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From flight to birth: How India showed world the way to demystify science

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By Devika Sharma

Since times immemorial, people have tried to address the missing link between modern technology and ancient mysticism. But rarely has anyone been able to explain the advanced concepts of engineering, astronomy, algebra, arithmetic, medicine, genetic technology and other scientific inventions mentioned in Sanskrit literature.

On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers showed the world man can fly and the world was astound. But what about the description of flying machines called ‘vimanas’ mentioned in the Indian vedic literature.

According to a book written by sage Bhardwaj, titled “Vimana Prakaran” and translated in English by GS Josyer , ancient Hindus could navigate the air and not just navigate it but even fight battles. Now to be that perfect in the science of aeronautics, they must have undoubtedly known of all nitty gritties related to this technology including high end and rigid concepts like that of relative temperature, humidity, specific gravity of gases, also electricity, magnetism, heat etc.

India has had a treasure trove of high-tech warfare technology that even the mighty west does not possess till date. In our epics like Mahabharata there is mention of Agni baans  (fire arrows), which can be compared to the missiles of today. We also have mention of the Brahmastra which is analogous to the modern day nuclear missiles. It is shocking to observe how even today, not all counties have been able to know the secret of nuclear technology when we had it millions of years ago.

The cloning of the first sheep in the world created a wave among science experts worldwide, causing them to think that this was a revolutionary advancement in their field. But cloning and test tube babies was something known to us since ages. Gandhari, in the Mahabharata aborted her baby and sage Vyasa took the flesh of the baby to put it in 101 pots thus leading to the birth of 101 children of Gandhari! What can be a better example of test tube baby technology in the history of mankind.

Sages could reach miles away in fraction of a second, this was way more advanced than teleportation, a concept that scientists are still trying to figure out completely. What other examples can be more instrumental and astounding in saying that our heritage was way more advanced than the so called “modern advancements in science and technology” present today.

There have been multiple theories and speculations about these issues but there is lack of concrete evidence to prove it, all beyond reasonable doubts. But it is important to remember that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Along with expressing awe and admiration for the current advancements in science today it is vital to realize that there is a lot more to discover and present to the human kind. We must make all possible efforts to eradicate and unleash the truths of the universe from the great abyss of knowledge. If ancient Hindus did have these technologies then there is no way we cannot.

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages Flickr

The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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President Donald Trump speaks about immigration alongside family members affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, June 22, 2018, in Washington, VOA

In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)