Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone-laying ceremony for construction of first traditional Hindu temple in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.The UAE government had allocated land for the temple during PM Modi’s first visit to the gulf country in 2015.
Key Points: Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi
- It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East and to be built in Abu Dhabi off Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway. The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land.
- The temple will replicate the BAPS temple ,Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is a socio-spiritual Hindu organisation set up in 1907 n New Delhi the one under construction in New Jersey.
- The temple will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex.
- The temple design and structure is along the lines of the Akshardham temple in Delhi and other places and will include idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa and more .
- The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE and will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds.
Scientists from The Rockefeller University in New York have reported discovery of a new class of antibiotics called malacidins. It has been produced by microorganisms living in soil and dirt and is capable of killing off several antibiotic-resistant pathogens.The chemical, which has been called malacidin, appears to be non-toxic in humans and effective in tackling the hospital superbug MRSA, raising hopes that it could be used to develop a new treatment.
Scientists say antimicrobial resistance – the ability of diseases to fight back against and ultimately become immune to known treatments – represents one of the greatest threats to humanity.
Malacidins are distinctive class of antibiotics that are commonly encoded in soil microbiomes. They have never been reported in culture-based NP (Natural Products) discovery efforts. They are active against multidrug-resistant pathogens, sterilise methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections in animal wound model and did not select for resistance in laboratory conditions.
- Scientists trawling through thousands of soil samples have discovered a whole new class of antibiotics capable of killing drug-resistant bacteria known as Malacidins .
- The malacidin chemical, identified by Dr Sean Brady and his laboratory at Rockefeller University, New York, works by attacking a fundamental step in bacterial growth, essentially interfering with a major building block that the bacteria use to build and repair their outer membrane.
- The malacidins was tested on rats with MRSA skin infections. The condition was cured, and even after 20 days of continued contact with malacidins, the rodents did not experience any side effects.
- The new family of antibiotics comes from molecules present in large variety of soils. Scientists had analysed more than 1000 unique soil samples across US to better understand how new class of antibiotics is produced and how it can be exploited for fighting bacteria. They had used DNA information that encodes production of antibiotic in daptomycin to study it. This discovery could be a useful weapon in field of medicines.