News in Brief

Phek DPDB discusses absence of telecommunications

Phek, May 14 (DIPR): The Phek District Planning & Development Board meeting was held at DPDB Conference Hall Phek on May 12 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner and Vice Chairman DPDB Phek, Murohu Chotso. The meeting deliberated the representation submitted by President of Phokhungri Public Organisation (PPO) regarding absence of telecommunications or any other network in an around Phokhungri Area and seeking permission to use Cordless FM Phones. The Board thoroughly discussed and decided to approach the concern department to erect mobile/telephone towers at Zhipu and Phokhungri.



‘More area should be cover for Ramie cultivation’

Dimapur, May 14 (MExN): Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Wokha conducted Scientific Advisory Committee meeting on May 6 at conference hall of the office under the chairmanship of Dr. Bidyut C Deka, Joint Director ICAR Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland centre. Chairman, Dr. Bidyut C Deka suggested that more area should be cover for Ramie cultivation in the farmer’s field and seed production of Megha-3 tomato, Bhalum-3 (paddy) and for seedling like khasi mandarin orange should be taken up. He also emphases to take up trails for integrated organic nutrient management, toria TS-36, production of azolla and to improve the jhum land by developing farming system models in the district. Altogether 39 participants attended the meeting involving ATMA Wokha, agri and allied departments, farmer’s member from 10 villages and scientists from ICAR, Nagaland centre, Jharnapani. During the programme, PC (i/c) Dr. Moa presented annual report for the year 2014-15 and Megokhaon Meyase, ACTO (Horticulture), presented action plan for the year 2015-16.



Government’s latest measure may help save fuel

New Delhi, May 14 (Agencies): Taking another step to bring in more efficient cars on Indian roads, the government has revised fuel-efficiency guidelines. To come in effect from April, 2017, automakers will have to ensure their models return an average of least 18.2Km/l. Though this means an increase of 15% over the existing average mileage – manufacturers will still be able to sell cars that deliver less than 18.2Km/l. However, they will also have to sell vehicles that offer higher mileage in order to ensure that the average of all models meets the rule. These standards could translate to saving fuel worth over Rs. 90,000 crore every year. While the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has put together the norms, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will iron out the details for the implementation of the guidelines and the penalties for their violation.



Unlock the smartphone with your iris

Tokyo, May 14 (IANS): The number-pattern code to unlock your smartphone is long passe. The new device on the block would scan your iris before it provides you access. One of the latest smartphones slated to hit the market in Japan this summer allows users to unlock, sign in to apps, and go shopping using only their eyes. Japanese mobile provider, NTT Docomo, is releasing a new phone this summer, with a built-in iris scanner. The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G uses iris recognition to replace phone passwords, and can even be used to send payments when shopping from your smartphone, reported.