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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 13.07.12

Jorhat, July 12: Uddhab Bharali, shortlisted for the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa) technology award, today appealed to the people of the region to vote for him online so that he could win the prize.

Bharali said voting lines would be open till August 1 and that he was ahead of the other contestants by 60 votes today.

“As of today I am leading in all the groups throughout the world. I have received 361 votes till now with 258 candidates contesting in seven categories,” Bharali told The Telegraph over phone from North Lakhimpur.

Bharali is contesting in the machineries and equipment category and there are 26 people across the globe competing in this category.

On July 3, Bharali received a mail from Nasa’s media tech group,, which read: “Dear Uddhab Bharali Congratulations! Your entry “Benchtop pomegranate deseeder” has been qualified by the review team as meeting the requirements for the Create the Future Design Contest. View your submission here:

Voting on entries is now under way, so share this link with colleagues to build your page views and vote totals.”

The mail said the top 10 entries receiving the most votes from site registrants would win valuable prizes and that the winners would be announced in September.

To view his entry, one can go to pomegranate de-seeder.

“The mini pomegranate de-seeder which removes the outer cover and thin inner skin of a pomegranate without damaging the seeds has a capacity of de-seeding about 55kg of the fruit in one hour and has become popular in America and Turkey where it has been exported,” Bharali said.