PUNE: There is a growing demand for our V-Trap pan system in Vidarbha, Nashik, Nagpur and Pune. So much so, that we have established a manufacturing unit in Chakan to meet the demand,” said Diago Ishiyama, director (marketing and technology), Sato, Lixil, a Japanese-based firm that makes water and housing productsHe was speaking while presenting a demonstration of the innovative Sato toilet at an exhibition of innovative products in sanitation on the occasion of the ongoing Global Sanitation Summit. More than 30 innovators presented their designs at the Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC) here. Sato is one of the innovative designs in affordable and maintainable toilets cited in the Raghunath Mashelkar Committee on Sanitation, instituted by the Union government. It is recommended under the innovative technology for water conservation.Explaining the V-Trap, Ishiyama said the innovative trapdoor technology uses less than 1 litre water and is now … [Read more...] about Global Sanitation Summit in Pune: Innovations draw attention to affordable and maintainable toilets
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The Algarve has been named the cheapest destination for UK tourists in 2017, a year that may be defined by the “currency conscious holiday”. The popular Portuguese region has topped Post Office Travel Money’s worldwide holiday costs barometer for the second year running. The survey looks at the average price of tourist staples at 44 resorts and cities. In the Algarve, the average price of a three-course evening meal for two, including a bottle of house wine, is £18.27 – more than £150 cheaper than the equivalent meal in Dubai (the most expensive destination) and half the price of similar European tourist spots, such as Corfu or Malta. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, was the second-best-value resort, where a bottle of local beer costs 69p and an evening meal for two £23.15. In third place is Spain’s Costa del Sol, which has seen a drop in local prices over the last year. Other good-value destinations include Marmaris in Turkey, Prague and Budapest, … [Read more...] about Algarve remains cheapest holiday destination for UK tourists
Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: their products and services aren’t as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn’t anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Like sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis. And so, users awaited their apologies. A sign that the leaders of the tech world had the capacity for empathy. Because they fucked up. So much. God, so much. And so the CEOs (or, more likely, their very well-paid publicists) strung together some words to convey that they care about their users while at the same time evading any culpability for whatever the latest screw-up was. Their favorite scapegoats included glitches and technical issues, as if they (most notably, Google, Facebook, and Twitter) aren’t the ones responsible for creating the machines that they deploy. Advertisement And … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017
A teenager has described how she spent 11 days in intensive care and her body "shut down" after being struck down with a 'bacterial infection' in Egypt. Anna Doherty became critically ill after apparently succumbing to an infection during her stay at the Jasmine Palace Hotel in the resort of Hurghada. Doctors couldn't confirm a diagnosis, but the 19-year-old has revealed how her condition rapidly deteriorated after she returned from her holiday. The admin assistant, from Walkden in Salford, Greater Manchester, contacted the Manchester Evening News to share her terrifying experience. She said she wanted to warn other holidaymakers. She has spoken out less than a month after a British couple died within hours of each other in the same Egyptian resort town. Egypt's public prosecutor yesterday said e-coli bacteria was a factor in the deaths of John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley, Lancashire. However, the couple's grieving daughter has dismissed official reports, saying she has "no faith" … [Read more...] about Teenager’s body ‘shut down’ after being struck down ‘with bacterial infection’ on Egypt holiday
In the wake of a very public protest by students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) over a proposed fee hike, a considerable amount of controversy has been generated on whether higher education should be subsidised. In a conversation moderated by G. Ananthakrishnan, Yoginder K. Alagh and Shyam Menon underscore the importance of greater inclusiveness, diversity, and quality. Edited excerpts:Subsidy in education produces positive externalities such as health improvement, and reduction in population growth, poverty and crime, and strengthening of democracy. Yet, there is a demand for removal of subsidies.Yoginder K. Alagh (YKA): I think it is a little more than that. You are also building the economy for the future. If it had not been for the fact that we had built a whole system of the CSIR, the IITs and Central universities, we would really not have been having the major source of growth, which is software. Please remember that this is not about machines. This is [about] men and … [Read more...] about Should we do away with subsidies for higher education?