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Motorbike that runs on air invented in India
Report dated 01/04/2014 @ 2:27 PM
Professor Bharat Raj Singh who works at the School of Management Sciences in Lucknow and Professor Onkar Singh who is associated with HBTI in Kanpur, introduced the first compressed air powered motor bike, and presented it before President Pranab Mukherjee in May last year.
Bharat Raj Singh confirmed they received a patent from the Indian government in April 2013 for the bike which people can run without the high cost of petrol and diesel. The air turbine engine has the capacity to generate 5.5 HP, (4.1 kW) power by using compressed air as fuel. The load test conducted in the lab showed that the engine runs at 2000-3000 rpm with load and 10,000 rpm without load. The cost is Rs.85,000 which can change after modifications are made
The professors' first compressed air powered bike has been given a place in the March edition of the Limca Book of World Records.
W Bengal govt. ordered to compensate tribal woman for gang rape
Report dated 31/03/2014 @ 2:08 PM
The Supreme Court has ordered the West Bengal government to pay Rs.500,000 ($ 8153) to a tribal woman who was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of the village elders.
The 20-year-old woman said she was raped because the elders objected to her relationship with a non-tribal man. The rapists including the village headman were held for the crime.
Clan based village councils made up of local elders wield much influence over life in rural India and often hand down punishments for offences deemed to contravene local traditions and mores.
The incident led to outrage in India with some describing it as inhuman and outrageous, and calling for a quick trial and punishment for the rapists. The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests, but violence and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched.
Five Indians in the running for 'world's leading thinkers' title
Report dated 29/03/2014 @ 1:36 PM
UK's The Prospect magazine is drawing up a list of the 'world's most important thinkers' 2014. Five Indians are in the running as part of the annual global poll that has been taking place since 2005.
The list of Indians on the list are economists Amartya Sen, Kaushik Basu, Partha Dasgupta, Raghuram Rajan, and writer and Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy.
Among others in the running are Pope Francis, American philosopher Thomas Nagel, lawyer and political scientist Anne-Marie Slaughter, South African businessman Elon Musk, and Myanmar historian Thant Myint-U.
The Prospect magazine has been inviting the public to vote on its list of influential thinkers since 2004, when it drew up a list of the top 100 British public intellectuals. In 2005 they extended the search to the rest of the globe.
Sunil Gavaskar appointed interim BCCI chief by Supreme Court
Report dated 29/03/2014 @ 1:26 PM
Three days after the Supreme Court warned scandal-tainted BCCI chief N Srinivasan to stand down, the Court appointed Sunil Gavaskar, 64, as the interim head of the cricket board and take the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The appointment also places Gavaskar in charge of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Twenty20 cricket competition has been embroiled in allegations of illegal betting and spot fixing, including Srinivasan's son-in-law. In its announcement the Court also said the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals- teams at the centre of the illegal betting and spot-fixing - would be permitted to take part in this year's IPL.
It was not immediately clear if Gavaskar would stay on beyond the tournament that begins next month. There was also no immediate reaction from Gavaskar but he has already indicated he is willing to take on the task of leader of the powerful body in world cricket.
Cholesterol levels rise in winter according to NRI researcher
Report dated 29/03/2014 @ 1:25 PM
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease studied extensive data representing 2.8 million adults, to understand why cholesterol levels usually go up in colder months.
US NRI researcher Parag Joshi, a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital said cholesterol numbers worsen on average during the colder months, not by a very large amount but the variation is significant.
Speaking to a gathering at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session recently, Joshi said the data validates a clear seasonal pattern and underscores the need to pay attention to behaviours that are critical to minimising cardiovascular risk. In the colder months people tend to lack exercise, eat fat-laden comfort foods making the LDL and non-HDL bad cholesterol markers slightly worse. Also less sun exposure and lower concentrations of vitamin D are associated with the ratio of bad to good cholesterol.
Joshi said more research is needed to further understand what may be behind these seasonal variations.