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Over 270 Companies to participate in International Exhibition on LED Lighting and Technology in Delhi this December

LEDs are emerging as the most energy-efficient source of lighting as they use one-tenth of the energy of a normal incandescent bulb

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New Delhi, November 18, 2016: More than 270 companies will be taking part in the 15th LED Expo — an international exhibition on LED (light emitting diode) lighting and technologies — to be held during December 2-4 at the capital’s Pragati Maidan exposition venue.

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The three-day LED Expo 2016 organised by global trade fairs organisers Messe Frankfurt has participation of companies from 10 countries, including China, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the UK, the organisers said in a statement here on Friday.

Over 15 new products will be launched during the fair that is being supported, among others, by the Union Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministries as well as the Delhi government.

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Among these are products by Gurugram-based EcoEarth Electric, which will launch a special range that can be configured and controlled by Bluetooth and Wifi using the mobile app, the statement said.

LEDs are emerging as the most energy-efficient source of lighting as they use one-tenth of the energy of a normal incandescent bulb, and half as much energy as a Compact Fluorescent Lamp to produce the same degree of light.

The union Power Ministry had in 2014 launched a business model enabling the sale of LED bulbs to households at Rs 10 against the market price of Rs 400.

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The government is taking a number of steps to increase the use of LED. The ministry has decided that all below poverty line households at the time of electrification under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyuthikaran Yojana would be provided LED technology.

The Indian LED market is expected to cross $3 billion in terms of revenue by 2019. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393