DOMIS: A Decision support system for designing micro irrigation systems!

The Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC) at Water Technology Centre, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India, has took initiative to develop a web based decision support system for designing micro irrigation systems. A Decision Support System namely, DOMIS (Design of Micro Irrigation Systems) has been developed to help the user to design appropriate micro irrigation systems for efficient water utilization under different agro-climatic conditions in India. DSS-DOMIS is capable of designing drip Irrigation, Sprinkler Irrigation and Micro Sprinkler irrigation systems layout. As a part of the decision support mechanism, the DSS provides expert opinion and necessary data on crops, soil, water and climate as default options with a provision of change if the user so desires.

Salient Feature :- The web based system ( ), uses scientifically accepted software algorithms with richness of information and expert opinions, flexibility and simplicity of use which makes the DSS DOMIS a superior tool for designing micro irrigation systems with a view to enhance water productivity in agriculture. Besides providing the support in designing the appropriate micro irrigation systems DOMIS also provides general information about Schemes of Government of India, agencies promoting micro irrigation, implementing agencies in different States of India, approved system suppliers in different States and general information about different districts in the country. The developed DSS has been tested and appreciated by 22 Precision Farming Development Centres, State Micro Irrigation Mission Directors and several micro irrigation industries. The decision support system will be useful for farmers, researchers and policy makers.

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Open access: The sorry state of Indian repositories

India may not have a national open access policy in place, but the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), The Department of Science & Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), The University Grants Commission (UGC) have open access policies that clearly mandate researchers to deposit their papers in institutional repositories. National institutes such as the IITs and IISc, too, have repositories and similar mandates.

“Open access institutional repositories are clearly lagging behind despite the mandate,” says Dr. G. Mahesh from the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi, and one of the authors of the article. “Individual researchers are required to deposit their papers in the repository but they don’t. It is very difficult to motivate them to do it.” One of the reasons why researchers do not deposit their papers in a repository is because they no longer hold the copyrights. “In over 95 per cent of cases, the researchers have already transferred their copyrights to the respective journals,” he says. “Ideally, pre-prints of papers should be deposited in a repository. A large majority of publishers of subscription journals have no problem in researchers depositing preprints in a repository.”

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Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) for rural prosperity

The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) also known as Farm Science Centers, a gross root level scheme which was designed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the country. In 1964-66, the Education Commission of Government of India under the chairmanship of Dr. D. S. Kothari gave recommendations for the application of science to productive process including agricultural education. The Planning Commission of India and Inter-Ministerial Committee reviewed the recommendations. A committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Mohan Singh Mehta was constituted by the ICAR in 1973 which further gave the recommendations for the establishment of KVKs in the country. The first Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) was established in 1974 at Pudducherry under Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore by the ICAR, New Delhi. Presently, the ICAR has established 641 KVKs all over the country under different organizations like State Agricultural Universities, the ICAR institutes, Deemed Universities, Central Institutes, State Governments and NGOs. In Jammu and Kashmir ICAR has established 19 KVKs under two agricultural universities SKUAST-Jammu, SKUAST-Kashmir and one KVK under Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH).

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Take lab tested technologies to farmers: ICAR official

HYDERABAD: The agricultural scientists should broaden their work so that the laboratory tested technologies will be available with the farmers, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research N. S.Rathore.

Delivering an address in connection with the Eighth National Extension Education Congress-2017 at the ICAR National Academy of Agricultural Research Management here on Saturday, he asked the scientists to broaden their work through extension activities. If all extension groups transfer the technologies to the farmers, then the farmers would have a double income, the senior officer said.

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SABIC inks pact with CIPET & CSIR for research in plastics & petrochemicals



Dr Ernesto Occhiello, executive vice president, technology & innovation, SABIC, said, “Collaborative projects with well-established scientific organisations and research centres are essential components of SABIC’s global research programme. Through these partnerships (with and CSIR), SABIC will be able to leverage these institutions’ multidisciplinary research capabilities to achieve research excellence for SABIC that will greatly benefit the nation. It is also our desire to see that today’s collaboration will create a value-added ecosystem involving science and technology institutions, talents, industry, customers to benefit the people of India.”

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CSIR-CLRI with CMDA to explore the feasibility of using waste and banana stem to produce biogas.



The wholesale market complex in Koyambedu which supplies fresh produce for the city will soon supply fuel to cook the produce.

The biomethanation plant, which has been generating electricity from vegetable waste, will now also use waste from slaughterhouses, hotels, treated sewage sludge and banana stems to supply biogas to neighbouring houses.

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Made in India : Can we do this change in all Government and other Indian websites.

I have suggested the PMO, India and other government officials to mention “Made in India” in all the Government official websites . Here is the  copy of email. Kindly read and reply your views. If you are a blogger, freelancer or owner of any website then kindly do as per this email.

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Respected Sir/Madam,


I  am  a frequent visitor of many Government websites and applauding the work carried out by the Ministries and their IT team, specially NIC. Now a days, a lot of information and services are available through websites. Creating  awareness through social media sites and moving from web services to mobile based services are  helping citizens.

While, visiting many Govt websites, an idea came into my mind, can not we proudly write ; “Made in India” in all our websites, like Government sites, Educational Websites and other Indian websites etc.

We should proudly write these in our websites in  footer/end of page.

1. Made in India

2. Made in India, for the world

3. Made in India. Made for the world

or any statement that boost and show that the site is in India and  Made by Indians.

I have done these modifications in my websites and suggested many to do the same. Please check it in attached screenshot or at & and I am also decided to put this in other websites, which have had developed by me as freelancer or any way.

I strongly believe that this can make a huge impact in  Search Engine Optimization ( when people search for Made in India) and also in Make in India campaign.

Please revert back with your suggestions and forward this email to the concern person or senior authority to make this campaign successful.

Hoping for the best.

Kind regards,

Indigenous microscope uses peacock feather technology

India on Tuesday launched an ingeniously manufactured microscope that generates 3D images of objects. The Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope has several applications in medicine and materials sciences. It uses an infra red beam which passes through a patented photonic crystal fibre made by the Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata.

“The optic fibre produces multiple wavelengths from the laser due to its surface which has very small holes. This is similar to the way a peacock’s feather scatters light. This is projected on to the target object which allows us to see a three dimensional structure of the object,” CGCRI Director Kamal Dasgupta said.

The microscope was developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) along with Vinvish Technologies, Thiruvananthapuram, under the New Millennium Indian Technology Initiative, an effort launched by the CSIR over a decade ago to develop technologies through collaborative efforts by research laboratories and technology companies in India.

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How to disable WhatsApp blue ticks for read messages.


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Recently, WhatsApp quietly introduced a new feature that lets users know that their messages have been read, with the double grey ticks appearing in front of the messages turning blue.

And now, just as quietly, the mobile messaging service is letting users of its Android app disable the feature with the rollout of WhatsApp version 2.11.444. This version is available for users on WhatsApp’s website for now, and will eventually be rolled out to all users.

Here’s how you can disable the blue coloured read receipts’ with the message timestamp on WhatsApp’s Android app:

1. Make sure that your smartphone is running on Android 2.1 or a newer version.

2. Go to settings menu and enable ‘Download from Unknown Sources’ in the Security tab

3. Go to the WhatsApp website and download the APK (application) file available under

4. Once the APK file is downloaded to your device, tap the ‘Install’ option.

5. Now that WhatsApp has been updated, select Settings > Account > Privacy. Under the Privacy tab, uncheck the Read Receipts option.