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Doordarshan to bring Sanskrit back to life, to start a weekly 30 minutes programme

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With English becoming the global language, Sanskrit, the mother of all languages, has been gradually fading away from the mainstream.

Doordarshan, however, is spearheading the move to preserve the language as our cultural heritage. It plans on taking steps to popularize Sanskrit among the masses. Starting July onward, the national broadcaster will present a weekly ‘Sanskrit News Magazine,’ aiming to present events from every corner of the world.

The much awaited programme will be divided into news, features and debates and will be conducted entirely in Sanskrit. As of now, the DD officials are studying trends and patterns regarding the use of Sanskrit across the country in preparation of the magazine.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Akshay Rout, Additional Director General (News), Doordarshan told a newspaper, “We are putting in the best efforts to get reporters, editors and anchors fluent in Sanskrit, on contractual basis. The half-an-hour program will be telecasted on weekends. We will finalize the name in the next few days.”The project comes in the backdrop of the success of a special half hour bulletin in August 2014 during the Sanskrit Week 2014.

Every morning, at precisely 6.55 A.M., ‘Varta,’ (also spelled as Vaarta) a news bulletin in Sanskrit has been broadcasted by DD for the last many years. Plans are underway to extend the duration of the program by at least ten minutes.

“We are examining the feasibility of the existing bulletins. Right now, it is a five-minute bulletin, which I think is too short. It is neither here nor there. We may extend the time once we have the necessary staff,” told A Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar Bharati to The Economic Times.

“The Sanskrit program will look at showcasing not just current affairs but also stories of interest from around the world, and more features will be added, depending on the interest it generates,” said a DD official.

The first Sanskrit bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) was broadcast in 1974, almost four decades after the national radio service started in 1936.

Remarkably, Sanskrit was the last language to be taken up by AIR’s news service division, much later than even Sindhi and Nepali.

‘Good News India,’ a weekly program, which showcases the transformation of the lives of people in the country, is also expected to be broadcasted soon, according to DD officials.

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Czech Scientists Find way to Extract Water From Air

The project will be showcased at the Dubai Expo 2020, to be held between October 2020 and April 2021

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A team of scientists from the Technical University in Prague have said they found a method of extracting water from air using an autonomous solar-powered system. Pixabay

A team of scientists from the Technical University in Prague have said they found a method of extracting water from air using an autonomous solar-powered system.

The first prototype of Solar Air Water Earth Resource (SAWER) has the capacity to produce 100 litres of drinking water per day anywhere on the planet, even in the desert.

The experts installed SAWER in the United Arab Emirates’ town of Sweihan, located about 70 km east of Abu Dhabi.

“It is not a revolutionary process, but an unusual one,” civil and environmental engineering professor Tomas Matuska told Efe news, adding it used dehumidifiers that are often employed in the food industry.

Matuska explained that the two-stage system consists of a desiccant that holds water molecules in its surface and then an air heater produces water vapour to be taken back to the surface.

A group of 12 scientists started the project in the Czech Republic’s capital in 2017 and created the first prototype that can be transported in two six-meter-long cargo containers.

One of the containers holds the production unit including distilled water equipment, while the second contains the accumulators to boost heat and cold processes, as well as energy control systems.

The experts installed SAWER in the United Arab Emirates’ town of Sweihan, located about 70 km east of Abu Dhabi. Pixabay

Photovoltaic modules are placed on the two containers in order to produce the energy necessary to start the process.

The movable device aims to establish timely living conditions, or to facilitate civil-military operations in inhospitable places requiring an emergency water supply.

“The test (near Abi Dhabi) will last about six months, because we want to have information with data from summer, autumn and winter,” said Matuska, who is part of the team that developed SAWER in Prague.

The device will be tested in the laboratory during this period, although Matuska said it only requires “air filter changes, water canister emptying and cleaning for the photovoltaic modules.”

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The prototype cost about 360,000 euros ($400,000), making the water extracted very expensive – $10 per litre in the first year.

The project will be showcased at the Dubai Expo 2020, to be held between October 2020 and April 2021.

“There is a great interest in our project, from the US to Australia,” Matuska said, adding: “We have signed a confidentiality agreement with a company with businesses in the Persian Gulf area.” (IANS)