Hyderabad, May 15, 2017: Aravind Kumar Rengan, a professor at Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) award in the Young Scientist category for 2017.
Assistant Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering, he is being recognized for having devised a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nanoparticles. This is useful for both imaging and therapeutics, IIT-Hyderabad said in a statement.
This research, through which he was able to engineer a biodegradable nano-system for photothermal therapy of cancer and proved its in-vivo biodegradability, has got immense translational potential and can be used to treat cancer in an affordable way with minimal side effects.
The award will be presented to him by the INSA President during the anniversary general meeting in December 2017.
“We are delighted that Dr Rengan has made a mark in scientific work related to curing cancer and has brought pride to IIT Hyderabad. It is work like this by our young faculty that will bring international recognition to IIT Hyderabad,” said U.B Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad.
“This Award is an encouragement for the good scientific work that we do in India, which is comparable to international standards. I would be very happy if many more young medicos take up research as their mainstream career, which will benefit our country in the long run,” said Rengan.
Since 1974, INSA annually presents the Young Scientist Award to distinguish young scientists who have made notable research contributions in science and technology. (IANS)
On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent
Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.
Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.
Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!
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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.
As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.
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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.
The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.
Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.
The Jain community has come up with initiatives to spread the message of world peace
Nearly 5000 Jains will assemble in Ranigunj and chant “Navkar Mantra” 36 lakh times on 16th July
Further, 1008 Jains and monks have also planned an eight-day fasting
July 15, 2017: In an effort to spread the message of World Peace, the Jain Community across the city of Hyderabad will carry out two initiatives.
Firstly, around 5000 Jains are expected to assemble in the Ranigunj area. They will gather and chant in solidarity the “Navkar Mantra” for 36 lakh times. The mantra is at the core of Jainism worldview. The chants are to be taken under the guidance of Shri Praveen Rishiji Upadhyaya who is a Jain Monk.
The full event will be Shri Jain Seva Sangh, a community of about 3 lakh Jains. The President of Shri Vardhaman Sthankavasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Mr. Parasmal Dungarwal stated “The meditation will be held from 8.30am to 10.30am at T-19 Towers, besides Sundaram Honda, Ranigunj”
The second initiative involves eight days of fasting by 1008 Jains and their Monks. From 17th to 24th July, the fasting will begin from in Chennai and conclude in Hyderabad. These Jains will be accompanied by 20 leprosy patients. The fasting is coordinated by Lalalitayi Jaangda who works with 800 Leprosy patients.
During the fasting, the people can only consume hot water only till sunset. After sunset, even water consumption is not allowed.
In Jainism, fasting is an important aspect. During festivals and other important occasions, most Jains fast as part of celebrations.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August
June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.
The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.
Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.
The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.
The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.