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Telecom Secy Says Telcos Have Committed Over Rs 74,000 Crore To Curb Call Drops

New Delhi: Leading telecom operators, including Bharti Airteland Reliance Jio, have committed to investing over Rs 74,000 crore to upgrade and expand their infrastructure to address the issue of call drops.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said,"Telecom operators raised issue of non-availability of sites for installing mobile towers along with some other problems.”

"Bharti Airtel said that they have invested Rs 16,000 crore on infrastructure and will be spending another Rs 24,000 crore. Reliance Jio has said that they will invest Rs 50,000 in installing 1 lakh towers in coming fiscal," Sundararajan told reporters after meeting senior officials of telecom companies.

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India Home To 25% Of Engineers In World, Says The National Science Foundation Report

New Delhi:When it comes to producing Bachelors in Science Engineering, India is at the top of the world, a recent report has revealed. This news could be a positive indication for hundreds of Indian students, parents, and policy-makers. 

As per the numbers from a 2014 study, which was released now, India accounts for 25% of the estimated 75 lakh science and engineering bachelor's degrees awarded across the world in 2014, the maximum in the world, the report says.

 However, the US tops the charts in research and development spending and awarded the largest number of science and engineering doctoral degrees (40,000) in 2014, theannual Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 report of the National Science Foundation added.

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As A French Firm Launches Unique Hydrogen Powered Bicycle; Let’s Know The Environmental Advantages Of Hydrogen Energy

New Delhi: A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne.

“Many others have made hydrogen bike prototypes, but we are the first to move to series production,” said founder and chief executive Pierre Forte.

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Large Scale Air Purifiers Not JustImagination Anymore, Will Become Standard Equipment In Future

New Delhi:Last week, an experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China supposedly brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, at least,according to the scientist leading the project.

The tower has been built in Xian in Shaanxi province and is undergoing testing by researchers at the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

A student studying environmental science at Shaanxi Normal University, also a few hundred metres from the tower, said the improvement was quite noticeable.

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India's First IT Union Officially Registered In Pune

New Delhi: The Pune chapter of the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has become the first officially registered trade union for the IT sector in India. FITE, which has been at the forefront of fights against massive layoffs in the sector, was registered as a trade union by the office of the state Labour Commissioner in December.

 An organisation of IT employees, FITE was formed in Bengaluru a few years ago to fight the layoffs in IT sector. The Forum later set up chapters in other IT hubs like Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. It used Facebook and other social media platforms to garner support and help laid-off employees seek legal recourse.