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Shillong university library unveils first-of-its-kind book sanitising machine

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New Delhi: The Auto Book Sanitising Composite Machine, a first-of-its-kind device was recently unveiled at the central library of the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong, Meghalaya.

It works in an auto-controlled mode to sanitise all kinds of books without causing damage to their material. Up to 150 books can be sanitised in a single cycle of about 45 minutes and at a minimal cost of Rs 0.20-0.30 paise per book.

The device was developed by a team from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Basic Sciences & Social Sciences, NEHU, in just two-and-half-months.

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Sculptor spends Rs 1.7 lakh on dining table with panoramic village landscape

Ningwon Zingkhai, from Kuirei village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district, has built a dining table using a block of tree trunk in which he has delicately carved out a panoramic village landscape. The glass top table was built over a year, at a cost of Rs 1.7 lakh.

The lifelike scenery is replete with huts, bridge, waterfall and even a stream flowing into a lake.

Zingkhai, who now lives in Dimapur, Nagaland, has been quoted as saying, “After the news about the dining table was published in local and regional media outlets, I have received four orders already. One is from California by an American and the other from Delhi.”

“Zingkhai took a huge block of wood last year. We asked him what he is going to do with it and he said that he will make a dining table with a village, waterfall, mountains etc. We did not believe him and thought he was joking. But he turned his imagination into reality,” said Ninglum, a neighbour of Zingkhai.

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Microsoft now supports real-time translation, transliteration of Assamese text

Microsoft India has added Assamese to its list of Indian languages in its translator service. Users will now be able to translate text and speech into Assamese and vice-versa, the technology giant announced earlier this week.

With the latest addition, Microsoft Translator now has 12 Indian languages — Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

It is adding Assamese on Bing, Office, and the Microsoft Translator website, as well as the Microsoft Translator app for Android, iOS and Windows.

Microsoft’s move has been hailed by the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the state, with its president Kuladhar Saikia thanking “all stakeholders” for making it happen.

Nagaland’s TaFMA joins hands with European choir school 

Nagaland’s Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) has entered into a partnership with the Riga Cathedral Choir School in Latvia to promote music. The TaFMA has been set up by the Nagaland government with an aim of making the state a centre of music and the arts.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio took to Twitter to announce the partnership.

Music director A.R. Rahman’s institute called KM Music Conservatory was also a knowledge partner of TaFMA earlier to empower musicians of Nagaland.

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  1. Both the Assamese language as well as as the script is just a bastardised version of the Bengali. However, they will never be honest enough to admit to this.

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