Dastkari craft fair

Dastkari Craft bazaar – an exhibition of regional crafts, art and textiles — is here in Chennai. More than 100 different craftsmen from the villages, towns and cities across the country will present their handmade creations in metal, wood, clay and paper.

Embroidered and woven textiles and traditional art will be available. People can enjoy folk music and dance performed on all days.Hand block printed textiles and embroidered textiles from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kerala, leather products from Shantiniketan, assorted crafts from Punjab, papier mache and wooden objects from Kashmir, are the highlights of the fair.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not-for-profit association of craftspeople working to spread awareness about traditional art and craft.



Amara Raja launches two new batteries

Amara Raja Batteries Limited has launched two new variants of batteries, 12 V120AH and 12V150AH in their Quanta range for their use in UPS applications. The new products are launched in seven Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, according to a press release

Low (Long..long battery) power chip for mobiles

A faculty member of GITAM University developed a low power VLSI chip which extends the life of mobile phone battery at a lower cost.

An assistant professor of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of GITAM University I. Sreenivasa Rao who developed the chip, said that power consumption in the VLSI circuits could be reduced and the charging capacity of the mobile battery could be extended up to 13 hours. It will also increase the number of applications in smart phones.

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao received the best research paper award in IEEE International conference held at Chennai.

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao can be contacted on 98492 45649.


Translator to be honoured

The Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachara Sabha, Madras is felicitating city translator P. Nirmala during its 76th Convocation to be held in Chennai on January 5, 2014.

Ms. Nirmala, who has translated some dozens of books from Telugu to Hindi and English for reputed institutions like the Central Sahitya Akademi, will be honoured for her contribution made by her towards progress of Hindi language.


Award for IICT scientist

B. Mahipal Reddy, Chief Scientist & Head of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, has been honoured with Best Scientist Award of Science-Tech Foundation (STF), Bangalore for the year 2013. Dr. Reddy was selected for the award for his research in the development of novel catalysts for air pollution control, conversion of greenhouse gases into useful chemicals, synthesis of fine chemicals and solar fuels, among others.


Now, ‘Dine on Board’ services

The APSRTC on Saturday launched ‘Dine on Board’ service on Garuda, Garuda Plus and Vennela buses.

Passengers can feat on delicacies such as biryani, roti-curry, sandwiches, and the like for dinner. The food items would be delivered to buses at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus station, 15 minutes before departure. Besides dinner, passengers can also order food from popular outlets like Karachi Bakery and Pulla Reddy Sweets. The service was launched in association with a private agency on a 6-month trial basis in 15 buses connecting the city to Bangalore, Pune, Shirdi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Tirupati. Terms of the agreement stipulate that the private agency not charge more than 20 per cent of the MRP or cost of food items as notified by respective outlets.

To avail the facility, passengers should call 868-893-1666 and place their orders at least three to four hours before the journey. For details, log onto http://www.alongtheway.in


Now, mobile apps for fishermen

The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has provided fishermen-friendly mobile applications to boat operators who venture deep into the Bay of Bengal. The MSSRF, in collaboration with technology-provider Qualcomm Company, distributed some 20 hand-held devices with the app. to select boat operators belonging to Gilakaladindi and Campbellpeta areas in Krishna district. The services provided by the app include tracking potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast such as length of the waves in the sea and weather conditions. The hand-held device would also provide market information, news and government schemes meant for fisher folk. “The beneficiaries all depend on fishing for a livelihood. They were trained in the operation of the application and the mobile,” said Machilipatnam based MSSRF representative D. Srinivasa Rao. The app provides data both in English and Telugu. Plans are afoot to cover more boat operators in Krishna district once the application is proved worthy.