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With potential for vaccine distribution, IIT-Kanpur's unmanned drone-helicopter is first of its kind

With facilities for long-endurance surveillance, the drone-helicopter can fly at an altitude of 11,500 feet.

Standing up to its brand name, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur(IIT-K) has always been a hub of progressive innovations. In recent times, the institute has worked on multiple projects to revolutionise the field of avian technology. Associating with a start-up company called EndureAir, the Aeronautics Department at IIT-K has produced an unmanned drone-helicopter which would be an interesting addition to the country's aircraft ensemble.


Passed the test trials for flying at an elevation of 11,500 feet

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The recently manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is fuelled by petrol, has the capacity of carrying weight up to 5-kg. A professor from the Aerospace Engineering Department of IIT-K informed that the helicopter can be deployed in areas that require long-endurance surveillance. This makes it a perfect agent for the purpose of vaccine distribution across different regions.

The academician also stated that the aircraft has passed the trials conducted at an elevation of 11,500 feet. Despite being a novel development, the helicopter-drone faces one problem. The engine of the helicopter loses power with an increase in height and the Aeronautics department is working hard to resolve this issue. The department has already started its work on a different version powered by a battery-device that can equip the helicopter to fly at greater heights.

New battery-powered version to be ready in 2-3 months

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It is anticipated that the production of the new version shall be completed within 2-3 months. Among the provisions included in the drone-helicopter, the Global Positioning System(GPS) device for mapping its location, is a highlight. The official from the aeronautics department also asserted that they are waiting for the government's approval to start the long-range trails. As of now, the helicopter has been tested for carrying a load of 5-kg till a distance of around 50-km

​Students of DAVV in Indore to turn ideas into business models with the help of ISCDL

Indore Smart City Development Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, valid for 2 years

Aiming to support and nurture the startup ecosystem in the city, the Indore Smart City Seed Incubation Centre will now help the students of Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya (DAVV) turn their ideas into successful business projects.The Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DAVV for the same. Notably, ISCDL will provide handholding mentorship to the budding entrepreneurs of the university by helping them right from the primitive stage.

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Purvanchal Expressway to get world's largest painting on Dec 20 to mark Kakori Martyrs' Day

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In a bid to commemorate the occasion of Kakori Martyrs' Day, the administration of Lucknow is all set to make the largest painting in the world on the newly inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway on December 20. The state government will pay homage to the freedom fighters by painting the images of Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh on the expressway. Notably, the Kakori Martyrs' Day is celebrated every year on December 19 to mark the sacrifice of the rebels who fought to death in the quest for our independence.

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Commercial activities at Amber & Nahargarh Forst in Jaipur face a complete ban

The light & sound show held at the Kesar Kyari at Amber foothill has also been called off until further notice

This tourist season, travellers and visitors will no longer be able to indulge in any commercial activity at the Amber and Nahargarh Forts in Jaipur. The archaeological department on Tuesday issued an order, in compliance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to ban all mercantile setups here.

The NGT had previously declared all businesses in the Nahargarh Wildlife Sanctuary & Fort area as illegal, resulting in their pack-up effective from December 1, this year. Besides, the light and sound show held at the Kesar Kyari at Amber foothill have also been shut until further notice read reports.

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New 'ultra risk' travel category instated in Maharashtra as state revises airport norms

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers no longer need to produce a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival in Maharashtra

Amidst revision of state travel norms, the Maharashtra administration has instated a new 'ultra risk' category for flyers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Lesotho. Besides them, all international travellers of other passengers with a travel history in the last 15 days from Omicron infected 'high risk' countries will have to undergo mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine on arrival.

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Amplus Solar introduces the HomeScape range in Lucknow to power a lifestyle upgrade

Homescape by Amplus Solar blends fashion with feasibility to add value to your lifestyle and savings to your account!

Going big on power savings with Smart Solar at home is Lucknow's new standard of style! Homescape by Amplus Solar meets all these needs and how! It's an innovative solar pergola is designed to suit the aesthetics of your home perfectly. Be it an open backyard, garden, front porch, or terrace - this versatile premium range becomes a part of your home as you need it.

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'Kapda Bank' to be set up in Lucknow to help the poor stay warm this winter season!

Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to the underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office

District Administration along with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has come up with a unique initiative to help keep the poor and destitute people warm this winter. As per the announcement by the District Magistrate of Lucknow, 8 zones in the city have been listed for setting up the 'Kapda Bank'. Under the ambit of this project, anyone can donate new or used clothes to underprivileged people by contacting the nearest zonal office.

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Omicron alert in Rajasthan as 4 travellers from South Africa test COVID positive

The patients are presently isolating in Jaipur

After the reports of 2 confirmed Omicron cases in Karanataka, health officials suspect a variant infiltration in Rajasthan too as a family of 4 South African travellers tested COVID positive here. As per reports, the samples of these patients have been forwarded for further tests to confirm if these are cases of mutation. In the interim, the family is isolated in Jaipur.

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