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01- OCTOBER - 2016

 

ANANDI RAMALINGAM ASSUMED CHARGE AS BHARAT ELECTRONICS LIMITED’S FIRST WOMAN DIRECTOR

Anandi Ramalingam assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

Ramalingam has assumed charge as Director Marketing. It is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the Director of the company.

Earlier, Ramalingam served as the General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit (SBU) at BEL's Bangalore Complex.

Ramalingam had joined BEL-Bengaluru in March 1985 after completing her BE in Electronics and Communication engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

About Bharat Electronics Limited

Bharat Electronics Limited is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company with about nine factories in India.

It is owned by the Indian Government.

It primarily manufactures advanced electronic products for the Indian Armed Forces.

It is one of nine PSUs under the Ministry of Defence of India.

It has been accorded Navratna status by the Government of India.

HRD MINISTER INAUGURATES SUPER COMPUTER PARAM-ISHAN AT IIT GUWAHATI

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the super computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus.

Students and faculty members of IIT Guwahati are expected to derive huge benefit from the facility.

PARAM ISHAN

• It is the fastest and most powerful computer in North East, Eastern and Southern region.

• It has been jointly developed by IIT Guwahati and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C -DAC.

• PARAM ISHAN has the power of 250 Teraflops and 300 terabyte capacity and can be used in the application areas like computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetic, civil engineering structures, nana-block self assemble, optimization and others.

• It can also be used for weather, climate modeling and seismic data processing.

BCCI PARTNERS JANALAKSHMI FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR THREE YEARS

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tied up with financial services firm Janalakshmi Financial Services (Jana) as an associate sponsor.

Janalakshmi will be the official financial services partner of the BCCI where the brand would enjoy visibility on the field.

The agreement also gives Janalakshmi benefits of prominence in stadium branding and on-ground advertising for 68 matches in three years across the three formats.

About Janalakshmi Financial Services

Janalakshmi Financial Services is the largest and the fastest growing Micro Finance Institution (MFI) in India.

It recently has been granted in-principle approval to convert itself into a Small Finance Bank.

It has deep domain expertise in banking and financial services, with over 500 years of banking sector expertise just among the senior management.

In March 2016, it received the VC Circle award for the Best Financial Services Firm in India that has received venture capital funding.

JFS is also a part of the financial inclusion working group with the World Economic Forum.

RUSSIA: RULING UNITED RUSSIA PARTY WINS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won the Russian parliamentary election by securing 343 seats of the total 450 in Duma, the lower house of Parliament. This win, paves the way for Putin to run for a fourth term as President.

Central Election Commission said, Communist Party and Liberal Democratic Party with about 14 percent each are in second and third place, while A Just Russian party gained about 6 percent of the votes. No other party has overcome the 5 percent threshold for entry into the parliament by party tickets.

Earlier, the elections to the state Duma were held on 18 September 2016 in a split system – 225 members of parliament were elected by party tickets, while the other 225 were elected in one-seat constituencies. More than 111 million people were eligible to vote in the election and no minimal turnout was required.

In the last election for the Duma in 2011, United Russia won 49 percent (238 seats) of the vote.

SCIENTISTS USE STEM CELLS TO SUCCESSFULLY GROW HUMAN LUNGS IN A DISH

A team of researchers from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) created a three-dimensional lung, called as organoids, to study diseases, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The organoids resemble sections of human lungs instead of just cells.

The study was published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.

How the researchers grew lungs?

The researchers used stem cells taken from actual adult human lungs to coat tiny sticky hydrogel beads.

The beads eventually grew and self-assembled to envelope the hydrogel beads, which were all placed inside linked wells.

The resulting structure produced evenly distributed three-dimensional patterns consistent with actual air sacs like those in human lungs.

Inside each well, the lung cells grew around the beads, which linked them and formed an evenly distributed three-dimensional pattern.

To show that these tiny organoids mimicked the structure of actual lungs, the researchers compared the lab-grown tissues with real sections of human lung.

Moreover, when the researchers added certain molecular factors to the 3D cultures, the lungs developed scars similar to those seen in the lungs of people who have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The scientists were not able build a fully functional lung. However, they have been able to take lung cells and place them in the correct geometrical spacing and pattern to mimic a human lung.

What is Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease characterised by scarring of the lungs.

The scarring makes the lungs thick and stiff, which over time results in progressively worsening shortness of breath and lack of oxygen to the brain and vital organs.

The term 'idiopathic' is used because the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is still unknown.

To study the effect of genetic mutations or drugs on lung cells, researchers have previously relied on two-dimensional cultures of the cells. But when they take cells from people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and grow them on these flat cultures, the cells appear healthy.

NAROPA FESTIVAL: DEVOTEES VISIT INDIAN HIMALAYAS TO CELEBRATE BUDDHIST FESTIVAL

A once-in-12-years festival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began at the Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India. The festival will conclude on 22 September 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have reached Ladakh for the Naropa Festival, which is also called as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas.

The Naropa Festival draws huge numbers of Buddhists, especially those from the Drukpabranch which is traditionally practised in Ladakh and Bhutan.

Dancers in bright, silk costumes and striking headgear performed to drum and pipe music as part of the festival being held in a mountain village to commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of Buddhist saint Naropa.

On the other hand, a 60-foot-tall silk embroidery brocade of Buddha Amitabha was unfurled on 19 September 2016.

The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of the 1000-year-old Drukpa Order based in the Himalayas, unfurled the brocade amidst chanting of prayers.

A special stand was erected at the Naropa Palace, the venue of the carnival, to display the largest silk embroidered thanka or brocade.

About Saint Naropa

Naropa was an Indian Buddhist Mahasiddha.

He was a contemporary of Atisa, a Buddhist Bengali religious leader and master.

Naropa was born in a high status Brahmin family of Bengal.

At the age of 28, he entered the famous Buddhist University at Nalanda where he studied both Sutra and Tantra.

He eventually gained the title Guardian of the Northern gate.

He was the disciple of Tilopa and brother, or some sources say partner and pupil, of Niguma.

Some accounts relate that Naropa was the personal teacher of Marpa Lotsawa. Other accounts suggest that Marpa held Naropa's lineage through intermediary disciples only.

About Hemis Monastry

The Hemis Monastry is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh.

The monastery existed before the 11th Century.

Saint Naropa is connected with this monastery.

The monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal.

 

 

 

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