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Infosys, Coca-Cola agree to make sign language official

A first ever Braille edition of the Limca Book of Records was also launched on the occasion

 

Infosys co-founder N.R.Narayana Murthy and Coca-Cola India president Venkatesh Kini on Thursday co-signed a petition to make sign language an official language of India.
 
The petitioners also urged the prime minister and the union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to include sign language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
 
The petition read that the prime minister's dream of "accessible India" could only be fulfilled if sign language became the official language of the country.
 
"This will bring millions of people to the mainstream and further enable our society to become an inclusive society," the joint petition said.
 
Speaking at the annual event to felicitate "Special People of the Year", organised by the Limca Book of Awards in India, Murthy said that the government and corporates must come together to accomplish the vision of an accessible India.
 
"It is difficult to imagine India becoming a strong economy without becoming an inclusive economy, which is inclusive in gender, ability, ethnicity, and all other social parameters," he said.
 
This year, the Limca Book of Records team felicitated 15 specially-abled persons from various spheres of life.
 
A first ever Braille edition of the Limca Book of Records was also launched on the occasion. 
 
"It will enable the visually challenged to browse through the existing records and challenge themselves to create new records," Venkatesh Kini said.
 
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Param

1 year ago

just because NRN signs a petition, it does not mean Infosys as a company has signed this. can we please keep the distinction between individual & organization in this case?

Government reconstitutes IGNCA trust

Ram Bahadur Rai has been appointed the body's new president

 

The government has reconstituted the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) trust with immediate effect, an official statement said on Thursday.
 
Ram Bahadur Rai has been appointed the body's new president while Sonal Mansingh, Prasoon Joshi, Chandraprakash Dwivedi, Nitin Desai, K. Arvinda Rao and Vasudeo Kamath have been made the members of the Trust.
 
The other members are Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Bharat Gupta, M. Seshan, Rati Vinay Jha, Nirmala Sharma, Harsh Neotia, Padma Subrahmaniam, Saryu Doshi, D.P. Sinha and Viraj Yagnik.
 
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Clothes that transmit digital data soon

Researchers working on wearable electronics have been able to embroider circuits into fabric with super precision -- a key step toward the design of clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information

 

Imagine shirts that act as antennas for smartphones or tablets, workout clothes that monitor fitness level or even a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain!
 
All this will soon be possible as the researchers working on wearable electronics have been able to embroider circuits into fabric with super precision -- a key step toward the design of clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information.
 
"A revolution is happening in the textile industry. We believe that functional textiles are an enabling technology for communications and sensing and one day, even for medical applications like imaging and health monitoring," said lead researcher John Volakis from Ohio State University.
 
The milestone achieved by the Ohio researchers has the potential to allow integration of electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing with 0.1 mm precision.
 
With further development, the technology could also lead to sports equipment that monitor athletes' performance or a bandage that tells doctors how well the tissue beneath it is healing.
 
Volakis' team created the functional textiles, also called "e-textiles," on a typical tabletop sewing machine. 
 
Like other modern sewing machines, it embroiders thread into fabric automatically based on a pattern loaded via a computer file. 
 
The researchers substituted the thread with fine silver metal wires that, once embroidered, feel the same as traditional thread to the touch.
 
"For the first time, we've achieved the accuracy of printed metal circuit boards, so our new goal is to take advantage of the precision to incorporate receivers and other electronic components," added Volakis in a paper published in the journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.
 
The shape of the embroidery determines the frequency of operation of the antenna or circuit.
 
"Shape determines function. And you never really know what shape you will need from one application to the next. So we wanted to have a technology that could embroider any shape for any application," noted Asimina Kiourti, co-author of the study.
 
She also incorporated some techniques common to microelectronics manufacturing to add parts to embroidered antennas and circuits.
 
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Venkateswara Rao Chakravadhanula

1 year ago

Maybe, this can run as spying gadget ONLY to threaten the enemy. However, this SHALL lead to new new boom to some croons to commit atrocities on any one. AH!!?? What A DIFFERENCE!! just 2 centuries ago, inventions & discoveries were made to facilitate human work force in ALL POSSIBLE ways to improve knowledge. Now all that is being UTILIZED in mutilation of lives???

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