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Report Dated March 11, 2017 1:55 PM
Indian doctors said Thursday that an Egyptian who is believed to be the world’s heaviest woman had successfully undergone weight-loss surgery after losing over 100 kilograms (220 pounds).
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who previously weighed around 500 kilos (1,102 pounds), had not left her house in Egypt in over two decades until arriving in Mumbai last month for bariatric surgery.
“We are happy to inform all well-wishers that the medical team of Saifee Hospital has successfully performed the surgery on Eman Ahmed,” said a statement.
“Eman successfully underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on March 7th 2017 at Saifee Hospital. She had an uneventful surgery and anaesthesia course.
“She is now on oral fluids and accepting them well. The future course of action for the medical team working on her will be to correct all her associated medical problems, to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible,” it added.
A spokeswoman for Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who is leading Abd El Aty’s treatment, said the 37-year-old Egyptian’s weight had been brought under 400 kilograms (881 pounds) since she arrived in Mumbai in early February.
The Egyptian is still believed to be the world’s heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter who the Guinness Book of World Records recorded at 293 kilos (645 pounds) in July last year.
Abd El Aty, who is from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, was flown to India’s commercial capital in a specially modified Airbus on Saturday, Feb. 11 for treatment.
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Her sister had approached Lakdawala, a specialist weight-loss surgeon, in October, saying Abd El Aty needed urgent medical attention.
Her family told the doctor that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.
Report Dated January 15, 2017 4:19 PM
A 14-year-old boy in Gujarat has signed an agreement worth Rs.5 crore to explore the possibility of commercial production of a drone created by him which can help in detecting and defusing landmines in war fields.
Harshwardhan Zala, who is studying in Class 10, started work on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone last year after reading in newspapers about high army casualties due to landmines.
“I first created a land mine detecting robot but realised that since the weight is heavy it would trigger a blast and damage it so I thought of creating a drone which will be at a safe distance while detecting the mines,” said Harshwardhan, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the recently-concluding Vibrant Gujarat summit in Ahmedabad.
The state government had even part financed his final prototype which cost him around Rs. 5 lakhs. Now the government experts will explore the possibility of its commercial production.
Explaining the concept, Harshwardhan said that once the mine was detected by the drone through an infrared sensor, a 50 gram detonator will complete the task of defusing it
Harshwardhan, whose father is an accountant, has set up his own company – Aerobatics 7 – and plans to create more such gadgets. A student of Sarvoday Vidhyamandi, he says he has been interested in science and innovation for several years now.
Report Dated November 5, 2016 7:07 PM
Aishwarya Trivedi, 23, who graduated in architecture from a college in Vadodara, is now included in the World Genius Directory (2016) from the Asia region with an IQ recorded at 150.
Aishwarya is now doing her further studies on Construction Project Management at the New York University in the USA. The eldest child of an architect mother and ex-naval father, she is among the Who’s Who of the high IQ world.
She falls in the range of 2% of the world’s population with very high intelligence. She first joined the hi-IQ community Mensa India, then went a step ahead and was included in the World Genius Directory. She feels it is an achievement that her views were accepted by geniuses.
Report Dated August 29, 2016 1:16 PM
India has successfully tested its scramjet or air breathing engine, with the launch of a rocket.
An official from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said two scramjet engines were tested during the flight.
He said the two air breathing engines were hugging the rocket on its sides and when the rocket reaches a height of 11 km, the scramjet will start breathing air.
The scramjet engine, used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight, will help bring down the launch cost by reducing the amount of oxidizer to be carried with the fuel.
The test flight was the maiden short duration experimental test of Isro’s scramjet engine with a hypersonic flight in Mach-6.
Isro said some of the tech challenges handled during the development of the scramjet engine include design and development of hypersonic engine air intake, development of materials withstanding very high temperatures, proper thermal management and ground testing.
India is the fourth country to demonstrate the flight testing of the Scramjet engine.
Report Dated August 27, 2016 6:29 PM
Indian scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CISR) laboratory in Kolkata have designed a ‘solar tree’ that they hope will help overcome a key challenge the country faces in the generation of solar power.
With photovoltaic panels placed at different levels on branches made of steel ‘solar trees’ could reduce the amount of land needed to develop solar parks.
Daljit Singh Bedi, chief scientist at the CISR in Delhi said it takes about four-square meters of space to produce energy, which would otherwise require 400 sq meters of space.
Scientists estimate the energy generated by a solar tree would be enough to light up five homes, and the tree would make it easier to increase solar power generation to light up homes and streets in cities and in rural areas, where farmers are unwilling to give up large tracts of land for solar panel installations. The solar tree will also harness more energy compared to rooftop panels.
India’s pledge to reduce its carbon emissions, that was made at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris last year, relies heavily on increasing the generation of solar energy. To achieve this India has set an ambitious target of generating 40 percent of its total capacity from renewables by 2030 and also reducing its reliance on polluting coal-based thermal energy.
While the falling cost of photovoltaic panels has made solar power more viable and investment has been flowing into the growing sector, worries remain about acquiring large tracts of land to set up solar parks.
Amit Kumar at the Energy and Resources Institute, Delhi, says solar trees could provide a sustainable option but innovations on solar power have so far not made much headway.