January, 2017

Mishap at Latur Factory

The death toll in the mishap at an oil mill in Maharashtra’s Latur district has climbed to nine. Earlier, seven workers had died on January 30 after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a tank at the Kirti Oil Mills in Latur. On January 30, some workers had fallen unconscious while cleaning the tank at the factory in Latur MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation).

Reliance bags contract from Defence

Reliance Defence has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for the design and construction of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard valued at
` 916 cr. These ships are medium range, high speed vessels, and primarily used for patrol within the exclusive economic zone, costal surveillance, and anti-smuggling, anti-piracy, search and rescue operations.

Atomic clocks on satellite develop snag

The atomic clocks on the first satellite IRNSS-1A of the NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) has developed a technical snag. Each satellite has 3 clocks and a total of 27 clocks for the navigation satellite system. The troubled IRNSS-1A spacecraft was put in space in July 2013 and has an expected life span of 10 years.The satellites were built at a cost of ` 1420 crore.

Vodafone-Idea merger

Vodafone Plc, the British telecom company has confirmed “ongoing talks” of merger with Aditya Birla Group-owned telecom operator Idea Cellular, to cushion itself against a price war with Reliance Jio. The merger would make the joint entity the largest telecom operator of the country, with 43% revenue market share. Vodafone will hold a sizeable share in the merged entity.

Unique Brazilian coral reef in Amazon

The first images have been released of a unique coral reef that stunned scientists when discovered in 2016 at the mouth of the Amazon. The 600 mile-long reef is expected to reveal new species as scientists explore it further, but oil companies are planning to drill in the area. The reef is known to be home to more than 60 species of sponges, 73 species of fish, spiny lobsters and stars.

Huge mouth & no anus can be our ancestor

Scientists have discovered a new species which could be the ancestor of humans. Thought to have lived as long as 540 million years ago,the creature is the oldest known member of a large group of animals known as deuterostomes, which includes vertebrates. Discovered in sedimentary rock in Xixiang County, China, the species has been dubbed Saccorhytus coronarious.

FGII ties up with Bank of Maharashtra

Future Generali India Insurance Company announced an agency tie-up with Bank of Maharashtra for bancassurance. Currently bancassurance accounts for 5% of Future Generali’s total business.It has tie-up with over 100 banks across the country.

Scientists to grow human organs in pigs

Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells made up just a tiny part of each embryo, and the embryos were grown for only a few weeks. That discovery could help ease the shortage of human donors for transplantation.

Metal conducts electricity but not heat

Scientists have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat. Researchers at Berkeley Lab and University of California, Berkeley in the US said electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat. This could lead to a wide range of applications such as thermoelectric systems that convert waste heat from engines and appliances into electricity

Chennai oil spill dooms turtles

A thick oily tide from the sea lapped at the coast of several fishing hamlets in north Chennai. This happened a day after two cargo ships, one of them an oil tanker, collided off Kamarajar Port in Ennore. Several dead turtles and hatchlings coated with the black oil were washed ashore. The spread of oil was seen on a 400-metre long stretch, 40 metres wide, near the Ernavur junction.