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PM NARENDRA MODI CONGRATULATES NEW PRESIDENT OF MYANMAR
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated U Htin Kyaw on being elected as the first civilian President of Myanmar in decades and conveyed his desire to work with him to strengthen the bilateral ties.
“Congratulations and best wishes to U Htin Kyaw on being elected President of Myanmar! Will work together to strengthen India-Myanmar ties,” Modi tweeted.
His greetings came soon after Myanmar’s lawmakers elected 69-year-old Htin Kyaw, a close aide and longtime friend of Aung San Suu Kyi to become the country’s first civilian President in decades during which military ruled the nation.
MPs erupted into applause after victory was announced following a lengthy ballot count by hand in the capital Naypyidaw in which Htin Kyaw took 360 of 652 votes cast.
EX-APPLE CEO AMELIO MAKES INDIA HOME TURF FOR TECH FIRM
5BARz embeds external and internal antenna in one compact network extender, as big as a Wi-Fi modem
Former Apple chief executive and chairman Gil Amelio is betting big on India as he has made the South Asian nation his 5BARz International Inc venture’s primary market to unveil and commercialise its technology products
The California-based firm has developed plug-and-play network extenders which enhance the mobile signal quality in poor coverage areas. The firm’s innovation prevents dropped calls and delivers high quality signals for voice, data and video connectivity, according to the company. “In the technology industry, India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Mr. Amelio, 73-year-old chairman of the board at 5BARz International Inc, in an email interview. “India is important to 5BARz because of its commitment to develop the mobile infrastructure.”
NOW, A SENSOR TO DETECT VIRUSES IN FIVE MINUTES
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba in collaboration with Osaka University has developed a sensor that detects infectious viruses in five minutes, the media reported on Tuesday.
Faster diagnosis will help not only in preventing the development of severe symptoms with timely treatment but will also reduce the possibility of contagion, EFE news quoted Nikkei daily as saying.
The new sensor recognises virus forms in a few minutes as opposed to existing methods that use gene amplification, which requires around eight hours
AFTER 11 YEARS OF BAN, DANCE BARS SET TO SPRING TO LIFE
4 bars get licence for live dance performances; boost to Mumbai nightlife
Eleven years after the government banned dance performances in bars rendering thousands jobless, four dance bars have got the licence to hold live dance performances.
Bar owners said another 16 bars are expected to get the licence over the next few days, and another 100 will get it by month-end.
They said activity was picking up gradually as they have to make structural changes to comply with the directives the Supreme Court issued earlier this month.
The Supreme Court had on March 2 asked the Maharashtra government to start issuing licence to dance bars by March 15. The apex court had ordered that CCTV cameras should be fixed at the entrance to the premises of dance bars and not in the restaurant or the permit area or the performance area, which was requested by the State government.
Following the order, 150 bars sought a licence to hold live dance performances on their premises.
LCA OUTPUT TO BE RAMPED UP
The production of indigenous fighter LCA (light combat aircraft) Tejas is being ramped up from eight to 16 a year. Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh told Parliament on Tuesday that the proposal of the Cabinet Committee on Security for ramping up of LCA production by HAL is being processed.
He said a total expenditure of Rs. 1,259 crore has been proposed for the ramping up. Of this, 50 per cent funding will come from HAL, 25 per cent from the Indian Air Force and remaining 25 per cent from the Navy. The ramping up will be completed in 36 months from the date of sanction.
A case for another 80 LCAs with four essential capabilities — Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, Beyond Visual Range missiles, Air to Air Refuelling capability and Electronic Warfare suite — in the upgraded version LCA Mk 1A is also being processed for placing orders, he said.
MOTHER TERESA WILL BE MADE SAINT ON SEPT 4, EVENT LIKELY TO BE HELD IN ROME
Mother Teresa will be made a saint on September 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday — 19 years after the death of the Nobel Laureate who spent 45 years serving the poor and sick on the streets of Kolkata.
The announcement was received at the Mother House with immense joy. “We have received an official confirmation from Vatican that Pope Franscis has approved Mother’s sainthood and set September 4 as the date for her canonisation. We are very excited and happy,” Missionaries of Charity Spokesperson Sunita Kumar said.
IN A FIRST, ATTAPPADY TRIBAL CHILDREN GET ADMISSION TO SAINIK SCHOOL
For the first time in the history of the Sainik School at Kazhakkoottam in Thiruvananthapuram, six children from impoverished tribal families of Attappady have got admission for the next academic year by cracking an all-India entrance examination and subsequent interview.
Though 15 tribal students passed the examination, only six were selected on Monday based on the outcome of the interview and medical examination.
Those who failed to win the final round have already undergone the Navodaya School Entrance examination and are awaiting results. The children selected to the school are Binuraj of Karara U.P. School, B. Hari and R. Vishnu of Kottathara U.P. School, M. Midhin, B. Shivakumar and R. Aneesh of Puthur U.P. School.
Hari and others were part of a group of 24 tribal students from Attappady who appeared for the examination this year under the guidance of the 1991 batch students of the Sainik School.
Buoyed by the success, the alumni association is planning to train at least 100 tribal children from the region for the examination next year.
SCIENTISTS FIND NEW MODEL TO DETECT DARK MATTER
Scientists have proposed a new model for what the elusive dark matter might be and how the presence of this mysterious material can be tested.
Though no one has ever seen it, and no one knows what it really is, indisputable physical calculations state that approximately 27 per cent of the universe is dark matter, researchers said.
Only five per cent is the matter of which all known materials consist, they said.
Several types of devices have been put up on Earth and in space to capture particles that dark matter is supposed to consist of, and experiments have attempted to create the particle by colliding ordinary matter particles at very high temperatures.
Even if such a collision succeeds, it would immediately pass on and fly away from detectors — but will take some energy with it, and this energy loss will be recorded and indicate that a dark particle was produced.