Govt mulling electronic inclusion policy for the disabled

The government seems to have woken up to the need for an inclusion policy in information-and-communication technolgy and electronics (ICTE) and e-governance for the disbaled. The government has invited suggestions from the public on a draft national policy for electronic accessibility (NPEA) which will be working towards removing barriers in ICTE usage for persons with disabilities. In

Centre to implement National Knowledge Network project

A Rs 6000 crore National Knowledge Network programme will be implemented in the next five years to facilitate interlinking of agricultural, medical colleges, research institutions and other academic organisations, Union Communications and IT Minister A Raja said today. The Network`s purpose was to enable research students and others to have interaction and keep themselves abreast

Pudcherry establishes e-governance society

Puducherry government has launched an e-governance society as part of implementing Information Technology Policy and inked a MOU with Chennai based Information Community Technology (ICT) Academy, a consortium of the Union IT Ministry, Tamil Nadu government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The MOU envisages training teachers in higher education institutions here on ICT.

Biometric PAN cards put on hold

The Income Tax department`s proposal to issue biometric PAN cards has been put on hold so as to avoid duplication with the UID numbers to be issued by Nandan Nilekani`s Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). The biometric Permanent Account Number (PAN) card was proposed by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in 2006 to counter the problem of duplicate PAN cards which wer

British High Commission launches Hindi website

In an attempt to reach to more people in India, British High Commission today launched it`s Hindi website hoping that this will bring a transformational change in the relations between both the countries. The website -- -- will be updated on a daily basis parallel to it`s English counterpart. The website has sections like news, business, details for B

Naveen`s threat e-mail server located in Czech Republic

The threat e-mail by suspected maoists, which landed at Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s office here Saturday, had its server in Czech Republic, according to preliminary investigation by cyber experts. The e-mail to from had its server in Czech Republic, Commissioner of Police B K Sharma told PTI, adding all steps were being taken to reach the sen

Income tax dept warns of fraudulent e-mails

The income tax department has warned people to be wary of a fraudulent email using its official logo asking for sensitive details like PAN card and credit card numbers. The Department has put up a warning on its website saying: "It is clarified that the Income Tax Department does not send e-mails regarding refunds and does not seek any information regarding credit cards of taxpayer

Pilot discusses cyber security with US, invites IT investments

Minister of State for IT and Communications Sachin Pilot met officials in the Obama administration looking after the sector to discuss issues like security and terrorism in the cyber space. During his stay in Washington from March 28-30, he addressed a meeting of the US India Business Council (USIBC) and urged participants from over a 100 companies that have business relationship

E-seva counters in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack

People in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Orissa have got single window online services at `e-seva` counters to make payment of different utility bills and access other services of the urban bodies. The urban Jana Seva Centres (e-seva) in these cities, launched yesterday, would provide single window facilities for a host of services like registration and issuance of birth and death ce

MNP further delayed by 3 months till June 30

The mobile number portability service, which enables subscribers to retain their numbers while changing operators, is delayed by another three months till July as the necessary network is not yet in place. The launch of MNP has been further extended to June 30, 2010 after assessing the readiness of various operators, an official statement said. This is for the seco

CAG report says Cong govt doled out `undue benefit` to Satyam

The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh doled out "undue benefit" to the tune of Rs 165.75 crore to erstwhile Satyam Computers Limited by allotting 50 acres of prime land at a throwaway price, the Comptroller and Auditor General has said in its report. While castigating the Congress government on this land deal, the CAG in its latest report submitted to the Andhra Pra

BSNL ties up with HCL to provide Internet services in Orissa

In a bid to spread Internet network in rural areas of Orissa, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has tied up with HCL to provide computers in villages on installment basis. As per the deal, HCL will provide computer sets with an initial payment of over Rs 2,000 with the broadband connections. The customers have to pay the rest amount on a monthly installment basis. &q

Railways to sell C`wealth tickets online

A railway subsidiary has bagged a contract to sell Commonwealth Games tickets online and sports lovers will get the option of choosing the row and seat at different venues. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has got the contract of Rs 12 crore to become the official ticketing agency for the Games, to be hosted by Delhi in October this year. IRCTC, a subsidia

Government to upscale CSCSs to 250000

Government will upscale CSCs to 250000 from the current number of 100000 according to Abhishek Singh, Director (e-Governance) with Department of Information Technology. The CSC roll out in states will reach 80,000 by month end and the Government targets to complete the roll out of 100,000 CSCs by June this year.  The Government then plans to have a CSC in each village and upscale t

Cisco to deploy networking solution for NSE

Network-equipment maker Cisco today said it will deploy networking facilities at the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), the country`s largest stock exchange in terms of daily turnover and number of trades. With IP migration, larger bandwidth and higher throughput, the new network will allow NSE to consolidate their technology infrastructure, thereby reducing IT costs and transactio

IMD modernisation gathers steam; better forecasts ahead: Nayak

Weather forecasting by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is all set to improve as it has now acquired better observing equipment and high-end supercomputers to process the data. Government has acquired four High Power Computing Systems (HPCS) to do the necessary number crunching and run high-resolution global, regional and local numerical weather prediction models round-the-cloc

Investor awareness website in local languages soon

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs will launch the regional version of its just-launched investor education protection fund (IEPF) website in the next six months to educate investors about the stock markets, ministry secretary R Bandyopadhay said. "We will be launching website in all the regional languages in the next 5-6 months ... our target will be for all such languages,

Centre plans to launch criminal tracking system

In a bid to help law enforcement agencies, the Centre has envisaged a system under the National e-governance plan that will enable them track criminals and disseminate information among various police organisations in the country. The government has conceptualised the `Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System` project, to enhance citizen services and outcomes in fields of crime in

India leapfrogs 11 positions on Networked Readiness Index

India has been ranked 43rd in the global networked readiness index as per the Global IT Report 2009-10 published by the  World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with business school INSEAD. India has moved ahead by 11 positions from the last year ranking of 54. Sweden tops the ranking followed by Singapore and Denmark. Switzerland (4), the United States (5), Finland (6), Canad

Home Ministry unwilling to relax verification process: Tharoor

Despite several requests for simplification of police verification process while issuing passports, the Home Ministry is not willing to relax the same due to various security aspects, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said today. The External Affairs Ministry is talking to the Home Ministry to simplify the police verification process. "But due to security

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