Dubai: A diplomat with the Indian consulate in Dubai has developed an online database of blood donors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said on Sunday.
Consul (Economic and Education) Tiju Thomas who developed the web portal of blood donors, will officially unveil the website on June 21, on International Yoga Day, Khaleej Times reported.
“The Indian community has the largest number of blood donors in the UAE. I would like this to be considered as a gift of the Indian community to the UAE,” Thomas said.
“We have a huge database. I will consider my whole work rewarded if at least one person’s life can be saved through this,” he added, urging donors with rare groups to be more forthcoming to register with the site.
Name, age, blood group, last donated date, mobile number of donors and their emirate will be listed on the website, which includes an emirate-wise blood group search facility, and carries the details of all blood donation centres in the UAE.
The UAE has been honoured by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for being among the top five countries with the best blood transfusion services. (IANS)
An Indian student has invented robots to help the United Arab Emirates (UAE) become greener, including a cleaner bot that preserves the marine environment and another that helps minimize human labour on farms, the media reported.
Sainath Manikandan, a student at the GEMS United Indian School here, built the Marine Robot Cleaner (MBot Cleaner) and Agriculture Robot (Agribot), and said he hopes that authorities would implement his inventions on a bigger scale, the Khaleej Times reported on Thursday.
His mission with the robots is to help protect marine species and the farmers who work in warmer countries like the UAE.
“MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from surface water. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with two motors that help the boat move in the water. Popsicle sticks are attached to a wheel and then to the third motor to push the waste from the water bodies into the storage basket,” he said.
The student added that by developing the MBot on a bigger scale, “we can try to preserve our marine species and environment”.
His AgriBot is a machine that is also powered by solar panels, instead of batteries.
Manikandan has suggested that drones be used along with this robot to assist and control the seed-planting process on farms.
“The purpose of AgriBot is to help the farmers in hot countries like the UAE. It is designed to minimize the labour of farmers, in addition to increasing the speed and accuracy of the work. It performs the elementary functions involved in farming, such as ploughing the field, sowing seeds, and covering the seeds with soil.
“The robot is autonomous and provides the facility for the optional switching of the ploughing system when required,” he said.