NewsX was recently joined by the co-founder and CEO of JIFFY.ai, Babu Sivadasan, for an exclusive interview for the special segment, A-list. Talking about the new world of automation, Sivadasan briefed on automation as a concept and explained the mission of his startup, saying that the organisation hopes to power a lot of the middle and back office that brings a tremendous amount of resilience.
“What happened this year with Covid is that the fundamental assumption that enterprise applications were built in the past around people that are going to sit in the middle and back office, designed to be operated by them, is going away. You need more nimble, more resilient, infrastructure in the middle and back office now, whether people are there or not, they need to run. We are powering a whole new set of middle and back office applications and using that capability. We have done that for a number of Fortune companies already. We are very excited about the possibilities of continuing to drive on that path with large enterprises,” said Sivadasan.
Babu Sivadasan also quoted an example to explain the working of JIFFY.ai, which simplifies working within the companies that they work with. He explained that their technology enables processing in a very secure way, with technology and machines and algorithms doing that work and automating that process.
Speaking about how they create awareness about AI, he spoke of having a structured disciplined program internally. “There is a lot of advancement in AI but the programs that are available don’t really relate to what the organisations need. So, within our organisation, we have a disciplined program where we take them through a fully developed curriculum and bring the program to the outside world. We have some that are scheduled to come out next year, where we wanted to get students that are graduating and put them through a course and prepare them for the enterprise, keeping in mind the needs. Though there are a lot of programs out there which enable you with the skills that are necessary, you also need a disciplined program,” he explained.
Sivadasan also elaborated on the serious issue of data security, saying, “Some of the advancements happening in automation make it a much more secure environment now. In the past, you were relying on people you didn’t know with sensitive pieces of information for validation and verification. You’re eliminating that [now] with technologies like automation and AI, where machines are doing it. I’ve built a fabulous enterprise, the largest wealth management technology out there, and when you process four trillion dollars worth of assets, it calls for a different security infrastructure. This is the kind of background we all come from. So, putting in place processes and procedures that enable you to operate a highly secure environment, governed by compliance requirements, making sure each and every step you follow, you document them very clearly, follow them rigorously – so, even for a small startup, when it comes to data security and privacy, we operate like a very established firm, thereby taking responsibility very seriously.”
He then shared his views on tech startups in India. “If we look at the last ten years, the number of opportunities we have, for a young country like ours, is tremendous. We have the ability to look at consumers, a young workforce, and are not constrained in any way by legacy. We are adapting to new startups and the Indian environment. We have limitless opportunities in the consumer sector, e-commerce, and even in the enterprise space.”
After speaking on his role as an entrepreneur, Babu Sivadasan also touched upon his role as a venture capitalist. He said that while investing in a company, he is really investing in people. So what he considers the most is whether they are trustworthy, their resilience, moral character and ability to overcome.
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WANT TO INCREASE KIDS’ VEGETABLE INTAKE? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO IT
Parents, take note! Filling half of a child’s plate with fruits and vegetables isn’t just recommended by the United States Dietary Guidelines, it also helps increase the amount of produce that kids end up eating, according to a new Penn State research.
The findings of the study were published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’. In the controlled feeding study, the researchers tested two strategies for encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.
The first was simply adding 50% more to fruit and vegetable side dishes at kids’ meals throughout the day. The second was substituting 50% more fruits and vegetables for an equivalent weight of the other foods. For example, if they added 50g veggies to the lunch meal, they also subtracted 50g mac and cheese.
The researchers found that adding more fruit and vegetable side dishes resulted in the kids eating 24% more veggies and 33% more fruit compared to the control menus. Substituting fruits and veggies for some of the other foods resulted in kids consuming 41% more veggies and 38% more fruit.
Barbara Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie Chair and director of the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior at Penn State, said the findings suggest ways parents, caregivers and schools can help encourage healthy eating.
“When deciding what to feed kids, it’s easy to remember that half of the food should be fruits and vegetables,” said Rolls. “If you start seeing that you’re serving too much and have more waste, you could cut back the higher calorie-dense food while adding more produce. Experiment and have some fun trying different fruits and vegetables to see what they like and so you can serve meals with a sensitivity to their personal taste.”
“For most foods, kids will eat more when served larger portions, so we wanted to test whether increasing the number of fruits and vegetables that are served over five days would increase intake,” said Liane Roe, a research nutritionist at Penn State. “We also wondered whether substituting produce for other foods would increase intake more than simply adding extra fruits and veggies.”
For the study, the researchers recruited 53 children between the ages of three and five who were enrolled in Pennsylvania childcare centres. Each participant was served all their meals and snacks for five days during three different periods in random order. For the control period, they were served meals they typically got in their childcare centre, and for the period testing the addition strategy, the portions of fruits and vegetables were increased by 50%. For the period testing the substitution strategy, fruits and vegetables were increased by 50% and the other foods were reduced by an equivalent weight.
“We served the children all of their meals, snacks, and beverages for five consecutive days, and we weighed all the items we served, as well as the leftovers, to measure intake,” said Roe. “We sent home evening and morning snacks for the kids, but the majority of the meals were served in the childcare centre.”
As a caution, Rolls said that even though the study was successful in getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, the majority of the kids still didn’t eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables for their age group—about a cup and a half—although they did reach this target for fruits.
The researchers said that in addition to the strategies in the current study, there are additional things parents and caregivers can do to increase intake. “Serving fruits and vegetables as a first course or snacks when kids are hungry can boost their intake, as can incorporating them into mixed dishes,” said Rolls. “For example, you can blend some cauliflower or squash into a sauce for mac and cheese or add fruit puree into a brownie or cake mix. You don’t decrease the palatability of the dish, but the kids are eating more produce. You should also encourage them to eat the whole veggies on their own, as well as incorporating them into other foods.” The National Institutes of Health helped support this research.
PUNJAB CM CALLS ON HONCHOS TO BECOME PARTNER IN STATE’S PROGRESS
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday in a meeting met delegation of German Companies operating in the state. The Chief Minister said that the State actively promotes business, trade and infrastructure development in partnership with the industry.
Channi said the investments of over INR 99,000 Crores reflects the confidence and trust in the conducive and sustainable ecosystem in the state to boost industrial activity and create humungous entrepreneurial opportunities and jobs for State’s youth.
He impressed upon the industry from the length and breadth of the world to choose Punjab as a progressive partner being the most preferred destination to realise their dreams.
Channi further said that these consultations with industry would go a long way in improving the delivery of governance thus ensuring ease of doing business in the state.
During the meeting, representatives of Company shared their hands on experiences of operations in Punjab. President Vibracoustics India, auto component manufacturer Jagminder Bawa informed that the overall efficiency of operations in their Punjab plants is at par with other plants located in Germany. Meanwhile, MD, Claas India, agri implement manufacturer Sriram Kanan apprised the Chief Minister that robust connectivity and peaceful labour relations without domicile condition in Punjab are very encouraging for the industry. The Chief Minister assured that the state government would extend fulsome support and cooperation to the MNCs and directed CEO Invest Punjab, Rajat Agarwal, to extend facilitation to international and national companies.
U’khand forest wing unveils aromatic garden
Uttarakhand Forest’s research wing again added a feather in its cap by turning a stinking place into an aromatic garden. The place’s name is Lalkuan of Uttarakhand which used to stink with foul smell due to the stench of certain industrial units. This Aromatic Garden has 140 different species of aromatic species making it the biggest aromatic Garden of India; It has been established in an area of around 3 Acre, in Lalkuan.
According to the Chief Conservator of Forest (Research) Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the project was initiated in the financial year 2018-19, as per approval of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) in June 2018, with the objective of conservation of various aromatic species, to create awareness about these species, promote further research about these species and to link it with the livelihood of local people in future.
The project has been funded under the CAMPA scheme of the Central Government. Lalkuan was selected as the site because it is known for the perpetual problem of foul smell due to the stench that comes from certain industrial units.
The aromatic garden has a Tulsi Vatika which contains more than 20 species of Tulsi, including Rama Tulsi, Shyam Tulsi, Van Tulsi, Kapoor Tulsi as well as African, Italian, and Thai Tulsi. The aromatic garden has 8 different sections, apart from Tulsi Vatika- aromatic leaves (lemon balm, rosemary, kapoor, and various mint species), aromatic flowers (chameli, mogra, rajnigandha, kewda); aromatic trees (chandan, neem chameli, Naglingam, Parijat); aromatic rhizomes (Aama Haldi, Kali Haldi); aromatic seeds ( Kasturi Bhindi, Badi ilachyi, Timur, Ajwain); aromatic grasses (Lemongrass, Java grass, Khas grass); aromatic bulbs (Red ginger, Sand ginger) and aromatic roots (Pattharchur, Vach).
Chaturvedi said further that there is Chandan from South India, Agarwood from Northeast, kewada from Coastal areas, and Parijat from Tarai Zone, apart from Neem Chameli, Hazari Mogra, Sontaka, Chameli, Raat ki rani, Din ka raja, and Anant are some of the most fragrant popular species present in the aromatic garden; It has 9 different species of Jasmine, 4 different species of Mint, 4 Different species of Haldi and 3 different species of ginger.
“The extracts of these aromatic plants are used in cosmetics for flavoring and fragrance purposes. Likewise, these plants are of great utility in spices, pesticides, and repellent making,” added Chaturvedi.
HARYANA CHIEF MINISTER INITIATES DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WORTH RS 125 CRORE
In the Vikas rally held in Sohna Assembly Constituency, Gurugram, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar gifted projects worth Rs.125 crore. MLA, Sanjay Singh on behalf of the Sohna Assembly Constituency had handed over a demand letter to the Chief Minister. People gathered at the Vikas rally showed great enthusiasm.
Khattar, on Saturday, laid the foundation stone of two projects during the Vikas rally. He laid the foundation stone of a mini secretariat for Tauru and Sohna. An amount of about Rs. 16 crore will be spent on this project. Along with this, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the Community Health Center and residential building at Tauru on which an amount of Rs. 5.52 crore would be spent.
He also approved the demand of increasing the capacity of the Civil Hospital, Sohna from 50 beds to 100 beds. The Chief Minister also approved the demand for a primary health centre at Damdama for which an amount of Rs 3.5 crore would be spent. Furthermore, the demand to name the school in Damdama village after Shaheed Raj Singh Khatana was also approved by the Chief Minister.
On the demand raised by the MLA, the Chief Minister said that a survey of 41 colonies of Sohna city would be conducted soon and they would be regularized on the basis of a feasibility report.The Chief Minister also approved the beautification work of Fawwara Chowk. Besides this, the construction of Pandit Deendayal Park in the Sohna assembly constituency was also approved by him. An amount of Rs. 5 crores will be spent on construction of the park.
GOVT ORDERS TO CHARGE PENALTY RS 2.76 CR FROM DEFAULTER OFFICIALS IN H’YANA
Following the guidelines and norms, the State Information Commission, Haryana has set a time limit for providing information and those officials who breach the norms, are subject to stern action. Amid this, it came to surface that the state government had imposed a penalty of Rs 2.76 crore on the information officials for not providing information within the stipulated time period.
As many as 1,726 officials failed to provide demanded information by the people and could not deposit the imposed penalty to the state exchequer. In view of this, the state government has issued new orders to deposit the above-mentioned penalty.
It is pertinent to mention that abiding by the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005, officials are bound to provide information within 30 days and the breach of norms leads to imposing a penalty on the concerned officials. Delay in providing information results in per day bases penalty i.e., that amount Rs 250 and the maximum limit of penalty is 25000. It is learnt that there are so many officials who continue to violate the rules.
It is worth mentioning that a total of 3,589 officials have been found breaching the regulations fixed under aforesaid act since 2005 and in wake of this, the commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 4.79 crore. Out of this, an amount of Rs2.76 crore still stands unpaid by the officials which raises questions on their working style as well as their casual approach. Panchayati Raj department emerges in top in terms of penalty imposed on defaulter officials.
Regarding the issue, PP Kapoor, an RTI activist said that he had filed a complaint on July 21 this year in the Lokayukt court pertaining to charging of the penalty. Following the same, a high-level monitoring committee was formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to charge a penalty.
Besides, an order was passed to set up an online system to have an eye on the above. In continuation to aforesaid, it came to light that the monitoring committee has ordered to charge the penalty and abiding by the directions, every department will have to update the details about the defaulter officials.
It will be mandatory to forward the information to the head of the concerned department and with the secretary.
CONGRESS WILL PERFORM BETTER THAN BEFORE IN PUNJAB: HARISH CHAUDHARY
CHANDIGARH:Newly-appointed Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary has claimed that the party will form the government in Punjab by winning more seats than last time. He said that there was no difference of opinion among the leaders of Punjab Congress and in the 2022 elections, the party would perform better than before.
On former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s announcement regarding formation of a new party and the possibility of an alliance with the BJP, Choudhary said that what Punjab Congress MLAs were objecting about Captain is public now. He said that if the Captain had done a little work according to Punjabiyat and had taken everyone along, the party would not have needed to replace him.
Regarding his future plans, Harish Chaudhary said that he will work to take the ideology of Congress to every citizen of Punjab and strengthen the organization. He would take everyone along and whatever differences there may be between the party leaders, would be resolved. Chowdhary said that there is no tussle in Punjab Congress.
He also said that he believes in the principle of one post and one person and whenever he would meet the high command, he would convey this sentiment to the party leadership. After this, whatever the would be the party’s decision, would acceptable to him.
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