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Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Food Production in Railways Base Kitchens

To begin with, 16 base kitchens of IRCTC have been installed with high definition cameras connected to huge monitors for AI vision detection

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NEW DELHI: An artificial intelligence module has been developed by IRCTC to find anomalies in the standard operating procedure using CCTV footage.

With this module, base Kitchens will be monitored pan India.

The Artificial Intelligence module realises the value of their videos and photos with vision computing. It can detect an unexpected change or an event that does not conform to the expected pattern using their machine learning algorithms.

To begin with, 16 base kitchens of IRCTC have been installed with high definition cameras connected to huge monitors for AI vision detection.

Live streaming of 16 base kitchens is played all the time. The system detects anomalies of headgear, uniforms, rodents and mopping across kitchens and raises issues to be dealt accordingly with by IRCTC.

The AI system will be used to improve upon catering units. The system is capable of tracking any anomaly in the entire operation of catering.

Suppose if a chef or any kitchen supervisor is not wearing their uniform, including the mandatory cap, the AI system will track that and automatically raises a report to the concerned contractor immediately. If the matter is not addressed within a certain time, it will further be reported to IRCTC authorities in charge.

Once an issue has been captured through Artificial intelligence, a ticket will be created automatically by the system. An alert for the same will be sent to all concerned via email as well as through portal for necessary action. Escalation matrix will be followed as per predefined procedure.

Base-kitchens performance over a period of time can be viewed through reports given in the online platform provided.

The module has been developed in association with New Delhi based company called WOBOT.

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May 22 is the Last Day of the Extended Deadline for Filing April GSTR-3B

Certain technical issues are being faced by the taxpayers during the filing of GSTR-3B for April.

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NEW DELHI: The government has extended the due date for filing GST summary sales returns for April by two days till May 22.

An official statement said that certain technical issues are being faced by the taxpayers during the filing of GSTR-3B for April. “In order to resolve the same, emergency maintenance is being carried out on the system. Therefore, in the interest of taxpayers it has been decided to extend the last date for filing of returns in GSTR-3B for the month of April by 2 days till May 22,” the statement said.

The goods and services tax (GST) mop-up in April the first month of current fiscal came in at Rs 1.03 lakh crore. From 2018-19 fiscal year that began last month, the government has shifted to a cash basis of accounting where revenues accrued at the completion of a month would be taken on record immediately at the end of the month.

Accordingly, the Rs 1.03 lakh crore GST collected in April reflects the central GST and state GST which accrued in March.

The GST collections which accrue in April and collected in May will be released on June 1. Meanwhile, GST Tech, which is the official twitter handle for IT related queries on GST tweeted: “Due to emergency maintenance activity, GST Portal will be unavailable on 18th May 2018, from 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM”.

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India’s Exports Grow by 5.17% to $25.9 bn in April

Oil imports during the month under review were valued at 10.41 billion, 41.5% higher than the same month of previous year.

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NEW DELHI: India’s exports grew by 5.17% to $25.91 billion in April compared to the same month last year on account of the healthy performance by engineering, chemicals and pharmaceutical segments, according to the commerce ministry data.

Imports too grew by 4.60% to 39.63 billion in the month on yearly basis, leaving a trade deficit of USD 13.72 billion.

Oil imports during the month under review were valued at 10.41 billion, 41.5% higher than the same month of previous year.

Non-oil imports, however, dipped by 4.3% to 29.21 billion in April 2018. Engineering, chemicals and pharmaceutical exports recorded a growth of 17.63%, 38.48% and 13.56% respectively during the month.

However, petroleum products, carpet, gems and jewellery and iron ore recorded negative growth. Gold imports too dipped by 33% to $2.58 billion in April.

Exports had dipped by 0.66% to $29.11 billion in March, even as foreign shipments increased by 9.78% for the full 2017-18 fiscal.

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NALCO inks MoU with Government of India for FY 2018-19

The MoU sets 100% capacity utilization in Alumina, Rs.1100 cr CAPEX and higher targets in production and productivity.

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NEW DELHI: Aluminium major and a Navratna CPSE National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has signed MoU with the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, setting the highest-ever target of Rs 9350 crore revenue from operations for FY 2018-19

That figure is 15% higher than last year.

The MoU was signed between Anil Gopishankar Mukim, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, GoI and Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO in New Delhi last evening.

Mukim complimented NALCO management for the excellent performance of the company, high standard of Corporate Governance in 2017-18 and robust business plans for 2018-19.

The MoU has been formulated as per Department of Public Enterprise guidelines and finalized after discussions with both Inter-Ministerial Committee as well as Ministry of Mines.

The Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Shri Anil Gopishankar Mukim and the CMD, NALCO, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand exchanging the signed documents of an MoU between Ministry of Mines and Aluminium major & Navratna CPSE National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) for setting highest ever target of Rs.9350 crore revenue from operations for FY 2018-19, in New Delhi on May 14, 2018. (PIB Photo)

The MoU has also set a target of 2.1 million tons for production of Alumina with 100% capacity utilisation & an optimum Aluminium production target of 4.15 lakh tonnes.

It sets a target of a reduction in net carbon consumption as part of the improvement in production efficiency, apart from giving thrust to the commercialisation of new R&D products.

The Company has set a challenging CAPEX target of Rs.1100 crore for the year 2018-19. The expenses will be incurred in several projects like the 1 million tonnes 5th stream of Refinery, Utkal-D&E coal blocks, wind power projects, JV projects and modernization & up- gradation of plant equipment.

In yet another strategic move on the human resource front, the target is also set for assessment of employees through People Capability Maturity Model (PCMM) and implementation of online human resource management system.

The targets will enable the company to synchronize its workforce and skill set in line with the new corporate plan. K. Rajeswara Rao, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Anil Kumar Nayak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, and other senior officials of Ministry and NALCO were notably present on the occasion.

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