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Venerable Nalanda University reopens after 800 years
Report dated Today @ 3:10 PM
The ancient international centre for learning in Bihar has begun its first academic session with 15 students, and 10 faculty members. Vice chancellor Gopa Sabhrawal said they are ready to start with a three day student orientation for the School of Historical Sciences and the School of Environment and Ecology in the makeshift campus at the Buddhist pilgrim town of Rajgir near Patna. The Varsity will be in Rajgir 12 km from where the ancient Nalanda University stood till the 12th century when it was razed by an invading Turkish army.
The formal inauguration is to be held in mid-September. The fully residential university will be completed by 2020 and will eventually have 7 schools for all post-graduate and doctoral students, offering courses in science, philosophy, spirituality and social sciences.
Sabharwal said over 1000 students from 40 countries including the US, Russia, England, Spain, Germany Japan, Myanmar, Austria and Sri Lanka sought admission but only 15 students were selected including one each from Japan and Bhutan and the others from India..
The university is an initiative of the Indian government and the 18 East Asia Summit countries. The central government has sanctioned $445 million for the university, to be spent over 10 years.
Indian Army officer missing in Europe
Report dated Today @ 1:22 PM
An Army officer who is a Captain and the ADC of the governor of Arunachal Pradesh and belongs to the 2 PR (Special Forces) Unit of the Army based in Bangalore in counter-insurgency roles, has gone missing while holidaying in Spain and Norway.
Indian Embassies in Spain and Norway have been asked to locate the officer who was there to take part in adventure activities.
The officer has not returned even after his leave had expired and the matter was brought to the notice of the Army headquarters by his father as he was not traceable.
The force is also trying to locate his cell phone and email ID to know his whereabouts but it has not been successful thus far.
Rice Bucket Challenge a big hit in Ganesha pandals
Report dated 01/09/2014 @ 12:57 PM
After making its mark on the Internet, the Rice Bucket Challenge is getting popular in Ganesha pandals as well, as after performing the pooja, people are donating a bucket of rice to charity.
The Challenge is popular with college students as well, and the biggest single donation has come from Apoorva Degree College in Karimnagar, where 2000 students donated over 2000 kg of rice.
Founder of the Rice Bucket Challenge, Manjulatha Kalanidhi says there is still a long way to go as they want concrete action not just Likes, and they want it to reach everyone to help the needy.
NRI startup introduces GPS-enabled shoes that give directions
Report dated 01/09/2014 @ 12:43 PM
Anirudh Sharma, 29, and Krispian Lawrence, 30, two engineering graduates who founded tech start-up Ducere in 2011, are now launching GPS-enabled smart sports shoes that vibrate to give the wearer directions. The red sneakers also count the number of steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned, and will go on sale in September under the brand name LeChal, which means 'take me along' in Hindi.
The footwear works instinctively such as if someone taps your right shoulder your body reacts to turn right, and that is how LeChal works.
Smart shoes for specific demographic markets such as dementia sufferers and children whose parents want to keep track of their movements are already commercially available, but Lawrence and Sharma believe their LeChal will be the first to target mass-market consumers, and they have focused on creating stylish rather than purely functional footwear. They are also going to market an insole to allow users to slip the technology into their own shoes. One doctor says LeChal solves orientation and direction problems and is a good assistant to the cane.
The shoes come with a detachable Bluetooth transceiver that links to a smart phone app to direct the wearer using Google maps, sending a vibrating signal to indicate a left or right turn.
LeChal creators say they have 25,000 advance orders for the shoes that will retail at between $100 and $150. The company says it could use a portion of any future profits to subsidise shoes for disabled users. It forecasts it will sell over 100,000 pairs by next April.
Expelled students of Visva-Bharati arrested for ragging
Report dated 31/08/2014 @ 1:18 PM
Three students of Visva-Bharati were arrested for stripping, molesting and filming a junior student. After the incident the girl was so traumatised that she had to be hospitalised. She filed a written complaint after she was discharged. The school authorities apparently tried to hush up the whole incident.
The victim and her father were in fact detained, interrogated and humiliated by Visva-Bharati officials, before they left Santiniketan, Tagore's hallowed campus in tears, vowing never to return.
The father of the girl said the school authorities did not have any sympathy for his daughter, on the contrary they interrogated her more than they did the boys who caused her so much trauma.
The Prime Minister's office is said to be closely monitoring the controversy and a fact finding committee has been set up to probe the allegations.