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Super computer ‘Bhaskara’ to improve country’s weather forecasting capabilities

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New Delhi: Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a ‘high performance’ computing facility named ‘Bhaskara’ on Tuesday. The super computer will help the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (NCMRWF) in conducting research and development related to prediction of weather.

Claiming that the supercomputer named ‘Bhaskara’ has placed India in the league of the US and European countries, Harsh Vardhan said: “Our facilities for predicting weather are world-class. But what we are adding today is a landmark achievement.”

“This is technologically superior to what China and the UK have and matches Europe and the US,” he added.

Housed in the NCMRWF in Sector 62, Noida, adjacent to Delhi, Bhaskara is part of the Earth System Science Organisation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences that will considerably enhance prediction capabilities like tropical cyclones, heavy rainfall, cloud burst events and monsoon, using very high resolution regional models.

“The reliability of weather forecasting is gradually improving now. In coming years it will improve further with development of new technologies and its effective use,” Harsh Vardhan said. (IANS)

 

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Dr Harsh Vardhan Orders Ban on Sale of Biscuits in his Ministry; Only Healthy Snacks to be Served

The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles

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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Wikimedia Commons

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy snacks such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts.

In an order released on Friday, the Ministry said, “The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided.”

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The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided. Pixabay

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The order said, “Henceforth, therefore, biscuits shall not be dispensed through the departmental canteen and helathy snacks like lahiya channa, khajoor (dates), bhuna channa (roasted channa), badam (almond) and akhrot (walnuts) will be served in the official meetings in the department.” The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles. (IANS)