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Sun Pharma Founder vouches for the need of Strengthening R&D in Indian Pharma Industry

While addressing an audience in Dr Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences organised DRILS Synergy 2015, Dilip Shanghvi (MD and Founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited) stressed upon the need of Indian pharmaceutical industries to improve their research and development capabilities along with strengthen clinical development. He also exuded confidence in Indian Pharma companies on the existing potential of discovering couple of new drugs in the coming 10 years. However, Shanghvi also complained about the lack of required expertise in India, especially in the fields of biology and clinical development, that made Sun Pharma set up laboratories in foreign countries.

ISRO-NASA working closely to Launch US NISAR Satellite by using GSLV-Mk II Rocket in 2021

A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has said that ISRO will launch a US NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite in the year 2021 by using GSLV-Mk II rocket, as part of the on-going cooperation between NASA and ISRO. He went on to say that ISRO is in the process of targeting launch of 2 tonne satellites as there is a good international market for it. The announcement comes after the Indian space agency launched its communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully by using GSLV Mk II rocket. Reports say that ISRO will launch 4 nano-satellites from US next month using PSLV.

73 'green' supercomputers coming soon to India

India plans to install 73 'green supercomputers' in the next three years to enable high-performance computing with reduced power consumption, a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) said."Around five to 10 supercomputers will be installed this year and the rest in the next three years in phases. Through optimization, power consumption of the machines will be reduced as less as possible," Sanjay Wandhekar, associate director and head, High Performance Computing, C-DAC, Pune. Source: IANS

Indian rocket lifts off with communication satellite

An Indian rocket with over two tonne communication satellite GSAT-6, which has several strategic applications, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport. Precisely at 4.52 p.m., the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D6) rose from the second launch pad here at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The 49.1 metre tall rocket weighing 416 tonnes would sling the 2,117 kg GSAT-6 communication satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) around 17 minutes into the flight. Source: IANS

India to get first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant

The foundation for India's first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant to be built at a cost of Rs.9,600 crore is expected to be laid in two months' time at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, a top official has said. "The soil excavation work for the fuel reprocessing plants is almost over as the rocky layer has been reached. In two months' time, the foundation for the reprocessing plants would be laid," P.R. Vasudeva Rao, director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) said. Source: IANS

Guiddoo launches first map-based tour

Mumbai-based travel and activity planning app Guiddoo has launched the first map-based tour and activity e-marketplace which will allow users to take virtual tours of destinations. The marketplace, which will be available across 15 countries such as India, Jordan, Philippines and Vietnam, will offer more than 5000 tours and activities.As part of its unique offerings, the company is going to provide features such as traveller-activity mappings, adaptive price forecasts for activities, travel happiness index and activity-lifestyle maps for travellers. Source: IANS

Facebook launches new standalone app 'Moments' in India

Social networking giant Facebook has said it was introducing a new standalone app called Moments which would enable users to share photos privately."Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you want. Moments groups the photos on your phone based on when they were taken and, using facial recognition technology, which friends are in them," Facebook said in a release. Source: IANS

Instant messaging platform hike readies for 4G

Instant messaging platform 'Hike messenger' has launched a new update to its application on the mobile platform claiming to be ready for the 4G network being deployed in the country. As a part of the new update (version 4.0) Hike has introduced the ability to transfer any kind of file whether it be Documents, PDF, Zip and several other file types up to a size of 100 MB. Source: IANS

Delhi government approves e-office project

Delhi will now be the first state in India to end dependence on paper-based file system and implement e-office in all its departments. The Delhi government gave its approval to the e-office project, an official statement said. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In the meeting, Kejriwal approved the e-office project to be implemented in all departments and autonomous bodies of the city government in a time-bound manner. Source: IANS

ADAMA opens formulation lab in Hyderabad

ADAMA India, the Indian subsidiary of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, a world leader in crop-protection solutions, has opened a new formulation lab here, a statement said.The newly established formulation lab is the fourth lab in the company's research and development portfolio. ADAMA India's current 10,000 sq. ft. R&D facility in Hyderabad is spread across two blocks and has three labs. Source: IANS

Flipkart launches socialising feature app

Online marketplace Flipkart has launched "Ping", a mobile application feature that will help in enhancing the shopping experience of users. Using Ping, Flipkart users would be able to chat with friends while shopping, and share experiences using text, photos and emoticons in real time. The company has 50 million app-based users, which comprise 75 percent of its total users. Source: IANS

Countdown for Indian rocket GSLV launch to begin on August 26

The 29-hour countdown for the launch of GSat-6 communication satellite using GSLV rocket will start on August 26 at 11.52 a.m, the Indian space agency said. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Mission Readiness Review Committee and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) have cleared the August 27 evening launch. The communication satellite will be launched with ISRO's heavier rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV). Source: IANS

Delhi's first hydropower plant commissioned

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has commissioned the first hydroelectric plant here to produce 20,000 kwh electricity per year, an official statement said. The plant has been set up at DJB's Sewage Treatment Plant in Chilla in east Delhi.

This is the first plant in Delhi to generate power through hydraulic turbines propelled by treated effluent from the STP, the statement said. The generated electricity will be utilised at the sewage plant itself. (Source: IANS)

PM Modi announces Plan of Opening Space Station in Strategically Located Pacific Region Island Nations

While announcing multiple initiatives for enhanced cooperation with strategically located 14 countries in the Pacific region during Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Conference (FIPIC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced setting up of a space station in any of these fourteen countries along with developing disaster management capacities. He also emphasized on capacity building as well as research collaboration with institutions in India. PM Modi went on to stress upon creating capacity in these island nations for dealing with natural disasters that includes space technology application for early warning system and development of human resource.

Railway Minister launches Latest Application for increasing Security of Women Passengers

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, in an event in Kolkata, launched a smartphone based security application for Eastern Railways’ women suburban commuters. The app is named R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance). General Manager of Eastern Railway, R K Gupta, said that this app has been designed as per the available technology implemented in Secunderabad and Mumbai. However, this app is more versatile in nature because of the incorporation of a special facility that allows women passengers to take photos of the perpetrators and send them to the security control room directly. iPhone users will get this app in coming one week. Non-smartphone users can also send SMS alerts.  

Indian scientists developing snake robot

Indian scientists are developing snake robots that could help save lives in disasters and accidents and aid surveillance.Two prototypes of the Snake Robot for Search and Rescue Missions, called SARP (Snake-like Articulated Robot Platform) have been designed by scientists of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H). Source: IANS

Karbonn launches new budget smartphone

Domestic handset-maker Karbonn has launched a new budget smartphone - the Aura 9 - at a price of Rs.6,999. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch big IPS-LCD screen, 4,000 mAh battery along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory expandable to 32GB. The device will have a eight-megapixel auto-focus rear camera and a five-megapixel front camera. Source: IANS

ISRO to launch GSAT 6 on August 27

India will launch communication satellite GSat-6 on August 27, the space agency said.The satellite will be launched with the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) heavier rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV).According to ISRO, the GSLV rocket carrying the GSat-6 communication satellite weighing over 2,100 kg will blast off at 4.52 p.m. on August 27. Source: IANS

Samsung launches S6 edge plus

South Korean electronics giant Samsung's India arm on Wednesday launched the Samsung S6 Edge Plus which was completely made in the company's Noida facility, thereby expanding its Edge series. The phone, priced at Rs.57,990, will go on sale from Aug 28 and is open for pre-order. "The phone has been produced from our Noida facility completely," Asim Warsi, vice-president of IT and marketing, said. Source: IANS

Google reveals new Android OS, Marshmallow

Internet giant Google has revealed that the sixth version of its Android operating system (OS) will be called Marshmallow and opened it to app developers for testing. Previously called Project M, the new OS will follow Google's nomenclature rules of naming operating system after sweet treats. Earlier operating systems were named Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.Source: IANS