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which is being used to facilitate the construction of the proposed new National Laboratory of Materials Nanoinitiative (NLMi), with the building of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Bengaluru, is one of the largest buildings in Bangalore. It is being used as a temporary laboratory by the Material Research Centre of Bengaluru, under the council of science and technology. “We are facing challenges in acquiring land in Bengaluru, because it is a congested area. Even though we have to take in some people, I find it strange that the government is not getting it all cleared. Bangalore, being a new city, is undergoing massive infra- construction. That is the reason why we have to face so many difficulties,” says Sudhakara N. Kota, general manager, Material Research Centre, Bengaluru. “Since it is temporary, we are trying to keep the numbers down. The other facility where materials work is situated, has an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore. We can’t get the land and building the space to accommodate such a big building. We had also applied for a provisional site clearance in September. But, it is currently under procedure. The problem is that Bangalore International Exhibition and Convention Centre Ltd., which has the property, is not releasing it to us. IIT would build a world-class research institute to showcase India’s research and technology. “The institute will be one of the centres in the country for materials research, which includes the development and evaluation of materials for aerospace, power, civil engineering, automobiles, mining, chemistry, electronics and defence, wherein our focus will be on materials and their integration with micro and nanotechnology,” K. V. Ramani, director, IIT, told The Hindu. India must work on self-sufficiency in food “There is more work to be done for a food-secure nation,” says Ramesh Lala, executive director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). “And, this is not a problem only for food security, but also for ensuring better living conditions for millions, especially the poor,” he says. “The government needs to focus on a number of issues like rural and urban economic development, and improving agriculture. However, there should be no compromise on food security,” he says. Walking to work “This is not an exaggeration. I eat three meals a day at home. However, my daughter