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Roger Federer added yet another record to his vast collection when he guaranteed becoming the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam.
Fresh from winning his 20th grand slam title in Melbourne this month, Federer took a wildcard into the ABN AMRO World Tennis event with his eyes fixed on a return to number one for the first time since November 2012.A demoralised Haase double-faulted on match point and after an initially restrained celebration Federer sat on his chair and looked close to tears as his feat sank in — as did some of the Swiss fans leading the rapturous applause.
Federer also set another record with the more than five-year gap between his previous and most recent stints as world number one being the longest since ATP rankings began in 1973.Incredibly Federer first reached number one in 2004, as a 22-year-old, and having now returned there 14 years later playing some of the best tennis of his career, he looks capable of another lengthy stretch on the throne.He already holds the record of 302 weeks ranked number one.
The journey continues when Federer faces Italian Andreas Seppi in the semi-final with a 97th career title in sight. Seppi beat Russian Daniil Medvedev in three sets.The other semi-final will feature Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Belgian David Goffin. Dimitrov beat Andrey Rublev while Goffin was given a walkover by injured Czech Tomas Berdych.
Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Finserv, has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He will represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from June 13.
E. Sreedharan, widely acknowledged for his contribution in transforming the public transport system in India, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.He was instrumental in the planning and execution of Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro, Kochi Metro and Lucknow Metro. He also spearheaded the Konkan Railway project, considered among the most difficult railway projects in the world, completing it in a short span of eight years.
Among others named winners in nine other categories for the Entrepreneur of the Year Programme are: Nithin Kamath, founder and CEO, Zerodha (start-up); Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet (business transformation); Puneet Dalmia, MD, Dalmia Bharat Group (manufacturing); Satheesh Kumar K.R., CMD, Enzen Global Solutions (services); Rashesh Shah, chairman and CEO, Edelweiss Group (financial services); Sunder Genomal, MD, Page Industries (consumer products and retail); Glenn Saldanha, CMD, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (life science and healthcare); Akhil Gupta, executive chairman, Bharti Infratel (entrepreneurial CEO); and Sumant Sinha, founder chairman and CEO, ReNew Power Ventures (energy, real estate and infrastructure).
Kuroda's reappointment was a sign of premier Shinzo Abe's confidence over the governor's efforts to pull Japan's economy out of stagnation.Tokyo also nominated Masazumi Wakatabe, a professor at Waseda University, as deputy governor.The other deputy governor post went to BOJ Executive Director Masayoshi Amamiya.
The government nominated Kuroda to serve another five-year term when the current one ends in April, a sign of premier Shinzo Abe's confidence over the governor's efforts to pull Japan's economy out of stagnation.The government also submitted to parliament its nomination of Masazumi Wakatabe, a professor at Waseda University and an advocate of aggressive monetary easing, as deputy governor.
Milkbasket, India’s first and largest micro-delivery platform has been recognised as 'Startup of the Year' 2017 at the 7th Small Business Awards.The Startup of the Year award is dedicated to young SMEs, aged 7 years or less, with great potential to become big in local/international markets.
Considered as the most coveted awards show complementing the league's best across SMEs, SMB and new and emerging small-scale ventures, Small Business Awards 2018 was organised by Franchise India Group. The award ceremony was hosted in New Delhi.
Launched in early 2015, Milkbasket is India’s first and largest daily micro-delivery service. Built on the unique Indian habit of getting fresh milk delivered at home every morning, Milkbasket (accessible on milkbasket.com, iOS and Android) is today fulfilling the entire grocery needs of a household everyday before 7:00 a.m. To enable frequent and frictionless buying, Milkbasket has innovated flexi ordering and contactless delivery - both a first in the ecommerce industry - and favourites of Milkbasket customers.
With a daily reach to over 35,000 households and serving 10,000+ households every morning in Gurgaon, Milkbasket delivers the highest number of grocery orders in the NCR region. It’s vision is to become the default mom & pop shop for over a million households in the next 3-5 years. Having achieved positive unit economics within the first six months of the launch, Milkbasket is the most capital efficient model in the online grocery space as compared to its domestic and global peers. Milkbasket has recently raised $3M in pre series A round from Unilever Ventures, Blume Ventures and Lenovo Capital (LCIH). Previously it raised a total of $1M in seed and angel investment from a clutch of Chinese VCs and domestic angels including Milkbasket customers.
Our Bureau State Bank of India on Friday launched its Global NRI Centre (GNC) in Kochi, a one-stop customer service point for all NRI banking-related activities.
To further enhance the service experience for NRIs, the bank also launched other services such as wealth management, SBI Intelligent Assist, free post-box, and remittance facility for US-based customers. Our endeavour is to offer all our products and services on a digital platform so that NRI customers experience the ease of banking with us from wherever they are in the world and that’s why we have centralised all our services and offer them under the Global NRI centre, besides offering them specialised services.Technological advancements are creating opportunities to modernise and de-risk the way vital remittances are transferred across borders. Formal remittances are also seen as a key stepping stone to improving financial inclusion by encouraging more people to have bank accounts.
Leveraging its strong NRI customer base of over 33 lakh as on January 31, the bank, through its GNC, aims to centralise operations which are currently spread across 16 circles, 92 NRI branches in 66 different locations and several NRI-intensive branches. SBI embarked on its international journey with the opening of its first foreign branch in Colombo in 1864. Today, it has 207 offices in 37 countries.
The State government will be setting up an institute for artificial intelligence (AI) in Mumbai. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will unveil the plan for the institute during the Magnetic Maharashtra Summit, and at the Global Economic Conference in Canada next month.
Maharashtra has already become the first state to unveil a FinTech Policy,while setting up a joint working group for AI cooperation with the government of Canada.The meeting between Canadian Minister of International Relations, Christine St-Pierre, and Mr. Fadnavis was held on AI cooperation in the industrial and service sectors.AI institute will give a fresh impetus to the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, and promote Mumbai as an investment destination in innovations and data analysis.
At the Magnetic Maharashtra Summit, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 18, a separate pavilion has been dedicated to emerging technologies and how it could be used to create jobs.The State is already experimenting with AI in the health sector, and has plans to involve a Mumbai-based tech startup to use AI-powered X-ray, MRI, and CT scan machines. The AI involves application of deep-learning algorithm to highlight deviations in medical imaging.
The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is organizing a National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income” on February 19-20 in New Delhi.
According to Agriculture Secretary SK Pattanaik, the main aim of the conference is to build a consensus around appropriate recommendations that will help in shaping and sharpening the vision of the Government on Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 into actionable points. The idea is to arrive at practicable solutions that can be implemented for the benefit of farmers in the country. Government is keen to find and adopt the suggestions of the participants that will help in yielding quick results across the agricultural sector, comprising several sub-sectors in addition to initiating long term interventions.The focus would be on the human element of this primary sector, i.e., the farmer. It shall be farming for the farmer.
As many as seven broad themes have been identified for the conference and some of these also have sub-themes. The participants comprising farmers, farmers’ associations, scientists, economists, academics, trade industry, professional associations, NGOs, policy makers and officers have been assigned to different themes and sub-themes, such that the issues are examined from multiple angles and comprehensive recommendations are made. Senior officers leading various domains including agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairying & fisheries, marketing, & cooperation have been invited as their appreciation of the field will be important in harmonising National and State level policies and programmes. It is also expected that an implementation strategy as well as outcomes arising from these suggestions would be defined and reconciled into the Government’s Strategy for Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 on which the Inter-Ministerial Committee is finalising its strategy.
On the first day, the conference will be attended by several dignitaries such as the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Ministers of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Member (Agriculture) NITI Aayog, etc. The select participants numbering about 300 have been invited from across the country with varied background, and are expected to bring to the table their domain experience and expertise. All the participants have been provided with background material on all the themes prepared by reputed institutions/organisations.
The Prime Minister has agreed to join the Conference in the last session on 20th February and hear all the presentations. Thereafter, he will be sharing his vision and insights on agricultural development and farmers’ welfare.It is expected that the Ministry of Agriculture will benefit from valuable inputs that will emerge from the Conference.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission, the country’s second mission to moon, around April this year and will cost around Rs 800 crore.Chandraayan-2 will be different from the agency’s maiden launch in 2008 as for the first time it will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon.
The Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission Dr. Sivan K said that the total cost of the Chandrayaan 2 mission will be about Rs 800 crore.If the mission’s launch could not take place in April due to unsuitable weather, the window for launch is open till October this year.ISRO plan to land rover near the South Pole as it has very old rocks formed a million years ago and could possibly help in understand the origin of universe.
India is going to launch Chandrayaan-2 in April. It is under Chandrayaan-1 mission that the ISRO spotted water on the moon. Chandrayaan-2 is a further extension of the project and it is as good as landing a man on the moon as said by Jitendra Singh in-charge of the Department of Space.The Chandrayaan-2 is a totally indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. After reaching the 100 km lunar orbit, the Lander housing the Rover will separate from the Orbiter. After a controlled descent, the Lander will soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover.
The six-wheeled Rover will move around the landing site in semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands. The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data, which will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil. Collection of soil and rock sediments is not planned in this mission.
Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Natural History Museum (NHM), UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of genetic/taxonomic studies, research and training, conservation in India, including species and habitat conservation assessments.
The MoU was signed by Director, BSI Dr Paramjit Singh and Head of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division, NHM, Dr Sandra Knapp, in the presence of Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan.The MoU will pave the way for BSI staff to work in Natural History Museum, London and vice-versa and they will share fairly and equitably the benefits that may arise from the collection, study and conservation of the plant materials such as seeds, herbarium specimens and tissue samples and exchange associated data and images. NHM will help BSI in capacity building in areas of systematic botany and long-term conservation of plant genetic resources in India.
Lakhs of herbarium specimens of Indian plants are located in the Natural History Museum in London, and a renewed partnership with the Botanical Survey of India is creating digital images of these specimens to make them available to Indian science. Three staff members of BSI have received Rutherford Fellowships (funded by the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - BEIS) to undertake this important work in London. They have received training in all aspects of digitisation and herbarium curation, and have already imaged some 16,000 sheets in plant families that are essential to crop science and food security. At the same time two botanists from NHM are working in BSI herbaria throughout the country, identifying specimens, capacity building, interacting with young Indian taxonomists and exchanging ideas.
This open science and collaboration is a core goal of both Botanical Survey of India and Natural History Museum, signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between BSI and NHM is set to develop further to the benefit of both India and the UK. Both countries are committed to the use of scientific evidence to support the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES and the Nagoya Protocol - this MOU will enable research that will underpin these national responsibilities.