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Hyderabad pearls in different shades

Pearls are one of the most beautiful gemstones. Their white sheen undoubtedly bears the mark of purity and adorn the wearer with an added charm. Pearls come in a range of colours, from black to pure white, some shades being pinkish, or even bluish. Hyderabad, the southern city of India is often hailed as the 'City of Pearls'. Many people visit Hyderabad each year to get their hands on the beautiful pearl jewellery that is made here.

When the world's best pearls conglomerated in one place, Hyderabad became famous for being the pearl hub of the world. This is how it began its trade. A pearl artist working on a design Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Hyderabad International Airport recorded the highest passenger footfall of nearly 48,000 on October 9.

Hyderabad International Airport recorded the highest passenger footfall of nearly 48,000 on October 9. These include both domestic and international passengers. Before the Covid pandemic hit the operations in March last year, the airport was handling about 60,000 passengers daily. The airport also recorded 350 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) which is 77 per cent of the pre-Covid numbers.

With the number of Covid cases is steadily coming down across India and the confidence in travel is gaining momentum, the average number of domestic passengers travelling from Hyderabad Airport per day rose to 31,137 in September as compared to 22,500 per day in July. According to the operator, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), the airport saw an increase in the number of flights across domestic sectors. The airport recorded a substantial rise in ATMs in September which was close to 9,000.

The passenger traffic surged in September with the airport witnessing traffic of 9.35 lakh domestic passengers as compared to 6.8 lakh domestic passengers in July. This is 62 per cent of the pre-Covid levels. The domestic passenger recovery at Hyderabad Airport was the highest amongst all metro airports during July and August.

The airport also saw a gradual increase in international travelers which was 1.2 lakh which is 41 per cent of the pre- Covid level. "Overall, the total passenger traffic footfall (domestic & international) reached 59 per cent of the pre-Covid levels in the month of September'21," GHIAL said on Monday.

road with aeroplanes The airport recently launched Air India's maiden direct flight from Hyderabad to London. | IANS

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chip has been developed by the concerted efforts of scientists at the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NAIB), Hyderabad

'IndiGau', India's first cattle genomic chip for the conservation of pure varieties of indigenous cattle breeds such as Gir, Kankrej, Sahiwal, Ongole etc., was launched here on Friday.

This indigenous chip has been developed by the concerted efforts of scientists at the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NAIB), Hyderabad, an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

"IndiGau is purely indigenous and the largest cattle chip in the world. It has 11,496 markers (SNPs), more than that placed on 777K Illumina chip of US and UK breeds. This chip for our own indigenous cows is a great example of Aatmanirbhar Bharat," said Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, Jitendra Singh.

This chip will have practical utility in the government schemes to achieve the goal of conservation of the indegenous breeds with better characters and help towards doubling the farmers' income by 2022, Singh added.

Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, informed that the department is looking forward to implement this technology in the field with the help of other agencies like NDDB, DAHDF, ICAR etc.

To further the use of this chip in generating phenotypic and genotypic correlations, the NIAB has entered into a collaborative agreement with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).

The researchers proposed an exclusive concept and fabrication of e-scooter charging equipment. Pixabay

Researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) have designed a unique charging solution for e-scooters.

Dr. Aftab Hussain, who heads the Processes, Architecture and Technologies Research in IoT (PATRIoT) division at IIIT-H and his team has designed a complete end-to-end charging solution from the electronic hardware components that are sturdy and safe enough for outdoor deployments to the software that contains an appropriate processor to control all input and output devices of the system.

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