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India News Roundup: Akasa Air’s International Debut, Core Industry Growth, Modi-Gates AI Dialogue, Healthcare Innovation, IPL Action


India News:

Stay informed with India’s latest headlines. Here we bring to you what transpired that has significance to the nation and its people. Read on to update yourself.

Akasa Air Launches Mumbai-Doha Route, Begins International Operations

Akasa Air, a domestic carrier, initiated its international operations with flights from Mumbai to Doha, Qatar. The airline has acquired traffic rights for additional international destinations including Kuwait, Jeddah, and Riyadh. Promising expansion, Akasa aims to rapidly grow its global presence. With strategically scheduled flights, passengers from cities like Ahmedabad, Goa, Varanasi, and Bengaluru will have convenient connecting options via Mumbai. Domestically, Akasa operates from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, and more. This move marks a significant step for Akasa Air as it ventures into the international market, offering enhanced connectivity for travelers.

Notable Uptick In India’s Core Industrial Activity  

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s data reveals a notable uptick in India’s core industrial activity, aligning with positive trends in GST collections, GDP figures, and purchase manager indices. In February, the index of eight core industries expanded by 6.7% year-on-year, led by growth in steel, electricity, and coal sectors. Notably, while sequentially the index contracted by 4.9%, the majority of sub-sectors saw improved growth compared to January. However, caution is warranted as this data is provisional and subject to revision. Additionally, the core sector index covers only around 40% of the broader Index of Industrial Production, with February’s IIP data slated for release on April 12.

The Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on November 18, 2019.

India’s Prudent Approach to AI: Insights from Modi-Gates Dialogue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates highlighted India’s cautious yet proactive stance on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Emphasizing the need for regulations and proper training before AI adoption, Modi outlined measures to prevent misuse, including clear watermarks on AI-generated content and guidelines for authenticating deepfake creations. Gates echoed Modi’s sentiments, acknowledging AI’s dual nature of capabilities and challenges. He emphasized the ongoing efforts to enhance AI accuracy and productivity while ensuring human oversight in critical decision-making processes. Despite challenges, both leaders expressed optimism about AI’s potential, underscoring its role as a transformative force with careful management.

IIT Kanpur’s SIIC Teams Up with Gliders India to Boost Healthcare Innovation

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur’s Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) has forged a partnership with Gliders India, a defense PSU, to drive innovation in healthcare. Through this CSR collaboration, Gliders India will provide financial support and mentorship to startups at SIIC working on advanced medical technologies. The aim is to address critical healthcare challenges in India. With access to Gliders India’s industry expertise, startups can accelerate their growth and commercialization. This strategic alliance underscores the commitment to leveraging technology for societal impact.

Rajasthan Royals Secure Second Consecutive Win in IPL 2024

Rajasthan Royals clinched their second victory in the IPL 2024 season by defeating Delhi Capitals by 12 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. RR posted a challenging total of 185/5, propelled by Riyan Parag’s impressive unbeaten knock of 84 runs off 45 balls. Despite a strong start by Delhi, with contributions from Mitch Marsh and David Warner, RR’s Nadnre Burger, and Avesh Khan’s crucial breakthroughs kept them in check. In the end, Delhi fell short, with Tristan Stubbs and Axar Patel’s efforts not enough to chase down the target. Parag’s stellar performance was instrumental in RR’s triumph.

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