Need to strengthen regional food system: Expert

Nagpur: A region-specific cropping system can go a long way in improving the condition of fields and improving the lives of farmers, said Sanjay Patil, thematic programme executive of BAIF Development Research Foundation. Patil delivered a talk on ‘Conservation of Indigenous seeds’ on Saturday morning, as part of the Beejotsav exhibition-cum-sale, held at Mure Memorial Hospital premises in Sitabuldi. The remedy to promote regional food system is through conservation of indigenous seeds, he said, adding, “we need to blend community knowledge with science and technology. This will help us identify…

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Along with floating cycle ride, citizens look forward to cleaning water bodies

Nagpur: The ‘floating’ cycle developed by CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) to clean water bodies was a major attraction at the Futala Lake, where the device was handed over to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday, and many couldn’t stop themselves from taking rides. Demonstration was given on skimming debris from the lake with the cycle, which was launched to mark Neeri’s Diamond Jubilee Foundation day. Municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal received the cycle on behalf of the NMC from Neeri director Rakesh Kumar. The cycle is equipped with…

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Value added online features in state’s new textbooks yet to activated

Nagpur: The state government’s new textbooks for Std X have hit the stores this week but a ‘value added’ feature in it is not yet fully functional. The textbooks come with a quick response code (QRC) which, when scanned with a specific app, should give access to audio-visual content on the same topic on a government managed web site DIKSHA. Scanning the QR code through smartphone currently takes user to DIKSHA site only and not specific content. The state’s education department claims that back-end work related to the QR code…

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Deepak Khirwadkar to take charge as director of SCZCC

Nagpur: After remaining headless for over a year, SCZCC has finally got a full time director. What is noteworthy is that the incumbent Deepak Khirwadkar is from the city. Khirwadkar served in MSEB for 35 years and was an executive engineer when he retired in 2015. He holds BE and M.Tech degrees and has done his diploma in Industrial engineering from VNIT. Khirwadkar, who is at present holding the post of chief of music division of cultural organization, Sanskar Bharati is a Sangeet Parveen as he is Doctorate of Music…

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Eat enough but waste none, people urged

Nagpur: People should understand that wastage of food is a stark reality which ends up putting a burden on the pockets of the common man. The only way to avoid such a scenario is to take care that food is not wasted and precious money and foodgrains are saved, said mayor Nanda Jichkar on Saturday. Inaugurating a conclave on ‘Don’t You Waste Food’ campaign being run by System Research Society at a city hotel, Jichkar said volunteers should mobilize people and the movement should reach every nook and corner of…

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JNARDDC develops process to extract rare earth metals from red mud waste

Nagpur: The Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) has developed a process of extracting strategic minerals or ‘rare earth metals’ (REMs) from the ‘red mud’, a waste generated in huge quantities during the manufacturing of alumina (aluminium making process) from bauxite ore. The red mud is very difficult to dispose of and occupies huge space in the form of red mud ponds. It is largely used to make bricks but the process is becoming uneconomical. “Red mud contains certain very expensive REMs which are largely used in…

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After plaint, min to inspect med colleges today

Nagpur: State minister of medical education Ravindra Chavan will be in city on Sunday to conduct an inspection of the biomedical waste disposal at both the medical colleges, the dental college and the Super Speciality Hospital run by the directorate of medical education and research (DMER). MLC Nago Ganar had raised the issue of improper biomedical waste disposal by the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) few days ago in the state assembly. When the dean replied that the waste was being disposed off properly, Ganar got angry. This led…

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In 2 days, cops penalize 2,435 errant motorists, fines Rs13.21L

Nagpur: The zone-III traffic police, led by senior police inspector Ashok Bagul, has caught 2,419 motorists in central Nagpur and east Nagpur for flouting various traffic rules in two days. Apart from this, the police have also caught 16 motorists for driving/riding under the influence of liquor. The traffic police have also collected Rs13.21 lakh fine from the violators. Following complaints on rampant traffic violations in these parts of the city, commissioner of police K Venkatesh asked the Bagul to conduct a special drive against traffic violators. On April 5,…

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Flights from Jalandhar’s Adampur domestic airport to start from May 1

JALANDHAR: The much-awaited domestic flights from Adampur domestic airport will start from May 1 as private airliner SpiceJet will start the booking tickets from April 14. Divulging the details, Jalandhar deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that the airport is all set for inauguration as the entire civil work has already been completed. He said that the visitor and VIP lounge are also ready along with high-powered X-ray machines. “The operator has already started setting up its paraphernalia at the airport to start the booking of tickets on April 14,…

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