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Indian eco-friendly batteries using aloe vera wins Schneider Electric’s Student Competition

Nimisha Varma and Naveen Suman of Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, who won the Go Green in the City 2019, an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric in Barcelona, Spain on October 3, 2019
Nimisha Varma and Naveen Suman of Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, who won the Go Green in the City 2019, an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric in Barcelona, Spain on October 3, 2019
Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, India, comprising Nimisha Sharma and Naveen Suman, who created 1.5v green batteries that do not impact the environment, has won the top honours at Schneider Electric's Go Green in the City 2019 finals held in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month.
 
Go Green in the City is an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric, leaders in digital transformation of energy management and automation.
 
A press release from Schneider Electric India said the company received over 8000 registrations for the Go Green competition from the country. The top 49 teams made it to India Semi-Finals after an evaluation by technical experts from multiple fields. In this process, the top 14 teams presented their idea to the technical leaders in the India Finale.
 
The finalists from India joined the global finals in Barcelona where they were in competition with 8 teams. Team Aloe E-Cell emerged as winners in the Go Green Global Finale.
 
"Team Aloe E-Cell composed of students Nimisha and Naveen created 1.5v batteries made up of aloe vera and a few herbal extracts. These batteries are eco-friendly and they do not cause soil, water or air pollution as no hazardous metals like lead and mercury are used. In addition, it is not explosive and is safe for human use as explosive electrolytes like Potassium Hydroxide are not present. Executive judges from Schneider Electric and academia highly evaluated the team’s problem definition, realistic solution and great presentation," the release said.
 
Additionally, Aloe E-Cell gives 1.5 volts of potential which can replace the dry cell and alkaline batteries of AA and AAA size and can be used for low to high drain devices, it said.
 
“We can actually find the solutions of complex problems around us. Schneider Electric’s emphasis on clean, green and sustainable energy usage is also our passion,” said Team Aloe E-Cell. “Go Green in the City was an awesome experience to learn from and network with a lot of people around the world. We encourage young innovators to be bold and share their ideas!”
 
The release said that, as announced at the recent Climate Week NYC 2019, Schneider Electric takes a collaborative approach to sustainability in alignment with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
 
“Whether it’s in our business decisions, people agenda or governance, our commitment to sustainability is in everything we do. But we need to do more. Go Green is a way for us to support the future generation to think outside the box. Through their ideas, we can co-create the future. Schneider Electric empowers all to make the most of their energy and resources. We are all in this together,” said Olivier Blum, Schneider Chief Human Resources Officer.
 
Launched in 2011, interest in Go Green in the City has grown exponentially. More than 113,000 students registered and submitted 18,800 ideas over the past 9 years. This year alone in 2019, Schneider Electric received more than 23,000 applications from 165 countries and over 3,000 students submitted their ideas, a new record for the competition.
 
Sixteen finalist students from the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, UK, Turkey and Spain made their final presentations at the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Barcelona. It was a great learning opportunity to students as 3,500 industry professionals gathered to discuss the digital transformation of energy management and automation.
 
Schneider Electric also announced the launch of its 10th edition under the new name of ‘Schneider Go Green’. Sixteen finalist students will be invited to the global final competition at the Innovation Summit Las Vegas in June 2020. The global winning team will have an opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Greentown Labs in Boston to network with clean tech start-ups in USA. 
 
Interested students can register here.
 
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Army deployed for flood relief in Kota, Jhalawar

Army personnel rescuing people in flood affected areas of Rajasthan. (Photo: IANS)
Army personnel rescuing people in flood affected areas of Rajasthan. (Photo: IANS)
The army has deputed its flood relief columns of the Sapta Shakti Command in the Kota and Jhalawar districts of Rajasthan following heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday.
 
One column each has been deputed in Kota and Jhalawar districts, according to Col Sombit Ghosh, PRO, Defence Rajasthan. The army has been kept as standby in the Dholpur and Sawai Madhopur districts.
 
Deployed on the request of the civil administration, the army columns are helping in rescue of people marooned on rooftops and evacuation from low-lying areas. They are also distributing relief materials and providing basic amenities and other humanitarian assistance to the people.
 
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has declared a red alert in Baran, Chittaurgarh, Kota and Jhalwar for the next 24 hours.
 
Red alert signifies that action should be taken immediately and vigil should be maintained in and around the area with reference to heavy rainfall.
 
According to met officials, Gangdhar in the Jhalawar district recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 22 cm on September 14-15, followed by Durg in same district at 19 cm.
 
The Pratapgarh district has recorded 16 cm rainfall in these two days. Many areas of Banswara have reported around 8-9 cm rainfall.
 
The met department has warned heavy rainfall in Bhilwara, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Rajasmand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Sirohi, Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts in the next 24 hours.
 
According to local officials, the swollen Chambal river has created islands in many villages and the NDRF and the SDRF teams are engaged in rescue and relief operations.
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here on Saturday had called a meeting to review the situation and issued directions for quick relief in flood-affected areas.
 
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BJP's Om Birla elected unopposed as Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha

BJP MP from Rajasthan Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Om Birla
Om Birla
BJP MP from Rajasthan Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.
 
Birla, 56, was elected after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed his name on Day 3 of the Budget session.
 
All members of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as well the Congress and the Trinamool Congress supported the proposal to pick Birla as the Speaker.
 
Birla, a two-time MP from Kota and a three-time MLA, was personally escorted to the Speaker's chair by the Prime Minister after the formalities were over.
 
"It is a matter of pride that Om Birla has been elected the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Public service has been the focal point of the politics of Om Birla. He is a compassionate leader who will preside over the House," Modi said.
 
Modi told Parliament that Birla's "unanimous" election was a "matter of great pride".
 
"I personally remember working with Birlaji for a long time. He represents Kota, a place that is a mini India, a land associated with education and learning. He has been in public life for many years. He began as a student leader and has been serving the society since then without a break."
 
A total of 13 motions were moved in support of Birla.
 
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, named the Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, urged Birla that the House should abide by democratic practices.
 
"We believe in discussion, dissent and decision. And we expect our right to be respected. In parliamentary discussions, we must avoid the ordinance route because it is against democratic norms," the Congress leader said.
 
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Former Union Minister Bhuvnesh Chaturvedi passes away at 85

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Former Union Minister Bhuvnesh Chaturvedi passed away at a private hospital in Kota, Rajasthan today after a prolonged illness. 
 
He was 85 and a bachelor. His funeral will take place tomorrow, sources said.
 
Mr Chaturvedi breathed his last around 6.30 pm at the Kota Heart Hospital.
 
Elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan for three consecutive terms from 1982 to 2000, Mr Chaturvedi was Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) during then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao's tenure. He served as a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1972-77.
 
Born on May 2, 1928, Mr Chaturvedi completed his M.A in Economics and LL.B. and was Secretary of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee from 1979-81.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were amongst those who condoled his death.
 
"In his passing away, I have lost a personal friend of long standing," Dr Singh said in his message.
 
He said Mr Charturvedi was a committed Congressman who held important positions in the party, as also in the State and Union Governments. 
 
"We have lost a patriotic leader who was committed to the well-being of the people and who served the country with distinction. I pray for peace for his soul," he added.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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L&T secures Rs 732 crore order from Nuclear Power Corporation

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro today said it had secured an order valued at over Rs 732 crores from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant (RAPP). 

A press release from the company said L&T Power would supply, install and commission the Balance of Turbine Island package for two new 700 MW capacity units, RAPP 7 and 8, located at Rawatbhata near Kota. 
 
The package also includes civil work for the turbine halls, electrical bays and transformer 
yard, it said.
 
"The contract underlines L&T’s growing contribution in the Indian nuclear energy sector and strengthens its long-standing relationship with NPCIL," the release added.
 
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CBI arrests BSNL engineers in bribery case in Rajasthan

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an executive engineer and an additional chief engineer of the public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in Rajasthan for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a contractor.

A CBI press release said a case was registered by it against the Additional Chief Engineer (Electrical), BSNL Jodhpur & Jaipur and Executive Engineer (Electrical), BSNL, Kota under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the basis of a complaint received from the contractor of Mansarovar, Jaipur.
 
The complaint alleged that the Executive Engineer was demanding an illegal gratification from the complainant for himself and for Additional Chief Engineer (Electrical), BSNL, Jodhpur who was also holding charge of Jaipur for awarding contracts for three places namely Chittorgarh, Nimbaheda-Pratapgarh and Kankroli-Nathdwara. 
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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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2 die in factory gas leakage in Rajasthan

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Two labourers were killed and four fell sick after inhaling poisonous gas which leaked from a factory here today.

According to police, the leakage occurred accidentally in the factory's plant this afternoon, making six workers unconscious.

The workers were rushed to a private hospital where two succumbed, police said, adding that four victims were being treated.

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