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Researchers unveil design of silicon quantum computer chip

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) In a first, a team of Australian and Dutch engineers has created a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard silicon technology. The new chip design, published in the journal Nature Communications, details a novel architecture that allows quantum calculations to be performed using existing semiconductor components, kn...

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'Starving' polar bear provokes climate change dialogue

Ottawa, Dec 17 (IANS) A video on a starving polar bear in northern Canada's Nunavut region has led to concerns on climate change as well as doubts about the real cause of the beast's emaciation. Earlier this month, video and photos were published showing a scrawny polar bear rummaging in the garbage for food in an abandoned fishing camp on Somerset Island of Nunavut, Xinhua news agency r...

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Microsoft AI helping Indian farmers increase crop yields

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Machine Learning, Satellite Imagery and advanced analytics are empowering small-holder farmers in India to increase their income through higher crop yield and greater price control, Microsoft India said. In a few dozen villages in Telengana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, farmers are receiving automate...

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The year when Indian fiction reflected the burden of society

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A novel that takes its readers into the abyss of poverty and patriarchy, thereby narrating the sordid uses of power and the agony it unleashes; a dystopian satire that draws a telling portrait of our times; and finally an international bestseller from India weaves together a writer's experiences as a social and environmental activist -- all of this in fiction. Tw...

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Nagaland CM sacks two more ministers

Kohima, Dec 15 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zelaing on Friday night axed two more of his cabinet ministers, two days after he had sacked four of his senior cabinet ministers. The move came after Naga People's Front (NPF) supremo Shurhozelie Liezietsu, earlier in the day, revoked the expulsion order of 20 NPF legislators and suspension of 13 other party leaders, including the state'...

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Global investors' summit: Assam expects investments from Asean nations

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Assam expects investments in Tourism, Information Technology, Agriculture, Food Processing, Energy and Pharmaceutical sectors from across the globe, especially Asean member-nations, in the state's first global investors' summit on February 3-4, 2018. At a press conference here, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday also announced allocation of Rs 100 ...

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India witnessed infusion of AI across industries

(ATTN Editors: Beginning December 15, IANS will be running a series of Yearenders that look at the highs and lows in the areas of politics, business, economy, technology, lifestyle, literature and sports during the year coming to an end. Editor, IANS) By Nishant Arora New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) When it comes to disruptive technologies that will drive businesses in the coming years,...

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Modi hopes for fruitful Winter Session

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed hope that the Winter Session of Parliament would be productive, with positive debates. There should be a good debate, there should be a positive debate, and the debates should take place with innovative suggestionsÂ… only then the time of the Parliament will be properly utilized for the benefit of the country, Modi...

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Hero MotoSports Team Rally banking on lighter bikes at Dakar

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) With its newly customised lighter bikes this time around, Hero MotoSports Team Rally aims to make it count at the Dakar Rally, scheduled to be held in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina in January. Team manager Wolfgang Fischer on Thursday called the new 'Hero RR 450' rally bike an upgrade of the well-proven rally bike from last year, with especially a proper weight dis...

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Myanmar charges reporters with Official Secrets Act violation

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14 (IANS) Myanmar on Thursday charged two journalists with violating the British colonial era Official Secrets Act and illegally obtaining confidential documents from the police related to a controversial military offensive in Rakhine. Wa Lone, 31 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, who work for the Reuters news agency, were arrested on Tuesday in Yangon and face a possible 14-year jai...

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We need virtue of frugality for energy saving: President

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) India needs to bring to bear its traditional virtue of frugality for effective energy conservation in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday. Speaking at the annual National Energy Conservation Awards event here, Kovind said that although India had become power surplus in the last few years, much remains to be done on energy efficiency, which is ...

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Nagaland CM sacks four cabinet ministers as NPF factions reconcile

Kohima, Dec 13 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zeliang on Wednesday sacked four of his senior cabinet ministers following the reconciliation within the two factions of the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF). Those sacked include Home Minister Y. Patton, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tokheho Yepthomi, Roads and Bridges Minister Nicky Kire besides Environment, Forest and Climate Change M...

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Commonwealth head lauds 'Smart Cities', Jan Dhan initiatives

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland on Wednesday praised India's initiative of Smart Cities and zero balance accounts (Jan Dhan) scheme as innovative and smart. India is leading the way with commitment and innovation that is smart and transformative for the way in which we live, learn and work together, Scotland said. She was speaking on the ...

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World losing battle against global warming: Macron

Paris, Dec 13 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has warned the international community that it was losing the battle against global warming and called on the world leaders to take concrete action. Macron on Tuesday hosted the One Planet Summit in Paris, an event marking the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement on mitigating global warming that brought together dozens of head...

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350 writers from 35 countries to participate at JLF 2018

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Set to take place from January 25 to 29, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 will will be a celebration of literature like no other, hosting over 350 writers from 35 nationalities, the organisers said on Tuesday. After the Mumbai last week, the Festival held its Delhi preview here and the third roster of speakers exemplifies the diversity and depth of intelle...

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EU commits to 9 bn euro climate finance

Paris, Dec 12 (IANS) The European Union on Tuesday announced 9 billion climate finance contribution -- the first major announcement made on the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement's second anniversary -- to achieve climate goals. The Paris climate-relevant investments are in three targeted areas -- sustainable cities, sustainable energy and connectivity and sustainable agriculture, r...

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Macron: Trump will bring US back into climate deal

Paris, Dec 12 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes US President Donald Trump will bring Washington back into the Paris deal on combating climate change. But Macron said in an interview to CBS News on Monday that he will not agree to Trump's demand that America's terms should be negotiated. The French President, on the eve of a climate summit he arranged in...

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Upcoming exhibition themed on climate change

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) At a time when the world is dealing with pressing issues like climate change and global warming, artist Simran K.S. Lambas new body of work tends to set a new domain for sculptures in highlighting such vexatious issues that bothers researchers, scientists as well as humanity at large. Titled Chainsaw Bread, Lamba's show is set to begin at Lalit Kala Akademi in Fe...

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High time to improve building energy efficiency: UN-backed report

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) It's high time to improve energy efficiency of the buildings across the globe to reach the climate change goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, a UN-backed report has said. More than half of new buildings expected to come up by 2060 will be constructed in the next 20 years -- two-thirds of them in countries that do not have mandatory building energy codes in plac...

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Microsoft pledges $50 million to broaden AI for Earth programme

San Francisco, Dec 12 (IANS) Announcing its plan to broaden the AI for Earth programme, Microsoft has pledged $50 million over the next five years to put artificial intelligence technology in the hands of those who are working to mitigate climate change. Microsoft rolled out the AI for Earth programme six months ago with an aim to put the power of artificial intelligence towards tackli...

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