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Rising Bharat National News Feed: October 26th 2020

  1. No Problem In Discussing Common Civil Code Openly: VHP

Key points:

  1. International Joint General Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Surendra Jain has backed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale’s reported demand for a debate on the Uniform Civil Code.
  2. Speaking to ANI VHP leader Jain said, “What is the problem if the Common Civil Code is discussed openly, and whatever apprehensions are there, they should be neutralised. I think it is very important that there should be an open debate on the Common Civil Code in order to stop the feeling of alienation for the development of the country and to create a peaceful environment. This is the demand of today.”
  3. The senior VHP leader further said that the demand for the Common Civil Code is very old.
  4. “Bhimrao Ambedkar himself had placed this in the Directive Principle of the Constitution. More than four times the Supreme Court has given instructions that we should implement the Common Civil Code. There is no country in the world without a uniform law for its citizens. If India also has such a law, what can be the problem?” asked Jain.
  5. “Some people say that this is an attempt to impose the Hindu agenda but those people forget that how many times the people of Hindu society have accepted the amendment in their practices,” he added.
  6. RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale had on Sunday reportedly said there should be a public debate on the Uniform Civil Code. He, however, left it to the government to decide if it was time to bring a bill on it or not. The RSS is the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Business World, 26 October 2020) News Link
  • Hindutva, China, Covid & agriculture — Breaking down Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech

Key points:

  1. On Sunday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat delivered his annual Dussehra address at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur as a message to those who follow the RSS ideology, including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In episode 601 of ‘Cut The Clutter’, ThePrint Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta explained the significance of the speech.
  2. Gupta said Bhagwat’s address gives an idea of what’s happening in India’s most powerful political organisation, even though it calls itself a purely cultural body
  3. Highlighting how this speech was different from Bhagwat’s previous ones, Gupta said it may not have been headline grabbing, which was the essence, but as one lifted the layers, there were some significant political pointers.
  4. As an aside, Gupta also spoke about the ongoing tussle between journalist Arnab Goswami-owned Republic TV and the Maharashtra government.
  5. Concluding his analysis, Gupta said the RSS would not push the Modi government on the economic issues as the latter has fulfilled its agenda with the scrapping of Article 370, and some elements of the Uniform Civil Code with criminalisation of triple talaq, and the Ram temple as well.
  6. He added that while the RSS and Bhagwat believed in frugal living, once things become better after Covid, people would go back to right where they were because human beings are ambitious, hungry for more, entrepreneurial and like to create wealth.

(The Print, 26 October 2020) News Link

  • यूनिफॉर्म सिविल कोड पर बोले RSS नेतासार्वजनिक बहस हो, लोगों को जागरुक किया जाए

Key points:

  1. यूनिफॉर्म सिविल कोड (UCC) को लेकर एक बार फिर से बहस शुरू हो गई है. राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ (RSS) के संयुक्त महासचिव दत्तात्रेय होसाबले ने रविवार को कहा कि यूनिफॉर्म सिविल कोड को लेकर सार्वजनिक बहस होनी चाहिए ताकि लोगों को इसके बारे में अवगत कराया जा सके. साथ ही यह भी कहा कि सरकार को यह तय करना है कि इससे जुड़ा बिल लाने का यह सही समय है या नहीं.
  2. आरएसएस के स्थापना दिवस पर थिंक टैंक इंडिया फाउंडेशन द्वारा आयोजित एक वर्चुअल कार्यक्रम में बोलते हुए होसबाले ने कहा कि यूनिफॉर्म सिविल कोड का उल्लेख राज्य के नीति निर्देशक सिद्धांतों के तहत संविधान में किया गया है. हालांकि, संविधना निर्माताओं द्वारा इसके कार्यान्वयन के लिए कोई समय सीमा निर्धारित नहीं की गई है.
  3. उन्होंने एक सवाल के जवाब में कहा कि यह सरकार को तय करना है कि वह यूसीसी बिल लाने का यह अच्छा समय है या नहीं. लेकिन हमें पहले इसके बारे में लोगों को शिक्षित करना होगा. होसाबले ने कहा कि भारतीय जनता पार्टी (बीजेपी) और उसके पूर्ववर्ती जनसंघ दोनों की समान नागरिक संहिता (UCC) की मांग रही है.
  4. लोगों को इस मुद्दे के बारे में शिक्षित करना महत्वपूर्ण है, उन्होंने कहा कि इसके बारे में एक उचित सार्वजनिक बहस होनी चाहिए क्योंकि इससे कई धारणाओं को स्पष्ट करने में मदद मिलती है. उन्होंने इस दौरान जम्मू-कश्मीर का जिक्र किया जहां पिछले साल अगस्त में इस राज्य का विशेष दर्जा खत्म कर दिया गया था. उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि लोगों को यह पता ही नहीं था कि अनुच्छेद 370 या अनुच्छेद 35 ए क्या था. लोगों को शिक्षित करना महत्वपूर्ण है.

(Aaj Tak, 26 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 26th 2020

  1. This techie quit his job to educate the children of drought-affected farmers in Maharashtra

Key points:

  1. Ashok Deshmane established the NGO Snehwan to educate and provide for farmers’ children in and around the Marathwada region for free of cost. Today, he supports over 50 kids in pursuing their dreams.
  2. Ashok Deshmane was born in Parbhani — a quaint district located in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Having grown up amidst parched and unfertilised lands with hardly any rainfall, he knew the struggles of sustaining in a drought.  Ashok did not have a very pleasant childhood. For his family — whose main source of livelihood was farming — obtaining three square meals a day in itself used to be a challenge. In fact, they were unable to earn enough due to severe water scarcity in the region. After doing a few odd jobs and burning the candle at both ends, Ashok managed to fund his higher education.
  3. As years passed by, the young man realised that things had not changed. Poverty, inaccessibility to education and healthcare, dry spells, and farmer suicides were still plaguing people. According to an RTI document, over 15,000 farmers lost their lives to suicide in Maharashtra between 2013 and 2018.  Ashok was appalled when he found out about this dire situation. He wanted to improve the lives of the residents of his hometown and bring about a transformation. For this reason, he quit his well-paying job as a software engineer at Mphasis and started working towards his plan.  In 2015, the 30-year-old established a non-governmental organisation called Snehwan to educate and provide for farmers’ children for free of cost. With the help of his personal savings and some financial aid from his friends, he got the kids enrolled at good schools and also rented out a space to accommodate them.

(Your Story, 26 October 2020) News Link

  • Investment in Bharat by other countries
  1. [Funding alert] BASIC Home Loan raises $500K in seed round from Picus Capital

Key points:

  1. With support from Picus Capital’s funds and ecosystem, the Gurugram-based startup’s focus will be on changing the way Bharat (India) finances its affordable homes.
  2. BASIC Home Loan, a Gurugram-based startup developing a platform for automating home loans for middle and low-income households in India, has raised a $500,000 Seed round from Picus Capital, a Germany-based early-stage technology investment firm.

(Your Story, 26 October 2020) News Link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
  1. [RAISE 2020] How this Bengaluru-based startup is modernising agriculture through IoT and AI

Key points:

  1. Founded in 2019, GramworkX has built an IoT and AI-enabled smart farm resource management tool that helps farmers to monitor micro-climatic conditions of their farms, quantify irrigation and with irrigation prediction so that they can take accurate, proactive and preventive decisions.
  2. Tapping into the market, GramworkX was founded in 2019 to bring “predictability to farming”. This Bengaluru-based startup helps in precision farming by integrating field data, weather patterns, and crop information to drive agronomic advice to farmers.
  3. Founded by K A Gopalakrishnan and Supriya Ananthakrishnan, GramworkX has built an IoT and AI-enabled smart farm resource management tool that helps farmers by monitoring micro-climatic conditions of their farms, quantifying irrigation, and irrigation prediction so that they can take accurate, proactive and preventive decisions.  “Our solution helps in yield improvement, providing analytical insights into water consumption patterns across fields and soil types ultimately enabling data-based decision support systems for farmer and farming organisations,” says Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, GramworkX.

(Your Story, 26 October 2020) News Link

  • This digital payments startup is digitising rural India by converting kiranas into banks

Key points:

  1. Ahmedabad-based startup Easy Pay has onboarded 500,000 retailers on their platform and its app Paisa Nikal has served more than 35 million people in rural India.
  2. n his journeys, he understood why Indians relied on the corner store owner for credit, and how these stores can help people open a bank account, deposit and withdraw. This is what Nilay wished to replicate with his Ahmedabad-based startup Easy Pay. The startup’s app Paisa Nikal connects both small stores and their consumers through banking services, thereby ushering a new way to look at the future of banking.
  3. “At Easy Pay, we aim to offer additional revenues to the Kiranas and help in digitising them,” says Nilay Patel, Founder of Easy Pay.
  4. “To handle this scale, we needed a reliable and scalable technology platform, and this is where we rely on AWS. Before migrating to AWS Cloud, the Easy Pay/Paisa Nikal application was hosted in a data centre. A transaction on the app would take more than 35 seconds and now takes less than five seconds, due to us deploying over 12 AWS services to achieve high availability, security, and scalability. We use Amazon CloudFront, Application Load Balancers, and Amazon Aurora. Using AWS, Paisa Nikal can scale its infrastructure in less than two minutes, where previously it took three days to pick up a single server” says Nilay.

(Your Story, 26 October 2020) News Link

  1. उत्तर प्रदेश: शिक्षक ने शुरू की पार्ट टाइम खेती, सालाना टर्नओवर हुआ 1 करोड़ रूपये

Key points:

  1. पिछले एक दशक से अधिक समय से उत्तर प्रदेश के एक स्कूल में बच्चों को पढ़ा रहे अमरेंद्र सिंह को जब खेती करने की इच्छा हुई तो उन्होंने सबसे पहले खेती के गुर सीखे और फिर पारंपरिक खेती की जगह फल और सब्जी की खेती के क्षेत्र में कदम रख दिया। आज वह खेती से लाखों रुपये कमा रहे हैं और साथ में स्कूल की नौकरी भी कर रहे हैं।
  2. इन सालों में इस प्रगतिशील किसान ने 60 एकड़ भूमि में खेती बढ़ा दी है, जिसमें से 30 एकड़ उनकी खुद की जमीन है, 20 एकड़ जमीन लीज पर है और उन्होंने हाल ही में 10 एकड़ जमीन खरीदी है। इन खेतों में वह धनिया, लहसुन और मक्का की खेती करते हैं।
  3. अमरेंद्र ने बताया, “30 एकड़ भूमि का इस्तेमाल वह सब्जियों और फलों को उगाने के लिए करते हैं, जबकि शेष आधी भूमि का इस्तेमाल गन्ना, गेहूँ और अनाज उगाने के लिए किया जाता है। कुल जमीन में वह एक साल में 1 करोड़ रुपये का कारोबार करते हैं और हर साल 30 लाख रुपये का मुनाफा कमाते हैं।”

(The Better India, 26 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 25th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. India’s top IT firms to step up hiring in US amidst stricter H-1B visa regimes

(New Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US 2+2 summit: Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in New Delhi

Key Points

  1. Just a week before November’s election, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China’s growing global influence
  2. As the bitter race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden winds down, the talks this week in New Delhi aim to reinforce the president’s anti-China campaign message.
  3. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts for strategic and security talks on Tuesday, after which Pompeo will travel on to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia.
  4. All of them are contending with a tug-of-war between Washington and Beijing that has intensified as Trump seeks to paint Biden as weak on China.
  5. Trump has played up his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his re-election bid but may have set his case back with an off-the-cuff remark about climate change at his Thursday debate with Biden.”Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India, it’s filthy. The air is filthy.” he said, defending his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

(New Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. India Exports 3M Tonnes of Fly Ash To Bangladesh via Sundarbans Waterway a Year (The Wire, 25 October 2020) News Link
  • Relation with African countries
    • Bangalore Claretians innaugurate Mother’s Meal in Africa

(Daiji World, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Burma
  • India, Myanmar Accelerate ‘Defence Ties’ As New Delhi Looks To Counter Growing Chinese Clout In The Country

(Eurasian Times, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. India China Tension : ‘इस बार भारत के जवाब से सहम गया है चीन‘, मोहन भागवत ने कहा

(Prabhat Khabar, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • India wants end to border tension with China but will not cede an inch of land: Rajnath

(Money Control, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. Row in Nepal after R&AW chief meets KP Oli, party seeks details

(Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. China illegally occupies Nepal’s land at several places; Indian intelligence agencies sound alert

(Zee news, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pakistan will continue to face the ire of FATF: Bambawale

(Live Mint, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan targets LoC, IB in ceasefire violation

(Times of India, 25 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: October 25th 2020

  1. Webinar dwells on NEP 2020

Key points:

  1. The Panjab University Alumni Association in collaboration with Swayam Cell of the varsity organised a webinar on “National Education Policy 2020: Joining the dots”. Dr Vishal Sharma, coordinator, Swayam Cell, welcomed speakers and moderated the event. Vinita Arora, Dr Rajiv Khosla and Sanjiv Gupta were the keynote speakers of the event. Vinita, Senior Principal, Bhavan Vidhyala, explained the change from 10+2 to 5+3+3+4 system of the NEP 2020 in school education and its benefits. Khosla, Associate Professor, DAV Institute of Management, discussed countries like England, Canada and Singapore where students wanted to go for higher education. Gupta, Chief GM (Manufacturing), SML Isuzu Ltd, discussed the industry academia aspect of the policy.

(Tribune India, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • NEP for maximum benefit of students: Guv

Key points:

  1. Governor Anandiben Patel has said that the building structures of the new university should be built high rise. Special efforts should be made by marking the universities of the State for a place in the list of top universities of the country. Stress should be laid on making arrangements for the new projects and innovation with P.P.P.T. Model and CSR fund.
  2. Patel was holding discussions with officials and vice-chancellors of Government universities of Indore and Bhopal on various topics related to quality of higher education and development of the universities of the State at Raj Bhavan today. Principal Secretary Higher Education Anupam Rajan and Principal Secretary Raj Bhavan D.P. Ahuja was present in the meeting.
  3. Patel said that the universities of the State should make efforts to get a place in the list of top universities of the country. In this work, the universities should not depend on the administration for essential financial resources. Along with utilisation of funds available in the university, financial support should be garnered from industrial establishments under the P.P.P.T. Model and Corporate Responsibility Fund. She said that it is necessary to make efforts with innovative thinking for P.P.P.T. model. (Daily Pioneer, 25 October 2020) News Link
  1. दिल्ली : पैसिफिक मॉल में बना अयोध्या राम मंदिर का मॉडल, देखने के लिए लोगों की लगी भारी भीड़

Key points:

  1. दिल्ली के सुभाष नगर में पैसिफिक मॉल में अयोध्या राम मंदिर की 25 फुट ऊंची प्रतिकृति स्थापित की गई। राम मंदिर के इस मॉडल को देखने के लिए लोगों में काफी उत्साह नजर आ रहा है। मंदिर के साथ सेल्फी लेने के लिए लोगों में होड़ सी मची हुई है। पेसिफिक मॉल प्रशासन ने इस बार नवरात्रि और दशहरा पर्व के दौरान श्री राम जन्मभूमि मंदिर का शानदार मॉडल तैयार किया है।
  2. पैसिफिक मॉल के प्रबंधन का कहना है कि दिवाली से पहले और विजयादशमी को ख्याल में रखकर राम मंदिर की प्रतिकृति बनाई गया है। जिस तरह से कोरोना वायरस की वजह से माहौल में नकारात्मकता फैली है उसे दूर करने के लिए इससे बेहतर आइडिया और क्या हो सकता था। प्रबंधन का यह भी कहना है कि अक्टूबर और नवंबर के महीने में त्यौहारों की वजह से ग्राहकों की आवक ज्यादा रहती है, इसके साथ ही इन दो महीनों में लोग भक्ति भाव में डूबे रहते हैं।

(Live Hindustan, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. Mumbai: Locals fear construction work is muddying 1,000-year-old Banganga

Key points:

  1. All is not well at Banganga, the ancient talao or freshwater tank that rests at the southwest corner of Malabar Hill and survived for centuries as a living heritage precinct in the city where pilgrims have found their way since the 12th century Shilahara period.
  2. Regarded as sacred, the tank also owes its origin to the legend that a thirsty Lord Rama on his way to Lanka had shot a ‘ban’ or an arrow into the ground that caused this fresh water spring to burst forth from the Bhagwati River, an offshoot of the Ganga believed to be running underground. Over the years, around 118 temples dedicated to various gods have come up around this only stepwell in the city whose natural aquifers continue to spout potable water.
  3. That ancient structures are susceptible to stress from development is no surprise but the 1000-year-old structure is facing a “first of its kind” threat, warn locals and members of the Goud Saraswat Brahman (GSB) Temple Trust that owns and manages the Banganga complex after the clear waters of the tank turned murky brown last month, which they believe is a result of heavy piling work for a new multi-storeyed residential project coming up 100 metres northeast from the historic tank. Rutvik Aurangabadkar, executive administrator of the GSB Temple Trust says, “We saw that the water was getting muddy every time piling work was on. We are worried that the construction activity has hindered the underground route and poses a threat of permanent damage to the natural aquifer that might render the tank redundant.”
  4. Although the BMC officials had issued temporary stop-work orders in September following a geotechnical investigation of the site and despite the Trust’s letters to the project developers voicing their concerns over the contamination of the water that has never seen any cause for complaint in the past — construction work resumed a fortnight ago prompting the GSB Trust to reach out to the Maharashtra Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. The 143×57 metre tank was listed as a protected monument by the state archaeological department in 1991 and in 1995 the site was notified as a heritage precinct.
  5. “Our team of engineers observed that the construction site, located at a higher ground than the water tank, could be the source of the natural water spring from where water flows into the tank. We wrote to the Geological Survey of India last week requesting technical support to locate the underground water source of Banganga and to confirm whether piling work for building construction is threatening the natural water source of the tank. We’ve been asked to consult the Groundwater Survey and Development Agency, which should help us investigate and take proper remedial measures,” explained Tejas Garge, director of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Maharashtra adding that the source had never been scanned in the past “because a problem like this had never been encountered.”
    (Times of India, 25 October 2020) News Link
  • POJK
  1. Pakistan is at war with itself: PoK activist

Key points:

  1. Amid the anti-government movement in the country, a political activist from Mirpur in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has slammed the Imran Khan government over the state of affairs in the country, saying it is “at war with itself.” Activist Amjad Ayub Mirza wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday that “3 days ago, IG Sindh was abducted. Last night Ali Imran was abducted. Today, MNA Mohsin Dawar has been abducted. The Pakistani state is at war with itself.”
  2. Mirza’s statement comes after Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar was barred from leaving the airport as soon as he arrived in Quetta on Saturday in a bid to prevent him from participating in the third rally of the opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Quetta on Sunday. In a Twitter post, Mohsin said that he will not be intimidated and will not keep mum.
  3. Apart from Mohsin Dawar detention, the PoK activist Amjad Mirza also called out the abduction of journalist Ali Imran Syed, who is credited with obtaining footage arrest of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) the leader Captain (retd) Safdar Awan on October 19. Safdar Awan, who is the husband of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, was arrested from his hotel room after a PMD rally. Thereafter, the IGP Sindh, Mushtaq Mehr, was ‘kidnapped’ by Rangers who forced him to file an FIR for Safdar’s arrest.
  4. The development caused extreme bitterness among the police officers who retaliated by submitting leave of absence.
  5. Almost the entire top brass of the police, including three Additional IGs, 25 DIGs, 30 SSPs and dozens of SPs, DSPs and SHOs across Sindh, tendered leave applications, as a protest against the “resentment and heartache caused to all ranks of the force” by the unfortunate incident of October 18 and 19. (Times of India,25 October 2020) News Link

Major boost to development: DDCs to have direct funding from Centre

Key points:

  1. In some significant measures aimed at empowerment of the District Development Committees (DDCs), the third tier of Panchayati Raj Institutions which are being established for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Government reportedly mulled handsome direct funding for the DDCs which will be in addition to the funds to be provided to them by the Union Territory Government for developmental works.
  2. Territorial Constituency Fund is also proposed for the elected members of the DDCs, official sources told the Excelsior.
  3. They said the Union Home Ministry which had recently amended Jammu and Kashmir’s Panchayati Raj Act to set up the District Development Committees and Councils in Jammu and Kashmir is planning to keep population of the district (in the areas under the DDCs) as criteria for funding of the Committees as all the DDCs will have equal number of 14 elected members.
  4. “Population is likely to be the criteria for direct funding of the District Development Committees. This is being done in view of the fact that certain districts like Jammu, Kathua, Baramulla and Kupwara have much higher population than Samba, Reasi, Bandipora and Kulgam districts,” sources said, adding the population-based criteria of Central funding to the Committees will lead to equal distribution of funds.
  5. However, as already reported, each DDCs will have 14 Territorial constituencies and an equal number of elected representatives. Therefore, the Territorial segments in small districts like Samba and Bandipora will be based on fewer numbers of votes as compared to districts like Samba and Srinagar.

(daily excelsior, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Govt finalizes ‘One District One Product’ list for Food Processing Enterprises Scheme

Key points:

  1. The list of “One District One Product” under the formalization of Food Processing Enterprises Scheme was today finalized here at a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production & Farmers’ Welfare Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary.
  2. Taking into account the feedback received from various stakeholders, the Principal Secretary finalized the list of “One District One Product” under the Scheme.
  3. The approved list incorporated Jammu for Dairy products; Rajouri for Spices; Poonch for Mutton and Poultry processing; Kishtwar for Walnut processing; Doda for Walnut processing; Ramban for Honey processing; Udhampur for Pickles and Jam; Reasi for Organic vegetables; Kathua for Spices, Samba for Mushroom.
  4. For Kashmir division, the approved list incorporated Anantnag for Trout Fish;  Pulwama for Saffron; Shopian for Apple; Kulgam for Apple/Spices; Srinagar for Flowers; Budgam for Exotic vegetables; Baramulla for Dairy products; Kupwara for Walnut; Ganderbal for Honey; Bandipora for Processed Poultry/Mutton.

(Greater Kashmir, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Ladakh after removing 370
    • Efforts being made to expend funds provided by Centre for development of Ladakh: LG

Key points:

  1. Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur on Saturday said all efforts are being made to expend funds allotted by the central government in a judicious and comprehensive manner for equitable development of all parts of the union territory.Mathur, who arrived here on a two-day visit on Friday, said preparations will be made this winter to execute the maximum number of works next season.”Collective efforts will be made by the UT administration and the hill councils to expend the allotted budget to the maximum possible extent despite limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the LG told reporters.
  2. Sharing details of the Ladakh Vision Document 2050, Mathur said the document has been brought in public domain to solicit opinions and inputs from people.Meetings with both the hill councils would also be convened to suggest additions and modifications, he said.
  3. He added that a UT-level Planning Board comprising experts from different fields has also been constituted and its suggestions would be sought.”Effort will be made to promulgate the Vision 2050 within the next two months with support and opinions from all stakeholders. The emphasis of the Vision 2050 would be on more practical and workable projects,” Mathur said.
  4. He said equitable and area-specific development of Kargil and Leh have been accorded top priority.”MODI (Mission Organic Development Initiative) scheme, Ladakh Green House Initiative scheme and other projects and schemes are already under execution,” he said.
  5. On the status of the expansion of Kargil Airport, the LG said it is subject to technical parameters and approval of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India.

(Outlook India, 25 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 25th 2020

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
  1. Amidst COVID-19, this farm-to-table startup is helping farmers earn more with cloud farming

Key points:

  1. Bengaluru-based farm-to-table startup Orinko aims to make farming more sustainable, predictable, and profitable for farmers with the use of technology while keeping in mind the consumers’ needs.
  2. Having grown up seeing the issues besetting the agricultural landscape, Vikas Mittal and Ankit Agarwal, Co-founders of agritech startup Orinko, decided to improve farmer’s quality of living.  With Orinko, the co-founders aim to revolutionise the agritech landscape and improve farmers’ quality of living while building credibility for end-customers.
  3. Finally, in October 2019, Orinko was incorporated as a full-stack agritech fruit and vegetable (FnV) startup and became operational in February this year.
  4. “We work on a unique model that addresses the farmers’ needs, as well as that of the end customers when it comes to fruit and vegetable produce,” Vikas Mittal, CEO and Co-founder, Orinko, tells YourStory.

(Your Story, 25 October 2020) News Link