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Archive for November 2011

Award for excellence in science

30 November 2011

LUCKNOW: Four eminent scientists — Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal, director of National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, Mohd Iqbal, professor of botany, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, Prof RK Sharma, director, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, Lucknow and Prof Sunil Pradhan, professor, department of neurology, SGPGI, Lucknow were honoured with ‘Vigyan Gaurav Samman’ for the year 2010-11 by state minister for science and technology Abdul Mannan at a function organised at Sir CV Raman auditorium here on Tuesday….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Award-for-excellence-in-science/articleshow/10925873.cms

Written by csirindia

November 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Posted in NBRI

CCMB grows pest-resistant Samba Masuri rice strain

29 November 2011

HYDERABAD: A technology transfer is on the cards, from scientists directly to farmers, with the promise to yield a better variety of rice.

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is toying with the idea of providing direct access to farmers that they may make use of its disease-resistant ‘Samba Masuri’ variety. And what’s more, this technology transfer may be effected without the farmer even having to pay for it……

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/CCMB-grows-pest-resistant-Samba-Masuri-rice-strain/articleshow/10912558.cms

Written by csirindia

November 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Posted in CCMB

Chalk: is it harmful to health?

28 November 2011

At long last, after millions of students in thousands of classrooms have freely and incautiously breathed trillions of breaths, there’s a report about the question: How much chalk dust enters the air when a teacher uses a blackboard?

The study, Assessment of Airborne Fine Particulate Matter and Particle Size Distribution in Settled Chalk Dust During Writing and Dusting Exercises in a Classroom, was done by Deepanjan Majumdar, DG Gajghate, Pradeep Pipalatkar and CV Chalapati Rao of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute in Nehru Marg, India…..

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/nov/28/chalk-dust-health-research?newsfeed=true

Written by csirindia

November 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Posted in NEERI

A local phenomenon: NIO scientist

29 November 2011

PANAJI: The sudden flooding, combined with squally winds, at Palolem beach is a local phenomenon and caused by a deep depression in south east Arabian Sea, sources said.

“It is a local phenomenon triggered by a sharp depression and fuelled by intensified wind conditions and even rainfall,” a National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) scientist said…..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/A-local-phenomenon-NIO-scientist/articleshow/10911984.cms

Written by csirindia

November 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Posted in NIO

Rise in accidental deaths in Maharashtra

28 November 2011

Maharashtra has earned the distinction for being the road accidental death capital of the country for the second year in a row. The state witnessed a growth rate of 8.6 per cent in accidental death rate during 2010 beating the country’s overall accident death rate that jumped by about eight per cent during the year.

…..On the issue of growing number of accidental deaths in Maharashtra, Dr Nishi Mittal, head of the department, traffic engineering, at Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) said, “Total number of accidents in Maharashtra is on the rise as the state is very prompt in reporting not just accidental deaths but even minor injuries unlike other states in India. Delhi and a few other states do not always truly reflect the truth.”….

Read more: http://zeenews.india.com/news/exclusive/rise-in-accidental-deaths-in-maharashtra_744399.html

Written by csirindia

November 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Posted in CRRI

New tech to utilise coir fibre waste with latex

25 November 2011

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Disposal of harmful coir fibre waste produced by industrial units that extract and use coir fibre has been a serious environmental issue in the State.

The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)-Thiruvananthapuram, a constituent laboratory under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Sevashram, an NGO-based in Angamaly, Ernakulam, have shared their expertise to find a solution.

These two would jointly set up a manufacturing facility to produce coir-rubber composite (CRC) pots from coir fibre waste, a spokesman for CSIR-NIIST said here….

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2659853.ece

Written by csirindia

November 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

Posted in NIIST

Stem cell therapy facility at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

26 November 2011

HYDERABAD: A unique facility where clinicians and scientists will come together to provide cell-based therapies for patients has come up at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in the city.

Set up at a cost of Rs 24 crore, the facility – Clinical Research Facility for Stem Cell Technologies and Regenerative Medicine – is one of a kind in the country.

CCMB has tied up with the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) to work together to provide cell-based therapies to patients….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Stem-cell-therapy-facility-at-Centre-for-Cellular-and-Molecular-Biology/articleshow/10876725.cms

Written by csirindia

November 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

Posted in CCMB

KSCDC to bring out chocolate-coated cashew nuts

25 November 2011

KOLLAM: Three years after introducing branded value-added products in the domestic market, the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation (KSCDC) is all set to roll out new products.

The chocolate-coated cashews are the new addition to the innovative range of products by the KSCDC.

The technology for the cashew chocolates has been developed by the Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, and the product is poised to be launched by the end of this financial year. They would be available in milk chocolate and brown chocolate varieties and the production will begin at the Kottiyam and Ayathil units of the KSCDC once the machinery is installed….

Read more: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/kscdc-to-bring-out-chocolatecoated-cashew-nuts/205699-60-116.html

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November 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

Posted in CFTRI

Jaitapur is a seismic time bomb: Geologists warn government

24 November 2011

The government, which is battling protests over Koodankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, is in for another shock with two leading geologists warning that Jaitapur in Maharashtra is not immune from large earthquakes.

“The apparent seismic quietness of Jaitapur does not mean that a severe earthquake can not occur there”, said Dr Vinod K Guar, eminent geologist at the CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore and his long-time scientific collaborator Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado.

The scientists said that it would be wrong to exclude the possibility of a large quake in Jaitapur because available seismic data is insufficient. Jaitapur , they said, lies in the same ‘compressional stress regime’ that has generated two large quake in the region in the past fifty years at Latur (magnitude 6.3) and Koyna (magnitude 6.4), both of which are located at approximately same latitude as Jaitapur.

Written by csirindia

November 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

Posted in CMMACS

NEERI inaugurates POP centre in Nagpur

24 November 2011

MUMBAI:  With a view to effectively deal with the menace of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in India and 10 neighbouring countries, the National Environmental EngineeringResearch Institute (NEERI) formally inaugurated its Stockholm Convention Regional Center on POPs for Asia region in Nagpur on Monday.

The Stockholm Convention on POPs is an international treaty ratified by 173 countries to reduce the risk of these toxins on public health and the environment. In the Conference of Parties (COP) 5 to the convention in Geneva in April, NEERI was officially endorsed as a regional centre for capacity building and technology transfer after having been nominated in September 2010…..

Read more: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/neeri-inaugurates-pop-centre-in-nagpur/879689/

Written by csirindia

November 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

Posted in NEERI