November 25, 2010

Amazing innovations from Indian school children

Age and geography has got nothing to do with innovation.
The winners -- all student-innovators of IGNITE 10 contest -- will testify to it.
IGNITE is a national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children.
The IGNITE 10 contest (October16, 2009 to September 15, 2010) saw participation of students from 161 districts of 29 States and Union Territories of the country.
Over all 2,139 entries were received, which ranged from sectors like energy, environment, transport, general household utility items etc. The awards were announced on October 15th, the birthday of children's favorite Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, celebrated as the Children's Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
All the 18 innovations mentioned below:
·       Vibrator based overtake alarm
·       Crutch with shock absorbers, bell and light
·       Mini vacuum cleaner in a shoe
·       The Cycl-O-Cleaner
·       Tricycle with pre-programmed routes for the visually impaired
·       Process of reeling cut or pierced muga cocoons to obtain continuous filament
·       Peel groove knife for pineapple
·       Locator beeper
·       Mechanical porter
·       Multiple physiotherapy devices
·       Domestic & industrial waste water management in urban areas
·       Recycled composite material made from multi layer film plastic packaging waste
·       Reading assistant for the blind/low vision people
·       Sound/Noiseless horn
·       Talking wall-mounted calendar with reminder facility
·       Pen that can recharge batteries while writing
·       Euphorbia cotinifolia as termite / tick repelling
·       System to prevent people from using mobile phones while driving
Aditya Parashar and his innovation
·         Aditya Parashar
Class 7
Tagore Vidya Mandir
Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
·         The idea is to incorporate a microphone in the side view mirror in a car to pick up the horn frequencies of vehicles following the car.
·         Sometimes, when the door windows are up and music is playing, it becomes difficult to hear the horn. The microphone gets activated when the window glasses are up, and sends signal to a vibratory pad on the steering, which will alert the driver about another vehicle following.
·         He has many other ideas as well like a remote that takes energy from TV light or any other natural/artificial source of light, and a luggage carrier on the top of automobiles with a rotatory base so that one needs just to rotate the carrier to pick up any luggage on any side.
Archana Konwar and her innovation
Archana Konwar
Class 8
Butacore High School
Dhemaji, Assam
Archana's idea is to have a crutch with shock absorbers for the comfort of the user and also a bell to alert other commuters and a light to be used during the night.
T Chris Ananth and his innovation
T Chris Ananth
Class 1
Bell Matric Higher Secondary School
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Young Ananth's idea is to have a vacuum cleaner like small device in a shoe that could suck in dust when a person walks.
The base of the shoe would also have a small dust bag in which this dust may be collected.

Image: T Chris Ananth and his innovation

Riya Kothari, Nimran Kang, Kaamya Sharma and Mehr S Mehta and their innovation
Riya Kothari, Nimran Kang, Kaamya Sharma and Mehr S Mehta
Class 6
Vasant Valley School
New Delhi

The idea is to have a bicycle with two brooms attached to the back wheel. The brooms rotate as one pedals and the brushes sweep away the dust making the drive way clean.
The cycle may optionally include an extra dustbin attached to the front to collect large scraps and pieces of garbage.
Rashmi Maruvada and her innovation
Rashmi Maruvada
Class 5
Patha Bhavan High School
Kolkata, West Bengal
Rashmi's idea is to have a tricycle, which will have an inbuilt navigation system with an audio announcement system to inform the rider about the places/landmarks enroute.
Such a tricycle would make it easy for a visually impaired person to travel
Kaushik Boruah and his innovation
Kaushik Boruah
Class 9
Vivekanand Kendra Vidyalaya
Golaghat, Assam
The process developed by Kaushik helps to obtain continuous silk filaments from the cut or pierced muga cocoons.
Traditionally, the cut/pierced cocoons are used to make gicha yarn in the villages. Using this process, 50 per cent of silk from these cocoons can be recovered; rest can be used to make gicha yarn
Vishan Popat. and his innovation
Vishan Popat
Class 10
Navrachna School
Vadodara, Gujarat
Pineapple peeling is a very tedious and cumbersome job, which has been made easy by this device.

Image: Vishan Popat. and his innovation

Ashuni Patel, Sai Sri Ram and their innovationAshuni Patel
Class 10
Navrachna School
Vadodara, Gujarat

Sai Sri Ram
Class 9
Don Bosco Public School
Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh
Who has not faced the problem of misplacing an object or forgetting where it has been kept. Ashuni and Sai Ram's device makes it easy to locate them.
This device can be attached with any item that people generally tend to misplace/forget about.
It is fitted with transmitters/receiver, LED and a sound device. When its remote is pressed, sound is emitted from the device tagged to an item/article and the user can trace its location.
Masha Nazeem and her inovation
Masha Nazeem
Class 12
Vidhya Vikas Girls High Sec School
Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Masha's device helps people specially women, old and children to lift and move heavy objects from one place to other.
This transportable device has a wooden base that can be raised through a jack like mechanism to lift weight.
This device can be hand or foot operated.
Ashok Aasrani and his innovation
Ashok Aasrani
Class 12
Shubham Sen Sec School
Jaipur, Rajasthan
Ashok has designed many simple and low cost exercising devices that help accident victims in rehabilitation.
These are also very useful for people with limb disorders. Some of his machines have already been installed in physiotherapy centres where the feedback has been very positive.
Parth Vaidya and his innovation
Class 12
Vidya Vijay Bal Mandir
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Parth has developed a system to process waste water so that it can be used for different purposes like irrigation, construction, washing or producing manure.
Indore Municipal Corporation has in principle agreed to install the system in new residential colonies.
GlaxoSmithKline has also implemented the same in their premises.
Hetal Vaishnav and his innovation
Hetal Vaishnav
Class 12
Late Shri SG Dholakiya Memorial High School
Rajkot, Gujarat
By appropriate heat treatment of multilayer film plastic packaging waste, Hetal has converted it into a composite plastic material.
This material can then further be used for making various articles and sheets with the help of extrusion, injection or compression moulding.
Hetal got this material tested at different laboratories and has also filed a patent for the same as well.
Mayank Walia and his innovation
Mayank Walia
Class 12
Police DAV School
Jallandhar, Punjab
Mayank's idea is to develop a gadget that can be worn on a hand and which can be moved over text or Braille.
It uses sensors that scan text and Braille and convert it into audio signals for the blind /visually challenged
Manibhushan Prasad and his innovation
Manibhushan Prasad
Class 12
Sindri College
Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Manibhushan suggests each vehicle to have signal (may be IR, infra red) emitters and corresponding sensors.
When the driver presses horn, signals are transmitted (instead of sound), which are picked up by the car in front and a beep alert is there in its dashboard along with a light signal
Shruti Tyagi and her innovation
Shruti Tyagi
Class 11
Police DAV School
Jallandhar, Punjab
Shruti visualises a wall-mounted electronic calendar, which has an in-built organiser and reminder facility so that one can never miss any event or an engagement.
She has a number of other ideas as well including a push button type stand in two wheelers for the ease of women and old people and voice actuated switch for television and other appliances.
Rahul K Singh and his innovation
Rahul K Singh
Class 12
DAV Kapil Dev School
Ranchi, Jharkhand
Rahul's idea is to have a pen that recharges a small battery while one writes.
The pressure on the tip of the pen while writing is being used to charge a small battery.

Image: Rahul K Singh and his innovation

Varsha Singh and her innovation
Varsha Singh
Class 8
Apeejay School
Jalandhar, Punjab
Working on a project, Varsha has found out that the said plant can be used as a termite and tick repellent.
Earlier reports mention the use of this plant mainly as a fish poison.

Image: Varsha Singh and her innovation

Divyam Gupta and his innovation
Divyam Gupta
Class 10
Delhi Public School
Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
In order to prevent people from using mobile phones while driving, Divyam suggests placing touch sensors on the gear lever and the steering.
This means that both the hands need to be either on the steering or on the steering and the gear lever. If anytime, the driver's hand is not on either steering or gear lever (for more than designated seconds), the system will infer that either s/he is using a mobile phone or not carefully handling the steering.
Based on this, the system may react, which can be preprogrammed.
This reaction, as per the programming, may be slowing down the vehicle and bringing it to a halt after some delay, moving to side by giving indicator or simply giving an alert alarm to the driver.

August 20, 2010

ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ಮುಖಂಡರಲ್ಲೊಂದು ಮನವಿ

ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ನನ್ನ ಬಂಧುಗಳೆ,
ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ತನ್ನ ಹೆಸರಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ವಿಸ್ತೀರ್ಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಮೂರನೆಯ ಅತಿ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಾಗೂ ಜನಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎರಡನೆಯ ಅತಿ ದೊಡ್ಡ ರಾಜ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ದೇಶದ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ ರಾಜ್ಯವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ೧೫% ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಉತ್ಪತ್ತಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದಲೇ ಬರುವುದಲ್ಲದೆ, ಇದು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ GDP ಯ ೧೩.೨% ರಷ್ಟಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಷ್ಟು ಸಂಪದ್ಭರಿತ ರಾಜ್ಯವು ಭಾರತದ ೯,೮೪% ಭೂಭಾಗವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದರೂ "ನಮ್ಮ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿ"ಯ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಿದ್ದಿರುವುದು ನಿಮಗೆ ಅತಿ ಆಸೆ ಎಂದೆನಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆ?
ಭಾರತದ ಕೇವಲ ೫.೮೩% [ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ಅರ್ಧದಷ್ಟು] ಭೂಭಾಗ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಕಾಸರಗೋಡನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಒಂದು ಕಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಂಟುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ, ತನ್ನ ಎಡ ಕೈ ಬಳ್ಳಾರಿ, ಎಡಕಾಲು ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ [ಹೊಗೇನಕಲ್] ವನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಭೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಇನ್ನು ಬಲ ಕೈ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿಯನ್ನೂ ನೀವು ಕೇಳಿದರೆ ನಾವು ಬದುಕುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಸ್ವಾಮೀ? ಹೃದಯವಾದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರೊಂದು ಸಾಕೆ?
ತಾವು ಹಿರಿಯಣ್ಣನಂತೆ  ನಮಗೆ ನ್ಯಾಯಯುತವಾಗಿ ಸೇರಬೇಕಾದ ಕೊಲ್ಲಾಪುರ, ರತ್ನಗಿರಿ, ಸೋಲ್ಲಾಪುರಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿ, ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿಯಿಂದ ಬಾಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಎಂದು ಆಶೀರ್ವದಿಸಬೇಕು.ಅದನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ದಾಯಾದಿಗಳಂತೆ ವರ್ತಿಸುವುದು ತಮ್ಮ ಘನತೆಗೆ ತಕ್ಕುದಾದುದೆ? ಛತ್ರಪತಿ ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ಆಳಿದ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಭವ್ಯನಾಡು ಭಾರತದ ಐಕ್ಯತೆಗೆ ಎಷ್ಟೆಷ್ಟೋ ತ್ಯಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿರುವಾಗ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿಯ ವಿಚಾರ ಕ್ಷುಲ್ಲಕವೆನಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆ?
ಯೋಚಿಸಿ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಿಯ ಬಂಧುಗಳೆ,
ವಂದೇ ಭಾರತ ಮಾತರಂ.

August 5, 2010

The Correct Way To Drink Water

By Dr. Willie T. Ong

Our bodies are made up of mostly water. Just look at the facts: The brain contains 74% water, blood contains 83% water, lean muscle has 75% and bone has 22% water.. Experts agree that water is one of the most powerful forms of treatment. So how come most people don't drink enough water?
10 Health Benefits of Water:

1. Water prevents kidney stones. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Since water dissolves the substances that form stones in the urine, drinking 12 glasses daily helps treat kidney stones.

2. Water treats urinary tract infection. The more water you drink, the more you will urinate. "Drinking lots of water will help flush out harmful bacteria from your bladder," says Medical City kidney specialist Dr. Roberto Tanchanco.

3. Water helps patients with diarrhea by preventing dehydration. As a first-aid for diarrhea, you can make your own oral rehydration solution at home. Mix a glass of water with 2 teaspoons sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt, and drink as much as you can tolerate. This is similar to the dextrose solution in the hospital.

4. Water helps reduce fever. For symptoms of flu, water can help lower your body temperature when you urinate the "heat" out of your body. If you're sick, drink more water for you to recover faster.

5. Water helps treat cough and colds, sore throat, and respiratory infections. Water helps loosen sticky phlegm. A respected lung specialist told me that some mucolytics out there are just as beneficial as drinking lots of water.

6. Water reduces heartburn. Taking 2-3 gulps of water every 20 minutes or so can help flush the stomach acid away. Bananas and water are effective alternatives to taking antacids. Try it.

7. Water prevents constipation and its complications. Too little water can harden the stools and lead to hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, a disease of the large bowel. Drink water and eat lots of vegetables to soften your stools.

8. Water keeps you alert and energetic. If you're dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker. This makes it harder for the blood to circulate. As a result, the brain can become less active and you can feel confused and fatigued. Some studies also show that water may help cure migraine headaches.

9. Water helps reduce weight. By drinking a glass or two of water before a meal, you will lessen the amount of food you can take in order to feel full. Water has zero calories and will not make you fat.

10. Water keeps your skin soft and radiant. Just as a dehydrated person will have deep-set eyes and wrinkled skin, so will a fully hydrated person exhibit a normal and beautiful skin tone.

The Correct Way To Drink Water:

1. Drink water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so drink a glass before you go to sleep, and another glass when you wake up. You are naturally thirsty or dehydrated in the morning. Drinking water in the morning helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated all night.

2. Drink 8 to 12 glasses a day. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 120-pound individual needs 8 cups of water a day, while a 190-pound person would require 12 cups daily. Dr. Robert Tanchanco says that we should monitor our urine color and keep it on the light side. However, drink only a maximum of 16 glasses a day, and not more.

3. Drink little by little throughout the day. It is preferable to sip water throughout the day rather than to drink two glasses all at once. This will lessen the stress on the heart (especially if you have heart disease) and give your body more time to absorb it.

4. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you're probably already 2 glasses below your normal water needs. Elderly people are also less sensitive to the body's need for water.

5. Drink water, not soft drinks, alcohol or coffee. Some experts believe that tea, sodas and coffee can be potentially dehydrating. Moreover, the high phosphorus and sugar content in cola drinks can lead to conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. One study shows that adults who drank six cups of coffee daily experienced mild dehydration. Drinking alcohol is much worse because it actually dehydrates you by making you urinate a lot.

6. Train children to drink water. Set a good example to your kids and drink water together. Make sure that children drink enough water when they're active. Pack a large bottled water in their lunch box.

7. Drink more when it's hot. People living in hot climates like the Philippines need to drink more water. They are more prone to develop kidney stones compared to those living in cooler regions.

8. Drink more as you exercise. When you exercise, you need to drink more water to compensate for fluid loss. Go for an extra 500 ml of water for a 30-minute to 1-hour exercise. Eating a banana also helps keep your potassium up.

9. Drink more when you're sick. Even though you don't feel like it, you really need to drink more water to help your body recover from various infections. If you're dehydrated, you'll feel much worse.

10. Drink more if you're pregnant. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 10 cups of fluids daily and women who breast-feed take in about 13 cups of fluids a day.

July 3, 2010

Not recommended medicine!?

Dear Friends Make a checklist, check whether this medicine is in your home or whether it has been recommended by your doctor... please DO NOT use it...


Asia has become a dumping ground for banned drugs; also the business for production of banned drugs is booming. Plz make sure that u buy drugs ! only if prescribed by a doctor(Also, ask which company manufactures it, this would help to ensure that u get what is prescribed at the Drug Store) and that also from a reputed drug store. Not many people know about these banned drugs and consume them causing a lot of damage to themselves.

DANGEROUS DRUGS HAVE BEEN GLOBALLY DISCARDED BUT ARE AVAILABLE IN INDIA and can be exported / smuggled to Pakistan or to any other country ....

____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ 

cold and cough. Reason for ban : stroke.
Brand name : Vicks Action-500
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This is a pain-killer. Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression.
Brand name: ! Novalgin
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Acidity, constipation. Reason for ban : irregular heartbeat
Brand name : Ciza, Syspride
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Anti-depressant. Reason for ban : Irregular heartbeat.
Brand name : Droperol
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Antidiarrhoeal. Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Furoxone, Lomofen
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Painkiller, fever. Reason for ban : Liver failure..
Brand name :
 Nise, Nimulid
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Antibacterial cream. Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Furacin
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Laxative... Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Agarol
________! ____________ _________ _ ____________ _________ _________ _________ ___
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Reason for ban : Bone marrow depression.
Brand name : Sioril
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Anti-worms. Reason for ban : Nerve damage.
Brand name : Piperazine
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Anti-diarrhoeal. Reason for ban : Damage to sight.
Brand name: Enteroquinol