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Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 14th 2020

  1. बाराबंकी के सरकारी टीचर ने छुट्टी लेकर, फलसब्जियों की खेती शुरू की, सालाना एक करोड़ हो रही है कमाई

Key points:

  1. अमरेंद्र अभी 60 एकड़ जमीन पर खेती कर रहे हैं, 30 एकड़ जमीन पर पारंपरिक फसल और बाकी 30 एकड़ पर फल और सब्जियां उगाते हैं
  2. उनकी टीम में 35 लोग काम करते हैं, इसके साथ ही आसपास के गांवों के किसान भी बड़ी संख्या में उनके साथ जुड़े हुए हैं
  3. अमरेंद्र कहते हैं कि मैंने तय कर लिया था कि अब जो भी हो खेती ही करना है। मैंने गूगल और यूट्यूब पर थोड़ा खेती के बारे में सर्च किया। फिर केले की खेती का आइडिया मिला। जो किसान पहले से इसकी खेती करते थे, उनके पास जाकर इसके बारे जानकारी जुटाई। खेती की बारीकियों को समझा।
  4. अमरेंद्र कहते हैं कि नई तकनीक से खेती की जाए तो इसमें काफी स्कोप है। सिर्फ पारंपरिक खेती के भरोसे नहीं रहा जा सकता है। उन्होंने खेती के लिए नई तकनीक नहीं ली है, गूगल और यूट्यूब पर ही वे खेती के बारे में नई-नई चीजें सीखते रहते हैं। अब उन्हें बहुत कुछ जानकारी हो गई है। वे जिले के दूसरे किसानों को भी खेती सिखा रहे हैं।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. Madhya Pradesh IFS Officers Plant 54,000 Saplings in a Day, Turn Barren Hill Green

Key points:

  1. Bondri hill in the Shahpur division of the forest department is a green haven for birds, hosting plenty of biodiversities. To see the unique spot you will need to take a five-hour drive, covering a distance of 180 kilometres, south from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. If you had made that drive just three years ago, the picture was quite different (literally). In 2017, the hill was little more than a barren mound. But all of that has changed, thanks to the forest department’s effort to plant 54,000 saplings in a single day!
  2. For the uphill task, the officer had one deputy forest ranger, two forest guards and 1,000 labourers, all of whom were planting varieties of bamboo and teak.
  3. Gurudas Nulkar, a trustee at Ecological Society of India, Pune, however, says such ecosystems need more diverse plantations. “Planting saplings of limited species only encourages monoculture, and the insect and food diversity is lost. It is suggested to protect the area and plant diverse species of trees only in degraded areas,” he added.

(The Better India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • After 15 Years of Effort, Maharashtra Man Helps Turn Tribal Village to Solar Power

Key points:

  1. Chaitram Pawar from Baripada village near Dhule has spearheaded multiple initiatives to promote solar lights, water pumps and cookers in the hamlet
  2. With a population of around 1,000 residents, spread across 300 hectares of land, Baripada faced the same acute power shortages that plague thousands of villages across the country.“Being in the interior parts of the region, the village faced a lot of electricity supply issues for years. There is load shedding for almost 12 hours a day, making agriculture activity difficult,” said Chaitram Pawar, a social worker in the village.The 52-year-old Chaitram has been working for 30 years to bring sustainable reforms to the village, working on water conservation, afforestation and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. The social worker is associated with the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, an NGO also helps farmers to understand weather and provide necessary information to protect crops from harsh conditions.
  3. The social worker said they deliberately decided on a lower-powered solar water pump. “We had the opportunity to install a water pump for a higher power of 5KW. But we decided that there was no need to withdraw excess groundwater than we need,” he adds.
  4. The project officer said that initially 15 per cent of the total contribution was collected from the villagers. The subsidy was passed for the remaining sum. “In 2018, 94 homes got lit with villagers contributing Rs 3.5 lakh while the department spent Rs 19.82 lakh. The next year an additional 82 homes were added, with the entire cost borne by the government – spending Rs 19.76 lakh,” he added.

(The Better India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. IIT-M Develops Wrapping Material That Can Prevent Food Contamination & Plastic Waste

Key points:

  1. The material is both biodegradable and reduces bacterial colonies by 99.99 per cent when compared with an ordinary wrapper.
  2. Earlier this week, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), announced the development of their Sustainable Antimicrobial Wrapping Material, which they believe will prevent packaged food contamination by bacteria as well as reduce plastic waste. This biodegradable food wrapper reportedly has an in-built antibacterial compound and is safe for consumption.
  3. The wrapping material also degrades at various environmental conditions with the rate of degradation varying from 4 to 98 per cent in 21 days, adds Professor Doble.The wrapping material degraded rapidly in moist conditions when compared to dry ones. Hence, they believe, this wrapper can play a major role in plastic waste reduction.
  4. At present, researchers are looking for funds to scale up the process and test their product with more food samples.

(The Better India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • After losing their jobs, two engineers from Mandasa in Andhra Pradesh develop a grocery-delivery appKey points:
  • A Rupesh and Y Dhilli Rao developed an app to deliver groceries to the residents of Mandasa, Srikakulam at a delivery charge of Rs 9 for purchases below Rs 1,000
  • “I ordered vegetables and fruits worth Rs 800 a few days ago and they delivered them in 45 minutes. Instead of going to the market amid the risk of infection, I place the orders on the app. I received the delivery in just half-an-hour after placing the order on the SSV EGrocery app. They charge less than the market price too,” said B Shiva Prasad, a resident of Mandasa.
  • Due to the increasing number of cases in the district, they decided to introduce an online shopping app called SSV Egrocery, and met with home delivery facilities and wholesale dealers to procure quality items.

(Your Story, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • This startup is making cryptocurrency investing as easy as ordering food

Key points:

  1. With 300,000 users already on board, CoinSwitch Kuber has seen rapid growth. The startup expects to onboard over 1.5 million users and hopes to become the most trusted company for cryptocurrency investing in India.
  2. Cryptocurrency may not be a favourite of regulators in India, but it is clearly a hot currency for the startups, users as well as investors. And Bengaluru-based CoinSwitch reflects this uptrend.
  3. Interestingly, while other companies may have shrunk their operations due to the pandemic or have had to pause the business, CoinSwitch Kuber, a crypto trading platform for India, was launched right in the midst the coronavirus outbreak. The founders say that they saw a spike in growth because traditional markets have been in turmoil due to COVID-19.
  4. “We have seen a large number of investors moving to crypto and have seen a huge surge of users on the platform. We have seen over 500 percent growth month-on-month on CoinSwitch Kuber. Today, it is doing over $1 million GMV per day, and reaching 250,000 users with investments to the tune of Rs 300 crore within just 100 days of the launch. We are seeing a lot of first-time users coming to CoinSwitch Kuber and investing in crypto,” Ashish Singhal, CEO and Co-founder of CoinSwitch, tells
  5. Started in 2017 by Ashish Singhal, Govind Soni (CTO), and Vimal Sagar (COO) as a global aggregator of cryptocurrency exchanges, the startup offers over 300 coins and 45,000 currency pairs. It launched its India-exclusive INR-crypto on-ramp platform, CoinSwitch Kuber, in June this year. It supports hundreds of cryptocurrencies for users to buy and sell using Indian rupees.

(Your Story, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • [Startup Bharat] A bank account for pocket money: Paysack is making finances ‘Funq’ for students

Key points:

  1. Kochi-based fintech startup Paysack launched its student banking platform Funq to enable financial institutions to launch and build in-class solutions.
  2. “The student community requires a robust but flexible solution for fee payments, automatic reconciliation, digital campus payment, and lending solutions,” says Ricky Jacob, Co-founder of Kochi-based fintech startup Paysack.
  3. Founded in 2015, Paysack was initially bootstrapped and based out of Bengaluru. In 2016, to cut down expenses, the startup moved its base to Kochi. Moving forward, between 2015 and 2018, Paysack raised a total of $100,000 funding from friends and family, and a pool of angel investors

(Your Story, 14 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 12th 2020

  • Investment in Bharat by US companies[Funding alert] Walmart and Flipkart Group make additional investment in agritech startup Ninjacart

Key points:

  1. Walmart and the Flipkart Group have made a fresh round of investment into agritech startup Ninjacart in continuation of its earlier funding done in December,2019. The value of this investment was not disclosed.
  2. According to a statement, this second round of funding demonstrates Walmart and Flipkart Group’s continued commitment to invest in India’s agriculture & food supply chain and strong confidence in Ninjacart. It stated the follow-on investment further validates Ninjacart’s strong execution capabilities and its ability to innovate in the challenging fresh food supply chain space.
  3. Ninjacart CEO & Co-founder Thirukumaran Nagarajan said, “The fresh set of investments from Walmart and the Flipkart Group takes us one step closer to our vision of making food safe and accessible for the billion people and changing the way food reaches our plate. We are excited to have Walmart and the Flipkart Group show confidence in our capabilities around growth and profitability. We will continue to invest in areas that impact the lives of Customers and Farmers positively.”

(Your Story,12 October 2020) News Link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • Sound of success: Consumer tech startup boAT powers ahead as India goes vocal for local

Key points:

  1. Founded in 2016, boAT clocked a revenue of Rs 500 crore in FY 2020, a 108.8 percent growth from FY 2019. Now, the co-founders are setting their sights on building a global audio business out of India.
  2. Today, boAt is present in 5,000 retail stores, supported by 20 distributors. The startup claims to be clocking sales of over 10,000 units a day, and four million units per year, and says it has served 20 million Indians so far.
  3. Behind boAt’s growth is a consumer-first approach, which has made the startup one of the most sought-after youth brands in India. Almost 80 percent of its sales coming from ecommerce channels such as Amazon and Flipkart.
  4. boAt is a pun on the journey of an individual to a place where they feel at ease and forget all their troubles. The two founders started Imagine Marketing in 2014, the parent company of boAt, with Rs 30 lakh raised from family and friends, and designed the first product — boAt BassHeads225 — and launched it in 2016.

(Your Story, 12 October 2020) News Link

  • Ultrasound in your pocket: Sandeep Akkaraju’s quest to democratise healthcare with his startup Exo

Key points:

  1. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 75 percent of the world does not have access to medical imaging, and the WHO goes on to add that a portable ultrasound imager can change the world. The point-of-care ultrasound technology is touted as the future of medical device technology.
  2. Redwood City-based Exo will be taking on legacy ultrasound machines that are not portable and expensive.
  3. Exo’s ultrasound platform uses nano materials and signal processing to enable image fidelity, penetration depth, and 3D imaging capabilities on a silicon-based chip that can be used in high-fidelity imaging to HIFU-based therapeutics.

(Your Story, 12 October 2020) News Link

  • This DPIIT-recognised edtech startup is building an online finishing school for law students

Key points:

  1. Bootstrapped edtech startup NotJustLex offers live learning sessions and certificate courses in corporate law to students and fresh recruits at law firms.
  2. NotJustLex, a DPIIT-recognised startup, wants to bridge the gap between theoretical law and practical application, and make quality legal learning accessible to not only legal students but also fresh law graduates looking to upskill.
  3. At present, NotJustLex offers certificate courses in ‘Private Equity Investments in India’, ‘Commercial Contracts in India’, ‘Sports Law in India’, and ‘Finance for Legal Professionals’.
  4. Abhishek explains, “A monologue is not good in any kind of learning. If you look at BYJU’S, for example, even though the sessions are pre-recorded and non-interactive, they are not boring. The presentations and animations stand out. At NotJustLex, we’re testing the same approach with attractive presentations of judicial precedents, well-prepared notes, smooth articulation, simple Q&A sessions, and focused one-on-one interactions.”
  5. NotJustLex sessions are priced between Rs 12,000 to Rs 19,500 each, which pegs the total course cost at Rs 2-5 lakh each. “We started with the highest price for an online law course in the market. It was working very well, but because of COVID-19, it became difficult to hold those prices,” Abhishek reveals.

(Your Story, 12 October 2020) News Link

  1. हिंसा आरती रघुनाथ ने 88 दिन में 520 ऑनलाइन कोर्स करके बनाया वर्ल्ड रिकॉर्ड, लॉकडाउन में रोज किए करीब 10 कोर्स और M.Sc की पढ़ाई भी जारी रखी

Key Points:

  1. वे एमईएस कॉलेज में एमएससी बायोकेमेस्ट्री की सेकंड ईयर स्टूडेंट हैं
  2. वे कहती हैं कि इन कोर्सेस को करने के बाद मिले सर्टिफिकेट हमारी प्रोफाइल अपडेट करने में मदद करते हैं

(Dainik Bhaskar, 12 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pune Doctor Starts Hospital, Helps 1.5 Lakh Tribal Patients Get Free Eye Treatment

Key points:

  1. The 93-year-old Ayurveda doctor, with no formal training in surgery, has been helping adivasis and the poor from neighbouring parts of the state to get treatment for cataracts, eye operations and other eye ailments
  2. During his medical practice, he observed that his patients often came from the tribal belts of Nashik, Thane, Ahmednagar and Pune.
  3. Manohar said that after getting treated and satisfied with improved eyesight, patients felt confident and started approaching the hospital.
  4. The process was slow but steady. Check-up camps every week were held in the rural and tribal belts to check patients.

(The Better India, 12 October 2020) News Link

  • श्याम रसोई: रोज खिलाते हैं 1,000 लोगों को खाना, वो भी 1 रुपये में

Key points:

  1. दिल्ली में एक रसोई ऐसी भी है जहां जरुरतमंदों को महज 1 रुपये में पूरी थाली मिलती है। जी हां, दिल्ली के परवीन कुमार गोयल, नांगलोई इलाके में शिव मंदिर के पास ‘श्याम रसोई’ चलाते हैं। इस रसोई की खासियत है कि यहां कोई भी शख्स सिर्फ रुपये में पेट भरके खाना खा सकता है। और हां, वो एक रुपये भी इसलिए लेते हैं ताकि लोग खाने को मुफ्त समझकर बर्बाद न करें।

(Navbharat Times, 12 October 2020) News Link

  • Investment in Bharat by other countries
  1. रेजरेपे को मिला 731 करोड़ रुपए का निवेश, देश की पांचवीं फिनटेक यूनिकॉर्न बनी कंपनी

Key points:

  1. अनअकेडमी, पोस्टमैन, नाइका और जिरोधा भी इस साल यूनिकॉर्न क्लब में शामिल हो गई हैं
  2. भारत में रेजर-पे के अलावा 35 से अधिक स्टार्टअप यूनिकॉर्न हैं

(Dainik Bhaskar, 12 October 2020) News Link

  1. लोगों को सही खाना मिले इसलिए लंदन की नौकरी छोड़ खेती शुरू की, खेती सिखाने के लिए बच्चों का स्कूल भी खोला, 60 लाख टर्नओवर

Key points:

  1. नेहा 16 एकड़ जमीन पर खेती कर रहीं है, इसमें नोएडा में तीन एकड़ पर सब्जियां, मुजफ्फरनगर में 12 एकड़ में फल, भीमताल में एक एकड़ पर ऑर्गेनिक हर्ब की फार्मिंग करतीं है
  2. वे अपने प्रोडक्ट ऑनलाइन भी बेचती हैं, हर महीने करीब 500 ऑर्डर आते हैं, जो किसान अपने उत्पाद मार्केट तक नहीं ले जा पाते, उनके प्रोडक्ट भी नेहा ऑनलाइन बेचती हैं (Dainik Bhaskar, 12 October 2020) News Link
  3. Self-reliance
  1. लोगों को सही खाना मिले इसलिए लंदन की नौकरी छोड़ खेती शुरू की, खेती सिखाने के लिए बच्चों का स्कूल भी खोला, 60 लाख टर्नओवर

Key points:

  • नेहा 16 एकड़ जमीन पर खेती कर रहीं है, इसमें नोएडा में तीन एकड़ पर सब्जियां, मुजफ्फरनगर में 12 एकड़ में फल, भीमताल में एक एकड़ पर ऑर्गेनिक हर्ब की फार्मिंग करतीं है
  • वे अपने प्रोडक्ट ऑनलाइन भी बेचती हैं, हर महीने करीब 500 ऑर्डर आते हैं, जो किसान अपने उत्पाद मार्केट तक नहीं ले जा पाते, उनके प्रोडक्ट भी नेहा ऑनलाइन बेचती हैं (Dainik Bhaskar, 12 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 11th 2020

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • With B2B clients like Cars24 and Zoomcar, this on-demand driver service startup is targeting Rs 204 Cr revenue in 3 years

Key points:

  1. Computer science engineers Rajarshi Nag (22) and Paramarthe Saha (23) gave up on their campus placements to take the entrepreneurial plunge and solve the problem of on-demand professional driver service. Drivers4Me was incorporated to address the need for reliable, professional and standard on-demand drivers.
  2. Drivers4Me offers both B2B and B2C solutions. Individuals or businesses that own a car, can request for the services of a driver either through the startup’s mobile app or website. Once the booking is raised, the closest and most suitable drivers are matched with the trip, and the user is notified of the allotmen
  3. Drivers4Me has a pool of more than 900 full-time and part-time drivers. “All the drivers go through rigorous background verifications before being listed on the platform,” Rajarshi says.
  4. The startup also provides insurance and feedback to its driver-partners. Drivers4Me has tied up with insurance company Acko for the customer, driver, and car accident/ damage coverage.

(Your Story, 11 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 7th 2020

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • Mysuru Techie Quits Job to Sell Grandma’s Cooking, Makes Rs 1.5 Crore in a Year

Key points:

  1. Around October and November of 2015, Murali said he thought of a business plan and discussed the idea of starting a food business in Mysuru with his grandmother Indiramma, along with aunt Usha and Sandhya. They agreed to support him in cooking meals and deciding the menu.
  2. From 15-20 boxes a day in initial days, Murali and his family started selling 2,000 boxes a week in Mysuru.
  3. Explaining how Food Box stands out, Murali says, “We provide online home-cooked food. A meal like Pizza ordered from Zomato or Swiggy will cost you anywhere around Rs 400. But we provide enough quantity of food in one meal for Rs 80.”
  4. The business, which began with no investment other than buying groceries for the initial weeks and zero profits for six months, now makes a revenue of about Rs 1.5 Crore a year.

(The Better India, 7 October 2020) News Link

  • [Product Roadmap] How edtech startup PlayShifu is constantly innovating to create new AR experiences for children

Key points:

  1. PlayShifu, which uses Augmented Reality (AR) to provide educational games for kids, has seen a phenomenal growth since the lockdown began. Between March and April this year, the startup witnessed 20 percent surge in demand for its smart toys, and the educational toys category saw a 200 percent growth. Overall, PlayShifu saw a 300 percent increase in demand for its products.
  2. In the last two and a half years, the US and Bengaluru-based startup, with a core product team of 50 people, has created 12 products with unique phygital (physical+digital) interactions. These products are designed for kids aged between 4-12 years and helps them build STEM and other foundational skills such as critical thinking, engineering, and geography.
  3. Since PlayShifu’s product interactions are a mix of physical and digital, the team drives a lot of variability and adaptability using Machine Learning (ML).  Vivek says the team works to have complete control on the customisability in terms of difficulty of the puzzles or questions, progression, speed, characters, music, animations, and sound effects in the game

(Your Story, 7 October 2020) News Link

  • [Startup Bharat] Bhopal-based Bistar Hostels has taken an unconventional route to promote local tourism

Key points:

  1. Started in 2019, Bistar Hostels operates with the desire to promote tourism in an unconventional way by creating awareness about a location and marketing its existing values.
  2. With a desire to increase tourism in an unconventional way, the startup runs a hostel facility and is also creating awareness about the location by promoting its existing values. Bistar also promotes slow travel, which involves travelling for a prolonged period of time at a slow pace, allowing the tourist to get an authentic and cultural experience.
  3. Bistar Hostel has different types of rooms available, including the female dormitory, mixed dorms, and private suites. The room rates are priced between Rs 599 and Rs 1,799, including breakfast and beverages.
  4. However, apart from the indoor hospitality services, the team offers other services like taking its customers around the city. With three people working on the brand and three others for the housekeeping, the startup also offers a customised itinerary to its customers.

(Your Story, 7 October 2020) News Link

  • Why every picture on Picxy stock images tells an Indian story

Key points:

  1. How often have you rummaged through the internet for quality Indian stock photos, only to be disappointed with the results? Jitendra Emmani turned this market gap into an opportunity by launching Picxy, a stock photo company that focuses solely on Indian images.
  2. Picxy offers highly contextual, editorial, and commercial stock images related to different occasions, festivals, and places in India, and is hailed as Southeast Asia’s largest stock photo company. Its customers range from advertising agencies, corporates, startups, and digital media houses, to even individual bloggers.
  3. Today, the startup claims to have around 25,000 photographers in its platform and stock images of 1.1 million.
  4. In the next year, the startup plans to increase its database to five million images through a community of 1,00,000 photographers, and also expand its offerings to stock videos and vectors.
  5. During the same time, it raised an angel round of $1,20,000 from angel investors BYJU’S CPO Ranjith Radhakrishnan; Aakrit Vaish, CEO of Jio Haptik; Angellist India, and FirstCheque, among others.

(Your Story, 7 October 2020) News Link

  1. दिल्ली: लॉकडाउन में पति की नौकरी गई, तो कार को स्टॉल बना पत्नी बेचने लगीं बिरयानी

Key points:

  1. रजनी और उनके पति दिल्ली में रोहिणी कोर्ट के पास बिरयानी का स्टॉल लगाते हैं। दरअसल ये पूरी तरह से एक स्टॉल भी नहीं है। इन्होंने अपनी कार को स्टॉल बना दिया है। इसी कार पर रजनी बिरयानी बेचती हैं और अपने घर के खर्चों को पूरा करती हैं।
  2. रजनी सुबह 5 बजे उठ जाती हैं। बिरयानी तैयार करने में 4 – 4.30 घंटे लग जाते हैं। वह ग्राहकों को बिरयानी के साथ चाप और तड़के वाला रायता भी देती हैं। कोरोना संक्रमण के बाद स्वच्छता को लेकर हर कोई सजग है। बिरयानी बनाने से लेकर ग्राहकों तक उसे पहुँचाने में वह स्वच्छता का पूरा ध्यान रखती हैं। रजनी 10 बजे अपनी गाड़ी लेकर पश्चिम विहार से करीब 9 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर स्थित रोहिणी कोर्ट पहुँच जाती हैं। सड़क किनारे उनका स्टॉल लग जाता है। 3 बजे तक उनकी पूरी बिरयानी बिक जाती है। यहाँ भी साफ सफाई का पूरा ध्यान रखा जाता है। इस पूरे काम में रोहित पूरा साथ देते हैं। रोहित पहले कॉसमेटिक इंडस्ट्री में काम करते थे। नौकरी जाने के बाद जब रजनी ने उन्हें यह आइडिया दिया तो झट से तैयार हो गए। इसके बाद दोनों ने मिलकर काम शुरू कर दिया।

(The Better India, 7 October 2020) News Link

  • From earning Rs 6000 a month to building a multi-crore footwear business on Flipkart, an Agra-based online seller’s phenomenal story

Key points:

  1. Harish Dharamdasani, a 30-year-old second-generation entrepreneur, runs a successful footwear business on Flipkart. His brand Layasa clocks a monthly revenue of Rs. 3 crore on the e-commerce platform. Unlike many businesses that are facing uncertainties as a result of the pandemic, Harish says he is positive about good sales prospects during this festive season. “Ever since the lockdown, we have seen an increase in our customer base. So we are expecting good business this festive season too.” His preparations to meet the rise in festive demand began six months ago.
  2. Harish says that the decision to start an online business on Flipkart has been a significant milestone that changed his life’s trajectory. “Today, I am happy and satisfied with the business I have built. I take pride in having won the Top Seller Award from Flipkart in Agra. But, my biggest milestone is that Layasa is a well-known brand. People may not know me, but they recognise the brand. Sometimes it takes decades for businesses to become a brand, and with Flipkart, I was able to do this in just five years. And, this is phenomenal according to me .”

(Your Story, 7 October 2020) News Link

  1. झारखंड: कारोबार बंद हुआ तो इस युवक ने कर दियामैजिक बल्बका आविष्कार

Key points:

  1. कुछ समय पहले, दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे ने बेंगलुरु से मैसूर तक चले वाली 32 ट्रेनों में से 18 को डीजल से इलेक्ट्रिक किया है। इस पहल की वजह से लगभग 40% तक ट्रेनों की रनिंग कॉस्ट कम हुई है। इसके साथ ही, बेंगलुरु के डीआरएम अशोक कुमार वर्मा ने KSR बेंगलुरु स्टेशन पर इस रेलवे डिवीज़न का पहला वर्टीकल गार्डन भी बनाया है।
  2. बेंगलुरु डिवीज़न के बंगारपेट रेलवे स्टेशन पर रेलवे अधिकारियों और कर्मचारियों ने एक बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण कदम उठाया है। रेलवे स्टेशन की एक जगह को डंपयार्ड की तरह इस्तेमाल किया जा रहा था। लॉकडाउन के दौरान अधिकारियों ने इस जगह को एक नया रूप देने पर विचार किया और अब यहाँ एक सुंदर सा किचन गार्डन है, जहाँ कई तरह की सब्जी उगाई जा रही है।
  3. लगभग 50×20 फीट की इस ज़मीन को पहले नगर निगम की मदद से खाली कराया गया। कचरे को हटाया गया और फिर यहाँ पर गार्डन लगाने की तैयारी हुई। रेलवे कर्मचारियों में जिन्हें भी थोड़ी -बहुत कृषि के कामों की या गार्डनिंग की जानकारी थी, उन्हें इस प्रोजेक्ट से जोड़ा गया। यह ज़मीन भले ही कूड़े-कचरे से भरी थी लेकिन काफी उपजाऊ है।
  4. उन्होंने आगे बताया कि इस किचन गार्डन के अलावा भी, बंगारपेट रेलवे और भी कई प्रोजेक्ट्स पर काम कर रहा है जैसे ग्राउंड वाटर रिचार्ज के लिए एक जगह तालाब बनाया जा रहा है और रेलवे कॉलोनी में मियावाकी जंगल भी लगाया जा रहा है। “ये सभी प्रोजेक्ट्स अभी चल रहे हैं, पूरे नहीं हुए हैं। जैसे ही ये पूरे होंगे डिपार्टमेंट की तरफ से इनके बारे में भी जानकारी साझा की जाएगी,” उन्होंने आगे कहा।.

(The Better India, 7 October 2020) News Link

  • Meet IIT-M’s Moushik: A Giant Leap on India’s Road to Tech Independence

Key points:

  1. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras have created a completely open-source microprocessor, the first of its kind to be made in India. Moushik, named for its small size, is special in many ways and is a crucial step in our country’s journey to self-sufficiency in technology.
  2. A microprocessor, which can be thought of as a tiny CPU – tinier than the width of a human hair – has a wide range of applications. It is an essential component of credit cards, washing machines, phones, computers, drones, televisions, cars, elevators – pretty much anything that uses electronics for its functioning.
  3. At the moment, the microprocessors used in these products are made by private manufacturers from countries like the US, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. The problem with this is that they are black boxes, meaning their workings are closed to us at some level or the other. In certain cases, the architecture is known only to the designers. In others, the code through which the microprocessor controls the devices is hidden.
  4. This limits how flexibly we can use the processor, but an even bigger issue is the inherent security risk. There’s no way of knowing if any information is being collected or how secure the software is against hacking. A bad idea, especially when it comes to sensitive devices like credit cards, surveillance equipment and military devices.
  5. Moushik removes these concerns by being open-source. Even its communication in 1s and 0s with the machines it controls is entirely transparent – written in an internationally understood machine assembly language called RISC-V. Moushik’s transparency makes it super-safe for anyone to use.
  6. Moushik’s openness, flexibility, and low cost make it ideal for startups and student projects, as well as industrial applications.

(The Better India, 7 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: October 5th 2020

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
  1. How this augmented reality advertising startup is helping brands drive sales during COVID-19

Key points:

  1. An augmented reality platform, Avataar.me is helping brands offer immersive, 3D experiences to customers to drive more sales. In a world plagued by COVID-19, where staying home has become key to avoiding the virus, the AR platform is helping companies differentiate themselves.
  2. Avataar.me solves the problem of discovery and enables purchase conversions by allowing users to digitally place the appliances or furniture they’re interested in into their environment, using their smartphones.
  3. The startup has also seen growth in virtual product launches, events and conferences over the last six months, especially since large gatherings are being avoided to curb the transmission of the virus.
  4. The startup has raised $3 million in funding so far from angel investors in India and the US, including Prashanth Aluru, ex-partner at Kalaari Capital, ex-Deutsche Bank CEO for APAC  Gunit Chadha, Keith Brodie, Sanjay Agarwal, Nikhilesh Ponde, as of December 2019.

(Your Story, 5 October 2020) News Link

  1. बेकार पड़े डिब्बों में 4-5 पौधे लगाकर शुरू की थी बागवानी, आज 3000 पौधों की करते हैं देखभाल

Key points:

  1. उत्तराखंड के हरिद्वार जिले के एक छोटे से गाँव के रहने वाले दीपांशु धरिया पिछले 6 वर्षों से हजारों पेड़-पौधों की बागवानी कर रहे हैं। इतना ही नहीं, उन्होंने अपना एक यूट्यूब चैनल भी शुरू किया है, जिसके जरिए वह लाखों लोगों को बागवानी से संबंधित जरूरी टिप्स भी देते हैं।
  2. खास बात यह है कि दीपांशु अपने एक पौधे की ग्राफ्टिंग (कलम बाँधना) कर कई पौधे बना लेते हैं। यहाँ तक कि वह अपने घर की दीवारों पर उगे पीपल की ग्राफ्टिंग कर 2-3 किस्म के पेड़ बना चुके हैं।
  3. दीपांशु, लोगों को बागवानी से संबंधित जरूरी टिप्स देने के लिए, साल 2018 से अपना यूट्यूब चैनल चला रहे हैं, जहाँ उन्हें हर महीने डेढ़ से दो लाख लोग देखते हैं। इसके अलावा, वह बागवानी की चाहत रखने वाले लोगों को निःशुल्क पौधे भी देते हैं, इस शर्त पर कि पौधा सूखना नहीं चाहिए।

(The Better India, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Meet the 70-year-old TB survivor who worked with Mother Teresa and is now helping street children in Kolkata

Key points:

  1. Arup Sengupta who lived on the streets after he contracted TB, is now impacting hundreds of street children in Kolkata with various social initiatives, inspired by his caretaker, Mother Teresa.
  2. Seventy-year-old Kolkata-based social worker, Arup Sengupta was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) at the age of 16. He was told he had only seven months to live. He not only survived the dreaded disease but inspired by his caretaker, Mother Teresa is bringing new hope in the lives of street children in Kolkata.
  3. Arup laid the foundation for Notun Jibon, an NGO that works with street children to rehabilitate them and send them back to school
  4. The NGO is now looking after 367 children in Kolkata, most of whose parents live on a hand-to-mouth basis with an unstable income. Since these children could not afford to go to school, some of them requested Arup to teach them at night.

(Your Story, 5 October 2020) News Link

  1. Meet the 14-year-old teen who has designed a sanitiser kit for sterilising vegetables

Key points:

  1. Aditya Pachpande, a class XI student of Indus International School in Pune has developed a sanitiser kit that resolves one of the most daunting challenges that households face presently – of decontaminating vegetables.
  2. The young boy, whose role model is Elon Musk, the chief designer of SpaceX, already has a patent for the kit. He recently received a note from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Institute, an autonomous body known for its ground-breaking R & D. The letter stated that the product can be used for UV-C sterilisation activities.
  3. Fourteen-year-old Aditya who has been distributing the product completely free of cost in vegetable markets at Dadar in Mumbai, said that the sanitiser kit resolves one of the most daunting challenges that households are facing presently – of decontaminating vegetables (on which neither soap nor alcohol-based sanitisers can be applied).
  4. Once Aditya receives the final evaluation report from CSIR-CMERI, he is looking forward to making over 1,000 such similar sanitisation boxes and distributing them to the economically weaker sections of society.

(Your Story, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya
    • This Hyderabad startup is helping people take better financial decisions

Key points:

  1. Finoramic’s mobile application Figg analyses the finances and expenses of users, and suggests whether they should make investments, buy certain products, and also how the transaction will impact their future plans.
  2. Hyderabad-based Finoramic Inc is aimed at enabling people make better financial decisions through its mobile app, Figg. The app analyses the finances and expenses of the users and suggests whether they should make certain investments, buy certain products, and also how will the transaction impact their future plans.
  3. Launched in 2017 by Sachin Gupta, Finoramic initially acted as a B2B player where it worked with other fintech companies. However, the company realised the platform’s capabilities were not used to its best and the adoption was slow. In order to ensure the product reached the end customers properly, the startup pulled out its B2B services and launched its B2C app Figg last year.
  4. The startup is currently working to launch a new feature called “affordability and impact calculator”, which allows users to check if they can, for example, afford an iPhone or if they should consider taking a personal loan for the purchase. This feature will analyse and inform the user how a particular purchase can impact their long and short term goals.

(Your Story, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • उषाशी रथ ने पायलट बेटे को खोने का गम भुलाने के लिए काउंसिलिंग सेंटर खोलें, अपने स्टार्ट अपउत्कलाके जरिये कोरोना काल में बनीं कारीगरों का सहारा

Key points:

  1. 2009 में उन्हें नवी मुंबई में ‘बेस्ट वुमन इंटरप्रेन्योर’ के अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया गया
  2. बेटे के न रहने पर ऐसा लगा जैसे सबकुछ खत्म हो गया है। वे डिप्रेशन में थी। उन्हीं दिनों उन्होंने अपने दोनों स्कूल बंद कर दिए
  3. उषाशी का संबंध एक ऐसे परिवार से हैं जहां अधिकांश लोग शिक्षक हैं। उन्होंने बचपन से अपने घर में पढ़ाई-लिखाई का माहौल देखा। वे 1986 में शादी के बाद अपने पति के साथ मुंबई आ गईं। वे घर में रहने के बजाय कुछ करना चाहती थीं। इसलिए मॉन्टेसरी ट्रेनिंग ली और एक प्री स्कूल में टीचर बन गईं। उसके बाद 2001 में नवी मुंबई क्षेत्र में खुद का प्री स्कूल शुरू किया जिसका नाम ‘स्टेपिंग स्टोंस’ रखा।
  4. 2009 में उन्हें नवी मुंबई में ‘बेस्ट वुमन इंटरप्रेन्योर’ के अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया गया
  5. बेटे के न रहने पर ऐसा लगा जैसे सबकुछ खत्म हो गया है। वे डिप्रेशन में थी। उन्हीं दिनों उन्होंने अपने दोनों स्कूल बंद कर दिए

(Dainik Bhaskar, 5 October 2020) News Link

  • Developing PPE kits and testing kits
    • India’s new paper Covid-19 test could be a ‘game changer’

Key points:

1)     A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas and Krutika Pathi unpack how it works.

2)     The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr. Scientists estimate that the kit – called Feluda – would return results in under an hour and cost 500 rupees (about $6.75; £5.25).

3)     Feluda will be made by a leading Indian conglomerate, Tata, and could be the world’s first paper-based Covid-19 test available in the market.

4)     “This is a simple, precise, reliable, scalable and frugal test,” Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, told the BBC.

(BBC, 5 October 2020) News Link

  1. नौकरी छोड़ गांव वालों के साथ हैंडीक्राफ्ट का ऑनलाइन बिजनेस शुरू किया, एक करोड़ रु टर्नओवर, 800 कारीगरों को भी मुनाफा

Key points:

  1. मध्यप्रदेश के भोपाल के रहने वाले सुमिरन पांड्या ने कम्प्यूटर साइंस से इंजीनियरिंग की है। अभी अहमदाबाद में हैंडमेड क्राफ्ट का ऑनलाइन स्टोर चलाते हैं। देश के साथ-साथ विदेशों में भी उनके प्रोडक्ट की डिमांड है। हर महीने 400-500 प्रोडक्ट के ऑर्डर आते हैं। सालाना एक करोड़ रुपए की कमाई हो रही है।
  2. हम अलग-अलग गांवों में जाते थे और वहां के कारीगरों से मिलते थे, उनके काम को देखते थे, उसकी पूरी प्रोसेस समझते थे। इस तरह हमने कई गांवों का दौरा किया। उनसे काफी कुछ सीखने को मिला। हैंडमेड प्रोडक्ट और उनकी खूबियों को जानने का मौका मिला।
  3. इसके बाद हमने गाथा नाम से एक ब्लॉग बनाया। हम जहां भी जाते थे, वहां के हैंडमेड क्राफ्ट और उसे बनाने वाले के बारे में स्टोरी तैयार करके उसे ब्लॉग पर पोस्ट करते थे। उस समय सोशल मीडिया और इंटरनेट का इतना क्रेज नहीं था। फिर भी काफी लोगों ने हमारी स्टोरी को पसंद किया। कई लोगों ने हमें कॉल व मैसेज कर प्रोडक्ट के बारे में जानकारी मांगी। कई लोगों ने कहा कि वे इस प्रोडक्ट को खरीदना चाहते हैं।
  4. सुमिरन की टीम में अभी 13 लोग काम करते हैं। 800 से ज्यादा कारीगर इनसे जुड़े हुए हैं। इसका सबसे बड़ा फायदा इन कारीगरों को भी है कि उन्हें सामान बेचने के लिए इधर-उधर नहीं भटकना पड़ता है और सही दाम भी मिल जाता है। मध्यप्रदेश, राजस्थान, गुजरात, बिहार और कश्मीर सहित कई राज्यों के हैंडमेड क्राफ्ट जैसे साड़ी, मिट्टी के बर्तन, पेंटिंग्स, ईयर रिंग्स, चूड़ियां, श्रृंगार के आइटम्स इनके ऑनलाइन स्टोर पर उपलब्ध हैं।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 5 October 2020) News Link