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A drone operates to capture high-definition pictures of crops. | Bloomberg

How a former Israeli spy’s start-up hopes to transform farming in Asia

Taranis developed AI that helps drones capture high-definition, detailed images of crops which can be used to make real-time decisions about fertilizer, pesticides and cultivation.
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Govt issues draft rules for manufacturing, using drones, includes DGCA nod

The draft rules stated that only Nano class drones will be allowed to operate in India & a 'qualified remote pilot' will be permitted to operate heavier drones.
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Drones are delivering PPE and test samples to clinics in Covid-hit Africa

China used drones to disinfect streets and Chile used them to supply medicine to small communities. Now Africa is using them too.
Visitors near the third generation main battle tank Arjun at the 11th edition of DefExpo, in Lucknow Wednesday

HAL ties up with Israeli firm & Dynamatic Technologies to manufacture drones

The MoU, signed at DefExpo 2020, calls for manufacturing & selling of drones to Indian defence forces, paramilitary forces & central armed police forces.
Drone-makers and operators said they only get permission from police to operate the services

By flying drones ‘illegally’, UP, Delhi & Punjab police are breaking the law to enforce law

Only some agencies such as NTRO, Aviation Research Centre and central intelligence agencies are not required to take permission to fly drones.
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J&K Police now deploys drones to map Srinagar and conduct ‘surveillance’ in Valley

Police officers say using drones will cut down the manual effort put into the mapping exercise conducted to create elaborate profiles of localities.
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Register all drones and operators by January 31 or face action, announces aviation ministry

The notification comes days after top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone attack.
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US wants all drones connected to a network to track them, prevent terrorism

The draft rules call for a massive new tracking network for everything from toys to larger commercial drones so that authorities can spot the devices flying anywhere, from congested urban areas to rural zones.

Palm oil market is becoming one of the fastest growing sectors for commercial drones

A technology drive is catapulting palm oil, the world’s most-consumed vegetable oil, as drones cut down dependence on manual labour for spotting fires and collecting important data.
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Indian govt’s regulation policy for drones covered everything but privacy

Ministry of Civil Aviation’s regulation-technology solution mix for drones, branded “Digital Sky”, misses the key point on compliance.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.