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Mango exports to US to reach record 500 tonnes this year
Report dated 14/05/2013 @ 1:28 PM
According to an official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development authority, the strong demand and sufficient supply of export quality fruit means mango exports from India to the US will touch a record of some 500 tonnes this year.
Last year India, the world's largest grower of mangoes shipped some 209 tonnes to America.
India has already exported 90 tonnes mainly from western India, where the world's favourite Alfonso and Kesar varieties grow. The arrival of mangoes from south India has begun and Northern states will begin in mid-June.
Inadequate irradiation centres for treating insect pest mango seed weevils and fruit fly is limiting shipments. The US prefers irradiation to get rid of the weevils and fruit flies. India currently has just one irradiation centre in Maharashtra.
India's overall mango exports are estimated to be around 83,000 tonnes this year, while domestic production is estimated to be around 1.5 million tonnes.
Jailed 107 year old woman breathes her last in UP prison
Report dated 14/05/2013 @ 1:26 PM
Uttar Pradesh's oldest prisoner Ram Kali, 107, has died. She was rushed from the jail to a hospital when she complained of breathlessness and died there of complications related to her advanced age.
Ram Kali was jailed for being involved in a case where her relative was accused of killing his wife for dowry. Kali was detained briefly then let out on bail, but was imprisoned again after she was found guilty in the dowry case.
She was serving her sentence at Bulanhshahr jail near Lucknow when she took ill and died, even as a petition that she be freed because of her age was under consideration.
Two Indians among Under-20 Thiel Fellows
Report dated 12/05/2013 @ 2:08 PM
Delhi resident Ritesh Agarwal, 19, and California resident Diwank Singh Tomer, 19, are among 20 young entrepreneurs chosen for the Under 20 Thiel Fellows, to pursue innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship and begin to build the innovative companies of tomorrow, according to an announcement from the San Francisco based Thiel Foundation.
Ritesh is one of the youngest entrepreneurs from India. He runs OYO Inns, a chain of affordable tech-enabled inns and Oravel, a rising popular alternative to hotels in India. As a Tjiel Fellow he will use technology to bring affordable and standardised accommodations to emerging economies across the world starting in India.
Tomer stepped out of his college in India to work on an online platform for learning to code. He is an exceptional hacker and engineer who won the Mozilla WebFWD fellowship for his efforts to improve learning online. He has since moved to the Bay Area to further his efforts and currently works on a collaborative learning platform.
Over two years, each Fellow receives $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation as well as mentorship from the Foundation's network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, thought leaders, futurists and innovators. Peter Thiel is the co-founder of the Felloship that has launched over thirty companies over two years and raised over $34 million in outside funding. Jonathan Cain is president of the Thiel Foundation.
School bus driver held for showing students porn clips
Report dated 11/05/2013 @ 12:44 PM
A Delhi school bus driver and his helper Ajgar Ali, 25, and Mohd Shamim, 26, have been arrested for allegedly showing girl students pornography clips and molesting them over a whole year.
Two mobile phones have been seized from the accused that contained objectionable clips, but the police refuted the claim.
The accused men were caught when a 14 year old girl told her parents of the incidents and they informed the principal who registered a complaint with the authorities.
India's IITs among world's best in varsity rankings
Report dated 10/05/2013 @ 1:10 PM
In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings IIT Delhi's electrical engineering department has been ranked 37th best globally, the highest entry from India across all categories.
QU British education and career advice company that earlier produced the rankings with the Times Higher Education has been producing them since 3020.
IIT Bombay's civil engineering department was ranked 39th and IIT Delhi's mechanical and aeronautical engineering ranked 43rd while the Indian Institute of Science ranks 50th in materials science. IIT Madras also ranked in the top 50.
According to QS, the rankings reflect the progress make by the IITs in engineering, but in other areas of the academic spectrum India lags way behind its international competitors.The US and UK universities dominate the list that includes Harvard, MIT, University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and US Davis. IITs were the only saving grace for Indian universities as not one university or department made it to the top 200 altogether in 12 of the 30 disciplines covered in the rankings.