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The appetising fragrance of India’s basmati rice will soon have a major role to play in keeping fuel prices down.This is because India is seeking alternative options to dollar payment for keeping the Iranian oil flowing despite US President Donald Trump’s clampdown on global trade with Iran.Iran is the biggest importer of Indian basmati and the commodity is a serious contender to become India’s rupee payment conduit for keeping the Iranian oil taps open.India is taking steps to relax basmati export norms to facilitate continued oil imports through the rupee route without inviting US sanctions.New Delhi wants to make the most of the exemption that Washington has granted it along with seven other oil importing nations in transactions with Iran. India has also received US waiver for its role in the development of Iran’s Chabahar port.India’s basmati exports last year topped $4.7 billion with Iran continuing to maintain its top position with imports worth $905 million. Indian basmati exports during the 2018-19 fiscal year has already crossed $2 billion with Iran keeping the top spot and Saudi Arabia a close second.Last year’s strong export performance of the commodity had increased sowing in India but the sudden re-introduction of the US sanctions was a dampener. Now that the US has granted India an exemption in the trade with Iran, the prospects of a thumping performance in basmati export have brightened. The rupee payment route will ease the trade even further, export sector sources say.The rupee payment facility and the enabling of even barter deals with agricultural commodities have come as a boon to the market that had suffered some amount of uncertainty over the situation in the Middle East and tension between Washington to Teheran. Iran usually decides the import quotas after the harvest season by mid-November. So, the traders think the decision of the Indian authorities to ease the norms has come at an opportune time and will help boost the market sentiment. Indian farmers of rice varieties other than basmati have already found cheer in the Chinese market outlook. A recent buyer-seller meeting in China, which is the world’s biggest producer and importer of rice, has had an excellent outcome for Indian exporters. About 80 percent of India’s $4.7 billion worth of basmati exports last year went to the Middle Eastern countries led by Iran. Indian producers want to do better this year after having sown more areas after last year’s bullish brighter global outlook. Punjab and Haryana produce nearly 50 percent of the basmati varieties that go at a premium in the export market. Uttar Pradesh produces about 12 percent.
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas on 10 March. Photo: AFPOpposition leader Juan Guaido said Sunday he will ask Venezuela’s legislature to declare a “state of alarm,” authorizing the delivery of international aid in response to a catastrophic power outage that has paralyzed the country.At least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease were reported to have died since the blackout began on Thursday, as hospitals struggled to provide emergency services and the threat of spoiling food supplies put many on edge.”We must attend to this catastrophe immediately. We cannot turn away from it,” said Guaido, the 35-year-old leader of the National Assembly who in January declared himself interim president, triggering a power struggle in the oil-rich country of 30 million.He told reporters he is convening an emergency session of the National Assembly for Monday to declare a “state of alarm” and authorize the delivery of international aid.Such an action would set up another test of wills with president Nicolas Maduro, who last month used the military to repel an opposition bid to bring in humanitarian supplies from Colombia and Brazil.But Maduro vowed on Sunday he would not back down. “This macabre strategy to bring us to a confrontation will fail,” he wrote on Twitter.The Venezuelan health ministry also denied that the blackout had caused any deaths in public hospitals as reported.But the government announced that schools and workplaces would remain closed Monday as the power outages continued.Military stanceGuaido meanwhile called for more street protests Monday to pressure Maduro to step down.”You have the right to go into the street, to protest, to demand, because this regime is letting Venezuelans die,” he said, appealing to the armed forces “to stop covering for the dictator.”Guaido is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s acting president, which have backed his calls for new polls, but the military high command has so far stood by Maduro despite a plummeting economy and deep discontent.In Washington, national security advisor John Bolton suggested members of the military were reconsidering their support for Maduro.”There are countless conversations going on between members of the National Assembly and members of the military in Venezuela, talking about what might come, how they might move to support the opposition,” Bolton said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”One reason the security forces have refrained from arresting Guaido, he said, “is Maduro fears if he gave that order, it would not be obeyed.”Electromagnetic attack?Maduro blames “imperialism” for the country’s accumulating woes, and claims the power outage was caused by an electromagnetic attack on the Guri hydroelectric complex, which supplies 80 per cent of Venezuela’s electricity.Guaido dismissed that explanation as “Hollywoodesque.” Critics blame the government for failing to maintain the power grid, as did the Lima Group, a primarily Latin American bloc.For ordinary Venezuelans, the blackout has piled misery upon an already agonizing day-to-day struggle to survive in a once prosperous country now reeling from hyperinflation and economic collapse.”Every day is worse,” said Edward Cazano, a 20-year-old who lives with his mother and three brothers in a poor Caracas neighborhood called Pinto Salinas. “We have the worst services in the world: no light, no water, sometimes no gas.”Hospitals with back-up generators were using them for emergency services, leaving patients to cope in the dark.”This has been horrible. Everything dark. Only some areas are operating with a generator,” said Sol Dos Santos, a 22-year-old whose daughter is hospitalized.Some isolated cases of looting were also reported in Caracas on Sunday.Dialysis patients at riskNo national data was available about the impact of the power outage, but an NGO said at least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease died after they stopped receiving dialysis treatments in darkened hospitals.Francisco Valencia, director of the Codevida health rights group, said some 10,200 people were at risk because dialysis units had switched off.Businesses remained shut, and public transport barely functioned.”I am very nervous because this situation isn’t being resolved. The little food we have in the refrigerator is going to spoil. How long are we going to endure this?” asked Francisca Rojas, a 62-year-old retiree in Caracas.The blackout has been one of the worst and longest in recent memory in Venezuela, which is already suffering from serious shortages of food and medicine due to the overarching economic crisis.
Kolkata: The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) programme offered jointly by three premier institutions in West Bengal, including IIT Kharagpur, has been ranked first in the country and the second place in Asia in the business analytics category by a university rating organisation. The two other institutions are IIM Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute(ISI). The course has also been ranked 14th globally in the business analytics category by QS World University Rankings, an IIT Kharagpur statement said Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The QS system names the world’s top universities for the study of 48 subjects and five composite faculty areas, alongside five independent regional tables, including Asia. The ranking shows how collaboration among the best institutions can really make a top-notch programme, Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director IIT Kharagpur, was quoted having said in the statement. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed PGDBA is a two-year full-time residential diploma programme aimed at creating business analytics professionals, employable by leading Indian and foreign firms. Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Research at IIT KGP Prof. P K Das, said the programme is designed for those who have an analytical mindset, are interested in tackling challenging business problems and possess an inclination towards mathematics. “While coursework at IIM Calcutta focuses on the application of analytics in functional areas, ISI brings to the table its expertise in statistical and machine learning theories for analytics “The faculty at IIT Kharagpur engages with the technology aspects of analytics in addition to offering electives in management domain with focus on application of analytics in functional areas,” Dean, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT KGP, Prof. Prabina Rajib said.
5 min read These days, there’s a lot being said about big data and the value that comes from properly utilizing it. I’ve written previously about the importance of having a data science team. The next goal is to figure out how to keep those data scientists happy.Related: Look for These 7 Characteristics Before Hiring a Data ScientistAt The Data Incubator, we’ve spoken to hundreds of companies looking to hire data scientists from our training program. They’ve ranged from large corporations like Capital One and eBay to smaller, nimbler outfits like Betterment, Upstart and Mashable; and all have been eager for suggestions on how to retain their data scientists.Even without the capital provided by a larger corporation, there are plenty of ways — most of them free — for scrappy entrepreneurs to keep their data scientists engaged and on board. Here are three tips:1. Give your data scientist a purpose.It’s important for data scientists to understand how the work they do fits in with the broader mission of the business. To help make them feel like valued members of the team, have them spend time with business or product units. This will provide them context to better understand the problems they are facing and, in turn, will strengthen their analyses.Feeling valued will also lead them to make better products and deliver better services to your customers. The more connected they feel, the better their work will be.Data scientists, like many technical employees, get motivated by solving challenging problems. So, find intellectually stimulating new questions for them to work on or ask them to come up with their own. Engage them by encouraging them to work on compelling data sets. Allow them to work with your engineering staff to automate their repetitive weekly tasks. These things will help keep them connected to the company and keep them mentally sharp.2. Help your data scientist foster a sense of ownership.Entrepreneurs are often strapped for cash, so it makes sense to allow your data scientists to utilize his or her favorite open-source tools. Data scientists don’t exist in a vacuum; they’re part of a larger network of peers collaborating in an open-source movement. Encouraging them to contribute to open-source projects, and giving them the time to do so, gives them a greater sense of ownership and a broader purpose: contributing to the open-source community. If open source alternatives are not available, buy or build your own tools. Seek the data scientists’ input for the procurement or purchasing process. In the same way that a chef gets frustrated working with someone else’s dull knives, data scientists will become equally frustrated if forced to use the wrong tools for the job. Involving them in the decision-making process will increase their sense of ownership and avoid jeopardizing their morale and desire to stay with your company.Related: Hire Better Talent With a Big-Data ScientistRecognize the accomplishments of your data scientists and make sure you give them credit for their hard work. Good data scientists can take terabytes of data from a number of sources and synthesize that data into a single, succinct graph. This can be challenging work, even if they make it look easy, and this work is often overlooked.Letting your data scientists present their findings to management (and publicly thanking them when they do so) will help them feel connected to the company’s broader mission. And, after all, no one is more familiar with the analysis than the data scientist who performed it.3. Provide your data scientists with the support they needAs an entrepreneur, you may not have a team of engineers set up to assist your data scientist. Even so, recognize that data science and engineering go hand in hand, and do what you can to provide enough engineering support for your data scientist to get the job done. If the data clusters are slow, it will be difficult for your data scientists to iterate quickly, and the result will be a loss of motivation and creativity.They may also want software tooling support so that they are not writing MapReduce from scratch. Make sure the tools at hand are appropriate for the job in terms of both type and speed.There are also always new skills for data scientists to learn that could help them better leverage data to the company’s benefit. When possible, invest in their education. If you can afford to do so, pay for additional training classes to keep them on the cutting edge. As a less expensive option, cover lunch so they can hold seminars to teach one other new tricks or provide space for hosting meetups with academics and data scientists from other companies.Doing these things will show that your company really does care about the data scientists and the work they do. Plus, you’ll be building up your team’s skill set in the process.Entrepreneurs are notoriously scrappy and capable of coming up with creative solutions to the challenges they face. Utilizing some of these techniques should enable you to keep your data scientists engaged and on board. And the more engaged they are, the happier they’ll be to stick with you and provide quality work.Related: Want Big Data to Help Your Marketing Team? Hire a Data Scientist. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 2, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »