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After holding successful Tree Plantation Drive Karnataka, NGO Avashya Foundation Extends the Initiative to Rajasthan

Avashya foundation, an NGO supervised a tree plantation drive around the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan

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Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. Wikimedia

Nov 18, 2016: Avashya foundation, an NGO under India’s foremost integrated logistics provider Allcargo Logistics has extended its efforts to the state of Rajasthan after completing a successful tree plantation drive in Karnataka.

The NGO is affiliated with Grow-Trees.com which is an exclusive Indian partner for the United Nation’s Environment Program (UNEP) and has planted 1711 trees on the perimeter of the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan.

Living in a country where people find merriment during festivals in spreading blankets of smoke around their cities, it is refreshing to learn that some of us are doing our part in celebrating the beautiful life this planet has given us and are working towards paying back our debts. Such actions are a step towards purification of the air we breathe, beautification of our environment and bringing optimism into the hearts of people.

This initiative by Avashya falls under its flagship environment sustainability programme, Maitree. Avashya has planted over 2,39,000 trees under this program in the last two years.

“This initiative is in line with Avashya Foundation’s endeavor to give back to society in several different ways. Planting trees is a classic investment that pays rich dividends for the planet and our aim is to plant 10 lacs trees in the next 5 years under this initiative. I would also like to take a moment to thank Grow-Trees.com for completing the drive successfully in Karnataka & Rajasthan.” said Ms. Arathi Shetty the Non-Executive Director of Allcargo and Avashya Foundation on the plantation drive.

AllCargo Logistics Ltd. logo. Wikimedia.
AllCargo Logistics Ltd. logo. Wikimedia.

AllCargo Logistics Ltd. is a leading integrated logistics supplier on a global level. The company provides its exceptional logistics services across Multimodal Transport Operations, Container Freight Station Operations and Project & Engineering Solutions. Brilliant quality standards, standardized processes and excellent operating has led AllCargo to emerge as a leader in the global market of these segments. It is the biggest publicly owned logistics company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

Brilliant quality standards, standardized processes and excellent operating has led AllCargo to emerge as a leader in the global market of these segments. It is the biggest publicly owned logistics company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

AllCargo’s NGO, Avashya foundation also bears many Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), focusing on natural disaster relief, women empowerment, health care, education and environmental sustainability.

– by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Rare Earth Metals in Smartphones Can Now Be Tracked

Extracting rare earths from the environment or from industrial samples, like waste water from mines or coal waste products, is generally very challenging and expensive.

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To develop the sensor, the researchers from Pennsylvania State University in the US used a protein they recently described and subsequently used to explore the biology of bacteria that use lanthanides. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a new protein-based sensor that can detect lanthanides, the rare earth metals used in smartphones and other technologies, in a more efficient and cost-effective way.

The sensor changes its fluorescence when it binds to these metals, according to the study published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The protein undergoes a shape change when it binds to lanthanides, which is key for the sensor’s fluorescence to “turn on”, said the study.

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“These elements are called rare earths, and they include chemical elements of atomic weight 57 to 71 on the periodic table,” Cotruvo added. Pixabay

To develop the sensor, the researchers from Pennsylvania State University in the US used a protein they recently described and subsequently used to explore the biology of bacteria that use lanthanides.

“Lanthanides are used in a variety of current technologies, including the screens and electronics of smartphones, batteries of electric cars, satellites, and lasers,” said Joseph Cotruvo, Assistant Professor at Penn State and senior author of the study.

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The sensor changes its fluorescence when it binds to these metals, according to the study published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Pixabay

“These elements are called rare earths, and they include chemical elements of atomic weight 57 to 71 on the periodic table,” Cotruvo added.

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Extracting rare earths from the environment or from industrial samples, like waste water from mines or coal waste products, is generally very challenging and expensive.

“We developed a protein-based sensor that can detect tiny amounts of lanthanides in a sample, letting us know if it’s worth investing resources to extract these important metals,” Cotruvo said. (IANS)