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By- Salil Gewali
A great scientist of electronics -- Nikola Tesla once exclaimed -- “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” It is perhaps the “ripe time” to take the sage words by the Serbian-born American genius to heart!
From an environmental perspective, the present world is obviously a fearsome place to be. We have in fact made the worst use of the best inventions. What scientists discovered and gave to mankind have been senselessly abused setting off the alarm of danger. We only listen to what a bunch of capitalists dictate to us. Moreover, man’s weakness has been “easily” taken for a ride in the modern times!
We just allow bouncy celebs on booming TVs to entice us into possessing fancy gadgets endlessly! We are virtually tired of cleaning our house by hand which we did with ease till a few decades back. So, we quickly browse for a new dinky vacuum cleaner that does the job in a jiffy. What is worse is we merrily junk away the old gadgets we purchased just one year ago and luxuriate ourselves in a whole range of new gadgets! We have just purchased I-phone 13 a month ago, and after a year we impatiently wait for APPLE to announce it’s I-phone-14. We hardly think of the consequences. Every single second we send the smoke up in the production of the colossal number of appliances of convenience. We hardly give a sane thought to the fact that this planet might soon run out of fuel. The environmental fallout due to excessive exploitation of the earth's crust is no less serious concern.
Unarguably we are squarely responsible for the fast pace of climate change.
Meanwhile, the UN frantically convene a series of environment conferences all over the planet in order to educate us on the catastrophic climate change that looms closer and closer! Alas, this has hardly dampened our fascination for consumer items.
Unarguably we are squarely responsible for the fast pace of climate change. Our entrenched consumerism and collective delusion have relentlessly depleted the planet’s resources with alarming consequences! This year, the world recorded an “unprecedented” number of bush fires, flash floods, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, cyclones, forest fires, melting glaciers, tornados, and much more. Mother Earth has had ENOUGH of being plundered by humanity, and is now seeking revenge!
The conscious environmentalists now in desperation try to convince us that the only way out is to lead a frugal life. Switching our elegant cars with a humble cycle can alone cheer up Mother Earth. So, get on your knees to mop and sweep. Bring back that push-button phone by taming your inner impulse of desire. Buddha’s wisdom of austerity and abstinence alone helps bring the damaged ecosystem to alignment. But very sadly, amidst the roar of extravagance and exhibitionism, this “simplistic solution” hardly sounds practical.
True, the problem is multi-fold. This calls for serious brainstorming so we may arrive at an ingenious solution. Well, we need to turn around and change our “consumption behaviors”. There is an urgency, nay emergency for shifting our dependence from fossil fuels to green energy. Biogas, solar power, wind power and hydropower could alone hold out a ray of hope. If we want to live longer and see our children happy, we need to listen to what conscious environmentalists “dictate” us. We need to rhyme with the rhythm of NATURE.
Breakthrough in generating perpetual GREEN energy
Here comes a big relief. With a bang, the two environmental scientists from Hyderabad recently put forth a great “solution”. They have come up with a breakthrough technology that can throttle back greenhouse gas emissions. It may help drastically cut down the damaging fuel consumption. The fruit of exhaustive research spanning over three decades the humble husband and wife -- Dr. Srinivas Bhaskar Chaganti and Dr. Bala Chaganti worked together and pioneered a revolutionary cyclic wheeler to address the greatest concern of modern times. Even BBC London has done extensive coverage on the technology on the 3rd Jan 2022.
The couple's efforts finally have paid off this year, as they are successful in producing a powerful battery system as “hybrid perpetual mechanical battery”.
In fact, it could be the fundamental premise to quickly build a drain-less battery. Providentially, these two lovebirds experimented with this idea with exhaustive details. Their efforts finally have paid off this year, as they are successful in producing a powerful battery system as “hybrid perpetual mechanical battery”, with the potential to provide an immediate solution to the world’s energy crisis. Formally patented on 22nd Nov. 2021 under the Government of India, this invention might go a long way in solving the energy problems of modern times.
In summary, the hybrid “perpetual mechanical battery” is an INFINITE battery of sorts, tangibly COMPOUNDING energy production with “every turn of the wheel”.
The success or failure of a technology depends on its ease of implementation in industries and factories. It needs to be both practical, scalable and marketable. With 1-MW units, the Chaganti couple estimates the production of whopping 8,760,000 units of green energy per year. This system can also run “uninterrupted for a minimum period of 25 years”, making it exponentially more efficient than any existing clean-green energy system.
Formally patented on 22nd Nov. 2021 under the Government of India, this invention might go a long way in solving the energy problems of modern times.
There is every likelihood of opening up the possibility of converting chemical batteries into mechanical setups. Who knows the idea can further be evolved and replicated in the making of a lithium battery and so on! The world will one day wake up to electronic gadgets that never run out of juice; vehicles that can travel the world without fuel!
We badly need the fuel-less power to power this civilization. Paradoxically, the earth's healing and human greed might very soon go hand in hand. It is indeed a great pride that this technological breakthrough has come from India! Kudos to the genius Chaganti couple from Hyderabad and the core team members - Mandadi Venu and Surendranath!
An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great Minds on India’ that has earned worldwide appreciation. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been edited by a former NASA scientist – Dr. AV Murali of Houston, USA.
Samsung Electronics has developed the PM1743 SSD for enterprise servers, integrating the PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) 5.0 interface with Samsung's advanced sixth-generation V-NAND.
The company said that the new PCIe 5.0 SSD will provide nearly two times faster data transfer speeds and 30 per cent enhanced power efficiency than the previous generation.
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"The introduction of our PCIe 5.0 SSD, along with PCIe 6.0-based product developments that are underway, will further solidify our technological leadership in the enterprise server market," said Yong Ho Song, Executive Vice President and Head of the Memory Controller Development Team at Samsung Electronics.
"Intel has been working with Samsung to test Samsung's newest PCIe NVMe SSD, the PM1743. Together, we have jointly resolved complicated technical issues encountered with PCIe 5.0 during this initial evaluation period," Song added.
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Samsung's PM1743 will feature a sequential read speed of up to 13,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and a random read speed of 2,500K input/output operations per second (IOPS), offering 1.9x and 1.7x faster speeds over the previous PCIe 4.0-based products. Moreover, write speeds have been elevated significantly, with a sequential write speed of 6,600 MB/s and a random write speed of 250K IOPS, also delivering 1.7x and 1.9x faster speeds, respectively.
Intel has been working with Samsung to test Samsung's newest PCIe NVMe SSD, the PM1743.Unsplash
These remarkable data transfer rates will allow enterprise server manufacturers deploying the PM1743 to enjoy a much higher level of performance, the company said. In addition, the new SSD can provide improved power efficiency of up to 608 MB/s per watt, which represents about a 30 per cent boost over the previous generation.
This is expected to lower server and data centre operating costs significantly, while also helping to reduce their carbon footprint.
Available in a wide variety of capacities from 1.92 terabytes (TB) to 15.36TB, the PM1743 will be offered in the conventional 2.5-inch form factor, as well as in a 3-inch EDSFF (E3.S) -- an increasingly popular SSD form factor designed specifically for next-generation enterprise servers and data centres. (IANS/SP)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday once again appealed to farmers to adopt natural farming and also called for strengthening the dairy sector.
The Prime Minister, who was in Varanasi to inaugurate the Banas Dairy Kashi Sankul at Karkhiyaon, said that natural farming required less inputs, gave better output and was more beneficial because it earned higher returns.
"This method will make farming 'atmanirbhar'. Those working in startups should also explore possibilities for this," he stated.
Talking about the dairy sector, he said that the cow is our mother and held in high esteem. Those who ridicule this concept should know that India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore every year which is more than the production of wheat or rice. He said that in villages, cows were a sign of prosperity.
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"We need to strengthen the dairy sector. The Banas Kashi Sankul will benefit dairy farmers from several adjoining districts. The dairy plant will also have a bio-gas plant that will take care of its power needs. The dairy farmers will now be able to sell cow dung for the bio-gas plant at a good price," he said.
The Prime Minister said that milk committees and collection centres would be set up and certification of purity would also be done. "Now the sweets of Banaras will taste sweeter - whether it is lassi or chhena sweets or 'malaiyo' in winter. The dairy plant will enhance the taste of Banaras," he added.
The Prime Minister said that milk committees and collection centres would be set up and certification of purity would also be done.Unsplash
He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation of 22 other projects. The Prime Minister was in Varanasi earlier on December 13 to unveil the Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor project.
According to the official spokesperson, Modi will also digitally transfer a bonus of about Rs 35 crore to the bank accounts of more than 1.7 lakh milk producers associated with the Banas Dairy.
The Prime Minister said that the double engine governments had ensured double development, and this was obviously unacceptable to 'some people' whose politics was based on 'mafiawad', 'parivarwad' and 'jaatiwad'.
India produces milk worth Rs 8.5 lakh crore every year which is more than the production of wheat or rice. Pixabay
Earlier, the Prime Minister launched a portal and a logo dedicated to the Conformity Assessment Scheme of milk products, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the help of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
The unified logo, featuring both the BIS logo and the NDDB quality mark, will simplify the certification process for the dairy sector and reassure the public about dairy product quality.
In another effort to reduce the number of land ownership issues at the grassroots level, the Prime Minister also virtually distributed the rural residential rights record, "Gharauni", under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj to over 20 lakh residents of Uttar Pradesh. (IANS/SP)
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By D.C. Pathak
Advent of Biden Presidency with its resonating calls of 'America is back', 'we will repair our alliances' and 'will engage with the world once again' on one hand and the rise of President Xi Jinping with a stronger hold on China after the Plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of CPC, on the other, have got strategic analysts to examine if a new Cold War was already on the horizon.
India has to define its stand and negotiate its international policy keeping in view the nation's best interests of the long run. Sino- Pak military alliance that chiefly worked against India, natural friendship between the two largest democracies of the world and the need for a rapid advancement of our Defence capabilities, are the major paradigms that should determine India's approach to both development and security.
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Xi Jinping is implementing a two- fold strategy of seeking the economic route to becoming the second superpower and pursuing 'Sinicisation of Marxism' to define the future of Communist China. In a huge give and take between the Godless dictatorship of China and the fundamentalist regime of Pakistan, the former has invested on CPEC located on the territory of PoK ceded by Pakistan to China in the face of the Indian protests and got an opening into the Muslim world where sympathy for Islamic radicals has been on the rise.
Pakistan is close to the pro- US group led by Saudi Arabia and yet has a good equation with Islamic radical organizations represented by Taliban. With one leg in the camp of 'revivalists' -- Pakistan -- it mediated between the US and the Taliban on Afghanistan -- would be in a position to assure the Chinese that the Cold War game of the West using Pak-Afghan region to 'radicalise' Muslims of Xinjiang and other parts of China, would not be allowed. The axis of the two principal adversaries of India has become very active after the Indian Parliament scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019 and converted J&K and Ladakh into union territories. India had successfully evolved a strategy of dealing with both China and Pakistan together.
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It needs to be recalled that China drew the best lessons from the demise of the USSR -- it could clearly see that the Soviet regime had become an oligarchy that ignored the internal economic decline because of which it was not able to sustain the war in Afghanistan. This led Deng Xiaoping to adopt the policy of opening the Chinese market to the world in a controlled fashion and thus initiate a process of faster economic growth on which China has not looked back. China has become the second biggest global economy by investing in markets abroad and accessing technological knowledge wherever it was available -- including the research work of the US universities where it established 'Chairs' to reach out to the same.
Xi Jinping combines the persona of Deng and Mao Zedong and while consolidating Chinese economy further, he has reverted to the concept of supremacy of the Communist Party of China as the symbol of Marxism. This has helped him, among other things, to keep his leadership going on the strength of ideology and project it as something that was free of any personal vested interest. The recent conference of the Central Committee of CPC credited Xi Jinping with achievement of the first Centennial goal of making China a 'moderately prosperous society' by 2021 -- the hundredth year of the party's existence and acknowledged his pledge to make China a 'great modern Socialist country' by 2049 -- the second centennial mission marking the completion of hundred years since Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China. By highlighting the importance of 'ideology' and 'line', Xi Jinping has identified himself with the Party so completely that his leadership can not be easily challenged by any dissenters.
Under Xi Jinping, China is progressing economically and also politically extending its influence in the world taking care to buy time for its mission and somewhere following the doctrine of winning a war without a battle. It is joining multilateral platforms to create a non- combatant image, inducing economic dependence of other smaller nations on it through its Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and forging bilateral alliances and pacts to further its geo- political advancement.
Pakistan is close to the pro- US group led by Saudi Arabia and yet has a good equation with Islamic radical organizations represented by Taliban.Unsplash
Sino- Pak strategic alliance -- an illustration of this multi-prong objective of China -- is a cause for great concern for India. China knows it can not change the Western systems and is not in a hurry to challenge the global economic order -- it is exploring alternate approaches of invading others economically and doing it successfully. As far as territorial expansion was concerned Xi's China adheres to its known 'two steps forward one step backward' strategy -- which is salami slicing of sorts -- that was in evidence on LAC as also in the Indo-Pacific. India has suitably responded to these moves on land as well as on sea by undertaking a matching military build up and actively joining in Quad, respectively.
Some analysts have perceptively noted that President Xi Jinping has embarked on a larger than life mission of surpassing Mao Zedong in building China as the dominant power of the world -- matching the place it once occupied in its civilizational history. His new strategy of bringing all 'under one heaven' compels a recall of the description the Chinese Emperor once enjoyed as the 'son of heaven'. It is remarkable that a Communist dictatorship carrying the stamp of Marxism today is deriving strength from the country's civilisational roots. This reflects the desire for world domination -- the Emperor of China expected 'tribute' from other countries as protection money.
Xi's China is also working on fail -- safe alliances -- using its economic hold as in the case of Pakistan. The defence expenditure of China has been on the rise -- in comparison to India it rose from a near parity in the Nineties to more than three times of India's defence budget, as at present. China's move forward is neither transactional nor transformational but a strategy of continuum -- steady in pace and direction --attempted on a good understanding of the global 'space' on land ,sea and air. Geo- politically China is now in the frame so far as the emerging scene of the world getting divided between two superpowers, was concerned.
The defence expenditure of China has been on the rise -- in comparison to India.Unsplash
India has set in motion a well- considered strategy of handling the economic and security challenges emanating from this situation. There was never any doubt that the US and India must together anchor the collective effort of the democratic world to counter the threat from the Communist dictatorships on one hand and that from Islamic extremists on the other.
The policy of the Modi government to have bilateral relations on the basis of mutuality of interests in the economic and security spheres has been very successful. India is enlarging the ambit of friendships with European democracies, Australia, Japan and Israel -- including association with Quad -- to promote collective security against these dangers. As a nation with a voice in the global matters pertaining to war and peace, India is working for self-reliance in the area of defence and building military strength to take on any aggressive move of the PLA on the LAC and punish Pakistan for any provocation from across the LOC.
India has maintained close friendship with Russia which has -- apart from defence deals with India -- been on the same page on the vital issues of Afghanistan and radicalization. It is the policy of mutuality of security interests in Afghanistan that has made India work in collaboration with Iran, notwithstanding the conflicts that this country had with the US and Israel. Indian diplomacy has worked hard to keep the Western powers convinced of the legitimacy of India's policy towards all these other countries.
Finally, there is an added challenge on the internal security front because of the intent of the China-Pak combine to instigate acts of terror, insurgency and sectarian discord in India in an attempt to destabilize this country. A new dimension of the domestic scene of India is the rise of civil society forums which in collusion with anti-India lobbies abroad and elements hostile to the Modi government at home, play politics by proxy on issues ranging from Kashmir to Northeast and from safety of Dalits and minorities to poverty alleviation. Fortunately, we are getting adequate Intelligence to draw a line between genuine protests and sponsored agitations.
(The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau; the views expressed are personal)
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