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Education best way to fight poverty: Modi

Modi said every person wants his or her child to lead a life better than what they had led

 

More efforts are needed to eradicate poverty in the country and that education "is the best way to fight poverty", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Friday.
 
"Our efforts to remove poverty over the years have not yielded the results we desired. The speed (of removing poverty) needs to improve," Modi said at a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Varansi city, also his parliamentary constituency.
 
He said every person wants his or her child to lead a life better than what they had led. 
 
"I urge all of you (in this gathering), whatever circumstances are, ensure that your children receive education. Education is the best (and even the least expensive) way to fight poverty," he said.
 

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

Allow me to quote 2 paras from my article “Human development indicators: Need for a National Education Plan” posted at this site on October 17, 2012(Included as Chapter III.4 Literacy: A tool for Development in my 2014 book “Banking, Reforms & Development: Development Issues in 21st Century India”. I had submitted a copy of my book to PM in August 2014, which was acknowledged):
Ensuring universal education, which alone can bring about a change in the quality of governance also, must at this stage graduate into a massive movement supported by political will, whole-hearted participation from all households, legislatures, local bodies and educational institutions, failing which, the present effort also will remain a restatement of noble intentions with no specific ground level results.
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One is tempted to fear that there are some vested interests like an interest in keeping unskilled labour cheap and still worse, showing higher percentage of children passing out of schools and joining colleges (such statistics would better the country’s position in international assessments!) which keep the drop-out level before Standard X alarmingly high. The targets for Gross Enrolment Rates at secondary level can be achieved with ease if pass out percentage at primary level is low!

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Eureka! World's first invisibility cloak now a reality

Although the cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well

 

Turning science fiction and fantasy into a stunning reality, scientists from the US Department of Energy (DOE)'s Berkeley Lab and University of California (UC)-Berkeley have devised the first-ever ultra-thin invisibility “skin” cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light.
 
Although the cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well.
 
Working with brick-like blocks of gold nanoantennas, the Berkeley researchers “fashioned a “skin” cloak barely 80 nanometers in thickness.
 
It was wrapped around a 3D object about the size of a few biological cells and arbitrarily shaped with multiple bumps and dents.
 
The surface of the skin cloak was meta-engineered to reroute reflected light waves so that the object was rendered invisible to optical detection when the cloak is activated.
 
“This is the first time a 3D object of arbitrary shape has been cloaked from visible light,” said Xiang Zhang, director of Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and a world authority on metamaterials.
 
“Our ultra-thin cloak now looks like a coat. It is easy to design and implement, and is potentially scalable for hiding macroscopic objects,” he said in a paper that appeared in the journal Science.
 
It is the scattering of light - be it visible, infrared or X-ray - from its interaction with matter that enables us to detect and observe objects.
 
For the past 10 years, Zhang and his research group have been pushing the boundaries of how light interacts with metamaterials, managing to curve the path of light or bend it backwards -- phenomena not seen in natural materials -- and to render objects optically undetectable.
 
In the Berkeley study, when red light struck an arbitrarily-shaped 3D sample object in area that was conformally wrapped in the gold nanoantenna skin cloak, the light reflected off the surface of the skin cloak was identical to light reflected off a flat mirror, making the object underneath it invisible even by phase-sensitive detection.
 
The cloak can be turned "on" or "off" simply by switching the polarisation of the nanoantennas.
 
“A phase shift provided by each individual nanoantenna fully restores both the wavefront and the phase of the scattered light so that the object remains perfectly hidden,” explained co-lead author Zi Jing Wong.
 
The ability to manipulate the interactions between light and metamaterials offers future prospects for technologies such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers.
 
Invisibility skin cloaks on the microscopic scale might prove valuable for hiding the detailed layout of microelectronic components or for security encryption purposes.
 
At the macroscale, among other applications, invisibility cloaks could prove useful for 3D displays.
 

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Parcel reaches destination after 40 years in Australia

The battered parcel was delivered to a Melbourne tennis club after it was first ordered in the mid-1970s, a media report said on Friday

 

A parcel in Australia took 40 years to reach its destination.
 
The battered parcel was delivered to a Melbourne tennis club after it was first ordered in the mid-1970s, a media report said on Friday.
 
The parcel, containing sew-on patches of the club's crest, is believed to have fallen behind machinery in a sorting centre at Australia Post -- the state-owned mail service -- only to be discovered recently when the company moved to another facility, reported Xinhua citing News Corp.
 
Former committee member of the tennis club Irene Garrett, who the package was addressed to, said she "had a good laugh" when the item finally arrived.
 
"I couldn't believe it, I'd forgotten all about. We're guessing it must have been around 1975, and I must have ordered it," Garrett was quoted as saying on Friday. "I'm guessing I ordered it because it was addressed to me."
 
The name and address on the envelope remained legible four decades on, according to Garett.
 
Garrett, who is no longer associated with the tennis club, thanked Australia Post workers for its better-late-than-never attitude.
 
"It's allowed us to get back in touch with past members of our club and we've heard some fantastic stories about what used to happen in the early days," Garrett said.
 
"(The parcel) could have just been thrown in the bin but it's great that people are so honest to say we found something and to deliver it." 
 

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