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Odisha: Bhubaneswar Hosts Seminar on “Mission 1000 Startups”

Bhubaneswar: On the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair-2017 and Entrepreneurship Week being held here between March 5 to 11 in Bhubaneswar, a seminar session on “Mission 1000 Startups” was held today at the Conference Hall of IDCO Exhibition Ground. L.N. Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, MSME highlighted the implementation of the Startup Policy and also outlined the measures and events planned to encourage more and more startups and foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the state. He stated that we are working on sustained basis to achieve the ’Mission 1000 Startups’ by 2020.

Inaugurating the Seminar, Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority congratulated the Team Startup Odisha for the outstanding efforts toward promotion of Startup eco-system in the state. He identified the main traits of an entrepreneur and described him as someone, who has fire in the belly, courage and patience. He should have self-belief, independent thinking to serve customers, hardworking attitude, flexibility to improvise, and the ability to keep their ego aside for the sake of their business. He advised all the budding entrepreneurs to select their domain carefully, choose their tools suitably, follow appropriate methodology and should remain focussed on quality of their product or services.

Vikas Bali, MD, Intellecap said to have funded over USD 600 million across countries, including Milk Mantra in Odisha. Under the programme “Sankalp”, they have been assisting social enterprises in India, Indonesia and Kenya. He added that they search, seed, support and scale up early stage social enterprises. As regards Odisha, he announced that the Startups, who get registered under the Odisha Startup Policy, will be provided access to their virtual incubator namely, “Startup Wave”. He also announced that the best 5 Startups, who qualify for product/marketing assistance under the Odisha Startup Policy, will get focused mentoring by the Intellecap team.

Amit Singh, Co-Founder & M.D., Headstart, one of the largest grass root level organisations, supporting entrepreneurship and startups in the country, announced opening of their Headstart Entrepreneurship Chapter in Odisha during this month. Through this chapter, they would be mentoring entrepreneurs across the state. He mentioned that every year 25,000 entrepreneurs are benefitting from their services. Omkar Rai, DG, STPI said that the largest number of STPI Centres are existing in Odisha, which are in Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Rourkela. Further, they intend opening 4 new Centres. He suggested that MSMEs and startups working in the IT and electronics sector can avail funding under the Electronic development fund of the Government of India. He assured to work closely with Govt. of Odisha to strengthen the Startup eco-system in the state.  Manish Kumar, an IITian turned Researcher-cum-Entrepreneur, who is running an organisation ‘Back 2 Village’ and working mostly on promotion of agriculture in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, articulated his long journey as an entrepreneur and how he has enjoyed the oil that goes with it. ‘Back 2 Village’ is engaging farmers in Mayurbhanj towards adoption of best farming practices as well as assisting them towards market linkage.

BCCI Announces Team for First two Tests against Australia

Mumbai: The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) retained the Indian squad that played against Bangladesh. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met on February 14 to pick the India Cricket Team for the first two Test matches of the four-match Paytm Test series against Australia.

The team is as follows: Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, W Saha (wk), R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund and Hardik Pandya.

Here’s the complete schedule –

Match Date Venue
1st Test Feb 23-27 Pune
2nd Test Mar 04-08 Bengaluru
3rd Test Mar 16-20 Ranchi
4th Test Mar 25-29 Dharamsala

ISRO’s Feat as PSLV-C37 Successfully Launches 104 Satellites in a Single Flight

New Delhi: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37), in its thirty ninth flight, successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites today on February 15 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty eighth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The total weight of all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg.

The PSLV-C37 lifted off at 9:28 am IST, from the First Launch Pad and after a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 506 km inclined at an angle of 97.46 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 12 minutes, all the 104 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by INS-1 and INS-2. The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.

Of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two – ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg – are technology demonstration satellites from India.

The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).

With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in separate messages congratulated ISRO on its successful launch.

President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in a message to A.S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO said, “I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to you and your team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch into space of PSLV – C37, carrying a record 104 satellites.

This day shall go down as a landmark in the history of our space programme. The nation is proud of this significant achievement, which has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities.

Kindly convey my greetings to the members of your team of scientists, engineers, technologists and all others associated with this great mission. I urge ISRO to continue to strive for the progress of our space capabilities. I wish all your future endeavours great success.”

Vice President Hamid Ansari in his message said “I offer my congratulations to the Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of the PSLV-C37 rocket that placed 104 satellites including Cartosat 2 Series from India and 7 other counties in their designated orbits. This has been a history scripting effort of launching 104 satellites in a single launch.

The flawless launch has once again demonstrated India’s capabilities in the space sector and underlined our efforts to make the use and exploration of space more accessible and affordable.

I wish ISRO all the very best for the future.”

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites.

“Congratulations to ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites.

This remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.

The Prime Minister also spoke to the Secretary, Department of Space and congratulated him & the entire team of scientists on today’s exceptional achievement”.

Agni-IV Nuclear Capable Missile test fired successfully off Odisha Coast

Bhubaneswar: Agni-IV, the surface-to-surface with nuclear missile capability was successfully test fired from the Abdul Kalam Island also known as Wheelers Island off the Odisha coast at 11:50 am on Monday.

The 20-metre long missile which weighs around 17 tonnes has the capability to strike at a distance of 4000 kilometres. Developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Agni-IV underwent the fifth successful test and can be launched from a road mobile launcher.

The Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Ramrao Bhamre and Director-General (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DRDO, G. Satheesh Reddy were witness to the test conducted on January 2, 2017.

Nuclear Capable Agni-V Successfully Test Fired off Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar: Agni-V, the surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile was test fired from launch pad no 4 at 11.05 am on Monday from Wheelers island also know as Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district of Odisha as reported by various government sources. The 17 meter long missile and 2 metre in width has been developed by DRDO and has the capability to 50000 kg weight.

According to defence experts the Agni-V missile has capabilities to target northern parts of China many other parts of Asia Europe and Africa continents.

President Pranab Mukherjee tweeting on the successful test of Agni-V said “Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities. #PresidentMukherjee”.

PM Narendra Modi congratulated the DRDO and tweeted “The successful test firing of Agni V is the result of the hardwork of DRDO & its scientists. I congratulate them. @DRDO_India”.