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No need to carry your license, RTA’s mobile app stores everything

A mobile application offering a simple and efficient single-screen display for important vehicle-related documents was launched by Telangana Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy in Hyderabad recently.

‘RTA m-Wallet’ helps motorists avoid physically carrying documents like driving licence, registration certification and other vehicle related papers. The app enables owners and drivers of vehicles to store their documents issued by the Transport Department in digital form, relieving the citizens from carrying physical documents and preventing from loss or misplacement, an official release said.

Motorists can show ‘RTA m-Wallet’ on their smart phones to police or Road Transport Authority (RTA) authorities during checking. The digital wallet for all transport-related documents will be available on Android and iOS platforms, it said.

‘RTA m-Wallet’ also offers options to add multiple vehicles owned by an individual. The documents once downloaded on the application will be saved permanently, the release said.


Karnataka’s first skin bank a boon for burn victims

It is not just eyes and blood that can be preserved; the same applies to the skin too. Karnataka got its first skin bank, the sixth in the country, on Wednesday. The unit is at the State-run Victoria Hospital and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.

The skin is collected within six hours of a person’s death and preserved for future use, after taking consent from the donor’s family. “Without harvested skin, even patients with 50 per cent burns don’t usually survive,” said Smitha Segu, associate professor and head, plastic surgery, Victoria Hospital.

“The main cause of death in accident and burn victims is infection. Grafting artificial or harvested skin on wounds is an effective way to improve healing,” said Dr. Devadass P.K., Dean, Victoria Hospital

Although artificial skin is available, it is prohibitively expensive. The government has agreed to fund all skin grafts at the skin bank, which was inaugurated by Minister for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil. “A nominal charge may be levied,” said Dr. Segu.

It will take a month for the lab to be sterilised and the first skin harvest to be made. The first specimens will need to be tested for two to three months before the skin is ready for treating patients.

Source:The Hindu

India central to LIGO Gravitational Waves Project

India is set to become a central point in Albert Einstein's recently proved gravitational waves theory following an agreement signed between India's department of atomic energy and the US's National Science Foundation early this month.

According to the agreement, signed during the course of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in the US for the Nuclear Security Summit, India will have a new Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

LIGO shot to fame earlier this year after its scientists proved the gravitational waves theory of Einstein. In February this year, scientists observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

"This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos," the LIGO website states.

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained.

Source: IANS

Dancing frogs in Western Ghats

Western Ghats is home to a tadpole that eats sand, lives in darkness till the time it turns into a young frog. The discovery has been made by scientists from the University of Delhi, the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Gettysburg College, California. The research has been published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLOS One.

The tadpole belongs to the Indian Dancing Frog family, Micrixalidae. They are called dancing frogs because of their nature of waving their legs signalling territorial and sexual display. “We provide the first confirmed report of the tadpoles of Indian Dancing frog family. These tadpoles probably remained unnoticed all these years because of their fossorial [underground] nature, which in itself is a rare occurrence in the amphibian world,” S D Biju from the University of Delhi said in a statement.

“Only four families of frogs are reported to have ribs, but we show that at least some of Micrixalidae also have ribs, even as tadpoles; this adaptation may provide for greater muscle attachment, helping them wriggle through sand,” he said.

Agri GI tag to conserves fragrance, rich taste of Maharashtra

Maharashtra earned the maximum number of 14 agricultural Geographical Indications (agri GI) with Ajara's ghansal rice, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri's kokum, Vengurla's cashew, Lasalgaon's onion, Waghya's ghevda, Mangalvedha's jowar and Navapur's tur awarded GI certificates by the Chennai-based GI registry recently.

Seven other products have also been accepted for the tag and will receive certificates in due course. Earlier, the GI tag was awarded to Kolhapuri chappals, Kolhapuri jaggery, Mahabaleshwar's strawberries, Nashik's grapes, Jalgaon's brinjals and Nagpur's oranges .

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or a sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin like a town, a region, or a country. A community's intellectual property is attached to that particular product. "It took 2-3 years to get GIs for these products. The tag for these products means that their uniqueness has been verified by an expert committee of the Government of India," Ganesh Hingmire, chairman of Pune-based Great Mission Group Consultancy (GMGC), which has been instrumental in securing these certificates.

Scoring a GI for a product helps the community in getting a premium price like the northeast India's Darjeeling tea. The GI creates a distinct identity of the product, assures the buyers of quality, brings reputation to the product and creates an international market for the products.

Source: The Times of India

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