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    SpaceANDHRA18nov2017

    Hyderabad :

    CANEUS International, involved in satellite and space technology has signed a tripartite agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) to establish a Center of Excellence on Space Sciences and Technologies for Development (CoE4SSTD) in Hindpur, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

    This MoU was signed by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS and J Krishna Kishore, CEO, APEDB in the presence of Chief Guest Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) an Italian astro-physicist with over 30 years of expertise in aerospace affairs and senior officials of ISRO in Bengaluru.

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) had in fact named an asteroid 20887 “dipippo” after Pippo recognizing her contribution to space exploration.

    The CoE4SSTD is expected to help build capacities and capabilities in space science and research. Andhra Pradesh will partner, collaborate and assist the CoE4SSTD and help align the state with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    It will be developed over a 60 acres of land in Hindupur, and create opportunities for 500 highly skilled direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs in AP and will provide the much needed fillip for the aerospace and defense ecosystem in Anantapur. It is likely to be completed by the end of 2018. Anantapur has already seen Kia motors, BEL and other major investments

    CANEUS International, a non-profit organisation of professionals involved in public private partenrhsips in aeronautics, space and defence recently set up a facility for manufacturing small satellites in Nagpur.

    Krishna Kishore, CEO, APEDB said, “’Fostering such collaborations remains a key focus for Andhra Pradesh. This Centre of Excellence will also build deep industry-relevant capabilities and develop a pipeline of talent to support our growing aerospace industry and create an excellent ecosystem for turning Anantapur as a manufacturing hub.”

    Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS said “This knowledge-intensive space industry is an exciting niche opportunity for Andhra Pradesh and the state has the potential to create valuable technology-based careers for those focusing on emerging technologies for solving problems while ushering in Industry 4.0.”

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> News> National / by M. Somasekhar / November 17th, 2017

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    November 15th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology, Sports

    In this form of treatment, the patient regains full range of movement at the shoulder joint within a short span of time.

    Visakhapatnam:

    The Department of Surgery and Orthopaedics at Divisional Railway Hospital here performed its first sports-injury repair surgery under general anaesthesia. A 50-year-old male patient was admitted to Railway Hospital with Rotator cuff injuries. MRI showed rupture of Supraspinatus tendon with exposed humerus head.

    These types of injuries which were till now being treated conservatively or referred to Howrah Orthopaedic Hospital for further management was treated using anchorage screws.

    In this form of treatment, the patient regains full range of movement at the shoulder joint within a short span of time.

    The surgical team consisted of Dr K.P.S. Kasi Pati additional CMS, HVS consultant Dr A. Gopi Krishna and Dr G.V.S. Ramu, Dr Madhulina Nag, anaesthetist and the team consisted of OT sisters and OT staff. Dr B.G.S. Rao, CMS and Sr DMO anaesthesia Dr M. Mahesh Kumar were present during the surgery.

    Department of Surgery and Orthopaedics also equipped itself to start arthroscopic knee surgeries under the guidance of CMS Railway hospital and with the support of Divisional Railway Manager Waltair.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Lifestyle> Health & Wellbeing / Decccan Chronicle / November 12th, 2017

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    Students of The Crossword School, Guntur —Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu and G.Vishnu Teja— with ‘cool push cart’ designed by them.

    Students of The Crossword School, Guntur —Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu and G.Vishnu Teja— with ‘cool push cart’ designed by them.

    ‘Kool kart’ has them emerge as second runners-up in Young Innovators programme’17

    A cool cart to preserve the freshness of fruits, designed by students of The Crossword School here, has won the laurels at the Young Innovators Programme 2017, held at IIT Kharagpur on October 28 and October 29. The innovation, ‘Kool Kart’, made the students emerge as the second runners-up from among 24 entries from across the country.

    The class VIII students, Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu G.Vishnu Teja, guided by the Principal Naga Padmaja, designed the ‘push kool kart’ as a means to preserve the fruits sold by vendors on the streets.

    “The students have designed the cool cart making use of Peltier’s Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC). Peltier Plate or more popularly known TEC has two sides. It creates a temperature gradient on both sides of the plate when a potential difference is supplied to them,’’ said M. Chenna Kesava Reddy, director of the school.

    The students have used a 60W solar panel powering the Peltier module. Fibre sheets have been used to cover the cart. The students have attached a heat sink and a fan to dissipate the heat and maintain a steady temperature. A 12V rechargeable battery is attached to the solar panel to allow for uninterrupted power supply.

    With cold air convection, the students were able to achieve about 20-25 degrees Celsius in the controlled area, which is quite suitable for the preservation of our perishables.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Staff Reporter / Guntur -November 04th, 2017

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    November 8th, 2017adminAgriculture, Records, All, Science & Technology

    ICAR Director General Trilochan Mohapatra on Tuesday dedicated to the nation the indigenous Re-circulatory Aquaculture System developed at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

    Dr. Mohapatra, who was here to receive an award at the third AP Science Congress, lauded the efforts by scientists for setting up RAS for marine finfish broodstock maturation. This would help quick production and effective disease control to farmers, he said. RAS has been successful in broodstock development of Orange spotted grouper and pompano to enable mass scale production.

    Later, he interacted with scientists of CMFRI and Central Institute of Fishing Technology. He praised the training imparted by CIFT to fisherwomen of Pudimadaka and facilitating them to sell various fish items on Beach Road by procuring a van.

    The ICAR Director General advised scientists to conduct a case study on success of the project so as to replicate it at other places in the country.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – November 08th, 2017

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    In safe hands: Doctors from Healing Little Hearts, UK with a baby on whom they performed heart surgery at Andhra Hospital in Vijayawada on Friday. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    In safe hands: Doctors from Healing Little Hearts, UK with a baby on whom they performed heart surgery at Andhra Hospital in Vijayawada on Friday. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    Camp held at Heart & Brain Institute, Andhra Hospitals

    Heart & Brain Institute, Andhra Hospitals, organised a paediatric cardiology and cardiac surgical camp in association with Healing Little Hearts, UK, from October 23 to 27. A team of doctors from reputed hospitals in UK performed 15 heart surgeries free.

    The team included paediatric interventional cardiologist, p aediatric cardiac surgeons, paediatric cardiac intensivists, paediatric cardiac anaesthetist, perfusionist, paediatric intensive care nurses and the team led by Dr. Vikram Kudumula, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist from UK.

    The team performed heart surgeries which included atrial septal defect with complications, ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus with complications, total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage, Fallot’s tetralogy, etc.

    Andhra Hospitals Managing Director Dr. P. V. Ramana Murthy said they had been doing children heart surgeries regularly for the past two years. Healing little hearts, UK, team had come nine times so far, he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> City> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – October 28th, 2017

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    October 26th, 2017adminAgriculture, Records, All, Science & Technology
    Tadikonda MLA Tenali Sravan Kumar launching the programme at the Live stock Research Station.

    Tadikonda MLA Tenali Sravan Kumar launching the programme at the Live stock Research Station.

    Conduct successful trials on transfer of embryo from Ongole cows to other breed

    The Ongole breed cow is known for high milk yielding capacities and adaptability in tough conditions.

    An innovative cattle breeding technology replicating the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) procedure developed by the veterinary scientists at the Livestock Research Station, Lam, here is now promising a revolution in cattle breeding.

    After successful clinical trials in which the surrogate embryo of the higher genetic Ongole cow is transferred to lower genetic cows under the “Indigenous Bovine Embryo Transfer Mission” at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Livestock Research Station, Lam, Guntur, scientists are now taking the technology to the doorstep of farmers.

    Big advantage

    The programme has been taken up under the National Mission on Bovine Productivity (NMBP) under the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, and Andhra Pradesh Livestock Development Agency. “The big advantage that a dairy farmer has is there is an increase of offspring by 5-6 times through the bovine embryo transfer technology. The quality of offspring is also better as the embryo transfer is in between higher genetic animals to lower genetic animals,’’ said officer-in-charge, Livestock Research Station, Dr. Mutha Rao.

    Tadikonda MLA and board member of the university Tenali Sravan Kumar launched the programme at the Live stock Research Station, Lam, in the presence of senior officials of the department. Under the National Mission on Bovine Productivity, it was proposed to carry out 1,000 embryo transfers during October 2-10, 2017, across the country and the Embryo Biotechnology laboratory at Livestock Research Station, Lam, has been identified to carry out this activity in Ongole cattle.

    “ It will help in protection of the indigenous cow breeds and also help the propagation of the milch breeds of India,” Dr. Mutha Rao said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by P. Samuel Jonathan / Guntur – October 03rd, 2017

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    October 21st, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology
    CEO of AP Innovation Society Valli Kumari Vatsavayi

    CEO of AP Innovation Society Valli Kumari Vatsavayi

    Soft launch in January, says innovation society CEO

    After starting its office at the Sunrise Incubation Hub here recently for its ambitious unit, the AP Innovation Society is planning to roll out the first drone manufactured in the State from New Year.

    “We have decided to undertake a soft launch in January as a prelude to the commercial launch in March,” APIS CEO Valli Kumari Vatsavayi told The Hindu on Wednesday. She said there was tremendous response to the drone manufacturing facility being developed in the city with patronage from the State government.

    An investment of ₹1 crore would be made in the project during the first year of operation. The centre will produce drones costing ₹1 lakh depending on its configuration like lens, accessories and range of its operation.

    Price advantage

    Ms. Valli Kumari said they would manufacture 25 drones per month from March once the facility turned fully operational. “The drones produced here under the Make in Andhra Pradesh programme will cost less than the private manufacturers. We can make a normal drone for ₹1 lakh which costs ₹4 lakh to ₹5 lakh if sourced from a private manufacturer,” she said. As part of its resolve to promote innovation culture among youngsters, they would also have a R&D lab and reverse engineering lab. The prototypes would be put to commercial use through research by startups and innovators at the facility started at the Sunrise Incubation Hub.

    Network of mentors

    A network of mentors, including IITs and foreign institutes, had been developed to partner in the project. The government would procure the drones for land registry, soil mapping, police surveillance through various departments, she said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Santosh Patnaik / Visakhapatnam – October 19th, 2017

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    Visakhapatnam :

    Women entrepreneurs should be encouraged to use technology solutions and drive the nation forward, said YS Chowdary, minister of state for science and technology and Earth sciences, while speaking at the inaugural function of ‘She Builds Tech – Smart City Hackathon’ here on Saturday

    The hackathon is being organised by Girls in Tech Foundation in association with Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), department of youth services and US Consulate General, Hyderabad, supported by IBM and Wavelabs.

    “This is the first event with an exclusive focus on women developers that gives them an opportunity to come up with sustainable solutions by leveraging technology,” said Sree Divya Vadlapudi, chairman of Girls in Tech Foundation.

    “The hackathon will focus on the areas of collaborative governance, improved accessibility to physical infrastructure, eco- friendly solutions for smart city and empowering women. Our Foundation is a non-profit NGO focused on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and entrepreneurship,” she added.

    Speaking on the use of technology to build smart cities, Harsha Avvari, chief technology officer of Wavelabs, pointed out that latest advancements in technology like artificial intelligence and internet of things enable developers to build smarter applications in a rapid manner. Women were also encouraged to avail schemes being given by the governments like for Startup India.

    Students from some of the top universities of AP took part in the event. The participants were motivated to build solutions with inputs from their mentors. The teams assisted by mentors will present their work to a panel of judges for final judgement on Sunday.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / TOI / August 20th, 2017

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    It is a first of its kind in the world, says CMFRI scientist

    Redefining mariculture: Seed of Indian pompano at the CMFRI nursery in Visakhapatnam. | Photo Credit: arranged

    Redefining mariculture: Seed of Indian pompano at the CMFRI nursery in Visakhapatnam. | Photo Credit: arranged

    The regional centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here has made a major breakthrough by undertaking mass scale seed production of Indian pompano for the first time in the world.

    Indian pompano (trachinotus mookalee) is a marine fish belonging to the family Carangidae. It is low in landing from the wild. It contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It is sold in the domestic market at ₹200 to ₹300 per kg.

    The species is distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region and present in 15 countries of the Asian continent. In India, it is reported from both the west and east coasts.

    It has sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons, and the adult fish prefers shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.

    Senior scientist in charge of the regional centre Subhadeep Ghosh told The Hindu that the fish was considered to be a good candidate species for aquaculture due to its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, pleasant appearance, good meat quality, and high consumer preference. In addition, it can be successfully cultured in tanks, ponds and cages.

    Broodstock collection

    In a bid to diversify Indian mariculture, breeding and seed production of the species was initiated at the regional centre with broodstock collection in 2011.

    Initial success in seed production on a small scale was achieved in early 2014. However, seed could not be produced consistently due to loss of broodstock maintained in the cage by the effect of the catastrophic Hudhud cyclone that hit the Visakhapatnam coast that year.

    Broodstock collection was initiated again in 2015 and the fishes were stocked in the land-based Re-circulating Aquaculture System (RAS) for development and maturation.

    “With manipulation of water quality and feeding protocols, fishes were induced to spawn in the RAS and mass scale seed production was achieved in early 2017,” Dr. Ghosh said.

    Metamorphosis from larvae to fry started on the 17th day post-hatch and was completed by the 22nd day. After 30 days of rearing, the survival rate was around 17.2% and the fry reached an average size of 2.9 cm in length and 1.27 gm in weight. A few thousand fry were transferred to the Veraval Regional Centre of CMFRI in Gujarat and are being nursery-reared for stocking in cages.

    Another few thousand fry were transferred to Nagayalanka in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh and are being nursed prior to release in the pond. The remaining fry, again a few thousands, are being nursery-reared at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI.

    He said the seed would be stocked in open sea floating cages for grow-out very soon.

    This was the first case of successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano under confinement anywhere in the world.

    The success raised hopes for culture of the fish using hatchery produced seed in India and will present enormous scope for aquaculture business opportunity in the near future for Indian fish farmers through species diversification.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Santosh Patnaik / Visakhapatnam – July 04th, 2017

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    A file picture of the TU 142 aircraft. | Photo Credit: C_V_Subrahmanyam

    A file picture of the TU 142 aircraft. | Photo Credit: C_V_Subrahmanyam

    ‘Transporting disassembled parts of TU 142 to the site will be completed by weekend’

    Work on assembling the decommissioned TU 142 fighter aircraft to convert it into a museum is expected to begin soon at the site earmarked for it on the Beach Road, to inaugurate it by August 15.

    The inauguration was planned to coincide with the official Independence Day function of the state government proposed in the city.

    However, the Independence Day function is now being planned elsewhere, and the TU 142 inauguration is likely to take place ahead of it, it is learnt.

    Retired aircraft engineers and other personnel worked for nearly four weeks at the naval airbase, INS Dega, disassembling the aircraft. An internationally reputed agency had been awarded the work on the aircraft museum. The disassembling itself was said to have cost ₹3.5 crore.

    The aircraft, after its decommissioning, flew to Visakhapatnam after the Andhra Pradesh Government evinced interest in converting it into a museum. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu received it at a special function from the Naval authorities.

    “Only formal inauguration will take place and the remaining work will continue,” VUDA vice-chairman P. Basanth Kumar told The Hindu.

    “Transporting the disassembled parts to the site will be completed by this week-end after which assembling them will be taken up,” Mr. Basant Kumar said.

    After the formal inauguration, it would take another two to three months to complete the work.

    Escalator and aerobridge

    “We are planning to set up an escalator and an aerobridge for entry of visitors to the aircraft as it would be difficult to climb up to the elevation, and exit by a staircase,” he said.

    All the spares of TU 145 such as propellers and wings would be put on exhibition with an audio-visual show explaining it, he said.

    A souvenir shop, coffee shop, and video games would also be opened outside the aircraft.

    The museum is being set up by the Tourism Department at an estimated cost of ₹10 crore. VUDA has been assigned the supervising responsibilities.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by G.V. Prasada Sarma / Visakhapatnam – July 12th, 2017

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