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Auto driver gifts Rs 5 lakh rifle to daughter

Despite his meagre income, a Ahmedabad-based auto-rickshaw driver has gifted his 27-year-old daughter, who is a national-level shooter, a German-made rifle worth Rs 5 lakh, from a corpus he had kept aside for her marriage.

Manilal Gohil, 50, took the decision to spend his life saving to ensure Mittal pursues her passion for shooting and makes India proud by winning medals in national and international championships. “Mittal has been taking part in various championships ever since she took on shooting as a hobby in 2012. Since we could not afford a rifle, she used to borrow it from other shooters or from the Rifle Club. But, I realised that she needed a top-class rifle of her own to fetch medals in national and international championships,” Gohil said.

Gohil, who lives with his family including Mittal and two sons at a chawl in Gomtipur area of city, earns around Rs 500 per day by plying auto-rickshaw on city roads. He gets support from one of his sons, Jainish, who is into cable network business.

Source: PTI

Modi lauds eco-friendly Ganesh festival

The relentless efforts of organisations Nisarga Mitra and Vidnyan Prabhodhini working towards eco-friendly Ganesh festival in Maharashtra have found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio address, Mann Ki Baat on a recent Sunday.

Modi urged people to celebrate Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly manner. He requested people to use idols made of soil instead of plaster of paris. He said celebrating an eco-friendly Ganesh festival is a positive way to serve our society.

Nisarga Mitra and Vidnyan Prabodhini began their campaign on environment awareness in the early 1980s. In 2000, Nisarga Mitra initiated the concept of stopping people from throwing 'nirmalya' (floral offerings made to the deity) in the open. The idol donation campaign was originally mooted by rationalist organization Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, founded by late Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

Source: The Times of India

ISRO proves its worth yet again

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has added another feather to its cap when it successfully tested Scramjet engines at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on August 28. It marks a new milestone in the history of ISRO, easily the pride of the nation.

In doing so, it has become the fourth nation to master the technology. What ISRO carried out was a technology demonstrator that would eventually bring down the cost of rockets by nearly half. Unlike other engines, the supersonic combustion Ramjet (Scramjet) engines use atmospheric oxygen for combustion purposes. In simpler terms, such engines will be like human beings who breathe oxygen available in the atmosphere.

The traditional engines need liquid oxygen to create the thrust needed for the take-off and flight. If the need for liquid oxygen is taken away, the spacecraft can be much lighter and, therefore, cheaper to launch. A Scramjet engine uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the atmospheric air as the oxidiser.

Source:The New Indian Express

Massive reef discovered behind the Great Barrier Reef

Australian researchers have investigated signs of geological structures hidden behind the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and have found a much deeper reef spanning more than 6,000 square kilometres (2,316 square miles).

New seafloor maps of the area have revealed a vast, underwater field of doughnut-shaped mounds, each one measuring 200 to 300 metres (656 to 984 feet) across, and some as much as 30 metres deep. Scientists have seen hints of this enormous reef for over 30 years, but until now, haven’t had the chance to investigate it properly.

Fortunately, Royal Australian Navy aircraft fitted with LiDAR remote sensing technology have been flying over the area, and have finally mapped the shape, size, and vast scale of the deep reef. "We've now mapped over 6,000 square kilometres. That's three times the previously estimated size, spanning from the Torres Strait to just north of Port Douglas," says one of the researchers, Mardi McNeil from Queensland University of Technology.


Schools take healthcare beyond mere check-ups

Health check-ups at schools are no more about just queuing up before a physician and getting away from a few classes. In the past few years, many schools have started having specialized doctor visits and interaction with parents, who have welcomed such moves.

While it's mandatory for schools to conduct annual health check-ups, several institutions in the city are providing much more than a visit by a general practitioner or a dentist. Schools now have on-call doctors, full-time nurses and interactions with parents about identified problems.

"We have a clinic on the campus with nurses. Besides, we have a tie-up with the hospital across the road. Health check-ups always help as they identify problems that we don't realise exist," said Seema Saini, principal, NL Dalmia School, Mira Road. Taking it further ahead, Podar Group of Schools are also looking at the students' mental health. Recently, Kohinoor International School, Kurla, tied up with the Indian Pediatric Network (IPN) to hold health check-up camps consisting of paediatricians, ophthalmologists, dentists and nutritionists.


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