The floral festival of Telangana, Bathukamma, went global on Saturday as the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa was lit up in colours depicting the festival. Located in Dubai, Burj Khalifa witnessed a unique show of lights. The visual feast was attributed to the efforts of Nizamabad MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha who led Telangana Jagruthi to showcase the States’ Bathukamma culture and take the festival celebrations global. The show of lights was live across various platforms around the globe at 9:30 pm IST. Telangana Jagruthi made arrangements to play the Bathukamma documentary on the big screen for invited delegates and separately for the local people. The screening featured the map of India, Map of Telangana, Chief Minister KCR, Bathukamma flowers, with the newly launched Bathukamma song ‘Alipoola Vennela’ playing the background as the heritage of India and Telangana outshined at Burj Khalifa.
The deity at Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh has been decorated with currency notes of Rs 5.16 crore as part of the Dasara celebrations. Over 100 volunteers worked for several hours to decorate the temple with notes of the denominations of Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50, and Rs 10. The organisers adorned the deity with garlands and bouquets of origami flowers made from currency notes. This has attracted devotees from various places. Devotees worship the deity in the ‘avatar’ of ‘Dhanalakshmi’, the goddess of riches. Members of the committee and devotees collected the notes and hired the services of artists to take up the unique decoration.
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras have successfully developed a white light emitter that can be used in LEDs applications. According to the team, as conventional light-emitting diode (LED) materials cannot emit white light, there has been a worldwide search for materials that can directly emit white light rather than through these indirect techniques that can cause loss of efficiency. The indigenously-developed bright white light emitters can potentially replace the conventional high-cost materials and phenomenally save the energy cost per lumens. The innovation has been patented by the researchers and was recently granted the SERB-Technology Translation Award. The results of this research work have been published in the prestigious peer-reviewed international journal belonging to the Nature group – Communications Materials.
Winged guests have started flocking to Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon in Odisha, to feed and breed in its waters. The arrival of the migratory birds has been sighted in the second week of October. Several birds were seen flying near Chilika without swooping down on the lake. Migratory birds like northern pintail, gadwall, shovelers, common coot, and several others were found in the lagoon, which is connected to the Bay of Bengal through a narrow sea mouth and is spread across Puri, Khordha, and Ganjam districts. An estimated over 22,000 birds of 62 different species have been spotted at the 1,100 sq km lake so far. More than 5,000 of them have swooped down in the 15.69 sq km Nalaban Bird Sanctuary inside the lake.
Union Minister for AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated Ayush Van, a dedicated forest for Ayurvedic plants in a program held at the Deendayal Port Trust – Rotary Forest in Gandhidham area of Gujarat’s Kutch on Tuesday. The Ayush Van was set up in 30 acres of land allotted by DPT in a green-belt area where tree plantation is being done to improve greenery in the urban areas and increase the density of tree cover in the Kutch region. The Minister also planted a sapling to mark the opening. Sonowal appreciated all stakeholders for developing the Ayush Van and highlighted the huge potential and benefits of medicinal plants in India. He also laid the foundation stone for various projects worth around Rs 275 cr at DPT.
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