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Indigenously built Tejas inducted into IAF

The Indian Air Force on Friday inducted the first squadron of the indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas into its fleet.An induction ceremony to induct two Tejas aircrafts was held at the Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bengaluru, which included a multi religious prayer. The crew members of the first squadron of Tejas, a multi-role supersonic single-engine aircraft designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), also performed pooja and broke coconuts to mark the auspicious occasion. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>HAL handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to the IAF which will make up the ‘Flying Daggers’ 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA. The aircrafts also performed a sortie during the induction ceremony.Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who on May 17 took his maiden flight in Tejas, had termed the aircraft as good for induction. Air Force has said the idea is to have a total of six aircraft this financial year and about eight in the next.

Gir cows pee gold, claim Junagadh Agricultural University scientists

Scientists at the Junagadh Agricultural University have claimed that there are traces of gold in the urine of Gir cows.

You heard that right. After four years of research, scientists at the university claimed that the analysis of 400 Gir cows done at the Food Testing Laboratory revealed traces of gold, ranging from 3 mg to 10 mg, found in one litre of cow urine, reported News18.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The gold was reportedly found in ionic form, which is gold salt soluble in water. “We’ve been researching on cows for the last four years. As scriptures describe, we tested the samples on Kapil Plasma Unit and the range of gold as 3 to 10 milligrams per litre. It has been repeatedly tested and the gold has been isolated, precipitated and melted,” the report quoted scientist BA Golakia as saying.

Golakia also said that the cow urine contained 5,100 compounds, which included 388 with medicinal properties. The range of gold found varied according to the age of the cow and the feed it had consumed, he said, adding that calves have the maximum amount of gold in their urine and that morning urine samples have better gold content than the evening samples.

“Nine compounds are anti-cancer and 14 compounds help against mental ailments,” Golakia further told News18.

Another report in The Times of India said that the scientists also analysed urine samples of camels, buffaloes, sheep and goats but did not find anti-biotic elements in them.

The report added that Junagadh Agricultural University’s Food Testing Laboratory, which makes this surprising claim, is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and conducts 50,000 tests on various products every year on an average.

World No Tobacco Day: Assam govt urged to enforce pictorial warning on tobacco products

On the eve of the World No Tobacco Day, the Voluntary Health Association of Assam and State Tobacco Control Cell has urged the new Assam government to strictly enforce the new 85 per cent pictorial warning rules on tobacco products.The two organisations, actively supporting the implementation of the 85 per cent Pictorial Health Warning Rules by tobacco companies in the country, also wanted the government to prohibit sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco products.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing a joint press meet, National Tobacco Control Programme Assam Nodal Officer Dr Arundhati Deka said the Central government has come up with effective packaging norms for tobacco packets with effect from April one last.This new rule has minimised the use of colourful logos and branding on tobacco packaging which serves as a key strategy used by the tobacco industry to make their products more appealing to the current and potential customers, including youth, Deka said.The Assam Health department had issued an order on May 11 last year to the Drug Controller of Assam and designated Food Safety Officers of all districts to enforce the 85 per cent pictorial warning under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, Dr Deka said.Simultaneously, many tobacco products have been sent to the Regional Tobacco Testing Laboratory attached to the Regional Drug Testing Laboratory here for testing and compliance of COTPA provisions, she added.The recent landmark move to implement 85 per cent pictorial health warnings on tobacco packets is a very strong and positive step taken by the Central Government and onus is now on the state government to strictly enforce it at the earliest, VHAA Executive Secretary Ruchira Neog said.This year WHO is calling on countries around the world to implement plain packaging of tobacco products without brand names to help end tobacco epidemic, she said, adding, plain packaging reduces the appeal of tobacco consumption and increases the ability to notice health warnings on tobacco packets.

HRD ministry to set up NAT to assess abilities of IIT aspirants

In a move that will alter the way entrance examinations to IITs and other top engineering institutes are conducted, the Human Resource Development Ministry is working to establish a National Authority for Testing (NAT) to assess the abilities of aspirants before they appear for JEE.The NAT is proposed to be established in the coming months and its first major task would be to conduct tests in the latter half of the year. The scores obtained in NAT test would form the basis for shortlisting candidates for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-advanced) 2017. JEE-advanced test is conducted for entrance to the IITs.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The HRD Ministry may soon seek the nod of the Union Cabinet for setting up the testing agency. The HRD ministry began working on the proposal for setting up the NAT after a committee constituted by the IIT council recommended changes to entrance examination structure for these prestigious institutes including setting up of a National Testing Service.As per the recommendations, the testing service would hold tests on the basis of which around four lakh students would be shortlisted for JEE.The committee had held that the JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (advanced) and designed to test knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics. It will be conducted by the IITs. The committee had recommended that 40,000 odd examinees would then be given ranks after which they can seek admission to IITs and NITs based on a common counselling.Many of the recommendations of the Ashok Mishra-led Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), which submitted its report to the government on November 5 last year, were aimed at weaning away IIT aspirants from coaching institutes.

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