Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 28th 2020

  1. NEP 2020: University Of Delhi Forms NEP Implementation Committee

Key points:

  1. The introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) by Central Government and has brought its recommendation to implement NEP across the country, the University of Delhi has constituted the NEP Implementation Committee (NIC) for smooth execution of the National Education Policy 2020.
  2. NEP Implementation Committee has been formed to suggest how best can the NEP 2020 be implemented in the Delhi University.

(NDTV, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति-2020 के अमल पर यूपी, एमपी सहित करीब 20 राज्यों ने बढ़ाए कदम

Key points:

  1. राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति को लागू कराने में जुटी केंद्र सरकार को राज्यों का भी पूरा साथ मिल रहा है। अब तक करीब 20 राज्य और केंद्र शासित क्षेत्रों ने नीति पर अपनी सहमति जताते हुए इसके अमल पर भी काम शुरु कर दिया है। इनमें ज्यादातर राज्य एनडीए या भाजपा शासित है। बावजूद इसके बाकी के राज्यों का भी रुख भी कुछ बिंदुओं को छोड़कर नीति के पक्ष में ही है।
  2. राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति आने के बाद देश में उसके अमल को लेकर जिस तरह से माहौल बना है और राज्यों का साथ भी मिल रहा है, उससे शिक्षा मंत्रालय भी भारी उत्साहित है। मंत्रालय के मुताबिक सभी राज्यों को अमल को लेकर तैयार किया गया ड्राफ्ट भेजा गया है। इसमें यह बताया गया है कि राज्यों को नीति के अमल को लेकर आगे कैसे बढ़ना है। ज्यादातर राज्यों ने इस पर काम भी शुरु कर दिया है।
  3. मंत्रालय से जुड़े अधिकारियों की मानें तो नीति के अगले चरण में उन सभी राज्यों से बात की जाएगी, जो कुछ बिंदुओं को छोड़कर नीति के पक्ष में तो है, लेकिन वह इसे कब लागू करेंगे, इसे लेकर अब तक अनिश्चितता में है। वैसे भी शिक्षा राज्य का विषय है। इसलिए मंत्रालय जल्द ही इसे लेकर राज्यों से बात करेगा और उन्हें इसे लागू करने को लेकर सहमत करेगा।
  4. पश्चिम बंगाल, ओडिशा, छत्तीसगढ़, पंजाब, दिल्ली जैसे राज्यों ने कोई फैसला नहीं लिया
  5. उत्तर प्रदेश, उत्तराखंड, हिमाचल प्रदेश, हरियाणा, कर्नाटक, त्रिपुरा, जम्मू-कश्मीर, असम, सिक्किम, मेघालय, मणिपुर, अरुणाचल प्रदेश, नगालैंड, गुजरात, गोवा, मध्य प्रदेश और बिहार जैसे राज्य शामिल है। वहीं केंद्र शासित क्षेत्रों में चंडीगढ़, लद्दाख, अंडमान निकोबार आदि शामिल है।

(Dainik Jagran, 28 September 2020) News Link

  1. President Gives Assent To J&K Official Languages Bill

Key points:

  1. A new law that provides for inclusion of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to Urdu and English, has been notified after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent.
  2. The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020, received assent of the President on September 26, according to a gazette notification.

(Kashmir Observer, 28 September 2020) News Link

  1. No strong push for public schooling in India, says Amartya Sen on NEP

Key points:

  1. “India stands out as a country in which the ratio of private schooling is much higher than in most countries… This high ratio is not only bad for equity, it is bad for incentive in a way that is seen as a favour instead of a right to be claimed by all citizens… The issue of efficiency (of education) and that of public and private schooling are closely related. That point was well understood by any country that was ambitious about progressing — Europe in the 18th Century, Japan during the Meiji Restoration, Korea, Taiwan and later on, China… the need for a network of public schools covering the entire population,” Amartya Sen said, underlining that inequality in society not getting reflected in the efficiency of education is a critical issue.
  2. The NEP avoids this particular problem by pretending it doesn’t exist… The children left behind in government schools are the ones who are from disadvantaged backgrounds… Among those in private schools, 50% children are being sent to schools which charge less than Rs 500 per month… It is difficult to imagine the limited facilities and quality of teaching in these schools… There are only ten countries in the world where there is a higher proportion of children studying in private schools… The NEP is silent on this subject,”  Amartya Sen said.

(Indian Express, 28 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 28th 2020

  • Medicine development
  • आईआईटी दिल्ली का बड़ा शोधकोरोना के उपचार में ज्यादा असरदार हैटेइकोप्लानिनदवा

Key points:

  1. आईआईटी दिल्ली के एक शोध में पता चला है कि कोविड-19 के उपचार के लिए क्लिनिकल रूप से स्वीकृत दवा ‘टेइकोप्लानिन’ एक प्रभावी विकल्प हो सकती है और इस समय इस्तेमाल की जा रही अन्य दवाओं से दस गुना तक अधिक असरदार हो सकती है।
  2. संस्थान के कुसुमा स्कूल ऑफ बायलॉजिकल साइंस के अनुसंधान में 23 स्वीकृत दवाओं के संयोजन का अध्ययन किया गया, जिसमें कोरोना वायरस के उपचार विकल्प होने के संकेत मिले।
  3. आईआईटी दिल्ली के प्रोफेसर अशोक पटेल ने कहा, ‘टेइकोप्लानिन की तुलना जब इस्तेमाल में लाई जा रही अन्य महत्वपूर्ण दवाओं से की तो हमारी प्रयोगशाला की परिस्थितियों में सार्स-सीओवी-2 के खिलाफ लोपिनाविर और हाइड्रॉक्सीक्लोरोक्वीन जैसी दवाओं के तुलना में टेइकोप्लानिन 10 से 20 गुना अधिक प्रभावी पाई गई।’
  4. अनुसंधान में पटेल को एम्स के डॉ. प्रदीप शर्मा की भी मदद मिली। इसका प्रकाशन ‘इंटरनेशनल जर्नल ऑफ बायोलॉजिकल मैक्रोमॉलीक्यूल’ में भी किया गया है। टेइकोप्लानिन एफडीए से स्वीकृत ग्लाइको पेप्टाइड एंटीबायोटिक है जिसका उपयोग निम्न विषाक्तता वाले ग्राम पॉजिटिव बैक्टीरिया संक्रमण के उपचार के लिए किया जाता है।
  5. पटेल ने कहा, हाल ही में रोम की सेपिएंजा यूनिवर्सिटी में टेइकोप्लानिन के साथ एक क्लिनिकल अध्ययन किया गया। बहरहाल, कोविड-19 के उपचार के लिए टेइकोप्लानिन की निश्चित भूमिका का पता लगाने के लिए मामूली, मध्यम और गंभीर स्तर के रोगियों के एक बड़े वर्ग पर विस्तृत क्लिनिकल जांच जरूरी है।

(Amar Ujala, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • Planning of investment in BHARAT
  1. Three top Apple suppliers to commit US$900 million to India smartphone incentive plan – sources

Key points:

  1. Three of Apple Inc’s top contract manufacturers plan to invest a total of almost US$900 million in India in the next five years to tap into a new production-linked incentive plan, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
  2. Foxconn has applied to invest about 40 billion rupees (US$542 million), while Wistron and Pegatron have committed to invest close to 13 billion rupees and 12 billion rupees, respectively, under the PLI plan, the sources said.
  3. It is unclear whether all of the investment will be targeted at boosting manufacturing of Apple devices in India, but the sources and industry insiders said the vast majority would be focused on expanding iPhone manufacturing in the country.

(Channel News Asia, 28 September 20200) News Link

  1. Meet the 16-year-old who’s made it his mission to stop the use of plastic straws

Key points:

  1. Aditya Mukarji, a student of Gurugram’s The Shri Ram School, is working to rid the world of single-use plastic. His door-to-door campaign led 150 restaurants and cafes in NCR to go plastic-free and averted the use of more than 26 million plastic straws.
  2. All single use plastic items, be it straws, bottles, wrappers, sachets, and other packaging material, are made from polypropylene, a material that can neither be degraded nor recycled easily. They keep piling up and have irreversible damaging effects on the environment. Among all these, plastic straws are a common sight in landfills, owing to the numbers used across the country.
  3. Aditya decided to act as soon as he realised the magnitude of the problem. The Class 11 student of The Shri Ram School, Gurugram, embarked on a door-to-door campaign in and around NCR to spread awareness about plastic, its detrimental impact, and eco-friendly alternatives.
  4. “Its repercussions are evident in our daily lives – from clogging, choking animals, and effects on human health. Sadly, a lot of people are ignorant or careless when it comes to using plastic. So, I was determined to do my bit,” Aditya Mukarji tells.

(Your Story, 25 September 2020) News Link

  1. DPIIT shares list of 24 key sectors with ministries for plan to boost manufacturing

Key points:

  1. The DPIIT has shared a list of 24 key sectors, including food processing, toys, furniture, agro chemicals, and textiles, with respective ministries, asking them to work on an action plan with a view to boost domestic manufacturing and make India a self-reliant country, an official said.
  2. “Each ministry has been sent those sectors to identify their response. What incentives they (sectors) need, what policy tweaking is required, they (respective ministries) should do that. We have given them a preliminary action plan and the ministries will work on that. Each ministry will bring its own policy on these sectors,” the commerce and industry ministry official said.
  3. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is working actively on promoting domestic manufacturing of toys and furniture.
  4. The manufacturing sector contributes about 15 percent to the country’s economy and the government is aiming to increase it significantly.

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • Investment in Bharat by US companies
    • [Funding alert] Fitness startup Oga Fit secures investment from US-based Joyance Partners

Key points:

  1. Benagluru-based Oga Fit will be using the funds towards strengthening marketing efforts, content creation, and product development.
  2. According to a statement by the company, the funds will be used towards strengthening marketing efforts, content creation, and product development.
  3. In February this year, Oga Fit raised $330,000 from Inflection Point Ventures (IP Ventures). Apart from IP Ventures, the startup also counts David Giampaolo, CEO of Pi Capital and Sarva Yoga as its investors.
  4. This marks the venture capital partnership’s first-ever investment in an Indian startup since its inception in October 2017. Till now, Joyance claims to have made over eighty investments in companies with a deeper domain expertise in bioscience, neuroscience, food science, and VR/AR.

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • [Funding alert] Agritech startup AgroWave raises $500K from US-based investor

Key points:

  1. Gurugram-based AgroWave has raised close to $500,000 in funding from US-based investor Sekhar Puli. Started in 2017 by Anu Meena (now 26), an IIT Delhi alumni, AgroWave is working to build sustainable supply chain for fruits and vegetables.
  2. The company will use the funds to scale its mobile pickup station model in more villages and it is also building a price prediction model at the supply side for the farmers, for which the company will expand its technology team. Explaining about its prediction model, Anu said in a press release that the AgroWave mobile app will predict a price when the farmers will put a request to sell the produce.
  3. AgroWave plans to build more than 50 MPS(s) this year and is eyeing to raise funding of $10 million in the next one year to build 1,000 MPS(s) and utilise it in price prediction engine, smart route mapping, and data driven supply demand mapping systems.

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • [Funding alert] Fintech startup smallcase raises $14M in Series B round led by DSP Group

Key points:

  1. The funding will be used by the startup to continue enhancing the infrastructure stack, add more investment products and partners to the platform, and expand its technology and product teams.
  2. Bengaluru-based capital markets infrastructure startup smallcase has raised $14 million in Series B financing round led by DSP Group along with existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Blume Ventures, Beenext, and WEH Ventures.
  3. Founded in 2015 by IIT Kharagpur alumni – Rohan Gupta (ex-Goldman Sachs), Anugrah Shrivastava (ex-Nomura), and Vasanth Kamath, smallcase works with capital market participants (including brokerages, advisors and digital wealth platforms) to offer simple and transparent investment products called smallcases.
  4. The platform is integrated with Indian brokers including Zerodha, HDFC Securities, Kotak Securities, 5Paisa, AxisDirect to offer stock and ETF smallcases to their client base. In the last three years, the startup said the number of active brokerage accounts has grown by 2.5x and smallcases have emerged as the primary product offering from India’s leading brokerages for these new accounts. The smallcase investor base has grown by 8x in the last two years to 1.5 million and over Rs 5,000 crore have been transacted in smallcases, it added.

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • Life for society
  1. Retired Professor’s Plan Helps Make Entire Village Drought-Free in Just 2 Years

Key points:

  1. Ashok Sonawane, a retired professor from Nashik, digs trenches with the help of locals in Deshwandi village to make it tanker free.
  2. Ashok said things changed in 2018 when he was invited for the lecture on water conservation in Deshwandi.
  3. “A discussion started during the interaction with youngsters in the village, in which they expressed concern that the village was facing an extended drought,” he said.The educator said the students wondered how they could get into water conservation when the village received so little water, leaving the area bone dry.“I suggested there could be activities done around two hills that I passed during the visit. I also shared how trenches could get dug to allow rainwater to get stored in the belly of the ground,” Ashok added.
  4. After some discussions and another visit to the site, the retired professor and about a dozen youngsters teamed up to experiment with some rainwater harvesting initiatives.“Getting the permissions from the gram panchayat was the first hurdle. After much convincing, we got about 32 hectares of land to dig trenches around the village. The work began with some donations and contributions – like a digger and tools,” Ashok said.

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • For the past 75 years, this old man has been teaching children under a tree free of cost

Key points:

  1. Nanda Prasty, from Jajpur, Odisha, has been conducting classes for children up to class 4, without fees, after which he urges them to join a primary school.
  2. The elderly have been proactive ever since the pandemic began and the subsequent lockdowns that were declared by making contributions, masks, sanitisers and PPE kits for the poor.
  3. Nanda Prasty, the man behind this noble gesture, hails from the Bartanda village and has been educating children in Jajpur. He takes classes up to class 4, after which he recommends they join a primary school to continue their education. In the evenings, he also takes classes for the elderly.
  4. “I used to work in the farmlands and saw that there were many people in our village who were illiterate. They were not even able to sign their names and could only do thumb impressions. I called them just to teach them how to sign but many showed interest and started to read the Bhagavad Gita. I now teach the great grandchildren of the students of my first batch,” Nanda told
  5. “He has been teaching for the last 75 years. He refuses any support from the government as teaching is his passion. But we’ve decided to build a facility where he can teach children in comfort,” the Bartanda sarpanch said,

(Your Story, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • Edtech startup Eduauraa is bundling learning with OTT, riding on Ranveer Singh

Key points:

  1. Mumbai-based edtech startup Eduauraa wants to make K-12 education as affordable as entertainment. It is riding on a unique distribution model and the brand power of Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh.
  2. Enter Eduauraa, an e-learning startup that aims to make education as affordable, standardised, and accessible as entertainment.
  3. Founded in December 2018 by a 23-year-old Columbia University alumnus, the Mumbai-based startup wants to take K-12 education to every corner of the country, and “penetrate the 97 percent” that still remains to be tapped. 
  4. “Edtech subscriptions are still very expensive in India, ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh. This makes them inaccessible for most of the 310 million K-12 students, who genuinely need online education, but can’t afford it. When we looked around we saw that these people had access to OTT apps like ZEE5, VOOT, etc. So, the question to ask was: Can we make education available the way entertainment is?”
  5. Eduauraa provides interactive video lectures for ICSE, CBSE, and the state boards of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu. Its focus is on STEM subjects, and the content caters to Classes 6-10. Lessons in History, Geography, Economics, and Civics are also in the works.
  6. Eduauraa’s only revenue stream right now is subscription, with packs priced at Rs 999, Rs 1,499, and Rs 2,499 (depending on the VAS opted for).

(Your Story, 28 September) News Link

  • Using a plug-and-play solution, Mumbai startup Near.Store is digitising mom-and-pop stores

Key points:

  1. Founded in 2019, Mumbai-based Near.Store set out to enhance India’s mom-and-pop stores by helping them make their offline inventory digitally searchable and discoverable.
  2. “Even though ecommerce had gained acceptance and significance in the Indian markets, it was interesting to see that the 17 million ‘mom-and-pop’ shops continued to control over 80 percent of the market share in the consumer goods sector. We saw a latent opportunity in creating a hyperlocal tech solution that could help shop owners use their inherent advantage of proximity to the customers in further consolidating their business,” says Ashish.
  3. Once the Near.Store dongle is connected, the device uploads all products that the shop sells onto a dedicated online store. This doesn’t require any additional software installation, electricity, Wi-Fi, or entering any data manually.
  4. According to Ashish, the first week post lockdown was the most difficult time. The startup had expanded its sales team in early 2020 and started onboarding shops when the pandemic hit and India went into a nationwide lockdown. The uncertainty of the situation was demotivating for the entire team. But the business model came to the rescue, helping it scale to a thousand stores.

(Your Story, 28 September) News Link

  1. खेती के लिए छोड़ी अमेरिका में नौकरी, अब बड़ेबड़े होटलों में जाते हैं इनके उत्पाद

Key points:

  1. गायत्री ने महाराष्ट्र में जैविक खेती शुरू करने के लिए 10 साल पहले अमेरिका में नौकरी छोड़ दी। अब वे अपने 10 एकड़ जमीन पर फलों और सब्जियों से लेकर, औषधीय पौधों की भी खेती करती हैं।
  2. लगभग एक दशक पहले, गायत्री बोस्टन स्थित पर्यावरण संरक्षण एजेंसी में बतौर पर्यावरण विश्लेषक काम कर रही थी। अमेरिका छोड़ने के बाद जब वह पहली बार अपने फार्म ‘वृंदावन’ आईं, तो यहाँ मुख्यतः एक आम का बाग था, जिसमें सात किस्मों के 500 पेड़ लगे थे। साथ ही कुछ नारियल, काजू और काली मिर्च भी लगे थे।
  3. लेकिन आज इस फार्म में आपको अलग-अलग प्रजाति के ढेर सारे आम के पेड़, केला, पपीता, शहतूत, चीकू, अनानास, कटहल, जंगली जामुन आदि के पेड़ दिखेंगे। साथ ही गायत्री मसाले और सब्जी की भी खेती कर रही हैं। हल्दी, अदरक से लेकर काली मिर्च तक वह उगा रही हैं। सब्जी की बात करें तो इस फार्म में कद्दू, टमाटर, बैंगन, आदि की भी खेती हो रही है।
  4. गायत्री के फार्म में फसल मौसम चक्र के अनुसार उपजाई जाती है। कीटों की रोकथाम के लिए आमतौर पर साथी फसलों को लगाया जाता है। लेकिन, जरूरत पड़ने पर गोमूत्र का छिड़काव किया जाता है।

(The Better India, 28 September 2020) News Link

  • 1 एकड़ तालाब में मोती की खेती से कमा सकते हैं 5 लाख रूपए, समझें बिहार के इस किसान का मॉडल

Key points:

  1. 2009 में बिहार के जयशंकर ने 1 बीघा जमीन में 5 फीट गहरा और 15 फीट की मिट्टी की बाउंड्री वाला एक तालाब खोदा। कम से कम 5,000 मसल्स वाले तालाब से सालाना दर्जनों बाल्टी-मोती मिलते हैं। समझिये इनका मॉडल।
  2. बेगूसराय के तेतरी गाँव में पले-बढ़े जयशंकर ने 1.5 बीघा जमीन में इकोलॉजिकल खेती का एक अनोखा सिंबायोटिक मॉडल तैयार किया है। इसमें मोती की खेती और मछली पकड़ने के साथ जैविक सब्जी, फल,औषधीय जड़ी बूटियों का वर्टिकल गार्डन, पोल्ट्री, वर्मीकम्पोस्ट और बायोगैस का उत्पादन किया जाता है।
  3. भुवनेश्वर स्थित इंडियन काउंसिल फॉर एग्रीकल्चर रिसर्च-सेंट्रल इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ फ्रेशवाटर एक्वाकल्चर (ICAR-CIFA) के योगदान के बारे में जानने के बाद वह सहायता के लिए उनके पास पहुँचे। मोती की खेती में वहाँ के अनुभवी वैज्ञानिकों ने इस प्रक्रिया के माध्यम से उनका मार्गदर्शन किया और जरूरी ट्रेनिंग भी दी।

(The Better India, 28 September 2020) News Link

  1. मणिपुर: 12वीं पास युवक ने बनाया बांस का मोबाइल ट्राईपॉड, मिला अवॉर्ड

Key points:

  1. इम्फाल के एक कस्बे के रहने वाले कोंसम रोमेश सिंह ने बांस का मोबाइल ट्राईपॉड बनाकर सबको हैरान कर दिया। जी हाँ, मोबाइल ट्राईपॉड- यूट्यूब और अलग-अलग वीडियो एप पर वीडियो ब्लॉगिंग करने वाले लोगों के लिए ज़रूरी चीज़।
  2. 12वीं कक्षा तक पढ़े रोमेश को बांस का क्राफ्ट करने का शौक है और वह बांस से तरह -तरह की खूबसूरत चीजें बनाते रहते हैं। साथ ही, वह अपने क्राफ्ट की वीडियो अपने यूट्यूब चैनल पर अपलोड करते हैं। उन्हें अपनी वीडियो आदि बनाने के लिए ही एक ट्राईपॉड की ज़रूरत थी। लेकिन जब वह ऑनलाइन ऑर्डर करने लगे तो उस दौरान लॉकडाउन था, सभी जगह डिलीवरी बंद थी।
  3. बांस का यह ट्राईपॉड प्लास्टिक और मेटल के ट्राईपॉड का इको-फ्रेंडली विकल्प है। रोमेश अलग-अलग हाइट के ट्राईपॉड लोगों के लिए बना रहे हैं। वह बताते हैं कि बांस के क्राफ्ट का काम बहुत ही मेहनत वाला है। सबसे पहले आपको सही क्वालिटी का बांस चुनना पड़ता है और फिर इसे ट्रीट करके क्राफ्ट आइटम बनाए जाते हैं। रोमेश पिछले 3 साल से बांस से क्राफ्ट बनाने का काम कर रहे हैं।

(The Better India, 28 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 27th 2020

  • Relation with Malaysia
  • India opens dumping probe on Malaysia, Vietnam, Thai copper tube, pipe imports

Key Points:

  1. The investigation by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said a government circular posted on Friday.
  2. The investigation by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said a government circular posted on Friday.
  3. “The Authority has also received the import data of customs of the subject goods during the past four years which indicate increased imports mainly from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam collectively account for more than 90% of total imports of subject goods,” the circular said.
  • Relation with African countries
    • India can be Looked Upon as a Trusted Partner of Africa: Piyush Goyal

Key points:

  1. The minister said that this would help in the establishment of India-Africa value chains in areas such as textiles, pharma, auto, agro processing and information and communication technology. The Minister pointed out that India had already accorded duty-free imports on 98% of India’s tariff lines for goods being imported from Africa as a part of its Duty-Free Tariff Preference Scheme for LDCs. This provided enormous market access for African goods in India.
  2. According to Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Government of India, India could be looked upon as a trusted partner of Africa.
  3. According to the Minister, India and Africa could work together to bring peace and prosperity to the continent. He highlighted the support that was provided by India to African nations during the COVID-19 crisis.
  4. In her address, Hon. Ms Lucia Iipumbu, Minister of Industrialisation and Trade, Republic of Namibia stated that Namibia could act as a gateway to the Southern Africa region thorough its membership of the Sothern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and now through the AfCFTA. She invited Indian Industry to invest in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food processing, healthcare and ICT in Namibia.

(India Education Diary, 27 September, 2020) News Link

(The St Kitts Nevis observer, 27 September, 2020) News Link

  1. Travellers from Dubai, UK contributed maximum to COVID-19 spread in India

Key points:

  1. Much was blame was laid at the doorstep of the Tablighi Jamaat but a study by IIT Mandi has found that travellers from Dubai and the UK were the primary sources of COVID-19 import into India.
  2. The study tracked the diffusion of the coronavirus from the global to national level and identified a few superspreaders who played a central role in the transmission of the disease in India. According to Sarita Azad, an assistant professor at IIT Mandi, COVID-19 spread in phase one (Jan-April), traced by the travel history of patients, was mostly local transmission.

(Asian Edge, 27 September, 2020) News Link

  1. India opens dumping probe on Malaysia, Vietnam, Thai copper tube, pipe imports

Key points:

  1. The investigation by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said a government circular posted on Friday.
  2. The investigation by India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, the investigative arm of the commerce ministry, could result in these imports facing countervailing duties, said a government circular posted on Friday.
  3. “The Authority has also received the import data of customs of the subject goods during the past four years which indicate increased imports mainly from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam collectively account for more than 90% of total imports of subject goods,” the circular said.

(The St Kitts Nevis observer, 27 September, 2020) News Link

  1. Travellers from Dubai, UK contributed maximum to COVID-19 spread in India

Key points:

  1. Much was blame was laid at the doorstep of the Tablighi Jamaat but a study by IIT Mandi has found that travellers from Dubai and the UK were the primary sources of COVID-19 import into India.
  2. The study tracked the diffusion of the coronavirus from the global to national level and identified a few superspreaders who played a central role in the transmission of the disease in India. According to Sarita Azad, an assistant professor at IIT Mandi, COVID-19 spread in phase one (Jan-April), traced by the travel history of patients, was mostly local transmission.

(Asian Edge, 27 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. Air India: US based fund in talks with banks, others to join the bid

Key points:

  1. The Tatas are unsure about making the bid, especially because they have to raise $20 billion to buy out the Mistry family’s 18.37 per cent stake in Tata Sons. Besides, its foreign partners in the airline business have raised concerns about investing via their joint venture, Vistara. But other bidders are planning aggressive bids,” said a banker close to the development. “The government may get a pleasant surprise in Air India’s disinvestment,” the banker said.
  2. Valuation by Interups is almost complete. The fund has started talks with Indian banks and other investors to join the bid and invest in the InvIT.
  3. Several bidders, such as the Hindujas, who had shown an interest in Air India, have backed out due to the Covid-19 pandemic. IndiGo, India’s largest airline, was interested in taking over Air India’s international operations.

(Business Standard, 27 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 27th 2020

  • 300 Doctors Offering Free Telemedicine Service To J&K Residents

Key points:

  1. A group of 300 doctors from across the world have come together to set up a free telemedicine consultation service in Jammu and Kashmir to serve non-COVID-19 patients who have suffered as the focus of the existing healthcare infrastructure has been on dealing with the pandemic.
  2. Ehsaas International and Dard Welfare Society, in association with Kashmir Health Care Support Group, have initiated this healthcare consultative service, Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International, told PTI.
  3. “Considering the adverse impact the COVID-19 pandemic has put on the existing health infrastructure of J&K, we decided to launch ‘Dial a Doctor’ programme wherein people would get access to quality health consultations and services without leaving the four walls of their houses,”  Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.
  4. “This was conceptualised keeping in view that hospitals are high risk places for contraction of COVID-19 and many medical ailments can be managed by telephonic consultations thus avoiding visit of patients to hospitals,”  Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.

To ensure timely disposal of queries, a control room managed by doctors and paramedical staff has been set up with a toll free number 1800 889 2729 backed with 10 lines at the back end to avoid any inconvenience to the patients, Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.“In the last two months, more than 2,000 consultations have been provided to the people free of cost,” Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International added.

(Kashmir Observer, 27 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 27th 2020

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • Craving gourmet-style coffee at home? This startup is out to make that happen

Key points:

  1. Based in Goa, Coffeeza aims to make gourmet-style accessible at home. It offers coffee blend capsules and coffee machines. The startup plans to diversify the coffee blends and expand to the US this year.
  2. After reaching out to various coffee-producing companies and undertaking a series of tastings, the entrepreneur partnered with select producers across Europe and China who could produce the right blend for Indian taste palate. He zeroed on three regular blends from Italy – Intenso, Classico, and Decaf. Coffeeza also tied up with a factory in China to produce coffee machines.
  3. Today, Rahul says that Coffeeza is a premium brand of single-serve coffee capsules, machines, and accessories that allows customers to indulge in beverages like Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte.
  4. The B2C startup also plans on exhibiting its products at trade shows to meet potential distributors in the country. The brand’s peers include Nestle’s Nespresso. Rahul believes that with premium branding, products and customer service, the Indian market for coffee lovers is up for grabs.

(Your Story, 27 September) News Link