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NITI Aayog to Partner with Leading Technology Company

The first phase of the project will focus on developing a model for 10 backward districts -- branded as aspirational districts by NITI Aayog -- across Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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After signing a statement of intent with IBM, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said bringing future technologies like AI into practical use will greatly benefit agriculture in the country by improving efficiency in resource-use, crop yields and promoting scientific farming.
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The government’s policy think-tank NITI Aayog on Friday decided to partner with leading technology company IBM to develop a crop yield prediction model using artificial intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in “aspirational districts”.

“The partnership aims to work together towards use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve crop productivity, soil yield, control agricultural inputs with the overarching goal of improving farmers’ incomes,” an official statement said.

After signing a statement of intent with IBM, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said bringing future technologies like AI into practical use will greatly benefit agriculture in the country by improving efficiency in resource-use, crop yields and promoting scientific farming.

After signing a statement of intent with IBM, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said bringing future technologies like AI into practical use will greatly benefit agriculture in the country by improving efficiency in resource-use, crop yields and promoting scientific farming.
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The first phase of the project will focus on developing a model for 10 backward districts — branded as aspirational districts by NITI Aayog — across Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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“The scope of this project is to introduce and make available climate-aware cognitive farming techniques and identifying systems of crop monitoring, early warning on pest and disease outbreak based on advanced AI innovations,” the statement said.

“It also includes deployment of weather advisory, rich satellite and enhanced weather forecast information along with IT and mobile applications with a focus on improving the crop yield and cost savings through better farm management.” (IANS)

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Intelligence above looks for millennials, reveals OkCupid survey

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Younger generation reveals their preference in an OkCupid survey. Pixabay

Do you think looks precede intelligence? Well, millennials find intelligence way more appealing than looks, according to a survey.

According to the data gathered from users of dating app OkCupid, 83 per cent women and 79 per cent men find intelligence way more appealing than looks.

When it comes to the kind of relationship they want, 72 per cent believe that traditional gender roles, such as men being heads of households and not house-husbands, or women taking care of chores and children or changing their names, have no place in their lives now.

Another finding points out that 89 per cent of users will choose to be with a partner in a serious relationship even if they can’t have children. As many as 68 per cent of the users says that they don’t believe marriage is mandatory for two people in love.

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Brains over Beauty, Millennials reveal their preference in recent survey by OkCupid. Pixabay

The data has been gathered from an average of over 86,000 respondents in India with an aim to understand what Indian millennials want from life and relationships. The data has been gathered through the questions on the app, which is coming out #FindMyKind campaign, which the new and existing users answer to match better with their potential partners.

A majority of respondents (88 per cent) will support their friend in following their passion over high-paying jobs that they don’t love. (IANS)