BharatAgri raises $6.5 million in Series A
Digital farm advisory startup BharatAgri has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round led by Omnivore, with participation from existing investors India Quotient and 021 Capital.
BharatAgri offers farmers an app-based platform for AI-based agronomy services on a paid subscription basis, which increases farm incomes through implementation of scientific farming techniques.
Traditional farming practices fail to factor in changing climatic conditions, dwindling natural resources, and optimal use of expensive crop inputs. BharatAgri says its proprietary algorithm collects data on more than 30 critical parameters to provide customized advisory across multiple crops, including grains, pulses, fruits, and vegetables. Farmers get a fully digital and automated service, at an affordable price.
Over the past 12 months, BharatAgri has recorded 20x growth in paid subscription sales with a 65% renewal rate. It currently has more than 33,000 active paid users and aims at expanding its subscription base to 150,000 by March 2022.
Sixth Edition of SCO Peaceful Mission
Indian Military Contingent participates in the sixth Edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021 at Orenburg, Russia.
Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is a Multilateral Exercise, which is performed biennially as section of navy diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states.
The 6th version of Exercise PEACEFUL MISSION is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia in September 2021.
The focus of the exercise is to foster shut family members between SCO member states and to enhance abilities of the army leaders to command multinational military contingents.
The exercise will enable sharing of quality practices between the Armed Forces of SCO nations.
Crime Record of India by NCRB
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) record on Crime in India was launched.
The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown resulted in a drop in regular crimes like theft, robbery, and assault on ladies and children in 2020.
There was a 28% increase in the registration of cases in 2020 in the country in contrast to 2019, especially owing to the violation of COVID-19 norms.
An nearly 21-fold bounce was recorded in instances of disobedience to the order duly promulgated by means of public servants.
Crimes against Scheduled Castes showed an increase of 9.4%. offences towards the Scheduled Tribe communities showed an increase of 9.3% over 2019.
Shoonya Campaign by NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog, RMI, and RMI India Launch ‘Shoonya’ Campaign. It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution shipping vehicles by working with customers and industry.
The marketing campaign aims to speed up the adoption of electric powered automobiles (EVs) in the urban deliveries segment and create customer attention about the advantages of zero-pollution delivery.
Industry stakeholders such as e-commerce companies, fleet aggregators, unique gear manufacturers (OEMs) and logistics corporations have been scaling up their efforts towards final-mile shipping electrification.
As part of the campaign, a corporate branding and certification programme is being launched to realise and promote industry’s efforts toward transitioning to EVs for final-mile deliveries.
Reforms Report by NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog launches the Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India. The report is titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’.
The report was developed by NITI Aayog, in session with worried ministries and eminent experts in the domain of city and regional planning.
It provides a condensed effect of the significant deliberations and consultations conducted over a period of 9 months.
India is home to about 11% of the total world urban population. By 2027, India will surpass China as the most populous united states in the world. Unplanned urbanization, however, exerts exceptional stress on our cities.
Kushinagar Airport as a Customs Notified Airport – CBIC
The organization of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) has declared Kushinagar Airport as a Customs notified airport. This would also facilitate global passenger actions which include that of Buddhist pilgrims.
The Kushinagar airport is a global airport unfolding throughout a location of 600 acres. It was granted the licence to operate global flights by using DGCA remaining February. In the month of August, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) prolonged the validity of the airport’s licence to function worldwide flights till February 21, 2023. The licence was once due to expire on August 21, 2021.
NITI Aayog suggests to build 500 ‘healthy cities’
About the report
The ‘Building Urban Planning Capacity in India’ report comprises of a set of recommendations on several aspects of urban planning like:
- Interventions for planning healthy cities
- Optimum utilization of urban land
- Ramping up human-resource capacities
- Strengthening urban governance
- Building local leadership
- Enhancing the role of private sector and
- Advancing the urban planning education system.
Key recommendations of the report
As per report, India needs a Central sector scheme to build 500 ‘healthy cities’ over the next five years as well as a thorough revamp of town-planning acts in states in order to meet future challenges of urbanisation.
As per the NITI Aayog, the Central sector scheme for building 500 healthy cities will have to be initiated by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in association with the states & Union Territories.