Weekly Current Affairs Prelims (5th to 12th December, 2018)

NITI Aayog Launches Global Hackathon On Artificial Intelligence

 

Weekly Current Affairs Prelims (5th to 12th December, 2018)

 

Topic: The first ever Swadesh Darshan Project in the state of Nagaland to be inaugurated

Swadesh Darshan Project in the state of Nagaland

 

Why in news?

Recently First project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme ‘North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ in Manipur inaugurated today. The major restoration, reconstruction and development works taken up under the project was at a cost of nearly Rs 69 crore.

 

More about on news:

  • This is the first project to be completed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Government of India.
  • Prime Minister further said that tourism will bring the people of the country together and it will serve in cultural growth and bring prosperity to the country. In his message, tourism is an engine of growth through job creation which will ultimately eradicate poverty.

 

The project “Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha

  • The project “Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha” was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in November 2015 for Rs. 97.36 Crores.
  • Under the project the Ministry has developed facilities like Tribal Tourist Village, Eco Log Huts, Open Air Theatre, Tribal Rejuvenation Centre, Cafeteria, Helipad, Tourist Interpretation Centre, Wayside Amenities, Last Mile Connectivity, Public Conveniences, Multipurpose Hall, Nature Trails, and Trekking Routes etc.
  • In addition to the above project, the Ministry has sanctioned another project in Nagaland “Development of Tribal circuit: Mokokchung–Tuensang-Mon” for Rs.99.67 crore.
  • The implementation of the project is in progress.

 

Swadesh Darshan Scheme:

  • The scheme was completely funded by the central government of India. There are 13 cities that are under consideration of development. These 13 cities are all pilgrimage sites.
  • There are 13 tourist circuits that are proposed and started under the scheme. Under these 13 circuits there are many cities and sites are added for the visitors to get down there and enjoy their holiday.
  • The scheme is a joint venture by the Central Government and Ministry of Tourism By launching the scheme both the ministry will be able to develop the heritage cities of the nation and conserve them for the tourists from across the globe.

 

Implementation:

  • Swadesh Darshan being a central sector scheme will be implemented under overall control of Mission Director.
  • Experts/Consultants may be engaged by executing agencies for detailed planning and designing/preparing DPR of the works/projects under the scheme.
  • The implementing/ executing agency shall be responsible for timely implementation of the project/work with quality assurance of assets created
  • The implementing agency shall appoint a Nodal Officer for implementation of project.
  • The States/ UT Administration shall appoint a State Level Monitoring Committee for timely implementation of project.
  • If there is any escalation/variation from approved DPR. SGs/ UT Administrations must inform Ministry of Tourism and seek its approval for the same before commencing work on the component.
  • Implementing Agency shall invite and finalize all tenders within stipulated time to enable Ministry of Tourism to release of instalments of the project.
  • Work for different phases of the projects shall be completed within the period stipulated in the respective sanction letters & monitoring framework.
  • The Implementing agency shall follow all codal formalities while awarding contracts for works/material/equipment procurement and ensure complete transparency in its transactions. E-tendering/ e-procurement will be compulsorily followed for all tenders.

 

Funding:

  • The Scheme is 100% centrally funded and efforts are made to achieve convergence with other schemes of Central and State Governments and also to leverage the voluntary funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Sector.
  • Suitable Public Private Partnerships to be taken up for improved sustainability of the projects.
  • A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) may be created for the purpose, wherever feasible. The undertaking would spell out specific milestone to be achieved indicating the works to be undertaken by them in physical and financial terms including State Government’s contribution towards land, rehabilitation package, O&M.
  • The funds would be released to the Implementing Agency, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
  • The funds shall be sanctioned strictly in conformity with the GFRs and the directions issued by the Ministry of Finance from time to time. All the proposals will be routed through IFD of Ministry of Tourism.
  • Funds would be released only after submission of copy of work orders and good for construction DPR by the implementing agency to the Ministry.

 

Sample Question:

Consider the followings with respect to Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  1. The scheme was 50% funded by the central government of India.
  2. Under this scheme, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: b) 2 only

 


 

Topic: India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 is aloft in space from Kourou

India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11

 

Why in news?

India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11, that would boost broadband services in the country, was successfully launched by an Arianespace rocket from the French Guiana.

 

More about on news:

  • The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega.
  • After a 30-min flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
  • The achieved orbit was very close to the intended one.
  • The 5854-kg GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band.
  • In the last 21 days, ISRO successfully completed three satellite and two launch vehicle missions.

 

Benefits:

  • GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme,
  • The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.
  • GSAT-11 will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites.

 

How it will work:

  • Post-separation, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-11 and found its health parameters normal.
  • The scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres in the days ahead to place the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its on-board propulsion systems.
  • GSAT-11 will be positioned at 74-degree east longitude in the geostationary orbit.
  • Subsequently, the two solar arrays and four antenna reflectors of GSAT-11 will be deployed in orbit. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests.

India’s heaviest satellite GSAT-11 successfully launched

 

Sample Question:

Which of following statements are correct with respect to recently launched India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11

  1. GSAT-11 will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites.
  2. GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands.
  3. GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project.

Choose the correct answer from the above statements

a). 1 and 3 only

b). 2 only

c). 2 and 3 only

d). All of the above

Answer: d) all of the above

 


Topic: Distribution of Soil Health Cards (SHC) for optimal utilization of fertilizers

Soil Health Cards

 

Why in news?

Soil Health Card Scheme has been taken up for the first time in a comprehensive manner across the country.

 

More about on news:

  • Under the scheme soil health cards are provided to all farmers so as to enable the farmers to apply appropriate recommended dosages of nutrients for crop production and improving soil health and its fertility.
  • In the 1st cycle which was implemented in year 2015 to 2017, 2.53 crore soil samples were analyzed and 10.73 crore soil health cards distributed to farmers.
  • The 2nd cycle (2017-19) was started from 1st May, 2017 and against target of 2.73 crore soil samples, 1.98 crore samples tested and 73 crore cards have been distributed to farmers.
  • The target is to cover 12.04 crore farmers.
  • To enable quick soil sample testing and distribution of soil health cards, the soil test infrastructure has been upgraded, 9263 soil testing labs have been sanctioned to States.
  • In addition, 1562 village level soil testing projects have been sanctioned to generate employment for rural youth.

 

Soil Health Card (SHC):

  • Soil Health card (SHC) is a printed report card issued to farmers in once in three years indicating the status of his soil in terms of 12 parameters.
  • It is also accompanied by an advice on the various fertilizers and other soil amendments he is supposed to make.
  • SHC is field-specific detailed report of soil fertility status and other important soil parameters that affect crop productivity.

Soil Health Card Scheme

 

Details in a Soil Health Card includes

  • Information regarding Soil Fertility
  • Dosage of fertilizer application in crops.
  • Information on soil amendments of saline or alkaline soil; and
  • Recommendation on integrated nutrient management.

 

The unique features of SHC scheme are:-

  • Collecting soil samples at a grid of 2.5 ha in irrigated area and 10 ha in un-irrigated areas.
  • Uniform approach in soil testing adopted for 12 parameters viz. primary nutrients (NPK); secondary nutrient (S); micronutrients (B,Zn, Mn. Fe & Cu); and other (pH, EC & OC) for comprehensiveness.
  • GPS enabled soil sampling to create a systematic database and allow monitoring of changes in the soil health over the years.

 

Benefits of SHC

  • The existing Nitrogen – Phosphorous – Potassium (NPK) consumption ratio in the country is skewed at 8.2:3.2:1 (2012-13) as against the preferred ratio of 4:2:1.
  • Imbalanced application of fertilizers have caused deficiency of primary nutrients (i.e. NPK), secondary nutrients (such as Sulphur), and micronutrients (boron, zinc, copper etc.), in most parts of country.
  • SHC will ensure that farmers do not spend money unnecessarily on purchase of fertilizers by adding more than required.
  • Once there is economy on the use of chemical fertilizers, the cost of production is expected to decrease.
  • Promotion of integrated nutrient system is expected to reduce the consumption of chemical fertilizers by 20% thereby easing the fiscal strain on Government. Fertilizer sector accounts for a significant percentage of the total subsidies and power consumption in the country.
  • India imports large quantity of various fertilizers to meet the demand — the soil test based fertilizer usage will reduce import bill and will also ensure higher yields per unit.
  • Over a period of time SHC can determine changes in soil health that are affected by land management.

Guide for farmers

 

Complementary Schemes

Like SHC, certain other related web based applications were launched in July 2015:

  • Fertilizer Quality Control System — for official use by the fertilizer quality control laboratories for testing samples of imported fertilizers.
  • Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS-India) — provides certification of organic products. It is an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system [like ISO 9000] regarding the process of production, based on verifiable trust. It is implemented and controlled by the committed organic farmer-producers along with the consumers.

 

Sample Question:

With respect to Soil Health card (SHC), consider the following statements

  1. Soil Health card (SHC) is a printed report card issued to farmers in once in three years indicating the status of his soil in terms of 15 parameters.
  2. SHC is field-specific detailed report of soil fertility status and other important soil parameters that affect crop productivity.
  3. The card is being issued once in every three years.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a). 1 and 2 only

b). 1 and 3 only

c). 2 only

d). All of the above

Answer: c) 2 only

 


 

Topic: India Water Impact Summit-2018

India Water Impact Summit-2018

 

Why in news?

Recently Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation inaugurated India Water Impact Summit 2018.

 

More about on news:

  • It was jointly organized by the National Mission forlean Ganga (NMCG) and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) from 5-7 December 2018 in New Delhi.
  • The India Water Impact Summit is an annual event where stakeholders get together to discuss, debate and develop model solutions for some of the biggest water related problems in the country.
  • The discussions this year will be on rejuvenation of the Ganga River Basin.
  • There will be multi-country dialogue on the subject, with showcasing of technological innovations, research, policy frameworks and funding models from India and abroad.
  • A number of Indian Central Government Ministries as well as all key decision makers responsible for delivering the rejuvenation of the Ganga will also be present at the Summit.
  • The efforts may take various forms including (but not limited to): data collection (sensors, LIDAR, modelling etc), hydrology, e-flows, agriculture, waste water and more.

 

The Summit will focus on three key aspects:

 

Spotlight on 5 states:

  • This covers Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi and Bihar.
  • The objective is to showcase the efforts and works going on within the respective states.

 

Ganga Financing Forum:

  • The 2018 Summit also introduces the inaugural Ganga Financing Forum that will bring a number of institutions to a common knowledge, information and partnership platform.
  • The Hybrid Annuity Model has redefined the economic landscape of water and waste-water treatment in India.
  • All tenders have been successfully bid out and financial closures being achieved.
  • Additionally, the Government is also now encouraging development of smaller decentralised waste water treatment projects.
  • The Financing Forum will bring together financial institutions and investors interested in Namami Gange programmes.

 

Technology and Innovation:

  • Implementation of the pilot/demonstration programme known as the Environment Technology Verification (ETV) process.
  • This will provide an opportunity to technology and innovation companies from around the world to showcase their solutions for addressing the problems prevalent in the river basin.

 

Sample Question:

Recently inaugurated India Water Impact Summit 2018 is organized by

  1. NITI Aayog
  2. the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
  3. the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga)

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a). 1 and 2 only

b). 1 and 3 only

c). 2 and 3 only

d). All of the above

Answer: c) 2 and 3 only


 

Topic: India gets first witness protection scheme

India gets first witness protection scheme

 

Why in news?

The Supreme Court recently brought in place a witness protection regime in the country noting that one of the main reasons for witnesses turning hostile is that they are not given security by the State.

 

More about on news:

  • The Witness Protection Scheme, 2018 will come into effect immediately across all States.
  • Under it, witness protection may be as simple as providing a police escort to the witness up to the courtroom or, in more complex cases involving an organised criminal group, taking extraordinary measures such as offering temporary residence in a safe house, giving a new identity, and relocation at an undisclosed place.
  • The top court said the scheme, which aimed to enable a witness to depose fearlessly and truthfully, would be the law of the land till Parliament enacted suitable legislation.
  • The issue came up when the Supreme Court was hearing a public interest litigation plea seeking protection for witnesses in rape cases involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu.

 

Witness Protection Scheme, 2018:

  • Under it, witness protection may be as simple as providing a police escort to the witness up to the courtroom.
  • In more complex cases involving organised criminal group, extraordinary measures will be taken such as offering temporary residence in a safe house, giving a new identity, and relocation at an undisclosed place.
  • The objective of this Scheme is to ensure that the investigation, prosecution and trial of criminal offences is not prejudiced because witnesses are intimidated or frightened to give evidence without protection from violent or other criminal recrimination.
  • The scheme shall extend to the whole of the India except the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • During the course  of  investigation  or  trial  of  any  serious  offence,  an application  for  seeking  identity  protection  can  be  filed  in  the  prescribed  form before the Competent Authority.
  • The scheme has three categories of witnesses based on the threat perception, and the states should start enforcing it.

Witness Protection - How it will work

 

As such witnesses should be entitled to the following rights:

  • Right to give evidence anonymously
  • Right to protection from intimidation and harm
  • Right to be treated with dignity and compassion and respect of privacy
  • Right to information of the status of the investigation and prosecution of the crime
  • Right to secure waiting place while at Court proceedings
  • Right to transportation and lodging arrangements.

 

Sample Question:

With respect to Witness Protection Scheme 2018, consider the following statements

  1. The objective of this Scheme is to ensure that the investigation, prosecution and trial of criminal offences is not prejudiced because witnesses are intimidated or frightened to give evidence without protection from violent or other criminal recrimination.
  2. The scheme shall extend to the whole of the India including the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: a) 1 only

 


 

Topic: Cabinet approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

 

 

National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Why in news?

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science &Technology at a total outlay of Rs. 3660 crore for a period of five years.

 

Details:

The Mission addresses the ever increasing technological requirements of the society, and takes into account the international trends and road maps of leading countries for the next generation technologies. The mission implementation would develop and bring:

  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and associated technologies within reach in the country,
  • adoption of CPS technologies to address India specific National / Regional issues,
  • produce Next Generation skilled manpower in CPS,
  • catalyze Translational Research,
  • accelerate entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem development in CPS,
  • give impetus to advanced research in CPS, Technology development and higher education in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines, and
  • Place India at par with other advanced countries and derive several direct and indirect benefits.

 

Implementation strategy:

  • The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission which would address technology development, application development, human resource development & skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and start-up development in CPS and associated technologies.
  • The Mission aims at establishment of 15 numbers of Technology Innovation Hubs (TIH), six numbers of Application Innovation Hubs (AIH) and four numbers of Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRP).
  • These Hubs & TTRPs will connect to Academics, Industry, Central Ministries and State Government in developing solutions at reputed academic, R&D and other organizations across the country in a hub and spoke model.
  • A strategic approach involving a suitable mix of Academic, Industry and Government is proposed to be adopted.
  • Strong Steering and Monitoring Mechanisms in the form of Mission Governing Board (MGB), Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee (IMCC), Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and other Sub-Committees will guide and monitor the Mission implementation.
  • The Hubs & TTRPs have four focused areas along which the Mission implementation would proceed, namely
  • Technology Development
  • HRD & Skill Development
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-ups Ecosystem Development
  • International Collaborations.

 

Impact:

  • CPS technologies provide a cutting edge to a Nation’s scientific, engineering, and technological innovative capabilities support other missions of the government, provide industrial and economic competitiveness and have truly became a Strategic Resource.
  • Volume, scale and complexity of emerging applications demand continued evolution of new technologies for the foreseeable future.
  • The proposed Mission would act as an engine of growth that would benefit national initiatives in health, education, energy, environment, agriculture, strategic cum security, and industrial sectors, Industry 4.0, SMART Cities, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) etc.
  • CPS is an integrated system of upcoming technology, which in turn is being taken up on priority basis by countries in the race for development.
  • CPS will indeed bring a paradigm shift in entire skill sets requirement.
  • The job opportunities will be enhanced through the Mission by imparting advanced skills and generating skilled manpower as per the requirement of the industry/ society.
  • As Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-up Ecosystem is an integral part of the proposed NM-ICPS, the start-ups will also create a number of technology driven job opportunities in CPS and allied areas.
  • Accordingly, it is estimated that, about 40,000 jobs will be created in the short term and about 2, 00,000 in long term.

 

Benefits:

The Mission will feed the Central Ministries/ Departments and State Govts and also the Industry to effectively use the CPS technologies in their projects and schemes for the benefit of the society.

 

Sample Question:

Consider the following with respect to National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS)

  1. It is comprehensive mission to address technology development, application development, human resource development & skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and start-up development in CPS and associated technologies.
  2. The Mission addresses the ever increasing technological requirements of the society, and takes into account the international trends and road maps of leading countries for the next generation technologies.
  3. It aims at establishment of 15 numbers of Technology Innovation Hubs (TIH), six numbers of Application Innovation Hubs (AIH) and four numbers of Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRP).

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a). 3 only

b). 2 and 3 only

c). 1 and 3 only

d). All of the above

Answer: d) all of the above

 


 

Topic: Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy, 2018

Agriculture Export Policy 2018

 

Why in news?

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018.

 

More about on news:

  • The Cabinet has also approved the proposal for establishment of Monitoring Framework at Centre with Commerce as the nodal Department with representation from various line Ministries/Departments and Agencies and representatives of concerned State Governments, to oversee the implementation of Agriculture Export Policy.
  • The Government has come out with a policy to double farmers’ income by 2022.
  • Exports of agricultural products would play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.
  • In order to provide an impetus to agricultural exports, the Government has come out with a comprehensive “Agriculture Export Policy” aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains.

 

Objectives:

Objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy are as under:

  • To double agricultural exports from present ~US$ 30+ Billion to ~US$ 60+ Billion by 2022 and reach US$ 100 Billion in the next few years thereafter, with a stable trade policy regime.
  • To diversify our export basket, destinations and boost high value and value added agricultural exports including focus on perishables.
  • To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
  • To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
  • Enable farmers to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.

 

Elements of Agriculture Export Policy:

The recommendations in the Agriculture Export Policy have been organised in two categories – Strategic and Operational – as detailed below:

Strategic

  • Policy measures
  • Infrastructure and logistics support
  • Holistic approach to boost exports
  • Greater involvement of State Governments in agri exports
  • Focus on Clusters
  • Promoting value-added exports
  • Marketing and promotion of “Brand India

Operational

  • Attract private investments into production and processing
  • Establishment of strong quality regimen
  • Research & Development

 

Sample Question:

The Agriculture Export Policy 2018 aims to

  1. To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional Agri products exports.
  2. To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
  3. To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below

a). 1 and 3 only

b). 1 only

c). 2 and 3 only

d). All of the above

Answer: d) all of the above

 


 

Topic: NITI Aayog Launches Global Hackathon On Artificial Intelligence

NITI Aayog Launches Global Hackathon On Artificial Intelligence

 

Why in news?

NITI Aayog has partnered with Perlin, a Singapore-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm, to launch a global hackathon for developing solutions aimed at creating social and economic impact in India.

 

More about on news:

  • with the vision to further expand the idea of‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in the National AI Strategy, NITI Aayog organises hackathons to source sustainable, innovative and technologically-enabled solutions to address various challenges in the development space.
  • Taking the initiative forward, NITI Aayog is now partnering with Perlin – a Singapore-based AI start up – to launch the ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’, and is inviting developers, students, start-ups and companies to develop AI applications to make significant positive social and economic impact for India.
  • The challenge question seeks to develop solutions inDistributed Computing and Privacy Preserving techniques, such as multi-party computation, in AI.
  • NITI Aayog organized its first hackathon, ‘MoveHack’ in August, on the sidelines of the Global Mobility Summit 2018, with the aim of garnering cutting-edge mobility applications. Over 2,000 submissions were received out of which the Top 10 teams were awarded at the summit.
  • The ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ was announced at the AI conference organized by NITI Aayog, in partnership with the ORF, held in Mumbai in November 2018.

 

Objectives

  • The objective of this hackathon is to promote awareness and subsequently develop solutions that deliver the twin benefit of efficient computing to address the infrastructure challenges, while also not compromising on the privacy of data for training AI algorithms.
  • The idea is to develop solutions in distributed computing and privacy preserving techniques such as multi-party computation in AI.
  • The hackathon will be run in two stages, stage one ending on January 15, 2019, and stage two, which will only include shortlisted participants from the previous stage, will conclude on March 15, 2019.
  • The AI for All Hackathon underscores the commitment of NITI Aayog to supporting meaningful social, economic and technological advancements directed at making people’s lives better.

 

Stages:

  • The hackathon will be run two stages with Stage One ending 15 January 2019 and Stage Two, which will only include shortlisted participants from the previous stage, will conclude on 15 March 2019.
  • The first stage will invite ideas for use cases of multi-party computation in areas such as Healthcare, Education, Agriculture, Urbanization, and Financial Inclusion.
  • The second stage will call for these ideas to be matured and developed, with a focus on privacy preserving AI and distributed computing.
  • Winners will share in a prize pool worth USD $50,000 in both cash and non-cash rewards.
  • Participants will also get mentorship and support from the hackathon co-sponsors, including the opportunity to scale and implement their AI applications.

 

Sample Question:

The Global Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence is launched by

a). Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

b). Ministry of Science and Technology

c). Prime Minister’s Office

d). NITI Aayog

Answer: d)