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Aston Martin launches new sports car 'Vantage' at Rs 3.99 cr in India

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New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Aston Martin on Tuesday launched the new sports car ‘Vantage’ at Rs 3.99 crore (ex-showroom) in India.

According to the company, the new Vantage boasts a muscular physique and unmistakable presence, with design cues inspired by Aston Martin’s legendary One-77 supercar.

“Any car bearing the Vantage name has much to live up to, which is why this newest model makes an unwavering commitment to high performance in its purest and most explicit form,” Amedeo Felisa, Aston Martin CEO, said in a statement.

“Together with assertive styling, all-new interior, and state-of-the-art infotainment, Vantage is world-class in every respect,” he added.

The new Vantage comes powered by an upgraded 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It accelerates to 60mph in just 3.4 seconds, reaching a top speed of 202mph.

In addition, the company mentioned that the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain are finely tuned to deliver unparalleled driver engagement, complemented by a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

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“With a perfectly balanced front-engined rear-wheel drive chassis aided by industry-leading Active Vehicle Dynamics, it combines outright capability with progression and exploitability,” said Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin CTO.

Moreover, the sports car maker said that the Vantage comes standard with 21-inch forged wheels, cast-iron brake discs, and an advanced vehicle dynamics control system.

Inside, the new vehicle has an overhauled dashboard featuring a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and physical buttons and switches.

–IANS

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Swapping meat with veggies, fruits can lower carbon emissions by a quarter: Study

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Switching meat with more vegetables and fruits may help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from household groceries by more than a quarter (26 per cent), according to a new study on Tuesday.

In the study, researchers from the George Institute for Global Health and Imperial College London showed that swapping a frozen meat lasagne for a vegetarian option could push the reduction to as much as 71 per cent.

“Dietary habits need to change significantly if we are to meet global emissions targets, particularly in high-income countries like Australia, the UK, and the US,” lead author and epidemiologist Dr Allison Gaines said.

However, she lamented that even though many people “are willing to make more sustainable food choices”, they “lack reliable information to identify the more environmentally friendly options”.

For the study, published in the journal Nature Food, the team calculated the projected emissions of annual grocery purchases from 7,000 Australian households using information on ingredients, weights, and production life cycles. The results showed that making switches within the same sub-categories of foods could lead to emission reductions of 26 per cent in Australia, equivalent to taking over 1.9 million cars off the road.

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Dr Gaines stressed the “need to put emissions information onto product labels”. Importantly, she said that the swapping may also prove to be healthy and nutritious.

In the study, the team found that meat products led to almost half (49 per cent) of all greenhouse gas emissions, but only 11 per cent of total purchases. Conversely, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and legumes represented one quarter (25 per cent) of all purchases, but were responsible for just 5 per cent of emissions.

“We found swapping would lead to a slight reduction in the proportion of ultra-processed foods purchased, which is a positive outcome because they’re generally less healthy,” Dr Gaines said.

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Slowly killing us: Zerodha's Nithin Kamath on sugar content, adulteration in food items

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Sparking a crucial conversation about the quality and safety of the food people consume, Zerodha’s Co-founder and CEO Nithin Kamath on Tuesday said that Indians need to question what goes into the food they consume as the sugar content in most of the food and adulteration in food items such as “masalas (spices), milk and protein” is “slowly killing us”.

Sharing a news article on sugar consumption in a post on X, Kamath wrote, “We Indians need to question what goes into the food we consume. The more we ask, the better choices we will have. The sugar content in most of our food is ridiculous”.

Further in the post, the co-founder pointed out the widespread adulteration in essential food items such as masalas, milk, and protein supplements.

“Adulteration in food items like masalas, milk and protein. And then there are substandard chemicals used in food colouring and preservatives in fruits and vegetables. They are all slowly killing us. This applies to both packaged foods and food from many restaurants,” Kamath said.

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Since being shared, the post has been viewed over 25K times.

Agreeing with Kamath, several users also shared their thoughts. “Absolutely right! It is very important for us to be aware of the food and beverages we consume,” a user wrote.

“Excessive consumption of anything which is white in colour is not good for health. For example: Milk, Paneer, Sugar, Salt, Maida etc. Incidentally, There is a lot of adulteration majorly in these products,” another user said.

Kamath recently suffered a mild stroke and was briefly hospitalised. He revealed about the stroke in February in a post, saying that anything from poor sleep and exhaustion to the passing away of his father could be the reason.

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India-based AI foundational models key to fight climate change: DST Secretary

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Developing foundational models in Artificial Intelligence (AI) tailored to Indian condition are necessary to fight climate change in the country, said Abhay Karandikar, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

He was speaking at the two-day climate change conclave organised by the Department of Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

The conclave, held on May 27 and 28, brought together experts from all over India and discussed climate modelling in the Indian context, quality control of data and improving climate predictions, as well as strengthening interactions with people for better climate adaptation solutions.

“There is a need to focus more on developing foundational models in AI in the Indian context,” said Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), while addressing the conclave.

He also released the draft executive summary of ‘District Level Climate Risk Assessment for India’ and added that indigenous climate models based on data will provide a better understanding for addressing climate change.

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“Collective efforts towards a holistic approach involving researchers from multiple disciplines and a range of stakeholders can help address the ongoing challenges of climate change and its effect on agriculture, water, and the environment,” added Prof. Abhay, the former Director at IIT Kanpur.

The experts also discussed the process of developing and mentoring climate change science and adaptation R&D programmes all over the country.

Stressing that climate solutions were about securing the future for generations to come, they urged communities to come together and not just analyse the problems but work collaboratively towards solutions.

“About 40 per cent of the world’s population was already vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change,” said Dr Anita Gupta, Head of Climate, Energy, and Sustainable Technology (CEST), DST, while emphasising the urgency for solutions to the climate change problem.

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SBICAP Ventures invests in climate-tech firm Solinas to boost sanitation efforts

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Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Asset manager SBICAP Ventures Ltd on Tuesday announced investment in climate-tech company Solinas, which provides robotic and AI solutions for the water and sanitation industry, but did not disclose the sum.

The investment was made via the Neev II Fund, managed by SBICAP Ventures which is a State Bank of India (SBI) group company.

Established in 2018, Solinas provides solutions with a focus on detecting defects and leakages in water and sewer pipelines, assessing their condition, and eliminating manual scavenging through mechanised cleaning of manholes and septic tanks.

“This aligns with the country’s vision of providing clean water and sanitation to every household. Our support for this transformative initiative, through Neev II Fund, also aims to empower the sanitation workers in India,” said Suresh Kozhikote, MD and CEO, SBICAP Ventures.

Solinas has three major products under its portfolio with multiple patents – Endobot, Swasth AI, and HomoSEP.

Endobot is a crawler robot designed for internal condition assessment and defect detection in water, sewer and drainage lines. It is enhanced by Swasth AI, an AI-based digitisation platform storing and analysing all the data collected by Endobot.

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HomoSEP is a robot designed to completely clean manholes and septic tanks, said the company.

“We are committed to innovate within the water and sanitation issues across all industries,” said Divanshu Kumar and Moinak Banerjee, Founders, Solinas.

Nicola Beer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), said they welcome the NEEV II fund’s investment in Solinas.

“The funding of Solinas is aligned with the European Union’s Global Gateway initiative, supporting sound projects that improve global and regional connectivity in the digital, climate, transport, health, energy and education sectors,” said Beer.

The Neev I Fund and Neev II Fund are supported by global and domestic investors such as the EIB, the UK government, SIDBI, JICA, SRI Fund, and SBI Group.

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Can Byju's pay salaries on time, clear employees' pending dues?

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Edtech company Byju’s, which has been struggling for months to pay salaries on time to its thousands of employees and clear their pending dues, apparently has a plan to pay monthly salaries on time for at least the next six months.

The company is yet to pay the remaining salary dues of February and March to thousands of its employees, amid ongoing legal battles with investors and vendors.

Jiny Thattil, Byju’s chief technology officer, has sent an email to his team, saying that outstanding clearances for February and March for active employees would be cleared between June 15 and June 30 with the “worst case” date being July 8.

“These commitments are based on the cash flows and funds allocated (future availability of cash),” he clarified.

Thattil also gave his team an assurance that there will not be “disruption to monthly salary credit” for the next six months.

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Other statutory compliances like tax deducted at source (TDS) and provident fund (PF) “would be cleared” before the deadlines.

On full and final settlements for those who have quit the company, the Byju’s CTO said this would be settled “when we have liquidity (access to rights issue fund)”.

He further said that funds allocated (for salaries) are based on the assured fund that would be available to them “month on month to credit salaries, not cash-in-hand”.

Meanwhile, Byju’s is exploring out-of-court settlements with two of its creditors, Teleperformance and Surfer Technologies. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has adjourned the cases to June 26.

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