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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Vizag Zoo grows organic food for its herbivores inmates

Pesticide-free, organic food for the herbivores in Vizag Zoo, being grown in the Zoo itself.Adding to these attributes are zero transport emissions and lesser costs. Vizag Zoo officers are following what they preach for the environmental sustainability aspects.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Postage Stamp Released on First Anti Satellite Missile(A-SAT)

A Customized My Stamp on Indias First Anti Satellite Missile (A-SAT) launch was released by Department of Posts on the occasion of Engineers Day in the august presence of Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor (NSA).On the direction of Honble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test Mission Shakti from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on 27th March 2019. A DRDO developed A-SAT Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a Hit to Kill mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters. Tracking data from range sensors had confirmed that the mission met all its objectives. The entire effort was indigenous which demonstrated the Nations capability to develop such complex and critical missions. A number of industries also participated in the mission. With this success, India became fourth nation in the world to possess such capability. Shri Ajit Doval in his address stated that it was a very brave step on part of DRDO to go for Mission Shakti. He further stated that DRDO has plenty of achievements to be proud of; however the future is in space based technologies. Satellites are critical and with this capability India can defend its assets in space. He appreciated the way in which the mission was kept a secret and complimented the whole DRDO fraternity for doing well in all other fields.Speaking on the occasion, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO thanked Honble Prime Minister and NSA for having confidence in DRDO and assigning such a critical and complex mission to DRDO. He further stated that A-SAT mission enabled development of many technologies and capabilities for precision kill at higher altitudes. He called upon DRDO fraternity to take up more such complex and critical projects.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Diesel Loco Shed Visakhapatnam develops MeD robot to assist hospital staff

Diesel Loco Shed of Waltair Division fabricated robot to assist hospital staff to serve COVID patients. In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, various innovative initiatives were taken by Diesel Loco Shed to combat the spread of corona virus infection. Now, the DLS, Visakhapatnam fabricated a Robot, named as MeD Robot, to assist the management of medical wards in serving medicines, food to patients and towards patient care. Before being deployed for use in Divisional Railway Hospital, the MeD ROBO underwent extensive trials and demonstrations. The robot is being used to provide medical accessories or equipment, medicines as well as to serve food to patients in the hospital, without any need for physical contact. With the help of this Robot, doctors, nurses and other medical staff will be able to stay away from the risks of contacting novel corona virus infection. The MeD ROBO is operated through a unique mobile app that has been developed as part of the innovation, supported by the WiFi facility. The R-BOT supports sensor based features, which are capable to read patients body temperature and transmit the same for display on the mobile phone. In case of any abnormal high-temperature reading, the MeD ROBO is capable of raising an alarm so as to alert the Hospital staff attending to the patients. The fabrication of the robot was carried out using a remote-controlled driving unit, stainless sheet, rod, square bars, and acrylic sheet for body and trays. A night vision Camera (2 MP HD) with a speaker facility for interactive purpose with data card facility to from monitor any place, along with a circuit for a sensor-based hand sanitizer unit, and 1 KVA backup power for driving motor and camera have been assembled together to develop the MeD ROBO. The other unique features of the robot include a remote control drive unit for movement in all directions by monitoring physically or from mobile or desktop, a sensor-based hand sanitizer unit, a device for communication between patient and doctor/nursing staff, and two stainless steel trays for distributing medicines and food. This unit was fabricated at Diesel Loco Shed, Visakhapatnam under guidance of Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair and under direct supervision of Santosh Kumar Patro, Sr. Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Diesel). After inspection DRM Chetan Kumar handed over the equipment to Divisional Railway Hospital, Visakhapatnam.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

INDRA 2020 - Indian, Russian Navies begins Bilateral Maritime Exercise

The 11th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Russian Navy is scheduled in the Bay of Bengal from 04 to 05 September 2020. Initiated in 2003, Ex INDRA NAVY epitomises the long-term strategic relationship between the two Navies. Whilst the exercise is being undertaken in the Bay of Bengal, Rajnath Singh, the Hon’ble Defence Minister of India, is on a visit to Moscow from 03 September 2020 on the invitation of Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, General Sergei Shoigu to discuss bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest and commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II.This exercise has matured over the years with an increase in scope, the complexity of operations, and level of participation. The primary aim of exercise INDRA NAVY-20 is to further consolidate inter-operability built up by the two Navies over the years and also to enhance understanding and procedures for multi-faceted maritime operations. The scope of this edition includes wide-ranging and diverse activities across the spectrum of maritime operations. Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, INDRA NAVY-20 would be undertaken in a non-contact, at sea only format. The Indian Navy will be represented by guided-missile destroyer Ranvijay, indigenous frigate Sahyadri and fleet tanker Shakti, along with their integral helicopters. Sahyadri has been presently redeployed to provide assistance to MT New Diamond, which has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka. The Russian Federation Navy will be represented by destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, destroyer Admiral Tributs and fleet tanker Boris Butoma of the Pacific Fleet, based at Vladivostok. The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices between the two navies, and would involve surface and anti-aircraft drills, firing exercises, helicopter operations, seamanship evolutions etc. The last edition of the exercise was conducted off Visakhapatnam in December 2018. Exercise INDRA NAVY-20 will help to further boost mutual confidence and cooperation between the two Navies and would reinforce the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Railways organises Solar Power for transportation

In order to achieve its objective of becoming 100% self sustainable for all its power needs and also to contribute to national solar power goals, Indian Railways recently organized wide ranging discussions with key stake holders under the chairmanship of Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal. It may be noted that Indian Railways is committed to utilize solar energy for meeting its traction power requirement and become a complete Green mode of transportation, with objectives during a recent meeting held by Minister of Railways. 1. Innovative solutions for setting up solar projects along the railway track. 2. Possible power procurement routes for achieving 20 GW renewable energy target, set by the Indian Railways, to become the net zero carbon emitter by 2030. 3. Challenges in large scale deployment of solar energy projects by the Indian Railways. The developers acknowledged the efforts of Indian Railways in leading the development of renewable energy in the country and expressed strong support to Indian Railways on the path of going green and achieving the net zero carbon emissions target by 2030. The use of solar power will accelerate the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyals mission to achieve conversion of Indian Railways to Net Zero Carbon Emission Railway. In order to achieve this, Indian Railways has developed a mega plan for installing solar plants of 20 GW capacity by utilizing its vacant land by 2030. With the ambitious plan of achieving 100% electrification for Railways by the year 2023, Indian Railways energy consumption is set to become more than 33 billion units by 2030 from its current annual requirement of about 21 billion units. Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal pointed out that Indian Railways is willing to extend all support to the developers for installing solar power plants on Railways vacant un-encroached land. Boundary wall along the track will be constructed and maintained by developers which will also help in preventing trespassing on tracks. On the same lines Waltair Division of East Coast Railway has already adopted Green Energy module with Roof top Solar and Land based Solar Plants. Apart from making all its stations and colonies illuminated with 100% LED light fittings, various energy saving measures initiated in its jurisdiction. 1MWp (Mega Watt Peak) Roof Top Solar Power plants commissioned on Four Service buildings at Diesel Loco Shed, Electric Loco Shed, DRM office and Divisional Railway Hospital in the first phase in 2018. Later 24.38 KWp solar plant at Araku Railway Station commissioned in March, 2020, Whereas 350KWp solar power plant work is under progress at Visakhapatnam railway station which will be completed shortly, this year. Further 574.95 MWp Solar power plants works at Rayagada, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Road, Simhachalam, Koraput and at some other locations of Multi Disciplinary Training centre/ Marripalem, New Coaching Complex, Area Manager Building, Wagon store depot etc are proposed. Apart from this Land Based Solar power plants at some locations are also planned for which ground work is under process. 71 acres of vacant land at Vadlapudi railway colony under survey by Gurgoan based power plant industry. Furhter, more than 90 acres of land at some locations at Amagura, Bhansi, Charumulakusimi, Geedam, Kawargoan in KK line and at Komatapalli in Rayagada-Vizianagaram line are under survey to develop land based solar power projects. Adoption of modern indigenous technology to create energy self-reliant Indian Railways will contribute towards meeting Indias renewable energy targets and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).