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Green tech, big data in focus at Indo-Russia knowledge exchange

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8516590-russiaBy NewsGram Staff Writer

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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Thousand Of Rohingya Refugees Get Clean Drinking Water, Thanks To Green Technology

The UNHCR along with its partner agencies are hoping to install nine more solar-powered water networks across the refugee camp in the coming year.

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Formin Akter applies makeup before heading to Chittagong to attend school at the Asian University for Women in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Aug. 24, 2018. VOA

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, now have safe drinking water thanks to a combination of green technology and sunlight.

Cox’s Bazar has plenty of refugees. More than 900,000. Most have arrived in Bangladesh since August 2017, when violence and persecution by the Myanmar military triggered a mass exodus of Rohingya refugees.

The refugees are living in squalid conditions across 36 different locations in Cox’s Bazar. Water is scarce in most locations. But sunshine is plentiful. Over the past six months, the U.N. refugee agency and partners have been putting into operation solar-powered safe water systems.

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Rohingya refugees carry a hume pipe in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

The UNHCR reports the first five systems are now running at full capacity. It says the new safe water systems run entirely on electricity generated through solar panels. UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic, says this new network is providing safe water to more than 40,000 refugees.

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A new toilet recently installed in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. VOA

“Using the solar energy has allowed the humanitarian community to reduce the energy costs and emissions,” said Mahecic. “So, there is a clear environmental impact of this. Chlorination is also a life-saver in refugee sites of this scale. The recent tests revealed that most contamination of drinking water occurs during collection, transport and storage at the household level.”

Mahecic notes chlorinated water is safe for drinking and also eliminates the risk of the spread of disease.

Also Read: Lack of Proper Sanitation Affects 620 Million Children Around The World: Report

The UNHCR along with its partner agencies are hoping to install nine more solar-powered water networks across the refugee camp in the coming year. The project, which is funded by the agency, will cost $10 million. It will benefit an additional 55,000 Rohingya refugees.

The UNHCR says its ultimate aim is to provide 20 liters of safe water to every single refugee on a daily basis. It says this will be done by piping in the solar powered water to collective taps strategically installed throughout the Kutupalog-Balukhali refugee site. (VOA)

 

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Russian Prez greets Indian PM and President on Republic Day

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New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin has appreciated the privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia while greeting President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the country’s 67th Republic Day.

In a letter addressed to President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi.

Accept my cordial greetings on the occasion of the Republic Day. India enjoys well-deserved authority in the world arena, plays an important role in solving pressing international and regional issues, possesses mighty economic potential and rich cultural heritage,

The Russian president also pitched for deeper bilateral cooperation with India.

We highly appreciate the relations of special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India.

 

I am sure that the further build-up of fruitful bilateral cooperation in different areas, constructive interaction in various international formats corresponds to our common interests and goes in line with ensuring stability and security in Asia and the entire world,

From the bottom of my heart I wish good health and success to you, well-being and prosperity – to the friendly people of India,” he added.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: www.nriachievers.in)

 

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Change in business landscape: Big Data

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The start-ups and even the prominent companies are now using data- focused strategies to outpace the competition. In healthcare, clinical data can be reviewed treatment decisions based on Big Data algorithms that work on aggregate individual data sets to detect nuances in sub-populations that are so rare that they are not readily apparent in small samples.

Banking and retail have been early adopters of Big Data-based strategies. Increasingly, other industries are utilizing Big Data like that from sensors embedded in their products to determine how they are actually used in the real world.

Big Data is useful not just for its scale but also for its real-time and high-frequency nature that enables real-time testing of business strategies. While creating new growth opportunities for existing companies, it is also creating entirely new categories of companies that capture and analyse industry data about products and services, buyers and suppliers, consumer preferences and intent.

What can Big Data analytics do for you?

*Optimise Operations

The advent of advanced analytics, coupled with high-end computing hardware, has made it possible for organizations to analyse data more comprehensively and frequently.

Analytics can help organisations answer new questions about business operations and advance decision-making, mitigate risks and uncover insights that may prove to be valuable to the organisation. Most organisations are sitting upon heaps of transactional data. Increasingly, they are discovering and developing the capability to collect and utilise this mass of data to conduct controlled experiments to make better management decisions. For example, you can map addresses from Excel to get a visual representation of raw data.

* React faster

Big Data analytics allows organisations to make and execute better business decisions in very little time. Big Data and analytics tools allow users to work with data without going through complicated technical steps. This kind of abstraction allows data to be mined for specific purposes.

* Improve the quality of services

Big Data analytics leads to the generation of real business value by combining analysis, data and processing. The ability to include more data, run deeper analysis on it and deliver faster answers has the potential to improve services. Big Data allows ever-narrower segmentation of customers and, therefore, much more precisely tailored products or services. Big Data analytics helps organizations capitalize on a wider array of new data sources, capture data in flight, analyse all the data instead of sample subsets, apply more sophisticated analytics to it and get answers in minutes that formerly took hours or days.

* Deliver relevant, focused customer communications

Mobile technologies tracks can now track where customers are at any point of time, if they’re surfing mobile websites and what they’re looking at or buying. Marketers can now serve customised messaging to their customers. They can also inform just a sample of people who responded to an ad in the past or run test strategies on a small sample.

Where is the gap?

Data is more than mere figures in a database. Data in the form of text, audio and video files can deliver valuable insights when analysed with the right tools. Much of this happens using natural language processing tools, which are vital to text mining, sentiment analysis, clinical language and name entity recognition efforts. As Big Data analytics tools continue to mature, more and more organisations are realizing the competitive advantage of being a data-driven enterprise.

Social media sites have identified opportunities to generate revenue from the data they collect by selling ads based on an individual user’s interests. This lets companies target specific sets of individuals that fit an ideal client or prospect profile. The breakthrough technology of our time is undeniably Big Data and building a data science and analytics capability is imperative for every enterprise.

A successful Big Data initiative, then, can require a significant cultural transformation in an organisation. In addition to building the right infrastructure, recruiting the right talent ranks among the most important investments an organization can make in its Big Data initiative. Having the right people in place will ensure that the right questions are asked – and that the right insights are extracted from the data that’s available. Data professionals are in short supply and are being quickly snapped up by top firms.(Mahendra Mehta & Vibhanshu Bisht, IANS)

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