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Kolkata: Green tech, super-computing and big data are stated to be some of the current thrust areas in the knowledge exchange between India and Russia.

Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of department of science and technology, revealed that apart from student exchanges which form an essential component of bilateral cooperation in the scientific field between the two countries, industrial component is also present in collaborations.

“There is a general co-operation in the form of student exchanges, scientific collaborations and bringing in some technology from there (Russia) to here (India); so there’s an industrial component in the joint collaborative projects.”

Further, Sharma told media persons on the side-line of the 60th anniversary celebrations of National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), “Energy needs, green technologies, super-computing and big data are the thrust areas under a new agreement.”

He added that as many as 70 super-computers will be installed in India in phases in five to seven years as part of the Rs 4,500-crore National Super-computing Mission which is being jointly handled by the departments of science and technology and electronics and information technology.

(With inputs from IANS)


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The aim of the book is to teach children that families can exist in different forms, and show them how to accept the diversity in family backgrounds.

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The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.

Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background

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