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Clean Drinking Water at Just Rs 10-12 Per Month

A team led by an IIT-Madras professor has devised a cheap and effective method to produce clean drinking water reports The Hindu.

It will soon be possible to produce 10 litres of water — free of bacteria and virus — at just Rs. 10-12 per month, for the daily consumption of a family of five.

Prof. T. Pradeep of the department of chemistry at IIT-M and his team have made use of silver nanoparticles to achieve this feat.

Apart from being affordable, silver nanoparticles coated on a composite do not require electricity or hydrostatic pressure to produce potable water. Read more..

Meghalaya Woman Scientist Selected for Young Scientist Award

Jenita Mary Nongkynrih, a young woman scientist from Meghalaya has been selected for the ISRO Young Scientist Award for the year 2011. She was selected for her contribution to the project on National Urban Information System-10K for the NE region as the Principal Investigator, reports The Shillong Times.
The award carries a citation and cash of Rs 50,000.

She is currently working as a scientist at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam.Read more..

Pune Pharmacies Stock Generic Medicines

Pune’s medical stores are beginning to keep stocks of generic medicines which would benefit patients who otherwise spend huge sums on branded medicines reports the Times of India.

Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient responsible for a medicine's therapeutic action as the originator on which they are based. A generic drug can be compared to a branded product in dosage, strength and intended use.

The drug stores in the city which store generic medicines are Mitra Medicals, Parvati, Ashwini Medicals, Shukrawar Peth, Gangadhar Medical, Shaniwar Peth, M K Medical, Ganeshkhind Road, Raj Medicals, Parihar Chowk, Aundh, Tarachand Hospital's medical store, Rasta Peth, Niranjan Medico, Narayan Peth, Lokayatan, Law College road and Janlok Medicals, Hamalnagar, Market Yard.Read more..

Aurangabad Corporator Promotes ‘Shirpur’ Model to Harvest Rainwater

To cope with increasing water problems, Vishwabharti Colony corporator Sadhana Suradkar has proposed that the 'Shirpur pattern', in which run off rainwater is obstructed in nullahs, be implemented by Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) states a Times of India report.

She has proposed that small obstruction walls be built on the 11 nullahs running through the city to conserve rainwater. These connect to the two main nullahs which flow out into the river.Read more..

Newly-Married Chennai Couple Vow to Adopt Child of HIV Positive Mother

Thilak and Dhana who married in 2012 had a wedding that was different and also made a difference writes Bhavana Nissima on

Thilak and Dhana have been friends for years, and share a passion for social work and children’s causes.Read more..

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