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Mr. K. T. Rama Rao Lays Foundation for BE’s Vaccine SEZ Plant

Hyderabad, India – February 6, 2017: Mr. K. T. Rama Rao, Honourable Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, unveiled the foundation for a new vaccines plant being constructed by Biological E. Limited (BE) in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Genome Valley in Kolthur Village, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The Minister was accompanied by Dr. Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Ms. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Soumya Swaminathan, Director-general, Indian Council of Medical Research, and Mr. M. Sudheer Reddy, Medchal MLA, at the inaugural event of laying the foundation.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, the Minister appreciated the expansion efforts of Biological E. Limited in being aligned with the State Government’s vision of industrial expansion, creation of employment and the commitment to make Hyderabad an industrial hub in India and thus realise the dream of the honourable Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao – the creation of Bangaru (/Golden) Telangana. He fondly recalled that BE, as one of the foremost Pharmaceutical & Biologics Companies in India, being based out of the State of Telangana, in addition to substantial exports of vaccines, contributes significantly to the Universal Immunization Programme launched by the Government of India.

Welcoming the gathering, Ms. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE, thanked the Honourable Minister and Dr. Stoffels, for laying the foundation for the new vaccines plant at the recently approved SEZ. The MD also appreciated the efforts of the Government of Telangana in general and Mr. K T Rama Rao in particular for helping the investors and entrepreneurs in setting up new ventures and industries and creating a conducive environment for smooth execution of business operations.

Elaborating further about the plant, Ms. Mahima said that BE is planning an initial investment of up to Rs.300 crore in this new plant, which would help the existing vaccines plant augment the production and manufacture new products that are in the pipeline. This investment is in line with and part of the already earmarked overall outlay of Rs.1000 crore in the Genome Valley across BE’s Vaccines & Pharma businesses that are underway. The construction of this new SEZ vaccines plant on about 29 acres of land would be completed by April 2018 and commercial production is expected to begin by December 2019. Ms. Mahima also said that by the time BE’s expansion initiatives in the Genome Valley are completed, an additional employment opportunity for around 1000 people would be generated.

About Biological E. Limited

Biological E. Limited (BE), founded in 1953, the first private sector biological products company in India and the first pharmaceutical company in South India. Originally incorporated as Biological Products Private Limited, BE is a globally recognized vaccine manufacturer and has supplied over two billion doses of vaccines till date all over the world.

BE supplies several essential and lifesaving Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals to UN Agencies viz. UNICEF, PAHO and several global markets, and in India to the National Immunization Programme, various State Governments, PSUs, Indian Armed Forces and the domestic retail market. With a mission to improve health & survival of people, BE serves by providing equitable access to quality vaccines and therapeutics. BE has a long and richly textured history of supporting public health programmes in India for over five decades. BE’s portfolio of WHO pre-qualified vaccines include the 5-in-1 Pentavalent and a Japanese Encephalitis vaccine and its future offerings promise to be even more exciting.

Water Flows On Mars, Say Experts

“This is the single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water at Mars that has been discovered by the Opportunity rover”, said an expert from the Cornell University, Steve Squyres, who is serving as a Principal Investigator of Opportunity, while appearing for an interview with the American Geophysical Union.

The expert made the statement in response to an announcement made by scientists claiming to acknowledge several evidences to show existence of water on Mars, identified by a well-traveled NASA Mars rover, on Wednesday.

Around eight years back, the Opportunity rover had landed successfully on Mars and acknowledged a very thin bright mineral vein along with Endeavour, rim of a huge crater. After analyzing the attributes, the experts have notified that the mineral resembles gypsum in a number of properties.

The Opportunity, a golf-cart-size rover, along with its twin Spirit has succeeded to land on Mars in January 2004, as an attempt to complete its hunt to identify the signs of various water activities occurred during the ancient era, particularly on the planet that has a popular name “Red Planet”.

After completing a three-year trek, the Opportunity entered the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater in August and discovered the mineral vein that is believed around 51 centimeters long with identical thickness of a human thumb.

During the last month, the scientists have properly examined the vein with the help of cameras installed in the Opportunity as well as X-ray spectrometer and marked it as a hydrated form of calcium sulfate. Presently, the material is used in the making of drywall and plaster of Paris.

A rover project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Bruce Banerdt, notified some symptoms of advanced age in the robotic arm joints of Opportunity, identical to shoulder of a person living with arthritics.

OnLive Launches iOS and Android Gaming Apps

There’s good news for all you gamers out there as the online gaming world will soon witness a whale of revolution. As per reports, OnLive is all in readiness to launch its ultra-innovative online gaming platform to Android and iOS devices with the release various new apps for both the said platforms.

The OnLive service is highly popular for providing console titles and for making them playable on the internet by the means of renting or buying various fascinating titles. It was zestfully launched in September all over the United Kingdom.

The new apps may well be epochal as they carry complete editions of games such as L. A. Noire and Assassins Creed Revelations to the iPad and iPhone. In addition, it is reported that the apps will even be supported by the majority of smartphones and Android tablets.

Due the preliminary phase of launch, 25 games, counting the aforementioned versions, have been modified for use on a wide variety of touchscreen gadgets.

In the meantime, the entire portfolio of 200 games will be modified so as to make them playable by the means of a fresh Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which will be most probably pegged at around £39.99

All of the modified games will be supporting 3G and Wi-Fi, based on the internet speed.

Though the apps are freebies and anyone can download them with ease, members can even think about paying a monthly subscription fee for a variety of titles. Also, they can even buy passes for unlimited play and can even rent games for a number of days.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, the Founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman said: “Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games – literally to your fingertips – on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime”.

HTC Gets In Trouble with IPCom

It has been recently revealed that IPCom Patent firm has asked the cell phone retailers from Germany to halt the sale of HTC phones for the present. They have further threatened them for legal action if their needs are not fulfilled.

This is being done because HTC apparently hasn’t complied with the court ruling that had details on the injunction of the sales. The other action taken by IPCom was that it went to the Mannheim court, so that a fine can be imposed on HTC for not abiding by the necessary rules from the year 2009.

There is an impending fine of millions of Euros that the firm might have to pay in the time to come. This shall not only make for the financial losses for the firm, but also result in damaging the goodwill and the standing of the firm in the global markets.

HTC for now is at an increasing risk and it is essential for now to solve these legal battles as soon as possible because the cut throat competition in the market is ruthless and would excuse the firm for being entangled in other issues and might soon result in losses for the firm.

HTC is already dealing with falling sales needs to hold on firmly to its basics so that it can make a comeback in the time that follows.

There are also claims made by Apple against HTC and they need to be dealt with care so that they don’t damage their finances as well as their image as a brand further.

Market competition as well as the macroeconomic downturn in the world has already rendered an unstable position to the firm, and they need to make sure that the situation doesn’t worsen further.

New Stem Cells Derived, the Ones With the ‘Best Quality’

It has been recently revealed that there has been the development of a new stem cell by the scientists. These stem cells are grown in the lab and are taken from the human embryos. They are apparently of the best quality so far and can help in further research, towards the end of the next year, and would also be able to be used in clinical trials in the time to come.

It has been revealed that the stem cell trials conducted in the past have used research grading of lower quality. These were actually manipulated to make it the ‘clinical grade’. This time however the grade of stem cells used is the best one and they are of the clinical quality and come right from the patients for trials. This is the reason they can do without conversions. These stem cells are also untouched by the animal bi -products that are usually used for the stimulation of growth by other research teams.

“The key here is that these are clinical grade lines, they have been set up from the beginning as lines that do not contain animal products and have not got animal products coming into contact with them”, revealed Professor Peter Braude, one of the leading authors of the team.

It was further revealed that though such researches may have been done in the past by private drug firms, this is the first time it has been conducted on such a large scale, for the aid of public health.

This research might surely benefit the field of regenerative medicine in many ways. It might surely help scientists in developing newer way of cure and treatment for patients in the future.

Virgin Media to Boost Its Services

It has been reported that Virgin Media Inc, has introduced a unique network capacity package which will be simpler in use for the telecoms services. Virgin Media is hopeful that through this initiative it will be able to attract cost conscious companies.

Virgin Media Inc is famous for providing TV, broadband and telephony to consumers. It has been informed that vigorous and huge staff together with high data intake devices has led to costly upgradation.

Therefore, Virgin Media has decided to introduce three packages which will be cost effective. The three packages will have variant speed levels which will provide the companies room to upgrade their network needs.

Virgin Media Business’s managing director, Mark Heraghty informed, “This will take the guesswork out of things. People are always trying to plan capacity and they’re trying to optimize their cost position”. Virgin Media is not leaving any opportunity as it believes that it can attract a large number of companies.

The wireless technology has already attracted many consumers. These days, a larger number of populations are connecting internet through wireless technology. Therefore, Virgin has planned to introduce miniature transceivers which uses mobile phone signal.

Virgin is of the view that soon in the coming times, wireless networks would become overloaded. There are a large number of internet service providers who relies upon cable for its durability. The aim of the Virgin is to bring in faster networking services which could substitute use public or private Wi-Fi hotspots.

It has been informed that as more and more people are opting for wireless network and Wi-Fi hotspots, there is a possibility that in the coming times, the quality of these networks will decline. The over crowdedness has already starting taking toll over student halls of residence and hotels.

Video Games Might Affect Your Emotional Activity

Playing a video game is the favorite time pass for all. But do you know what consequences it leaves on young minds. A recent study has found that young minds who are engaged excessively in playing violent video games can have severe damage on their frontal brain regions.

It is for the very first time when the researchers have showed a link between violent video game and brain damage. The frontal brain regions, is the area where emotional activity takes place. According to the researchers, young minds in the habit of playing violent video games turn less emotional.

The study was conducted at the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine. Youngsters in the age group of 18 to 29 were recruited. These young minds were divided in two groups.

The first group was asked to play video game for ten hours a week. However, in the next week of the study, the researchers were asked not to play video games. The other, however, didn’t play video game at all.

The researchers were encouraged to conduct the study after the recent revelation of “pathological Internet misuse”, a condition in which people becomes addictive of gaming and internet. This addiction is also described as mental disorder.

The advent if 3-dimentional graphic and life-like sound has made it difficult for the people to resist the temptations. Therefore, parents have been encouraged to bring in those games which are in accordance to the development of kids’ brain.

Holidays are the most vulnerable period in which kids get hooked to the video games. It is hoped that acknowledging the findings of the study, people will pay greater emphasis in deciding which video game to be purchased. The researchers would now be conducting a separate study to gauge the affect of gaming on health.

Harvard University Researchers Design Super Soft Robot

There is one thing that is driving the robotic field going crazy and that is development of super soft robots. For quite some time now, its importance has been getting across the scientists and they have been trying to develop flexible and multi-functionary robots.

One such effort was being made by Harvard scientists where they have built a super soft robot, which is capable enough to pass through from tightest space. This four legged robot is quite active than many other hard body robots.

It could be designed in such a way that it could even reach inside the sleekest space of the earth quake crack, or could pass through narrowest space of window pane. This pliable robot could even be commanded to go even at most steepest slope. When needed, it could even be deformed without any hassle.

This project of Harvard University was being funded by the Pentagon’s research arm and its complete details have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert Shepherd, who was involved in the making of robot, informed that it took them 60 days to make this four legged robot. It is 5 inches tall and being four legged it is multi functionary where all his legs could be used for individual works.

This is the reason that it is able to crawl and pas through even the narrowest of the place. Researchers said before presenting this robot to the world and before claiming that it could slither, they conducted an experiment.

In this experiment, they made him pass through a glass pane, which was just a quarter inch up from its surface, but it less than a minute for this robot to pass through it. Some more transformations are needed, said researchers which would soon be made.

Mars Vehicle Ready to Go!

It has been revealed according to a recent report that the US space agency NASA is hoping to launch a brand new robotic rover for the exploration of Mars. This is being done to find the signs of life on the red ball.

The name of this rover is the Mars Science Laboratory, and it is going to be a huge vehicle being sent to Mars for the first time. It is a six-wheeled vehicle and shall be ready for launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, from an Atlas V Rocket.

This is like a dream vehicle the NASA has been devotedly working on, since years. This is one of the best developed vehicles sent to space so far and the NASA, as well the entire world has high hopes from it.

The price of this monster vehicle is USD 2.5 billion, and the name is Curiosity. The main aim of this Space machine is to find information from Mars, about the possible life that was ever present there. There is also going to be hints found on whether life is now possible on Mars.

There is a robotic arm that the great vehicle has and has a drill that is attached to a host of scientific features as well. It has two clear video cameras as well. It is also going to collect rocks and soil from the surface of the planet.

The time it will take to travel to Mars is approximately nine months, if all goes as planned, and then it is going to be able to give information and data to the scientists back home. If there are interesting facts found on the planet, this might be one of the most historical achievements made by man in the modern day.

Wal-Mart Might Not Function Under Its Name in India

It has been revealed in a recent report that Wal-Mart might not be able to function under its brand name from now on. This was recently revealed as the brand is ready to launch its operations in India. It was revealed by Rajan Bharti Mittal, from MD Bharti enterprises that when the brand comes to India, it will be adopted in an Indian model and will be named according to the specific requirements of the Indian markets.

Wal-Mart is a huge chain of enterprises primarily from the US and functions in a few other nations as well. It is the first tie it is entering the Indian retail market, due to huge potential in the country. It is a matter of time to see how the shopping fanatics of the country will find solace in this world renowned brand and will make it an instant hit in no time.

For now, it is functioning in countries like Mexico, Japan and a few other nations, under different names, suiting the needs of those nations.

“Our partnership with Wal-Mart will take a natural progression and we will start having a dialogue on how to take it forward keeping in mind the fresh development on FDI”, revealed Mr. Mittal. It was further added that they hope the firm will bring great success to the nation’s retail business and will work well for both the partners.

Wal-Mart sure wants to be functioning under their own brand name in India, but time will tell what is more suited according to the needs of the Indian markets, and then the decision will be taken accordingly. Many know about the huge brand name but many still don’t. This might be one of the contributing factors towards making a decision.’