Great quotes re-described

Don’t wait for the perfect moment to strike, strike in the current moment and make it perfect.

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. (William Butler Yeats)

It takes a fool to do the same thing again and again with the hopes for a different result.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)

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Prime Minister felicitates crew of INS Arihant on completion of Nuclear Triad

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office
05 NOV 2018 2:20PM by PIB Delhi
Prime Minister felicitates crew of INS Arihant on completion of Nuclear Triad
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received today the crew of Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country’s survivable nuclear triad.

Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India’s nuclear triad, the Prime Minister congratulated the crew and all involved in the achievement which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs.

Noting that the indigenous development of the SSBN and its operationalisation attest to the country’s technological prowess and the synergy and coordination among all concerned, the Prime Minister thanked them for their dedication and commitment in realising this pioneering accomplishment enhancing immensely the country’s security.

The Prime Minister commended the courage and commitment of India’s brave soldiers and the talent and perseverance of its scientists, whose untiring efforts transformed the scientific achievement of nuclear tests into establishment of an immensely complex and credible nuclear triad, and dispelled all doubts and questions about India’s capability and resolve in this regard.

The Prime Minister stated that the people of India aspire for a ‘Shaktimaan Bharat’ (Strong India) and building a New India. They have strived tirelessly to overcome all challenges in this path. He stressed that a strong India will fulfill the hopes and aspirations of over a billion Indians and will also be an important pillar for global peace and stability, especially in a world full of uncertainties and concerns.

The Prime Minister extended greetings to the participants and their families on the occasion of Deepawali, the Festival of Light. He expressed the hope that just as light dispels darkness and all fear, INS Arihant will be harbinger of fearlessness for the country.

As a responsible nation, India has put in place a robust nuclear command and control structure, effective safety assurance architecture and strict political control, under its Nuclear Command Authority. It remains committed to the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, as enshrined in the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security in its meeting chaired by the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on January 04, 2003.



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Ministry of Food Processing Industries issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS

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Government of India
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
05 NOV 2018 1:51PM by PIB Delhi
Ministry of Food Processing Industries issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS
Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) under Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens today. Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato(TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

Approving the measures, the Minister said “Price volatility of TOP crops wreaks havoc in the households of this country. This is a revolutionary scheme which has evolved after sustained dialogue with all stakeholders and we have decided the strategy to stabilize prices of TOP crops and to make sure that TOP crops reach all households in the country around the year.” Smt Badal added “Our government has laid down special measures and grants-in-aid under the scheme to ensure enhanced production of TOP crops and to augment value chain”.

The strategy will comprise of a series of measures as decided by the Ministry which include:

(I)        Short term Price Stabilisation Measures

NAFED will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:

Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage;
Hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops;
(II)       Long Term Integrated value chain development projects

Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
Quality production
Post-harvest processing facilities
Marketing / Consumption Points
Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.
The pattern of assistance will comprise of grants-in-aid at the rate of 50% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project. However, in case where PIA is/are FPO(s), the grant-in-aid will be at the rate of 70% of the eligible project cost in all areas, subject to maximum Rs. 50 crores per project.

Eligible Organisation would include State Agriculture and other Marketing Federations, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), cooperatives, companies, Self-help groups, food processors, logistic operators, service providers, supply chain operators, retail and wholesale chains and central and state governments and their entities/organizations will be eligible to participate in the programme and to avail financial assistance.

The applicant fulfilling the eligibility criteria under the scheme is required to submit the online application on SAMPADA portal of the ministry ( attaching therewith complete documents.

The list of selected clusters is provided at Annexure-I

Background of Operation Greens

In the budget speech of 2018-19, a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of “Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer Producers Organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Major objectives of “Operation Greens” are as under:

Enhancing value realisation of TOP farmers by targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.
Price stabilisation for producers and consumers by proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual use varieties.
Reduction in post-harvest losses by creation of farm gate infrastructure, development of suitable agro-logistics, creation of appropriate storage capacity linking consumption centres.
Increase in food processing capacities and value addition in TOP value chain with firm linkages with production clusters.
Setting up of a market intelligence network to collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP crops.



List of selected clusters

Production cluster of Tomato:

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Startups Your story – newsletter

Daily Capsule | 5th November


“We just decided to.”

Four simple words. Yet, so powerful. Often, startup founders are asked the inspiration behind their venture. Questions like “What made you start up? How did you decide?”

Simply put, we just decided to. And more importantly, if not us, then who? We bring you the inspiring stories of some startup founders who decided to solve problems by themselves instead of waiting for someone else to step up and do something.

Here’s to another great week!


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Stories you shouldn’t miss

Former Zomato executive Neel Ghose’s Robin Hood Army collects excess food from restaurants and distributes it to those in need. He began by feeding 150 homeless people, and now the social startup feeds over 2.75 lakh people a month across 80 cities across the world. The New Delhi-based startup operates in a hyperlocal hub-and-spoke model, with ‘chapters’ in different regions and localities.

We all want to lose that excess weight and many of us rely on fitness and food tracking apps to keep a check. Founded by Rishi Bhojnagarwala, Tech30 startup Bon Happetee helps users calculate the food consumed in easy measures. It helps to make informed choices about food and lets people eat what they want while helping them lose weight.

Timesaverz was born out of a working mother’s time management dilemma. Debadutta Upadhyaya’s idea to have an on-demand home services platform where customers could book home services over an app, website or directly call the customer care or chat with their executives. The company helps book services from deep cleaning to repairing appliances, plumbing, electrical fittings, carpentry and even pest control.

Aryabhatta Robotics’ Zorro platform uses face analysis and recognition solutions help retailers leverage competitive insights. Founded in July 2017 by Alok Mishra and Sankara Srinivasan, the platform can help schools in running classroom behaviour studies, and even help restaurants to engage their customers better.

Sanjeev Sharma, the founder of Swaayatt Robots, returned to India to build a product company in 2014. Today, Swaayatt’s technology makes a game-changing point. It removes the need for network and carrier companies to be part of the connected car ecosystem. With Swaayatt each car can drive by itself thanks to an onboard computer communicating to the onboard cameras through a LAN and making all the self-drive decisions.

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The company’s total income reached $688.19 Mn (INR 5018 Cr) for the year, after a 43% growth in from revenue of FY17 at $466.6 Mn (INR 3256.6 Cr) in FY17. The company’s operational revenue noted an increase of 57% reaching $675.85 Mn (INR 4928 Cr). At the same time, Amazon recorded ‘unearned revenues’ rising to $10.39 Mn (INR 75.8 Cr), which mostly entails payments in advance for Prime memberships and advertising.
In line with Telangana government’s push to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the state, the government has now scheduled the launch of its prototyping centre T-Works for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical startups and individuals by April 2019.
Chinese early and growth stage venture capital fund Shunwei Capital has raised its sixth fund of $1.21 Bn, its largest till date, bringing the total assets under management by the firm to over $3 Bn across all its funds. The sixth fund comes with a special focus on India as the firm has doubled down on its investments in the country in the past few quarters.
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In Inc42’s 21st episode of Ask Me Anything (AMA), we hosted Siddharth Talwar, co-founder and partner of Venture capital firm Lightbox. In the AMA, we asked Sid Talwar his perspective on the reasons why startups fail in India. Talwar believes that for a startup to succeed, the founder/s need to believe in their idea/plan and build on it. He also identifies the need for flexibility and quick decision-making as the way for startups to go forward.
Should one be a developer to become a product manager? Or does it take more than just knowing how to code to become a successful product manager? In this week’s Startup 101 series, Harsha Kumar, Partner at LightSpeed India, a venture capital and private equity company, answers this all-important question. She loves building teams, products, and companies and was previously AVP, Products, at OlaCabs.
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Musk tweeted — not for the first time — that the company will unveil to the public the stretch of rapid-transit tunnel in the southern L.A. suburb of Hawthorne on December 10th, roughly five weeks from now. The idea, per Musk, is to host an opening event that night, followed by free rides for the public next day — though only the brave need apply.
GM made a fun surprise announcement at this past week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show: an all-electric Chevrolet Camaro concept with 700 horsepower meant to bust out a quarter mile run in about nine seconds. And unlike EV performance cars like the NIO EP9 or the upcoming second-generation Tesla Roadster.
Amazon is in advanced talks about putting Amazon’s second headquarters, commonly referred to as HQ2, in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, according to the Washington Post. The larger D.C. area was considered a likely candidate for HQ2 due to its proximity to CEO Jeff Bezos’s home and, more importantly, federal lawmakers.

RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  2. No matter how annoying they can be, tell your siblings how much you appreciate them
  3. Remember that friend you haven’t seen for ages? Give them a call
  4. Send a thank you card to someone who has made a difference in your life (a friend, family member, teacher etc.)
  5. Pick up somebody else’ tab next time you go for a coffee
  6. Smile at 3 people today
  7. Neighbour’s lawn looking messy? Offer to mow it
  8. Let someone know how much you appreciate them
  9. Send flowers to a friend or a family member!
  10. Help a younger student with their work

Love is Oneness

When there is love there is oneness, and there can be no question of any particular religion or caste system, superiority or inferiority, touch ability or untouchability.

There is no sadhana greater than love. There is no law higher than love. Above all, to love is best.



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Twisted Poetry – Jay’s Beyonce (Senior) moments :)

Dreams of a historical setting
Magic of forbidden ruins
New family in a video game universe
Embarrassment in a volcanic island
Future of a treehouse
Personification of summer
Knife in a forgotten bunker
Treasure hunting in a stable
Midnight in your garden
Insecurity in a treehouse

Abduction of an elephant
Virtual reality with a journalist
Receiving 1 million from a comic/manga/etc character

Horror story of a tv show character
Raised by a nightmare creature
Sick day of an orc
Day out with your soulmate
Culture of a writer
Love of a liar
Learning a new skill with a waiter/waitress