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Josy Joseph’s Feast of Vultures

An award-winning journalist draws up on the stories of anonymous poor and famous Indians to weave together the challenges facing the nation.
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Mahasweta : Life And Legacy

Mahasweta Devi's ideas and writing will continue to be the guiding principle for generations of writers, activists, academics and journalists.
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IIT Alumni Help Bihar Farmers Earn Profits

To IIT alumni Shashank Kumar and Manish Kumar, quitting their plum corporate jobs in 2010 and moving to their village in Vaishali district in Bihar to help farmers turn agriculture into a profitable venture was “a call of land”. To the farmers, however, their company Farms n Farmers could spell the difference between loss and profit.

Down To Earth reports that Shashank, a statistician, and Manish, a textile engineer, have been working with farmers of Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Banka and Hajipur to turn farming into a profitable venture.Read more...

Sari-sun Combo Can Sterilise Dirty Water

An Indian study has shown that even dirty water gets sterilised and becomes drinkable after it is filtered through a folded cotton sari and then exposed to sunlight for less than an hour.

Cloth filtration is already a common practice in rural areas, especially when water becomes turbid during the rainy season. What scientists have now shown is that the sari-filtered water exposed to sunlight gets sterilised and becomes fit to drink without any need for boiling, reports IANS.Read more...

Indian Tech Firms Working on Apps for Women’s Safety

The recent gang rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi has sparked a search for technological innovations that can be used by women to alert authorities of a threat to their safety.

Nasscom, the National Association of Software and Service Companies, has announced a contest to develop such applications, saying it aims to get companies to focus on areas such as safety for women.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal – India Realtime, the Nasscom contest, which is open to software developers, corporates and students, will shortlist the winning applications. These will then be shown to Nasscom members, who may choose to adopt the applications.Read more...

Internet Could Contribute $100 Billion to India’s GDP by 2015

The Internet’s potential contribution to India’s gross domestic product by 2015 may leap to $100 billion by 2015, from about $30 billion in 2011, according to a new a study by McKinsey & Co.

Quoting the study, a report in The Wall Street Journal – India Realtime said that by 2015 the number of Internet users in the country is expected to reach anywhere between 330 million and 370 million. “India will add more Internet users than any country in the world over the next three years,” said the McKinsey report, explaining that 28% of India’s population is set to have Internet access by 2015.Read more...

DNA - The Next Big Data Warehouse

Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have stored some Shakespearean sonnets and part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech by encoding them in DNA -- a process that could preserve those famous words for millennia.

The system could stand the test of time -- tens of thousands of years, perhaps reports

This method for archiving data could make it possible to store 100 million hours of high-definition video in about a cup of DNA, according to the scientists. One gram of DNA could hold as much as information as more than a million CDs. Read more...

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