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Indian Researchers Selected to Develop Next Generation ToiletsPosted on March 22, 2014by sagarmedia
Indian Researchers Selected to Develop Next Generation Toilets Indian and global researchers gather at 㒥invent the Toilet Fair: India䠴o discuss how to bring safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who lack access
New Delhi, March 22, 2014缯span>Six Indian innovators were selected today to contribute to the development of sanitation solutions as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India. From a pool of 108 applications, these projects were chosen following an extensive, rigorous selection process by an expert committee.
The 㒥invent the Toilet Challenge: India䠩s a collaborative effort of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India; Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), A Government of India Enterprise; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund Indian researchers to develop innovative, safe and affo…
India ranks 54th in Trade Logistics Performance across Globe – World Bank22032014 The World Bank in its report Connecting to Compete 2014: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy, shows the performance of countries across the world  on the basis of Logistics Performance Index (LPI) which  is an indicator of  on-the ground efficiency of trade supply chains, or logistics performance . The index ranks 160 countries depending on a number of aspects of global trade, including customs performance, infrastructure quality, and timeliness of shipments to reflect on the timeliness, cost and reliability of country’s execution of international trade. According to the report, high-income countries dominate the top 10 rankings and also remained relatively unchanged since 2010. Germany is reported as the best performing country with an LPI score of 4.12 and followed by Netherlands , Belgium , United Kingdom , Singapore , Sweden , Norway , Luxembourg , United States , and Japan with an LPI score rangin…
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MARCH 21, 2014BY Save Dissent to Save Democracy THE rising instances of physical violence and threats against political opponents and the inability to accept dissent must raise huge concerns amongst all of us who see democracy as perhaps the really stellar achievement since Independence. AAP’s attack on BJP headquarters and acts of arson committed under the very noses of their elite leadership; the attacks on Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia in Gujarat in the last two days; the recent manhandling of the caretaker of journalist Siddharth Varadarajan’s house by some garden variety thugs; and the violence and threats meted out regularly to their political opponents by political parties is surely deplorable and condemnable. This is a fatally flawed trend which will destroy the very foundations of our democratic institutions if not pushed back with all the strength and condemnation that the civil society can mobilise. Replaying the past To begin with, it must be clarified that we…