India is one of the countries — along with USA, Canada, Japan and China — collaborating on this international project. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) together will spend a sum of Rs 1,300 crore for the project across 10 years of construction.
A team of scientists at Pune's IISER carried out an experiment using mustard seeds, sandwiched between a layer of plastic and a polymeric nano fibre pad, subjected them to mild force and found that electric power was generated.
After a brief break, rainfall over Pune picked up once again during the weekend. The rainfall recorded in the city in the 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday was 48.7 mm, one of the heaviest spells of the season so far.
Taking swift decision and prioritising the need for having better water conservation measures at the earliest, the society constructed its first recharge pit for harvesting surface water. The society had to shell out Rs 45,000 and is hopeful that its benefits will last for decades to come.
The delayed monsoon has finally picked up and covered large parts of the country, but rainfall is still 36% short of normal for this time. What factors held it back, what is the forecast for the rest of the season?
Established earlier this month, the cell accepts complaints in the form of emails and calls. Not surprisingly, it is already flooded with hundreds of distress messages and emails from students across the country, who are facing issues with their fellowships.
The decision did not go down well with a section of the student community, which staged a protest and even went on a two-day hunger strike, forcing the college administration to defend its decision and promise to support students from underprivileged backgrounds.
The team bagged the grant from the Indian Biological Engineering Competition (iBEC) under the DBT, and was competing against students from world-class universities as part of the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) umbrella. More than 300 universities took part in this contest.
Pune and Mumbai are expected to receive moderate rainfall from the evening of June 22, with the intensity of rainfall increasing in the coming days. There are chances of heavy spells of rain at isolated locations near these cities, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Very good spells of rain are forecast over the parched regions of Marathwada and Vidarbha in the upcoming days, which might bring much-needed respite from both hot conditions and water crisis faced in the regions this summer.
Since its delayed onset over Kerala, progress of monsoon has remained sluggish. As of June 17, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) has crossed the southern parts of Karnataka and some areas in the northeastern parts of the country.