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1-NITI Aayog To Collaborate With IBM To Develop Precision Agriculture Using AI

NITI Aayog and IBM have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence to provide real-time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The Intent was signed in presence of NITI Aayog, CEO Amitabh Kant and IBM India, MD Karan Bajwa.

The partnership aims to work together towards use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve crop productivity, soil yield, control agricultural inputs with the overarching goal of improving farmers’ incomes. The first phase of the project will focus on developing the model for 10 Aspirational Districts across the States of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

2-HRD Ministry Launches Initiatives For Online Professional Development Using SWAYAM

Human Resource Development Ministry has launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses platform SWAYAM. In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified.
National Resource Centres are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

3-‘Go To Village’ Mission Launched In Manipur

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched ‘Go to Village’ mission throughout the state from Konuma ground. The mission was launched in 60 villages of all the 60 Assembly constituencies.
The mission is aimed at identifying the eligible and deserving beneficiaries in every corner of the state and delivering government services at their doorstep

4-4th Regional Conference On ‘Futuristic, Resilient And Digital Infrastructure’ Concludes In Bengaluru

The 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) concluded in Bengaluru.
The 2-day Conference was a lead-up event to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which is going to be hosted by the Government of India on 25th and 26th June 2018 in Mumbai.

5-Government Announces Project To Strengthen Namami Gange Programme

The 11th Executive Committee meeting of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) recently approved the project encompassing the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for Namami Gange programme with a total budget of Rs 86.84 crore.
In order to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task through the GIS technology, the National Mission for Clean Ganga has tied-up with the Survey of India, the oldest scientific department in the country set up in 1767. The project includes the use of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) technology which ensures accurate data collection.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga also approved the project to strengthen the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of five main stem Ganga basin states, namely, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 85.97 for 5 years.

6-No Nobel Prize In Literature This Year

The Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature,with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The decision has been taken in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize.
According to the Swedish Foundations Act, the Nobel Foundation is ultimately responsible for fulfilling the intentions in the will of Alfred Nobel. For the first time since 1949, the secretive jury will not unveil a winner this autumn.

7-California Surpasses UK To Become World’s 5th Largest Economy

US state California’s economy has surpassed that of the UK to become the world’s fifth largest, according to new federal data released. With a GDP of $2.7 trillion,California is now only behind the US, China, Japan and Germany.The UK and India are next on the list, followed by France, Brazil and Italy respectively. Despite having a population of only 40 million compared with the UK’s 65 million people, California’s gross domestic product of $2.7tn has overtaken the UK’s $2.6tn.
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