Kamal Bawa elected as Fellow to Royal Society

Eminent Ecologist Kamal Bawa has been elected as Fellow to the London based prestigious Royal Society. He was chosen in recognition of his pioneering contributions in the field of conservation science.

With this, he joins former and current eminent fellows of Royal Society such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking etc.

About Dr. Kamal Bawa

  • Bawa is India’s most prominent biologist and an evolutionary ecologist.
  • He is a professor of Biology at the prestigious of Massachusetts University of Boston, US.
  • He is the founder President of Bengaluru based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
  • For his contribution to environmental research he has been bestowed with Midori Prize for Biodiversity (2014), Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science (2012).

About Royal Society

  • Established: in 1660. It is one of oldest society still in existence for science.
  • Headquartered: London.
  • Recognises and promotes excellence in science for the benefit of humanity.
  • It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering.

Microsoft to develop digital villages, cyber-security centre in Maharashtra

Software giant Microsoft has agreed to develop ‘digital villages’ and a ‘smart MIDC’ (industrial colony) in Maharashtra under state’s flagship ‘Make In Maharashtra’ initiative.

It was announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after he met Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his visit to company’s office in Seattle, US. The location of the smart MIDC is yet to be decided.

Microsoft will also set up cyber-security centre in Maharashtra’s IT hub Pune and also agreed to adopt a tribal village in Melghat district in order to provide ‘tertiary health services’.

Both sides also discussed application of cloud services to MSMEs and technological solutions for implementing Right to Service Act.  Microsoft will also help state government develop ‘Safe Maharashtra’ mobile application to provide security to vulnerable people by tracking them.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also met Boeing CEO Raymond Conner and discussed expansion of MRO operations at its plant in the industrial facility of Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport (MIHAN) in Nagpur.