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Indian Railways

Indian Railways - E-book reporting on statistical highlights and initatives of the world's 3rd largest rail network that carries the equivalent of the population of Australia on its trains (23 million people) daily!. 

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Twitter launches first Tweet-powered digital governance service as part of Digital India initiative- Pocket News Alert

With this Tweet, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) took another step in his Digital India initiative by launching ‘Twitter Samvad’, a service aimed to boost the nation’s e-governance plans by helping government bodies and leaders...

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Twitter Samvad just launched in India will help Indian government connect with mobile users even without a data plan, via SMS --  a significant innovation!

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Unleashing The Inner Inventor: How Businesses Are Striving To Give Old Smartphones A New Lease On Life

Unleashing The Inner Inventor: How Businesses Are Striving To Give Old Smartphones A New Lease On Life | India | Scoop.it
“The best way to help electronic waste realize its full potential is by getting it out of storage and into the hands of innovators....”
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Take up the challenge! College students interested in applying for the Smartphone Encore Challenge can find more details about registration and submission criteria here. The contest closes March 27, 2015.
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IIM-A raises Rs 20 cr through corporate partnerships - Business Standard

IIM-A raises Rs 20 cr through corporate partnerships - Business Standard | India | Scoop.it
After raising initial financial support worth Rs 16 crore from corporate and government institutions, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has now raised a second round of funding worth Rs 20 crore through corporate partnerships.The...
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The institute has tied up with the likes of Crisil, ATS Infra, SAP and World Gold Council (WGC) through different initiatives, including various research chairs for raising Rs 20 crore, which IIM-A will be spending towards research in financial markets, infrastructure and entrepreneurship....."

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Govt interest spurs IITs, IIMs to take Massive Open Online Course route - Economic Times

Govt interest spurs IITs, IIMs to take Massive Open Online Course route - Economic Times | India | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: Premier institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management are planning to go the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) way, in the backdrop of Prime...
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"While IIT Bombay (IIT-B) and IIM Bangalore have already announced the launch of MOOCs with overseas partners, IIM Calcutta (IIM-C) could be next in line, with the institute submitting a proposal to the HRD ministry. ....

...It is a clear mandate from the government as in the last Budget, Rs 100 crore was allocated to online education for MOOCs and virtual classrooms," says Rohin Kapoor, senior manager (Education practice) at Deloitte. MOOCs might also help achieve the target of training 500 million people by 2022, he adds.

 

IIM Bangalore is planning to launch courses on the edX platform in 2015. The institute is also planning to engage around 15 per cent of its faculty to deliver MOOCs over the next two years, according to its director, Sushil Vachani..."

 

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It's Now Clear: Indigo Wants To Be India's Largest Airline Player, May Place A ... - Businessinsider India

It's Now Clear: Indigo Wants To Be India's Largest Airline Player, May Place A ... - Businessinsider India | India | Scoop.it
Rumours are rife that Indigo is planning to place a large order of airplanes. The decision may be taken up by one of the most successful low-cost Airlines
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Long term training improves financial literacy among rural women: IIM-A study - Business Standard

Long term training improves financial literacy among rural women: IIM-A study - Business Standard | India | Scoop.it
The study states that while the effectiveness of training is high for financial knowledge and financial behavior, it is only marginal for financial attitude
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One of prime minister Modi's initiatives is to provide bank accounts for every Indian -- a lofty goal.  This calls also for some way to promote financial literacy so people understand why and how to use the system effectively. This study by IIM-A is interesting as it examines the improvement in financial literacy among rural women participants enrolled in a long term training program.

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"While training is effective in improving financial literacy in the long-term (18 months), the effectiveness varies across the three dimensions of financial literacy viz., financial knowledge, financial behaviour and financial attitude, says a study by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). The study states that while the effectiveness of training is high for financial knowledge and financial behavior, it is only marginal for financial attitude. The study confirms the value of training for the most disadvantaged segment. Women with low level of family income and low level of education benefit significantly from the training imparted."

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Could an Israeli-created innovation end world hunger?

Could an Israeli-created innovation end world hunger? | India | Scoop.it
Pimi Agro has figured out a natural way to extend the shelf life of produce by 1,500%, and prevent disease and fungus, too
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"..Pimi Agro’s secret: Its products are formulations based on 99.4% Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide (STHP), which decomposes into oxygen and water, leaving no chemical residue. There are specific formulations for citrus, stone fruits like peaches and plums, potatoes, and onions and sweet potatoes. The trick, said Ben Yehuda, was getting that other 0.6% of the formulation right – and that took him, along with researchers at the Technion and at Hebrew University 15 years. Pimi’stechnology has half a dozen worldwide patents and has been tested under rigorous conditions in the US and Europe over 150 times."


Read more: Could an Israeli-created innovation end world hunger? | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/could-an-israeli-created-innovation-end-world-hunger/#ixzz3I1ixXR4Y
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Mars mission opens India for space business (Update)

Mars mission opens India for space business (Update) | India | Scoop.it
“India celebrated putting a spacecraft into orbit around Mars on Wednesday, hoping the rare feat will show the world it is open for business in space exploration and inspire a new generation of homegrown scientists to help drive growth.”
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How India Mounted the World’s Cheapest Mission to Mars

How India Mounted the World’s Cheapest Mission to Mars | India | Scoop.it
India has become the only nation so far to reach Mars on its first attempt. It will also have spent the least amount of money to do so.
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Well done... The satellite launch was successful!

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India witnessing NGO boom, there is 1 for every 600 people

India witnessing NGO boom, there is 1 for every 600 people | India | Scoop.it
With a population of 1.2 billion, India could well be the land of opportunities for NGOs with the CBI estimating 20 lakh of them already operating in states and Union territories.

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Some interesting statistics on NGO's, the article also brings up acountability issues.  

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The Documentary: The Truth About NGOs: India

The Documentary: The Truth About NGOs: India | India | Scoop.it
A look at transparency and corruption in India. Who really benefits from the work of NGOs?

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Apparently there is 1 NGO for every 600 people in India.  This BBC documentary looks at NGOs -- advantages and disadvantages, using India as a case study.

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Considers advantages/disadvantages of NGO programs, using India as a case study

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India's Rice Bucket Challenge - HITC

India's Rice Bucket Challenge - HITC | India | Scoop.it
India's Rice Bucket Challenge
HITC
"It's local, desi [pertains to Indian culture] and a practical solution to issues in the vicinity.
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This is more meaningful that the ALS ice bucket challenge.  This sort of exchange is quite characteristic of Indian cultural practices.  In a country where basic human needs are so dire in so much of the population, one way people individually, and organizations, both religious and secular, make a difference is by feeding people in need in their communities.

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'Digital India' initiative to take books, certificates & IDs online - Times of India

'Digital India' initiative to take books, certificates & IDs online - Times of India | India | Scoop.it
Come July 1, 2015, Government of India is planning to launch under ‘Digital India’ a number of ambitious projects like eBasta on which all NCERT text books as well as some State Boards’ textbooks will be available online for downloading from an app...
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This can be a game-changer if  issues relating to technological capacity and policies and practices regarding access, security and privacy are adequately addressed. 

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Cisco India innovations get global traction - Deccan Herald

Cisco India innovations get global traction - Deccan Herald | India | Scoop.it
Cisco India, a division of the $47.14-billion revenue Silicon Valley-based networking solutions giant, has made a mark with reverse innovation and engagement with startups in the country.
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Cisco first moved into India in 1995 as a cost-saving strategy. Today, it employs 11,000 and its business includes cutting-edge global projects: over 900 patents have been files in 20 years. Its focus is on the Internet of Things, connected mobility, big data, silicon technologies, storage and content technologies. 

 

Excerpt from Deccan Herald article:  (quoting Cisco India President Amit Phadnis): ...“Today, Cisco India has capabilities to conceptualise and innovate based on market trends and customer requirements. When we design products in India, we mainly design for footprint, energy consumption and scalability which not only meets the requirements of emerging countries like India, but end up being attractive and relevant globally. Our India-designed products gain tremendous traction in developed markets as well.” 

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India's 'Banksy' behind provocative graffiti - BBC News

India's 'Banksy' behind provocative graffiti - BBC News | India | Scoop.it

Kochi is in the midst of a huge art biennale, and Guesswho's graffiti seems to be a poke at the organised festival. The stencils are a clever mash-up of Western pop culture with Indian icons, and the artist's (or artists') style is certainly influenced by that anonymous yet famous British street artist, Banksy. Anonymous street artist 'Guesswho', who is making waves in the Indian city of Kochi, answers questions about her - or his, or their - art.

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Interesting! We were in Kochi at the very start of the biennale -- the preparations, art installations and talks underway promised a series of exciting events.  This article points to a new development, which seems very thought-provoking:

 

"Kochi is in the midst of a huge art biennale, and Guesswho's graffiti seems to be a poke at the organised festival. The stencils are a clever mash-up of Western pop culture with Indian icons, and the artist's (or artists') style is certainly influenced by that anonymous yet famous British street artist, Banksy."

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BASF to set up 360 crore innovation campus in Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis

BASF to set up 360 crore innovation campus in Navi Mumbai - Daily News & Analysis | India | Scoop.it
BASF to set up 360 crore innovation campus in Navi Mumbai - Global chemical specialist BASF SE is expanding its research and development (R&D) presence in Asia Pacific and is setting up a greenfield 'Innovation Campus' at its Navi Mumbai plant.
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"....By 2020, the company is targeting to €30 billion in worldwide sales with products being introduced to the market since 2011. To achieve this, BASF is developing the research organisation and bundling its competencies in three global platforms, with the headquarters of Advanced Materials & Systems Research based in the Asia Pacific region. The management had earlier said that it aims to locate 25% of its global R&D employees in Asia Pacific by 2020.

According to BASF's designated president of advanced materials & systems research, Harald Lauke, the new innovation campus in Mumbai will bring the best international scientists from India and other parts of the world together into the global BASF R&D Verbund. "Our global major research platforms, from beginning of 2015 namely Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research, and Process Research & Chemical Engineering, will be active in Mumbai," he said."

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All educated and nowhere to go

All educated and nowhere to go | India | Scoop.it
India faces a critical problem of millions of educated youngsters who are deemed unfit for employment
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Skills development in India  -- a market need... 

 

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"Several studies by industry federations and consultancies have found that of the 12 million people entering the labour market every year, nearly 75% are not job-ready. The India Skills Report, prepared by human resources company PeopleStrong and industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry, calls this the Great Indian Talent Conundrum, which could swiftly transport us from the stage of reaping the demographic dividend to facing a demographic disaster. According to the report, India would need 700 million skilled workers by 2022 to meet the demands of a growing economy. Ask any businessman, and the answer is the same: Enough manpower, but not job-worthy..."

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lJUuKOMmsktq4NDrr1yL5K/All-educated-and-nowhere-to-go.html#nav=most_read?utm_source=copy

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A boost for India’s aerospace industry

A boost for India’s aerospace industry | India | Scoop.it
Defence minister plumping for 49% FDI in defence manufacturing is also logical

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"This may well be a seminal moment in the history of the Indian aerospace industry. Not only has defence minister Arun Jaitley ended the monopoly of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, he also announced that the private sector will be the sole player in making 56 transport aircraft to replace the ageing Avros in the IAF fleet. An Indian firm will have to find an international partner to supply the first 16 of these planes, while the other 40 will be built in India. It may take eight years more for the first of the new 100 per cent made-in-India defence aircraft to fly in our skies, but this is a breakthrough that will lead to enormous capacity-building in the private sector.."

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants To 'Make A Difference' In The Indian Society - Businessinsider India

The Entrepreneur Who Wants To 'Make A Difference' In The Indian Society - Businessinsider India | India | Scoop.it
While people were still struggling to earn wings for their entrepreneurial dreams, a man thought of making entrepreneurship a social, collaborative effort.
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For example, this excerpt in an interview with Poonacha Machaiah, founder and CEO of ABOVE Solutions:

 

"I believe that only through personal transformation we can achieve social transformation. And I am a firm believer that education is what will help us become better citizens. Therefore, we decided to focus on educational products/services to bring innovative solutions platform/apps to the segment. We launched TangoFX, a platform that provided multi-party interactive learning.

We also launched ABOVE Learning Platform, to enable online video-based learning and looking at serving the MOOC (massive open online course) segment. We have deployed plethora of educational interactive content for the mobile segment, and are also working with a leading Fortune 100 company on their educational platform...."

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SoftBank bets big on Indian firms with $800M investment - ZDNet

SoftBank bets big on Indian firms with $800M investment - ZDNet | India | Scoop.it
Japanese telecoms giant has paid up US$627 million for a stake in Indian e-commerce website, Snapdeal, and will lead a US$210 million investment round for India's answer to Uber, ANI Technologies.
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Masayoshi Son met with India's Telecoms and IT Minister and Prime Minister Modi to outline the company's investment plans in the country:

"We believe that India is at a turning point in its development and have confidence that India will grow strongly over the next decade. As part of this belief, we intend to deploy significant capital in India over the next few years to support development of the market," he said in a statement.

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Financial Inclusion in India: Moving Beyond Bank Accounts - Knowledge@Wharton

Financial Inclusion in India: Moving Beyond Bank Accounts - Knowledge@Wharton | India | Scoop.it
Financial Inclusion in India: Moving Beyond Bank Accounts
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On August 15, India's Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national mission of financial inclusion.

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PM Modi's mission of financial inclusion envisions bank accounts for all Indians. Launched formally on August 28th, on the first day, more than 15 million accounts (!)  were added. This is a thoughtful analysis of the program, the business case, and what it will take to realize its goals.... 

 

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"“There is much more to financial inclusion” than simply opening accounts, says M.S. Sriram, visiting faculty at the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. “The state needs to put its resources to ensure that the infrastructure backbone is available — which means that there is ubiquitous presence of interoperable point of sale devices that allow people to transact without a hefty fee…. Once this architecture is available, the poor will start transacting.”...

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India-US Energy Cooperation: Moving to Green, Clean and Smart - Brookings Institution

India-US Energy Cooperation: Moving to Green, Clean and Smart - Brookings Institution | India | Scoop.it
India-US Energy Cooperation: Moving to Green, Clean and Smart
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Innovation across the energy spectrum—supply, storage, conversion, consumption, etc.—will drive improved sustainability.
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Prime Minister Modi will be meeting with US President Obama September 30.  This is one of the policy briefings from Brookings in advance of the meeting.  To view the rest, go to: http://www.brookings.edu/research/flash-topics/flash-topic-folder/us-india-modi-obama-summit

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Shared Value & NGOs: From Grantee to Strategic Partner | Forbes India Blog

Shared Value & NGOs: From Grantee to Strategic Partner | Forbes India Blog | India | Scoop.it

While shared value usually focuses on corporates, questions about shared value are increasingly coming from an unconventional source: NGOs. Nonprofits are transforming their operating model from grantee to business partner to serve an important role in the shared value space.

NGOs and social enterprises alike offer tremendous shared value partnership opportunities to companies. The people these organizations serve represent untapped market segments and under-utilized suppliers. Shared value also offers benefits to NGOs in the form of innovative business models, which can oftentimes be more sustainable than more traditional approaches.

Companies should partner with NGOs to gain insight into the diverse, complex communities where they work in order to:
•  Discover new markets or customers
•  Reduce costs in the value chain
•  Enhance vitality in the communities where workers live
•  Provide a continuous supply of high quality inputs and talent



Read more: http://forbesindia.com/blog/the-good-company/shared-value-ngos-from-grantee-to-strategic-partner/#ixzz2IODd9RZW


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This eToilet Is Changing The Way Public Sanitation Works In India - The Better India

This eToilet Is Changing The Way Public Sanitation Works In India - The Better India | India | Scoop.it
This self-cleaning, self-flushing and low maintenance eToilet is the future of sanitation and will change the way public toilets work in the country. (An amazing innovation indee, and in our own country!
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Interesting idea... Wonderful if it works well.  I hope the instructions provided are  in relevant languages and understandable:  illiteracy rates are high in India.

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