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AI&ML: Women making a niche

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) Govt of India has honored the youngest woman entrepreneur Abhishree Arora (IIT Delhi) with a  Bronze Award under an IIT Delhi initiative to help women from college going students to middle-aged housewives to embrace entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling career option.

The initiative is known as Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment (WEE) 5 is supported and sponsored by the DST.

Ms. Arora started her own startup company in the Ed-tech space on intelligent adaptive learning solutions using AI & ML to improve the learning outcomes in K-12 segments and reduce dropout rates.

She was among the 11 women who were honored and awarded by the DST and were given cash awards totaling Rs. 25 lakhs.

Some of the others are Ms. Priyanka Prabhakar whose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math based) toys and board games to engage young minds during the COVID 19 lockdown translated into sales of Rs. 40 Lakh for her products; Ms. Meghna Gandhi for working with underprivileged women in Vadodara and creating natural textiles and COVID 19 related accessories, recording sales of Rs. 25 Lakh; and Ms. Snehal Verma who worked with the fishermen of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and AP and helped them improve their yield of fishes during the COVID 19 outbreak by helping them deploy their Internet Of Things (IoT) machine that helps improve water quality and fish harvest.

Ms. Kalpana Arora, a Ph.D. in wastewater management from IIT Delhi, won a Silver award for her products like sanitizers from wastewater. The second silver winner was Ms. Shivani Gupta (Ph.D.), who has developed a patent-applied wound-healing technology that is now under clinical trial at AIIMS (New Delhi). The product has already received acclaim from doctors from various hospitals, and pre-orders for the products have already been booked.

The bronze award winners were Ms. Neeta Doshi (Ph.D.) for creating a machine to convert air particles to rain, Ms. Rashi Verma who is working in the field of AR for farmers, Ms. Momy Saikia working in the field of domestic waste management, and Ms. Abhishree Arora  (the youngest entrepreneur from IIT Delhi) who is working on simplifying mathematics for kids.

Awards were also given to two promising stars Ms. Nitika Sonkhiya and Ms. Ritika Amit Kumar for demonstrating extraordinary entrepreneurial skills and creating business models that generated revenues even during the COVID 19 lockdown period.

The awardees were coached and mentored by experts from various fields, while participants came from 16 states.

24 Oct 2020
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Indian graduate students win international debate award

Team India emerged as proud winners of the International Rotary- Rotaract debate held on October 18, 2020. 
The virtual competition had participants from 13 countries including Germany, Italy, and the United States of America, and followed after an elaborate elimination process held at both the regional and national levels.
The team representing India, consisting of a B.Com Sociology (Honours) student of  Jesus and Mary College, Delhi, Ms. Pramiti Singh, and her teammate N Ishani, had previously placed first in both the regional and national levels of the debate competition. The duo tackled a wide array of debates on issues of social, economic and political relevance, finally advancing to compete at the global level. 
Having spent more than a month preparing and competing in the various rounds, the two finally won the debate on whether referendums are essential for global peace and development. 
Pramiti Singh, ~~who has just completed her studies at the ~~ A FINAL YEAR STUDENT the University of Delhi, said: “I believe that the opportunity to represent India and speak on such pertinent issues on a global platform has been a truly rewarding experience. I hope that this is the first of many.”

24 Oct 2020
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AI&ML: Women making a niche

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2020

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) Govt of India has honored the youngest woman entrepreneur Abhishree Arora (IIT Delhi) with a  Bronze Award under an IIT Delhi initiative to help women from college going students to middle-aged housewives to embrace entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling career option.

The initiative is known as Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment (WEE) 5 is supported and sponsored by the DST.

Ms. Arora started her own startup company in the Ed-tech space on intelligent adaptive learning solutions using AI & ML to improve the learning outcomes in K-12 segments and reduce dropout rates.

She was among the 11 women who were honored and awarded by the DST and were given cash awards totaling Rs. 25 lakhs.

Some of the others are Ms. Priyanka Prabhakar whose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math based) toys and board games to engage young minds during the COVID 19 lockdown translated into sales of Rs. 40 Lakh for her products; Ms. Meghna Gandhi for working with underprivileged women in Vadodara and creating natural textiles and COVID 19 related accessories, recording sales of Rs. 25 Lakh; and Ms. Snehal Verma who worked with the fishermen of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and AP and helped them improve their yield of fishes during the COVID 19 outbreak by helping them deploy their Internet Of Things (IoT) machine that helps improve water quality and fish harvest.

Ms. Kalpana Arora, a Ph.D. in wastewater management from IIT Delhi, won a Silver award for her products like sanitizers from wastewater. The second silver winner was Ms. Shivani Gupta (Ph.D.), who has developed a patent-applied wound-healing technology that is now under clinical trial at AIIMS (New Delhi). The product has already received acclaim from doctors from various hospitals, and pre-orders for the products have already been booked.

The bronze award winners were Ms. Neeta Doshi (Ph.D.) for creating a machine to convert air particles to rain, Ms. Rashi Verma who is working in the field of AR for farmers, Ms. Momy Saikia working in the field of domestic waste management, and Ms. Abhishree Arora  (the youngest entrepreneur from IIT Delhi) who is working on simplifying mathematics for kids.

Awards were also given to two promising stars Ms. Nitika Sonkhiya and Ms. Ritika Amit Kumar for demonstrating extraordinary entrepreneurial skills and creating business models that generated revenues even during the COVID 19 lockdown period.

The awardees were coached and mentored by experts from various fields, while participants came from 16 states.

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Indian graduate students win international debate award

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2020

Team India emerged as proud winners of the International Rotary- Rotaract debate held on October 18, 2020. 
The virtual competition had participants from 13 countries including Germany, Italy, and the United States of America, and followed after an elaborate elimination process held at both the regional and national levels.
The team representing India, consisting of a B.Com Sociology (Honours) student of  Jesus and Mary College, Delhi, Ms. Pramiti Singh, and her teammate N Ishani, had previously placed first in both the regional and national levels of the debate competition. The duo tackled a wide array of debates on issues of social, economic and political relevance, finally advancing to compete at the global level. 
Having spent more than a month preparing and competing in the various rounds, the two finally won the debate on whether referendums are essential for global peace and development. 
Pramiti Singh, ~~who has just completed her studies at the ~~ A FINAL YEAR STUDENT the University of Delhi, said: “I believe that the opportunity to represent India and speak on such pertinent issues on a global platform has been a truly rewarding experience. I hope that this is the first of many.”

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WhatsApp civil war among Maharashtra IAS officers

By M K Shukla 22 Oct 2020

Maharashtra's IAS officers are caught in a WhatsApp civil war raging with a fury not known before. What could be said about any officer and a minister is no longer guaranteed. 

The messages, though not graceful enough to be made part of the editorial copy, exchanged at 00.00 AM last Sunday later came in the public domain after a newspaper published them. It involved several senior IAS officers including Chief PS to former CM, former chief secretaries, a judicial member in Lokpal office, former BMC Commissioner, and others.  

These messages were posted on two WhatsApp groups by Arvind Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, who has subsequently claimed these posts were made in a jest to pull the legs of some of his colleagues.

Of the two WhatsApp groups, one is composed of senior secretaries to the state government and another connects CEOs of all Zila Parishads to an ACS.

But what Kumar thought was 'Hansi-Mazak' unnerved and disturbed a lot of officers because their reputation was tarred among young IAS officers posted at various Zila Parishads. They all got into action and got him relieved of his rural development portfolio, pending further action.

Among Kumar's targeted officers figure former BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, currently deputed to the UN Institute for Training and Research; former chief secretary and current adviser in the CM's office Ajoy Mehta; former CS Swadhin Kshatriya; and former CS and incumbent Lokpal D K Jain.

Current CS Sanjay Kumar and CM Udhav Thackerey are said to be stunned and know not what could be said about them now if the 'civil war' among IAS officers escalate.

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Delhi HC asks DOPT to file affidavit in CSS officers promotion case

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2020

The Delhi HC has directed the central government's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to file an affidavit on whether they have been following the Supreme Court direction on the promotion issue of CSS officers.
In an order dated 16.10.2020 on the petition of Harvesh Kumar and Ors, the HC directed DoPT Secretary, Dr. C Chandramouli, who retired on 30.09.2020, and Ors to file the affidavit within two weeks. It means the deadline ends on October 31, 2020.  

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Former Delhi CS assault case takes a turn

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2020

The case of the alleged assault in 2018 on former Delhi CS  Anshu Prakash took a twist on Wednesday when the Delhi High Court directed the police and the trial court to consider the statement of a key witness V K Jain made on February 21, 2018.

The court reasoned that Jain's statement was part of the 'case diary' and placed on record by the accused and hence deserved to be considered.

It said the Police cannot pick and choose what evidence will be placed on record.

CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in their plea, moved through advocate Mohd. Irshad had alleged that the prosecution withheld Jain''s statement because it did not suit the prosecution case and helped in falsely implicating the petitioners.

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A book on understanding Hindu philosophy

By IndianMandarins 22 Oct 2020

Authors Prathviraj Singh and  P Narahari (IAS) have highlighted the role of Hindu philosophy in the formation and development of human society through their book “The Great Tale of Hinduism”. They have done this by way of looking at the conception, evolution, and sustenance of Indian society through the lens of Hinduism, and have tried to explain the whole process through short Hindu mythological tales.

Prathviraj Singh, though trained in engineering, started his career as a businessman. Longing to evolve intellectually, he started gaining knowledge in as many fields as possible. He explored different cities of India to pursue courses in various disciplines like the Indian economy, financial planning, business strategy, and Indian politics.

P. Narahari is an IAS officer of the 2001 batch and an author. The Better India recognized Narahari as one of the ten most inspiring IAS officers of the year 2017. He has authored more than four books till now. Narahari is credited for establishing the usage of social media in the MP government. He is currently posted as Commissioner, Urban Administration, Government of Madhya Pradesh, in Bhopal.

The book wakes up the reader to discover that, eventually, the core values of Hinduism remain the same and support its relevance today and will continue to do so for eternity.

The book is available on Amazon.

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Kashmir is Free Finally grips attention till the end

By IndianMandarins 21 Oct 2020

The third and the final book in the “Kashmir is Free” trilogy, written by Dr Arun Kumar (Retd IAS:1979:JK) and co-authored by Prasenjeet Kumar, was published this year in late August, and is now available for readers.

Called “Kashmir is Free Finally”, the book carries forward the story from Book I (Kashmir is Free, August 2018) and Book II (Kashmir Think It’s Free, February 2019), where Kashmir’s struggle to stand on its own feet was depicted from the lens of dystopia.

Dr. Arun Kumar is a retired IAS officer of the 1979 batch. During a long 38 years stint with the Government of India as well as the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, he has held a number of assignments related to education, energy (both conventional and renewable), environment, rural and urban development.

In his latest book, Arun has fictionalized India’s response to ISIS’ “Gązwa-e-Hind” which is the cherished Pakistani and Islamists' dream of conquering India.

“Kashmir is Free Finally” fictionally takes one into a not-too-distant future and answers all questions, leaving one in awe.

Spread over 406 pages and 104 chapters, this riveting politico-bureaucratic novel grips one attention until finishing this fast-paced 83,000 words thriller.

The book is available worldwide in both print and eBook versions from online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart.

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Ex-IPS officer Karnal Singh’s shines new light on “Batla House” encounter

By IndianMandarins 21 Oct 2020

Karnal Singh's (Retd IPS:1984:UT) book ‘Batla House’ gives, for the first time ever, a professional perspective on the deadly encounter by detailing the origin and tracing the activities of Islamist terrorist groups in India.

In a minute-by-minute account of the chain of events leading up to the encounter, the book narrates the story of the series of ghastly bomb blasts that shook Delhi in September 2008. What followed, however, was an encounter that was sought to be exploited by some to serve their narrow, divisive politics.

Karnal Singh, who spearheaded Batla House operations, narrates a mesmerizing minute-by-minute account of the chain of events leading up to the encounter and successful neutralization of targets. Weaving together inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), multiple strands of events in various Indian cities, the labyrinth of information by local intelligence and informers, Singh creates an intriguing tale of an encounter that marked the beginning of the end of the obscure and dreaded Indian Mujahideen (IM).

The book also explains why the police team that raided Batla House did not wear bulletproof jackets and also mentions how the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised Karnal Singh and his team for doing a good job.

Karnal Singh retired in 2018 as the Director of the Enforcement Directorate.

The book is published by Rupa Publications. It is available worldwide in both print and eBook versions from online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart.

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