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From Dubai to Mumbai, migrants flock to Bihar to vote

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Patna: Thousands of migrants are flocking to Bihar from far and wide to vote in the assembly elections, an enthusiasm not seen earlier.

Rehan Khan from Dubai is one of them.

“I was to return to Dubai in early October but I extended my leave to vote next Friday (October 16),” Khan, originally from Gaya town, about 100 km from here, told IANS.

“I will return to Dubai only after fulfilling my duty as citizen of the country,” said Khan, a business development manager in Dubai.

Mohammed Atiqur Rahman from Saudi Arabia voted on Monday in the first phase of the five-phase elections that ends on November 5.

A resident of Samastipur district, Rahman said he was determined to vote.

Rahman, who has been working in Riyadh for 15 years as a salesman in a furniture company, said: “I felt it was my duty and right to vote.”

NRIs of Bihari-origin in the US are also keeping a close watch on the staggered elections.

“I am keenly watching the campaigning through Internet and TV. There are hundreds like me here,” said Ravi Verma, who heads a software consultant firm in California.

Bihari workers from Gujarat, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities and states too have been visiting their villages and towns to vote.

(IANS)

 

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Team Led by Indian-Origin Scientist Converts Plant Matter Into Chemicals

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A team led by an Indian-origin scientist from Sandia National Laboratories in California has demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources.
Lignin, a tough plant matter, is converted into chemicals. Pixabay

A team led by an Indian-origin scientist from Sandia National Laboratories in California has demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources.

The technology converts tough plant matter, called lignin, for wider use of the energy source and making it cost competitive.

“For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals,” Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said.

“We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes,” she added in the work published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America”.

Lignin is the component of plant cell walls that gives them their incredible strength. It is brimming with energy but getting to that energy is so costly and complex that the resulting biofuel can’t compete economically with other forms of transportation energy.

A team led by an Indian-origin scientist from Sandia National Laboratories in California has demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources.
Scientists successfully convert plant matter into chemicals. Pixabay

Once broken down, lignin has other gifts to give in the form of valuable platform chemicals that can be converted into nylon, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other valuable products.

Singh and her team have solved three problems with turning lignin into platform chemicals: cost, toxicity and speed.

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Engineering solutions like these, which overcome toxicity and efficiency issues have the potential to make biofuel production economically viable.

“Now we can work on producing greater quantities of platform chemicals, engineering pathways to new end products, and considering microbial hosts other than E. coli,” Singh (IANS)

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