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700 organic farming clusters set up in UP

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Lucknow, Sep 5: The Yogi Adityanath government has set a new record by forming 700 clusters of organic farming along the banks of the Ganga River.

According to the government spokesman, a special campaign has been launched in 11 districts of the state and along with the objective of cleaning the Ganga River, organic farming is being done on both the banks of the river.

Due to this initiative, not only the cost of agriculture has been reduced but the agricultural production and income of the farmers has also been increased.

Under this project of the government, 21,142 farmers of 11 districts, located along river Ganga have formed 700 organic clusters in an area of 14,000 hectares.

The farmers included in these clusters have grown various crops through organic methods under Kharif 2020 and Rabi 2020-21 seasons.

After processing them, the products were packed and sold at inflated prices. These products were displayed in the stalls of fairs, exhibitions, and seminars organised on various occasions. Farmers have so far sold organic products worth Rs 2.76 crore from this project.

The state government is planning to start the second phase of this project soon. Of the total project cost of Rs 71.40 crore, a sum of Rs 21.05 crore has been spent.

The government also plans to set up an organic certification body to promote organic farming in the state. Special grant will be given for Vermi Compost and Gobar Gas Plants Food Processing.

Besides, food processing parks will be set up in all six districts of the state where packaging, export, and research facilities will be available. Interest free loans will be given for setting up small scale industries based on food processing.

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BYJU’S announces launch of new innovation hub

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New Delhi, Oct 5: Edtech company BYJU’S on Tuesday announced the launch of BYJU’S Lab — an innovation hub based out of the UK, the US and India.

The hub will redefine the role of technology in learning and transform powerful ideas into solutions.

It will create an exciting and fulfilling environment for machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) professionals, both experienced as well as new graduates.

For the new venture, BYJU’S will hire AI and ML specialists in the UK, the US and India, who will focus on projects with longer gestation cycles that involve deep analysis to gain valuable insights into the learning habits of children.

“By combining the ability of computing, technology, and data, we at BYJU’S Lab want to explore the power of information and technology to create a more personalised, enhanced, and democratised learning,” BYJU’S Chief Innovation and Learning Officer Dev Roy said, in a statement.

“As we continue to grow and experiment, we will operate at the intersection of business and technology to make innovation real and relevant for our end-customers. We are looking at strengthening our team and look forward to working with bright and curious minds to transform the way children learn,” Roy added.

The company is also paving the way for geography agnostic learning tools that sit at the intersection of mobile, interactive content, and personalised learning methodology.

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Hubble spots spiral galaxy with celestial eye

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Washington, Oct 4: The Hubble Space Telescope, an international cooperation between NASA and ESA (European Space Agency), has detected a spiral galaxy around 130 million light-years from Earth that showcases a celestial eye.

Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) captured the galaxy — NCG 5728 — which appears to be an elegant and luminous, an ESA statement said.

WFC3 is extremely sensitive to visible and infrared light and thus beautifully captured the regions of NGC 5728 that are emitting light at those wavelengths.

However, there are many other types of light that galaxies such as NGC 5728 emit, which the WFC3 cannot see.

NGC 5728 is also a monumentally energetic type of galaxy, known as a Seyfert galaxy.

Powered by their active cores, Seyfert galaxies are an extremely energetic class of galaxies known as active galactic nuclei (AGNs). This AGNs at its core shines bright due to the gas and dust hurled around its central black hole.

There are many different types of AGNs, but Seyfert galaxies are distinguished from other galaxies with AGNs because the galaxy itself is clearly seen, ESA said.

Other AGNs, such as quasars, emit so much radiation that it is almost impossible to observe the galaxy that houses them.

In the new image “NGC 5728 is clearly observable, and at visible and infrared wavelengths it looks quite normal”, ESA said.

“It is fascinating to know that the galaxy’s center is emitting vast amounts of light in parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that WFC3 just isn’t sensitive to! Just to complicate things, the AGN at NGC 5728’s core might actually be emitting some visible and infrared light — but it may be blocked by the dust surrounding the galaxy’s core,” the statement said.

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UP cabinet expansion to see 7 new faces, allies to be accommodated

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Lucknow: Cabinet expansion of the Yogi government will take place on September 27 with seven new ministers taking oath of the office. This is the second cabinet expansion of the Yogi government.

Earlier on August 22, 2019, the Yogi cabinet was expanded for the first time. This expansion is being done keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022, in which the focus will be on creating caste equations.

Sanjay Nishad, A K Sharma, Jitin Prasad, Paltu Ram, Sanjay Gaur, Dharamveer Prajapati, former cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan’s wife Sangeeta Chauhan are among some names likely to get a place in UP’s new cabinet. At present, the Yogi government has 53 ministers including 23 cabinet ministers, nine ministers of state (independent charge) and 21 ministers of state. So, it can accommodate seven more.

The expansion would also indicate how the BJP prefers to deal with its allies ahead of the UP assembly elections. It is most likely that both allies Apna Dal (Sonelal) and the Nishad Party could be accommodated in the Yogi ministry. Leaders with a clean track record are expected to be given priority in the election year.

All discussions on the subject have reportedly been held with chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior UP leaders, including state BJP chief Swatantra Dev and general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal.

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