Rallied by the GST, an army of robots is preparing to march into Indian warehouses

From the busy road that surrounds area 34 Gurugram does not really resemble a warming for the robotic revolution.

This is a dystopian confusion of glass-fronted buildings, roadside cabins and a cold flow, thereby completely obscuring the order search and efficiency here.

Inside a new office building, there are still unoccupied workstations in stages two and a half leased GreyOrange.

Robotics company founded in the shopping center on the outskirts of New Delhi in 2011 is preparing to welcome new employees, and a wave of new business through its doors.

Five-minute high-tech robotic car Systemz, another local company that focuses on industrial automation, there is a similar air of anticipation.

The two companies expect common development, but the result: for the tax on goods and services of India to promote the country’s storage industry.

“Our pre-GST market size was 300 million – $ 500 million per year,” said Samay Kohli, co-founder and CEO of GreyOrange. Now, he said, the six-year company, which includes Tiger Global Ventures, and Blume among its investors, seeing the opportunity at least 6 billion.

For Hi-Tech, the overall target was about 3,000 robots at the end of 2022. However, the GST caused a reset. “I think we could address this target by 2020,” said Vijay Ritukar, the company’s chief technology officer and business strategy.

The reason for this is simple optimism. As GST encompasses a range of central and state taxes to transform India into a single market, it eliminates all changes in local tax rates that have forced companies to operate multiple warehouses in 29 states and seven union territories.

Structured mainly to avoid paying multiple installments for the same products, the storage network is now ready to rationalize to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

So, while their overall numbers fall, warehouses make much larger – four to ten times the size of current facilities – as companies realign their supply networks to serve larger areas of the country from a single center.

“I think the GST, half a million square feet, will be the minimum threshold where people are going to build,” Kohli said.

To operate these facilities efficiently and reliably, companies will have more than one skilled workforce.

Kohli, 30, started building robots in high school. The ship was much more serious after entering the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani.

Over five years in Pilani, Kohli has passed half the campus, mainly in robotics competitions. This helped the engineering school that they do not have minimum attendance requirements.

Led by good performances in international competitions and practice periods in the United States and Korea, Kohli and his high schooler Akash Gupta founded GrayOrange.

The company, now based in Singapore, was named this way because the two initially were not sure exactly what they wanted to build. The colors, they thought, were sure: Gray of wisdom (and gray hair), and orange for creativity and fun.

At the end of 2011, it was decided to focus on the storage industry, focusing on streamlining the retrieval process and sorting items into one system.

Assam is taking on wildlife crimes with fast-track courts, tighter investigation, even rewards

Assam is taking steps to curb wildlife crime by speeding up prosecution and conviction of poachers.

With the new fast tracks set specifically to judge wildlife crime, six convictions have been made in five separate cases so far this year.

Of the 17 wildlife-related arrests in the state so far this year, 11 cases were prosecuted, according to official figures.

Six phrases have already been obtained in 2017: three for rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park and the rest of the illegal entry and destruction of habitat, near the Nameri Tiger Reserve.

However, official figures show only one conviction for the wildlife crime in Assam in 2016, five in 2015, two in 2014, four in 2013, none in 2012 and two in 2011. From 2000 to 2010, there was a combined total Of only three convictions.

Accelerated prosecution follows an order of Nov. 28 of the Guwahati Supreme Court to create 10 specialized courts speeded up on wildlife offenses in districts where there are many state parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

A Bengal tiger, seen here in the Ranthambore National Park. (Credit: Rhett A Butler / Mongabay)
The most recent conviction took place on June 2, when a court sentenced Sonitpur Budhiram Soren to six months of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 12,000 rupees ($ 185).

He was charged with trespassing and damage and destruction of trees at the wildlife sanctuary Sonai Rupai, the satellite area of Nameri National Park recently said.

Two other offenders were sentenced in March by the same court for similar offenses. In each of these cases, the court made the unusual decision to reward forest personnel to catch criminals, giving them bonuses in fines paid by the convicted.

In another recent case, an accelerated Golaghat court can put 25 of the sneaky Sukhdeo Kutumb behind bars for seven years and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 to participate in two 2013 rhino killings in Kaziranga.

At the time of the incident, Kutumb managed to escape after a meeting with the forest staff. He remained in hiding for almost three years until he was captured by the Forest Service in September 2016.

Once arrested, Kutumb confessed to cut the rhino horns and clandestine sale in Dimapur for the mall rhinoceros horns and other wildlife products in the neighboring state of Nagaland.

“Previously such trials lasted more than four to five years, which ultimately weakened the case. Poachers taking advantage of such excessive delays have often escaped to other places and the plot would be longer,” said Mongabay Kaziranga Management of the National Park, Satyendra Singh.

The increase in claims has been offset by an increase in wildlife state arrests in the state. According to Wildlife Director General Bikash Brahma, 207 people were arrested from May 2016 until May 2017.

These cases, he has, he said, are at various stages of investigation or are currently facing trial on fast cuts. This is one of the highest rates in the last five years, Brahma said.

On 16 May, four people – including a government employee from the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state – were arrested for possession of the bones and leopard in the Sonampur Assam district.

As Chernobyl and Fukushima show, fear of radiation is more dangerous than radiation itself

Fear of radiation (nuclear) is deeply rooted in the public psyche. For historical, partly and partly psychological reasons, we simply assume that any exposure to ionizing radiation is dangerous.

The dose does not matter. The nature of the radioactive material does not matter. The route of exposure – dermal, by inhalation, ingestion – does not matter. Radiation hazard = = Fear. Period.

The truth, however, is that the health risk posed by ionizing radiation is not as great as expected. In contrast, excessive fear of radiation – our radio phobia – does more harm to public health than the ionizing radiation itself.

All this we know of some of the most fearsome events in the history of the modern world: the atomic bombs of Japan and the nuclear accident in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Much of what we understand the actual biological risk of ionizing radiation is based on the joint research program between Japan and the United States called Life Span Study of survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now 70 years old.

In 10 km of the explosion, there were 86,600 survivors – known in Japan as hibakusha – and were followed and compared to 20,000 exposed Japanese.

Only 563 of these survivors of the atomic bomb have died prematurely from cancer caused by radiation, increasing mortality by less than 1%.

While thousands of hibakusha received extremely high doses, many were exposed to moderate or low doses, although much higher than those received by victims of nuclear accidents in Chernobyl or Fukushima.

At these moderate or low doses, the Lifetime study found that ionizing radiation does not do rates plagued with any disease associated with radiation above normal levels in unexposed populations.

In other words, we can not be sure that these lower doses cause harm, but if they do, they do not cause much.

And regardless of dose, the Span Life Study found no evidence that nuclear radiation causes multigenerational genetic damage. None have been detected in children of the hibakusha.

Based on these findings, the International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that the death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear accident would reach 4,000, or two-thirds of 1% of the 600,000 Chernobyl victims who received doses high enough to cause concern.

For Fukushima, who published much less radioactive than Chernobyl, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation predicted that “no significant increased incidence of adverse effects on the health of members of the public or their offspring is expected Exposed “.

The two nuclear accidents have shown that the fear of radiation causes more damage to health than the radiation itself.

Anxious for radiation therapy, but ignored (or perhaps unconscious) than the Study Time of Life learned, 154 000 people in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were evacuated in a hurry.

The Japan Times reported that the evacuation was in such a hurry that it had killed 1656 people, 90% were over 65 years. The earthquake and tsunami only 1,607 died in this region.