By: D.K Choudhary
Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS) launched by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry for Rubber Growers
i. The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS) on January 23, 2017 in New Delhi to provide the detail RubSISabout the soil quality to the rubber growers to enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of production.
ii. RubSIS is an online platform developed to recommend application of appropriate mix of fertilizers to the specific plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature.
iii. The system would enable to bring the data about the soil quality to the rubber growers and also recommend the optimum mix and quantities of chemical fertilizers required for the growth of specific rubber plant.
iii. The system has been developed by Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Rubber Board in collaboration with Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala; National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, ICAR and National Remote Sensing Center, ISRO.
Guided Pinaka test fired successfully again
i. The Guided Pinaka was successfully test fired from the Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur for a further enhanced range.
ii. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, equipped with Navigation, guidance and control kit, was transformed into a guided Pinaka.
iii. The conversion has facilitated to enhance the range and improve the accuracy of Pinaka.
PVR Launches Theater on Demand Service VKAAO
i. The Multiplex chain operator PVR has launched a theatre on demand service ‘VKAAO’ on January 20, 2017.
ii. Vkaao is an online platform that will enable consumers to watch any movie of their PVRchoice at a theatre of their choice. It would empower the viewers to choose what they want to watch, when and where.
iii. Initially 500 films titles would be listed for selection in different languages and genres and minimum 50 seats would be required to confirm a show.
iv. PVR aims to offer 1000 titles in 3 months time and increase it to 2,500 film titles by end of 2017.
v. Besides, PVR also plans to add 100 screens by end of next fiscal across the country including 30 screens by the end of current fiscal and 70-80 by next fiscal. In this half of the screens would be installed in the existing cities with PVR service and half in new cities. The PVR Joint Managing Director Sanjeev Kumar Bijli informed that at present PVR operates 562 screens in 122 properties in 48 cities in India.