplines. The declining interest in science and math is alarming, because these are critically important to India’s global power aspirations,” Kumar said at the National Institute of Oceanography where he was on an official visit on Sunday.

The government wants more centres of scientific education to come up, particularly in avant garde areas like nano and biotechnology, but the allocation for research and development (R&D) is a mere 0.98 per cent of the GDP, said Kumar.

More research fund

His ministry has recommended that research funding be hiked to 1.5 per cent of GDP in the 12th Plan, he said. The minister who is currently touring major public sector scientific institutions in South India said he hoped to identify systemic failures that can be addressed through planning allocation……

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/168370/declining-interest-pure-sciences-worries.html

Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

Posted in NIO

NBRI’s global alliance with US-based company

13 June 2011

Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has entered into a global alliance with the Indian subsidiary of US-based Proterra International for developing bio-fertilizer from organic waste.

The memorandum of understanding with Proterra India would allow NBRI to develop bio-fertilizer by processing organic waste through microbial fortification.


The alliance would explore the possibility of developing a commercially viable product on large scale to augment agricultural productivity and soil fertility in the country, irrespective of geographical zones and agro-climatic conditions.

A time frame of one year has been set initially for the fructification of the idea.

NBRI Director C S Nautiyal expressed confidence that the alliance would be successful in developing a commercial product for not only ensuring safe disposal of organic waste, but also helping the agricultural sector in the process.

On behalf of Proterra India, the memorandum of understanding was signed last evening by its CEO Mark Hodges in the presence of Indo-US Foundation for Research President and CEO Arun Goyal.

Under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Vision 2022, NBRI has the mandate of providing scientific and innovative industrial research and development leadership for maximising economic, environmental and societal benefits to people, particularly in agriculture…….

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/nbris-global-allianceus-based-company/438830/

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June 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

Posted in NBRI

NAL completes study on RTA

11 June 2011

BANGALORE: Union Minister for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar announced that Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has completed the feasibility study on the design and development of the Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA).Addressing the media at NAL campus here on Friday, he said that the estimated cost of the project was `7,555 crore. Explaining further, he said that this would entail the design and development phase of `4,355 crore and a series production phase of `3,200 crore. Stressing that there would be no financial constraints to projects of this nature, Kumar said; “the Government of India fully supports such programmes, irrespective of the financial demands”. Though he acknowledged the feat by NAL, he said that much more needed to be done in terms of technology, and later convert this knowledge into strategic advantages and capabilty.Underplaying the remarks made by his cabinet colleague Jairam Ramesh over the quality and contributions of the Indian research institutes, Kumar said that these were ‘useless debates’ to know if institutes and research organizations in the country were world class or not.Sharing more information about the aircraft, he said that within four years, 36 aircraft would be ready. …………

Read more: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/nal-completes-study-on-rta/158516-60-115.html

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June 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

Posted in NAL

India develops technology to fight aliens in the sea

12 June 2011

PANAJI: India has developed an eco-friendly technology to treat sea water brought in by cargo ships into our domain, bringing along with it alien organisms and may be even radioactive elements that harm the marine ecosystem or can have even bigger consequences. Ballast water, as the sea water brought in by the ships is called, is sea water admitted into tanks at the bottom of the ship to stabilise it for the high seas.

According to A.C. Anil, scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), the technology which is developed by the NIO in association with the Pune-based National Chemical Laboratory and Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology can kill the alien organisms to the level prescribed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a UN body.

“Some of the organisms that the ballast water imported by the ships may bring along are black striped mussels and harmful algae which can lead to uncontrolled growth of organisms alien to the local ecology. This can wipe out local fisheries and harm the maritime ecology by fighting with the native organisms and creating an imbalance in the ecosystem,” Anil said…..

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/168273/india-develops-technology-fight-aliens.html

Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 5:55 am

Posted in NIO

‘Huge quantity of natural gas trapped in EEZ’

12 June 2011

PANAJI: Ocean Researchers have said that a huge quantity of natural gas trapped in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around India, is yet to be tapped due to the lack of technology in the country.

EEZ is a seazone that extends to a distance of 200 nautical miles out from its coastal baseline.

The scientists from India’s premier ocean research institute— National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), who are carrying out a research in Indian continental shelf, have estimated that 1894 trillion cubic metres of gas could be explored from the region.

“The gas was found during drilling in Krishna Godavari basin, Mahanadi and Andaman Sea in August 2006,” Dr T Ramprasad, Head of Gas Hydrate group, NIO, said.

He said that the recent drilling off—Kochi has also found a possible presence of gas hydrates there. “It is not confirmed, but there can be a possibility,” Dr Ramprasad told PTI……

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article2098731.ece

Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

Posted in NIO

NIO to implement ballast water reporting system at major ports

12 June 2011

PANAJI:Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has decided to implement ballast water reporting system at major ports in India following media reports about threat arising from transfer of such water from one ocean to another during earthquakes. “NIO has plans to implement electronic ballast water reporting at the major ports in India to facilitate ballast water risk assessment,” said Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Ashwani Kumar. Talking to reporters, Kumar said that the possibility about the threat arising from transfer of ballast water from one ocean to another surfaced in the media recently when the earthquake in Japan led to leakage of radioactive material from nuclear power plants into nearby marine waters. The minister said that the marine bio invasion through shipping activities is a major concern for the health of the ocean and functioning of marine ecosystems…..

Read more: http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/nio-to-implement-ballast-water-reporting-system-at-major-ports/723897.html

Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

Posted in NIO