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ShriRavi Shankar Prasad to inaugurate cloud enabled Data Centre at Bhubaneshwar

National Informatics Centre has set up a new state-of-the-art cloud enabled National Data Centre at Bhubaneswar. The data center to be inaugurated by Union Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan willoffer 24*7 operations with secure hosting for e-Governance applications of the Government and its departments. The unified and shared infrastructure is flexible enough to rapidly respond to Infrastructure requirements and also accommodate future technology enhancements, distributed applications, database applications running on bare metal, virtualized applications running in multi-hypervisor environments, and cloud-based applications that are available on demand.

Prime Minister of Netherlands Inaugurates Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum at a Function in New Delhi

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mr. Mark Rutte inaugurated the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum to take forward the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India and the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment of the Netherlands  in June last year.

NITI Aayog signs on Sushant Singh Rajput to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)

NITI Aayog today announced the signing of a Statement of Intent (SoI) with noted media personality and entrepreneur Shri Sushant Singh Rajput, to collaborate and support  NITI’s flagship initiative, the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).

The agreement was signed in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog by Ms Anna Roy, Adviser (Industry), NITI Aayog and Shri Sushant Singh Rajput.

Intel India, Israel Consulate tie up to drive innovation among start-ups

Intel India and the Israel Consulate General to South India have entered into a collaboration to drive innovation and technology development by connecting start-ups and enterprises of both countries.

As a part of the initiative, Intel India will extend Intel India Maker Lab (its in-house hardware/systems-based startups accelerator in India) capabilities to Israeli start-ups to support development of products and solutions.

Snapbizz partners Israeli start-up to design promotional offers for shoppers

The Ratan Tata-backed Snapbizz, a retail technology start-up, has partnered Israeli start-up Stamp.ee to help brands come up with personalised promotional offers at kirana stores.

The kirana stores, or local groceries, that employ the technology can run digital promotions and loyalty programmes at no additional cost.

B2B fintech startup PayBee in Catalyst incubation programme

PayBee, a Chennai based B2B fintech startup, has been selected in the first batch of Catalyst’s ‘Fintech for the Last Mile’ incubation programme. Catalyst is an initiative that promotes last-mile digital payment solutions to help underserved communities of merchants and consumers access to broader financial services and create opportunities vital to their future prosperity.

PayBee, which was chosen from over 50 qualified leads considered by Catalyst’s team to join the programme, is a simple, easy-to-use business collections solution that improves transparency and efficiency in B2B transactions.

MobiKwik becomes first wallet to launch UPI through own virtual payment address

Digital wallet and financial services platform MobiKwik has become the first among the wallets to have launched UPI through its own virtual payment address @ikwik.

Mobikwik, which has about 3 million merchants on its app, is also the first to offer Bharat QR, UPI QR and intent functionality for merchant payments. Besides, MobiKwik users will be able to do P2P bank transfers using UPI. Currently, apart from banks, Google’s Tez and messaging app Whatsapp provide P2P bank transfers through UPI.

NITI, ABB join hands to prepare key sectors in AI, robotics, digitalisation

ABB India and NITI Aayog on Wednesday inked a pact to help the country reap the benefits of latest technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence. The two institutions signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to work together in preparing key sectors of the economy for digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI) robotics, and industrial automation.

IBM’s Watson to power cancer treatment at Apollo

IT major IBM has signed an agreement with Apollo Hospitals for deployment of the former’s Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics. The two cognitive computing platforms developed by IBM help in providing personalised and evidence-based cancer care. The two solutions will be deployed in 10 out of the 64 Apollo Hospitals in the country.

Fifth India CLMV Business Conclave Held In Cambodia

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry of India, along with Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia organized the 5th India-CLMV Business Conclave in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After four rounds of the Business Conclave in India, this initiative was brought by Department of Commerce of Government of India to Cambodia, for greater participation from the region. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was the institutional partner of the event. The inaugural session of the Conclave was attended by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry.  Ministers of Commerce and Industry and Trade of Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Lao PDR were also present on this occasion.

WHO, Russia Launch New Campaign For Football World Cup 2018

A new video campaign launched targeting football fans on the occasion of the World Cup 2018 to promote healthier and more active lives.   The series of videos produced jointly by World Health Organization (WHO), Russia’s Ministry of Health and the 2018 World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee. It is one of many joint activities that will be implemented around the month-long World Cup starting from 14th of June. The campaign consists of 3 videos, each tackling key health risk issues of Tobacco use, excessive salt consumption, and physical inactivity.

HRD Ministry Launches Samagra Shiksha Scheme

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched ‘Samagra Shiksha scheme’ for school education. The scheme focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing the Learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers. An annual grant of 5,000 to 20,000 rupees will be provided for strengthening libraries in schools. The scheme will be focused on digital education. Samagra Shiksha is a program that unifies learning from the pre-school to class 12 levels and encapsulates elements of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamk Shiksha Abhiyan, and teacher education.

India Stands 44th In Competitive Rankings, USA Tops: Report

ndia rose one place to 44th this year in the global competitive rankings out of 63 countries that were ranked by the IMD World Competitiveness Center. India started from the 40th position in 2013 and dropped to the 44th rank in 2014. India’s rank remained at 44 in 2015 and jumped four places to 41 in 2016, dropping to 45 in 2017, and rising to 44 in 2018. In contrast, China bagged the 13th rank in 2018 as compared to the 18th rank in 2016. The top 5 most competitive economies in the world are: 1. The USA, 2. Hong Kong,  3. Singapore,  4. The Netherlands and  5. Switzerland.

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