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India develops super machine to produce unlimited safe energy
Report dated 30/04/2013 @ 1:22 PM
The biggest scientific collaboration known as ITER, the international nuclear fusion project, that is based on the tokamak concept of magnetic confinement in which the plasma is contained in a doughnut shape vacuum vessel, is underway, for which India is developing the heaviest and largest part of the Tokomak, the super machine.
India is to be one of the significant creators of the Tokamak. The main feature of the ITER in Cadarache south France, is a man-made level 42 hectare platform, the Tokomak building will be slightly taller than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Building began in 2010 in France where 34 nations are collaborating to realise the ITER project's First Plasma in November 2020.
The strength of ITER-India is now 83 permanent and 10 contracted staff, as well as some 20 engineers hired from various engineering service companies.
NRI student murdered in South Africa
Report dated 30/04/2013 @ 1:21 PM
Dareshan Moodley,16 was stabbed to death after a confrontation in a Chatsworth school in Durban and his older brother Revarsheen was wounded and is in hospital.
Chatsworth area is largely dominated by people of Indian origin, and according to Jayce Moodley the father of the boys, the confrontation started when another student hit Dareshan for speaking to his sister. Dareshan fought back but another student pulled out a knife and stabbed him.
Visvin Reddy, chairman of the Chatsworth unit of the African National Congress said he will contact the education minister of Kwazulu-Natal to call for regular spot checks for knives in schools.
According to local education department statistics, 3 students have died in violence this year, last year the figure was 22.
Ageing Germany welcomes Indians
Report dated 29/04/2013 @ 1:39 PM
"India has what Germany needs and Germany has what India needs", said German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner, while speaking at a launch of a road-show by the German House for Research and Innovation, in Delhi. The event showcases education opportunities for Indian students in Germany. In 2025, Germany will have a minus 6.3 million workforce because they are an older society than India that is a young society with millions of students and young people who need training, education and jobs.
Ambassador Steiner pointed out that Germany with top universities and institutions is equipped to meet the requirements of Indian students.
Addressing students at an Engineering and Technology College, Steiner said when PM Manmohan Singh recently visited Germany there was an understanding between the two countries that they should exploit the demographic advantages they have. He called it brain circulation, not a brain drain.
India 8th on list of world's 27 most powerful nations
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:27 PM
In a new study conducted by Delhi-based Foundation for National Security Research (FSNR) India is in eighth position among the world's 27 most powerful nations.
The 'national power' a group of strategic experts and scholars participated in the study and judged 'national power' by indices including energy, security, population, tech capability etc.
Though China was second on the list after the US, Chinese foreign affairs capability is comparable to India's. Introducing the study Professor Satish Kumar said the group evolved a criterion consisting of elements such as population over 50 million; GDP above US$ 500 billion; defence expenditure above US$ 5 billion.
The study also says India's military capability is at 7th position on the list, its technological capability at 17th position and its energy security at 20th position. Foreign affairs capability showed India at 11th position.
India raises Minister’s detention issue with US State Department
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:27 PM
An Indian embassy spokesman announced they have taken a serious view of the way UP minister Azam Khan was treated at Logan International Airport in Boston and raised the issue with the State Department in Washington.
Khan a leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party and Urban Development minister of the state was detained at Boston airport for questioning after he landed there on a British Airways flight from India.
As a result Khan decided to cancel his trip to Harvard University where he was invited to speak, and return home. He was accompanying chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on the trip.
The Samajwadi Party has sought an apology from the US for the 'insult'.