The Maharashtra government will tap into the vibrancy of the start-up ecosystem by launching a yatra to search for future entrepreneurs and unicorns in rural areas.Backward regionsThe month-long start-up yatra will be flagged off by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and cover as many as 14 districts of Maharashtra, especially in the backwards regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada, officials said.A contingent of industrialists, bankers and investors will depart from Mumbai on October 3 and complete the month-long journey in the first week of November. “During the period we will hold boot camps looking for ideas and talent in the rural start-up system. The conclusion would be a two-day incubator camp in Mumbai,” said a State official.Rural outreachSenior officials said the yatra aims to support a start-up culture in the region, and at the same time reach out to the hinterland to “pick up start-ups”.The contingent will include representatives from 24 start-ups which have been shortlisted earlier this year to collaborate with the government to implement innovative projects.The state has already signed Letters of Intent with 24 start-ups for work orders worth ₹15 lakh as part of the Maharashtra Start up Week where over 2,000 participants made a pitch for their innovations at the event. The shortlisted start-ups are collaborating with the government over the next few months and work closely in areas such as infrastructure, healthcare, defence and the environment.As part of the State’s start-up policy, the rural outreach has been in the planning stage for a while, Minister for Labour and Skill Development Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar said the most exciting part of the start-up week was, 18 of the 24 shortlisted firms are based in the rural regions of Maharashtra, and areas outside bigger cities. “We now want this start-up ecosystem to spread even to the rural areas,” he said.
With the shadow of terror looming over the Games, the opening and closing ceremonies would see no aircraft flying in the Capital’s skies for five continuous hours on each day.Post-9/ 11, the danger that terrorists could hijack a plane and use it as a missile at a high value target could not be underestimated, according to highly placed security officials.And the Commonwealth Games is an occasion when the government is making all-out efforts to ensure foolproof security.According to sources, the government has decided to ensure that Delhi’s airspace is shut down during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.For both the opening ceremony on October 3 and the closing ceremony on October 14, the airspace is likely to be closed for five hours, suspending all civilian aircraft movements over the city, senior officials said.However, the skies would still see helicopters manned by defence and security agencies hovering over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for both the ceremonies.A similar effort is also made every year on Independence Day and Republic Day, when the top brass of the country’s political and military leadership gathers in the Capital.
HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Despite heavy smoke, officials say a lighter wind out of the northeast has allowed for great progress on reining in a wildfire that’s forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta.Authorities say the Chuckegg Creek fire remains out of control as it churns about three kilometres south of High Level, but favourable weather on Tuesday allowed crews to protect power poles west and south of the community.The blaze has eaten its way through about 800 square kilometres of timber, with the main area of spread on the northwest side away from town.Officials say crews using heavy equipment are making progress on a fire guard around High Level and parts of the fire perimeter.Nearly 5,000 people were cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nations on the long weekend when flames were licking at the southern edge of the town, about 750 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The fire has been rated at a Level 6 — the most intense rating on the scale — which means flames are jumping from treetop to treetop in the tinder dry region.The Canadian Press