The Solar Impulse team needs an additional Dh81 million to cover staff salaries, logistics and material needed to complete its round-the-world flight. EPA
The Solar Impulse team needs an additional Dh81 million to cover staff salaries, logistics and material needed to complete its round-the-world flight. EPA

Save the dream



Solar Impulse 2 is a project that makes us all proud. And now it needs our help. It is a pioneering example of perpetual endurance designed to take to the skies day and night powered by nothing but the sun. With such huge ambitions, there will naturally be challenges.

As The National reported yesterday, the Solar Impulse team needs an additional Dh81 million to cover staff salaries, logistics and material needed to complete its round-the-world flight. The flight, which departed from Abu Dhabi, was recently put on hold due to battery damage after its record-breaking leg across the Pacific Ocean. As it currently stands, Solar Impulse 2 will not return to the skies before next April.

That might seem like a huge amount of money, but given the ambition of the project this is not out of the ordinary. Solar Impulse is attempting something never before achieved.

If this project succeeds, it will open doors to more efficient solar panels and longer-lasting batteries. Reimagined flight was never going to be cheap.

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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Indians residing overseas cannot cast their ballot abroad

Non-resident Indians or NRIs can vote only by going to a polling booth in their home constituency

There are about 3.1 million NRIs living overseas

Indians have urged political parties to extend the right to vote to citizens residing overseas

A committee of the Election Commission of India approved of proxy voting for non-resident Indians

Proxy voting means that a person can authorise someone residing in the same polling booth area to cast a vote on his behalf.

This option is currently available for the armed forces, police and government officials posted outside India

A bill was passed in the lower house of India’s parliament or the Lok Sabha to extend proxy voting to non-resident Indians

However, this did not come before the upper house or Rajya Sabha and has lapsed

The issue of NRI voting draws a huge amount of interest in India and overseas

Over the past few months, Indians have received messages on mobile phones and on social media claiming that NRIs can cast their votes online

The Election Commission of India then clarified that NRIs could not vote online

The Election Commission lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police asking it to clamp down on the people spreading misinformation

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