- Malabar neem tree could bring down ‘Made in Gujarat’ home furniture cost by 30%
- In coming years, the cost of ‘Made in Gujarat’ home furtniture could come down significantly, if plantation of this tree picks up state wide.
- Farmers in almost all districts of Saurashtra have taken to plantation of Malabar Neem(melia dubia), a tree native to Karnataka, on massive scale. In fact, in 2017 alone, nearly 40 lakh Malabar neem were planted across the region, barring a couple of districts. The wood of this tree is extensively used for making furniture but plywood makers in the state presently procure it from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the southern states.
- Moreover, Malabar neem is preferable for farmers as it requires less watering, pesticides and climate change does not affect its growth. Also, there is hardly any labour cost involved and neither they are eaten by nil gais (blue bulls), who otherwise ravage the standing crop.
- India to attend the SCO Culture Ministers’ meet for the first time
- The Minister of State for Culture (I/c) and Minister of state for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma will be attending Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Cultural Ministers Meeting at Sanya in China on 17thof May, 2018.
- It is the first time that India would be attending the SCO Culture Ministers’ Meeting.
- The meeting will showcase India’s initiatives to actively pursue cultural cooperation with other countries including SCO countries.
- It will also help to promote cultural relations and people to people contacts with the individual members of this organization through cultural exchange programmes.
- India became full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on 9thJune, 2017 during the SCO Heads of State Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.
- India 3rd largest solar market in world: Mercom
- India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the US, Mercom Communications India said in a report.
- As per the report, India set a new record with 9.6 GW of solar installations in 2017, which was more than double the 4.3 GW installed in 2016.
- The robust growth boosted the country’s total solar installed capacity to 19.6 GW as of December 2017, it added.
- Delhi projected to become world’s most populous city around 2028: UN report
- Delhi is projected to become the most populous city in the world around 2028, according to new United Nations estimates, which said India is expected to add the largest number of urban dwellers by 2050.
- The 2018 Revision of World Urbanisation Prospects produced by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) said that 68 per cent of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050.
- Currently, 55 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas.
- Indore is the cleanest city: cleanliness survey
- The Swachh Survekshan 2018 assessed 4203 Urban Local Bodies and was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
- The exercise undertaken between 4thJanuary 2018 to 10th March, 2018 enhanced the scope to cover a record number of Urban Local Bodies impacting around 40 crore urban citizens across length and breadth of the country by 2700 assessors.
- As compared to 2017 where Swachh Survekshan was conducted in 434 cities, this year the scope was enhanced manifold.
At the national level, the Top 3 cleanest cities are:
Jharkhand is the best performing State.
The awardees under various categories (Population above 10 lakh) are:
India’s Cleanest City – Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
India’s ‘Cleanest Big City’: Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh)
India’s ‘Fastest Mover’ big city: Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)
India’s Best City in ‘Citizens Feedback’: Kota (Rajasthan)
India’s Best City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’: Nagpur (Maharashtra)
India’s Best City in ‘Solid Waste Management: Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra)
The awardees under various categories (Population of 3-10 lakh) are:
India’s Cleanest Medium City: Mysuru (Karnataka)
India’s ‘Fastest Mover’ Medium City: Bhivandi (Maharashtra)
India’s Best City in ‘Citizens Feedback’: Parbhani (Maharashtra)
India’s Best City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’: Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh)
India’s Best City in ‘Solid Waste Management: Mangalore (Karnataka)
India’s Cleanest Small City: Delhi Municipal Council
The awardees under various categories (Population of 1-3 lakh) are:
India’s ‘Fastest Mover’ Small City: Bhusawal (Maharashtra)
India’s Best City in ‘Citizens Feedback’: Giridih (Jharkhand)
India’s Best City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’: Ambikapur (Jharkhand)
India’s Best City in ‘Solid Waste Management: Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
Cleanest State Capital / UT Capital Cities / Uts: Greater Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Fastest Mover State Capital / UT: Jaipur (Rajasthan)
· Centre now aims to harness big data, AI in agricultural sector
- The government and private companies alike are taking the first steps to deploy big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IOT) to gain insights into and offer solutions to problems in India’s agriculture sector.
- While many of these privatesector solutions are aimed at agribusinesses and enterprises, the public-sector driven NITI Aayog’s pilot project will aim at improving yields of small landholders.
- The project will come up with “climate-aware cognitive farming techniques” and systems of crop monitoring, including early warning on pest attacks and disease outbreaks by harnessing AI, an official said. It also includes deployment of weather advisory, rich satellite and enhanced weather-forecast information along with IT & mobile applications with a focus on improving crop yields and cost savings.
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