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Ratna Nidhi wins Google Impact Challenge for Disabilities Award
Mumbai-based Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust is one amongst the NGO's that have won the Google Award to develop the Ratna Nidhi Leg, a well-fitting artificial leg through the use of 3D imaging, scanning and printing technologies
 
Mumbai-based Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust has been selected by Google for its Impact Challenge for Disabilities Award. Of thousands of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from over 50 countries, Ratna Nidhi is one amongst the NGO's that have won the Google Award to further the technology in helping limb amputees.
 
"We have joined hands with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) to develop the Ratna Nidhi Leg a well-fitting artificial leg through the use of 3D imaging/ scanning and 3D Printing technologies," it said in a release.
 
Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Google.org, said, "Google.org is pleased to invest in the visions of Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust. Through their innovative applications of technology, they are developing new solutions that will improve the lives of people with disabilities in India and around the world." 
 
Ratna Nidhi, which is working for welfare of people from the most underprivileged strata of society, says over the years of working with limb amputees, it came to realise a few bottlenecks in the process of manufacturing the artificial limb and keeping them in mind the Ratna Nidhi Leg was conceptualised.
 
The Ratna Nidhi Leg, derived from the Jaipur Foot, will be created using a new process that enables rehabilitation engineers to deliver prosthetic legs to the amputees and landmine victims in the most rural and vulnerable populations in a shorter time. The new process uses mobile 3D scanning technologies to accurately capture and transmit 3D models of the residual limb, to design comfortable and yet affordable legs.
 
"Innovative technologies are already helping to improve everyday life for people living with disabilities. Through these grants, we want to empower organisations to build impactful solutions that will create better access for people living with disabilities in India," said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India and Southeast Asia.
 
Globally, Google.org has donated over $100 million in grants and $1 billion in technology resources in 2015 alone.
 
Talking about the process for its new solution, Ratna Nidhi said, "The new process will avoid the need for transporting mold materials to the location of the amputee, minimizing their need to travel to the NGO centre. This will help in doubling the current capacity of RNCT to serve rural locations easily and cost effectively. The RNCT and BETiC (IIT) will document the whole process, develop training modules, and make them available online, thereby empowering all other NGOs working in this field globally. This is expected to further expand the capacity of the NGOs in reaching out to every amputee who needs a low-cost prosthetic leg free of cost."
 

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Trump, Clinton score big victories, Rubio drops out
Trump won Republican primary victories in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois, while Clinton won the Florida and Ohio primaries and with a win in North Carolina completed her sweep of Southern states 
 
Republican Donald Trump had another great night with three major victories and a near tie, while a big loss in his home state of Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop his White House bid.
 
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton too scored major wins in Florida and North Carolina and in a crucial victory, she stopped self-styled Democratic Socialist rival Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio.
 
Trump won Republican primary victories in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois and was in a virtual tie with closest rival Ted Cruz in Missouri getting at least 159 more delegates and taking his total to 619 from 18 wins.
 
However, his loss in Ohio to its Governor, John Kasich made it more difficult for the brash billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the Republican nomination without a heated contest. Cruz has 394 delegates, Rubio 167 and Kasich 136.
 
But Trump's victory in the biggest contest of the night, taking all off Florida's 99 delegates forced Rubio out of the race and upended Republican establishment's plans to get united against the real estate tycoon. 
 
"This was a great evening," he said in his primary night address describing himself proudly as a candidate of the angry and disaffected. 
 
"There is great anger," Trump said. "Believe me, there is great anger." 
 
"We have to bring our party together," he said urging party unity amid growing speculation about the potential of a convention fight. "We have to bring it together."
 
Conceding defeat, Rubio warned that Trump's politics of division will leave America a "fractured nation".
 
"America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming," he said. "While we are on the right side," he said, "this year, we will not be on the winning side."
 
Trump on the other hand congratulated the Florida senator "for having run a tough campaign".
 
"He is tough," Trump said. "He is smart and he has got a great future."
 
On the Democratic side, Clinton won the Florida and Ohio primaries and with a win in North Carolina completed her sweep of Southern states where she has enjoyed strong support from African-American voters.
 
"We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November," Clinton said in a victory speech in West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
She said that by the end of the night she would have two million more votes than Sanders, and hold a lead of more than 300 in the delegate count.
 
Even in defeat, Sanders delivered his standard campaign speech, decrying the influence of big money in politics and vowed that "billionaires would have to pay their fair share".
 
Describing "Rubio's demise" as "the last gasp of the Republican reboot", the Washington Post said "Years of carefully laid plans to repackage the Republican Party's traditional ideas for a fast-changing country came crashing down" with him quitting the race.
 
The New York Times said Rubio's exit had "spoiled the Republican buffet". Kasich, it suggested, "is the best of the remaining three candidates, but has little to no chance of pulling past either of the other two in the delegate count.
 
"Those two, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are merely different flavours of rancid fare," said the influential daily which has endorsed Kasich and Clinton for their parties' nominations.

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SC asks Dr Swamy to implead private airlines in challenge to Jet-Etihad deal
The apex court also asked Dr Swamy to challenge the agreement paving way for Etihad to pick up more passengers from various destinations in India
 
The Supreme Court has asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dr Subramanian Swamy to implead other private airlines who would be affected in the likelihood of its cancelling the agreement between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) allegedly permitting Etihad Airways to carry more passengers over and above the permitted number per week.
 
Asking Dr Swamy to implead private airliners like Indigo, SpiceJet and the Federation of Indian Airlines, a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit also asked him to challenge the agreement paving way for Etihad to pick up more passengers from various destinations in India.
 
What you have challenged is the MoU but "you have to challenge the agreement (consequent to MoU). Some of them (private airlines) are not there, those who are not there you have to include them as respondent," said the bench asking Dr Swamy to amend his petition.
 
The MoU between India and Abu Dhabi was signed in April 2013 and agreement between Jet-Etihad was signed on 27 December 2013.
 
Giving Swamy two weeks' time to amend his petition, the court gave four weeks' time to the government and other respondents to file their response. The court gave another two weeks' time to Swamy to file rejoinder to the response by the government as it directed the listing of the matter on 19th July.
 
In the course of the hearing, Swamy told the court that the concessions given to Etihad Airlines were a way of compensating the emir of Abu Dhabi for the losses suffered by Etisalat on account of cancellation of 2G licences by the apex court. He told the court that Emir of Abu Dhabi was the head of Etisalat. 
 
At this, the court said that he could say this (alleged concession to Etihad) "was for a collateral purposes and not in public interest".
 
Dr Swamy had in 2013 challenged the Jet-Etihad deal and its approval by the government permitting UAE's national carrier to acquire 24 percent stakes in Jet Airways.
 
Alleging that there was lack of transparency in the deal, the PIL by Dr Swamy had said that it would result in "a grant of largesse of national asset in favour of a foreign airline (Etihad Airways) resulting in undue enrichment and enormous pecuniary advantage to such foreign airline at the cost and expense of the public, national and domestic airlines as well as airports".
 
The PIL had assailed the government for entering into agreement with UAE permitting Eithad Airways to carry 36,670 more passenger over and above permitted 13,330 passengers per week, describing the increase in capacity entitlement as "unprecedented, arbitrary, irrational and unsustainable". 

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