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Construction Vehicles likely to become more Efficient and Eco-friendly in Future, thanks to Scientists

Construction vehicles may soon become more efficient as well as environmentally-friendly in the future, as the scientists are developing some intelligent power systems for improved engine operation

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November 26, 2016: Construction vehicles may soon become more efficient as well as environmentally-friendly in the future, as the scientists are developing some intelligent power systems for improved engine operation.

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According to PTI, “Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK are working to optimise the fuel economy of the next generation of off-highway vehicles.”
This could help in significant fuel savings and fewer carbon emissions for the industry.

Researchers are analysing the fleet of a company that manufactures equipment for agriculture, construction, demolition and waste handling to better understand the opportunities for the emissions reduction and intelligent control.

Researchers said, “Construction industry is more environmentally-conscious than ever and the amount of CO2 emissions released by vehicles is a significant factor in deciding which ones to use during an assignment.”

As a result, it is now important that all construction fleets reduce their emissions – so in an increasingly competitive market greener, and efficient vehicles will be more in demand.

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According to PTI, “Researchers are analysing the suitability for micro/mild hybridisation (MMH) – a feasible solution that represents a simple, low-cost implementation to create high fuel efficiency with less energy use and fewer emissions.”

“Many off-highway vehicles are left running at full power whilst idle for much of their life – such as telescopic handlers, heavy excavators and wheeled loaders – potentially wasting fuel with a direct impact on local air quality.”

“The intelligent use of MMH could provide the opportunity to shut down the engine, or shift it to lower power, during these idle periods.”

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Scientists are also researching on a pioneering technology which predicts when the machinery requires the shift between high power and low power, thus allowing the users to run the machine with lowest fuel consumption and without sacrificing their performance.

Based on the big data mining and knowledge from experts, an intelligence-based decision tool has been constructed, in order to enable companies to target specific machines among their fleets for hybridisation.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Around 150 Dancers and Dholis to pay tribute to Canada 150 in the City of Mississauga

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 Canada 150 in the heart of the City of Mississauga on Sunday, July 9. Twitter
  • Rung De’ ONE is a pioneer interactive event which uniquely celebrates ‘Being Canadian’ and embraces the true spirit of ‘Being One’
  • Bollywood’s singer & composer Manj Musik, will entertain audiences with his hits and latest chartbusters
  • The natural, non-toxic, water-soluble & environmentally friendly color powder has been specially arranged for the festival

Toronto, July 7, 2017: One hundred and fifty Canadian dancers and dholis will participate in DANCE 150, a unifying celebration for Canada 150 in the heart of the City of Mississauga on Sunday, July 9.

The Greater Toronto Area will celebrate the spirit of Being Canadian with a bang at the Canadian colour festival, RUNG DE ONE (RDO), a colourful celebration of Canada’s multicultural tradition, a press release said.

Rung De’ ONE is a pioneer interactive event which uniquely celebrates ‘Being Canadian’ and embraces the true spirit of ‘Being One’. This year’s festival will be held near Square One at 4219 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga. In its fourth year, the outdoor colour festival is expecting a resounding response as Canadians come together this year to commemorate 150 years of Canada.

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The natural, non-toxic, water-soluble & environmentally friendly colour powder has been especially arranged for the festival keeping in mind the well-being of festival audiences. RDO is a kids and family friendly event.

Bollywood’s singer & composer Manj Musik, will entertain audiences with his hits and latest chartbusters. In addition, popular DJs playing Top 40, EDM, Bollywood, dance performances and a wide variety of festive food options will comprise a fun filled day for attendees at the colour festival.

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RDO festival is a colorful celebration of Canada’s multicultural heritage, which uniquely celebrates the oneness of all Canadians. At RDO, attendees play outdoors with colour powder, indulge in festival food, dance to their favourite tunes and enjoy the spirit of Being Canadian with fellow Canadians, the release said.

The event is being managed by Media Works International, Toronto, Canada, an associate of Media net Works, India. (IANS)

 

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Can Flourishing Islamic State (ISIS) be Stopped in Afghanistan?

The truth about IS and Afghanistan is definitely no picnic

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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016.
Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016. The rise of IS in Afghanistan has become such a priority that U.S. and Afghan forces sometimes support the Taliban while battling IS, VOA
  • Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups
  • Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops
  • In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS

June 25, 2017: The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.

Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups.

Attacking IS has become such a priority in the country, that disparate forces sometimes join together in the ad-hoc fight, with Afghan and U.S. forces finding themselves inadvertently supporting the enemy Taliban in battling IS.

Confusion leads to mistakes

All too often, officials say, mistakes are made due to confusion on the ground.

Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops, provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani told VOA. The supplies were meant to help Afghan forces that are countering twin attacks by IS and Taliban militants but were used instead by IS.

“It’s not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of IS,” U.S. Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White told VOA this week. “We have a problem, and we have to defeat them and we have to be focused on that problem.”

Reinforcements for the IS cause reportedly are streaming into isolated areas of the country from far and wide. There are reports of fighters from varied nationalities joining the ranks, including militants from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and Central Asian neighbors.

Confusing scenarios

Still, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) as IS is known in Afghanistan remains a fragmented group composed of differing regional forces with different agendas in different parts of the country.

“IS-K is still conducting low-level recruiting and distribution of propaganda in various provinces across Afghanistan, but it does not have the ability or authority to conduct multiple operations across the country,” a recent Pentagon report said. But where it operates, IS is inflicting chaos and casualties and causing confusing scenarios for disparate opponents.

In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS. IS regained ground after a few days, leading to U.S. military air attacks on IS positions in conjunction with Afghan intelligence instructions and army operations.

IS fighters reportedly have fled from mountain caves of Tora Bora, where al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden hid from U.S. attack in 2001.

Families displaced

IS fighters were also reportedly advancing in neighboring Khogyani district, displacing hundreds of families, according to district officials. It is one of several areas in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border, where IS has been active for over two years.

Fierce clashes in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar last month left 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS militants dead, according to a provincial spokesman. At least three civilians who were caught in the crossfire were killed and five others wounded.

“IS has overpowered Taliban in some parts of Nangarhar because the Taliban dispatched its elite commando force called Sara Qeta (Red Brigade) to other parts of the country, including some northern provinces to contain the growing influence of IS there,” Wahid Muzhda, a Taliban expert in Kabul, told VOA.

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Recruiting unemployed youths

IS has also expanded in neighboring Kunar province, where, according to provincial police chief, it has a presence in at least eight districts and runs a training base, where foreign members of IS, train new recruits.

Hundreds of miles from Nangarhar, IS is attempting to establish a persistent presence in several northern provinces where it has found a fertile ground for attracting militants and recruiting unemployed youths, mostly between the age of 13 and 20.

IS has been able to draw its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, former Afghan Taliban, and other militants who “believe that associating with or pledging allegiance” to IS will further their interests, according to the Pentagon report.

Hundreds of militants have joined IS ranks in northern Jouzjan and Sar-e-Pul province where local militant commanders lead IS-affiliate groups in several districts.

Darzab district

Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek and former Taliban militant who joined IS a year ago, claims to have up to 500 members, including around 50 Uzbek nationals who are affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — previously associated with al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.

IS and Taliban are reportedly fighting over the control of Darzab district in Jouzjan which they stormed this week from two different directions and besieged scores of government forces. The Taliban has reportedly captured the center of the district while IS militants control the city outskirts.

Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks present or operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, including IS, the Pentagon said.

“In areas where the government has limited influence and control, IS attempts to emerge and expand there,” Ateequllah Amarkhail, an analysts and former Army general in Kabul told VOA.

Hit-and-hide strategy

IS has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in urban areas, however, with a hit-and-hide strategy that is proving effective. And it is engaging too in more skirmishes with U.S. forces that initially were sent to the country to help Afghan forces halt the spread of Taliban.

Three American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed in April during operations targeting IS militants, according to the Pentagon.

“ISIS-K remains a threat to Afghan and regional security, a threat to U.S. and coalition forces, and it retains the ability to conduct high-profile attacks in urban centers,” the Pentagon said. (VOA)

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India’s Textile and Fashion Heritage now part of Google project

Google's project 'We Wear Culture' is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India and its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago

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Google's new art project 'We wear Culture' digitizes fashion, Wikimedia
  • Google’s project ‘We Wear Culture’ is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India
  • It intends to trace the story and importance of Indian textiles from ancient sculptures
  • Its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago

June 15, 2017: To a certain extent, a culture is defined by what is worn by its people. In a country as diverse as India, vast and varied spectrum of cultures and clothes is one of the specialties. Google’s latest virtual exhibition project now provides us the opportunity to explore and know more about it.

Google’s project ‘We Wear Culture’ is collaborating with 183 renowned cultural institutions from all around the world including India and its objective is to let people explore history of clothes dating as early as 3,000 years ago, from the ancient Silk Road to the unmatched elegance of the Indian Saree,  from the courtly fashion of Versailles, to the Victorian ballgowns with intricate thread work.

According to Amit Sood, director of Google Arts and Culture,”We invite everyone to browse the exhibition on their phones or laptops and learn about the stories behind what you wear. You might be surprised to find out that your Saree, jeans or the black dress in your wardrobe have a centuries-old story. What you wear is true culture and more often than not a piece of art.”

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The company also mentioned that noteworthy collections from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and varied weaves from across India, from Gharchola to Patola to Temple to Ikat sarees will be included in the online project, as it intends to trace the story and importance of Indian textiles from ancient sculptures.

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According to PTI reports, the world fashion exhibit also includes designs from north-eastern India including the weaves of tribes such as the Nagas, Meitis. it will showcase the traditional attire from Meghalaya called ‘Dhara’ or ‘Nara’ worn by the Khasi women as well.

As a part of the exhibit, Sewa Hansiba Museum has brought the unique colorful and rich embroidery arts, applique and mirror work from different communities such as the Ahir, Rabari, Chaudhury Patel and many others from the western part of India online.

The exhibition conducted by Salar Jung Museum brings to light the Sherwani and its journey of becoming the royal fashion statement of the Nizams from 19th century Hyderabad. Fashion and textiles enthusiasts can revisit Colonial Indian attires with Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. Over 400 online exhibitions and stories sharing a total of 50,000 photos, videos and other documents on world fashion are open to exploration as well.

The ‘We wear Culture’ initiative highlights significant events in the growth of the world fashion industry; the icons, the movements, the game changers and the trendsetters like Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang