|| Maharashtra Gets Its First ‘Cashless Village’ ||
|| Kerala-Based Researcher Bypasses Apple’s iPad Activation Lock ||
|| Kolkata receives best cities award for tackling climate change ||
A Study Report with Concerns; by
Harbans S Nagokay.
Jammu, December 2
It’s ‘THIRUVANANTHAPURAM’ (or Trivandrum)which is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala; where ‘Hard Cash i.e. old currency notes of Rs. 500, 1,000 are being recycled into Hard-Boards’ these days. And a private enterprising firm owned by one John Rathinaraj; roped in by city corporation to collect broken and used glass and beer bottles has established a new glass route connecting Thiruvananthapuram and Dubai. The firm has been selling off collected stuff to glass factories based in Dubai and Hyderabad for the past one year and has collected 132 tons of glass waste from 11 collection drives organized by city corporation since 2015.The glass bottles are unloaded at the sorting yard at Palayamkottai and then beer bottles are transported via road to Thoothukudi port from where it is shipped in containers to Dubai as “Amber and green coloured beer bottles are on huge demand in Dubai where it is recycled to make cough syrup bottles,” says Rathinaraj, who was in the city ahead of glass bottle collection drive on Friday. The other types of glasses are sold at a glass factory based in Hyderabad.
Then, Kolkata(West-Bengal), along with 10 other cities from across the globe, has been honoured with the best cities of 2016 award in recognition of its inspiring and innovative programme with regard to solid waste management.”Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project has achieved 60-80 per cent (depending on site) segregation of waste at its source, with further waste segregation occurring at transfer stations,” a media release said on the occasion of international summit of Mayors of millions plus cities of which Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi are its members from India.
Nevertheless; Hemanth Joseph, a Kerala-based security researcher, has identified a bug running in iOS 10.1 version of Apple’s operating system that allowed him to bypass the activation lock on an iPad.The activation lock in Apple’s iPhone or iPad is hard for anyone other than the owner of the device to hack and set it up as a new device.Mr Joseph bypassed the activation lock in a locked iPad by discovering a weakness in the device setup process running iOS 10.1, Forbes reported on Friday.
Now; at the times, when every 2nd person is busy in criticising PM Modi’s move else praising or supporting their favourite PM by virtue of ignoring the outcomes and difficulties; amidst the Centre’s push for digital transaction, Dhasai village in Thane district has become the first “cashless village” in Maharashtra, state Finance Minister SudhirMungantiwar said today.
Right from yesterday; all payments in the village are being done through plastic money. Traders, vegetable and fruit vendors and others providing goods and services in Dhasai are using swipe machines for cashless transactions.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a revolutionary step to check corruption and terror funding by banning old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. He has shown us a dream and has taken steps in that direction. In this journey, Dhasai has emerged as the first cashless village in the state. Maharashtra, too, will soon become a cashless state,” he said.
Dhasai, in Murbad taluka, around 70 km from Mumbai, has a population of around 10,000. Around 60 nearby small villages depend on Dhasai for trade and their daily needs.The initiative to make this village cashless was taken by Bank of Baroda in collaboration with NGO Veer SavarkarPratishthan. The NGO trained the villagers in using digital methods of transactions, the minister said.Mungantiwar, who attended a programme in Dhasai with General Manager of Bank of Baroda Navtej Singh, RandheerSavarkar of Veer SavarkarPratishthan, MLA KisanKathore and others used his debit card to purchase rice, marking the beginning of cashless transactions in the village.
It is otherwise to revealed that in the three weeks since old 500 and 1,000-rupee notes have been banned by the government, over 8 trillion rupees worth demonetised currency has been deposited in banks. A factory at Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has found an alternative to recycle them rather than just burning them and received tonnes of shredded demonetised notes in last three weeks.
With so much old currency accumulated, at least the Reserve Bank of India or RBI’s state branch, they have been selling it to India’s only hardboard making factory – The Western India Plywoods Limited – for recycling in northern Kerala’s Kannur district, around 466 km away from the capital.The factory, which was established in 1962, gets the old currencies in shredded form and converts into pulp and uses a combination of around 5 per cent of the paper pulp created from these notes with 95 per cent of wood pulp to make hardboards.”It was not easy for us in the beginning. Currency paper is very strong pulp and not easily recyclable. But our engineers researched and innovated and we finally succeeded. We’ve been able to cut costs as well as be eco-friendly. So, I am happy with the decision,” said PK Mayan Mohamed, the Managing Director of the Western India Plywoods Limited.The factory has however, received around 80 metric tonnes of shredded demonetised notes in last three weeks.”Previously RBI was just burning it and now we are able to use. We have to be careful about the percentage of the pulp from old currencies we use. If we get that wrong, the end – product will be a waste”, PM Sudhakaran Nair, the General Manager for The Western India Plywoods Limited told before pressmen, today.
At the end, being inhabitant of J&K; we being the fourth pillar of democracy and responsible writers’ at JK News-Point, we can just dream about such researches & developments to take place here in our state else appeal to our Government for encouraging our youths & entrepreneurs toward demonstrating some like innovations in this ill-luck-stuck, state which is just becoming like use-too of sighting / listing bad news of encounters, firings and the same kind of disasters like difficulties and complications.
Yet! Things may become better as in the recent past Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Muftisaid that ‘Our talented youth need opportunities and converging skilling efforts as well as financial resources available with us will provide a clear line of action to enable the state to make further progress on this front,” and CM directed the state administration to bring all skill development projects under one umbrella with an aim to enhance employability of educated youths, in May, last; during a high-level meeting where CM in fact nominated ‘Financial Commissioner , Planning and Development, B B Vyas, as the Nodal Head of the skill development initiatives so that activities of different departments are coordinated in a much better way. CM also asked the state chief secretary to create a structure for skill development mission society to oversee progress of skilling programmes of various departments.