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India poised to spend $18 billion on 'digital' revolution
Report dated 31/10/2014 @ 5:37 PM
According to Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, India is set for a 'digital revolution' as it implements an $18 billion programme to expand high-speed Internet access and offer government services online. The goals include broadband Internet for 250,000 clusters of villages by 2016, cloud storage for citizens, and making banking and other data accessible via mobile phones.
In an interview Prasad, 60, referred to PM Narendra Modi's strategy for greater use of technology, saying the opportunity that Digital India will create will also become a great business proposition.
Prasad said Mark Zuckerberg, who along with Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, and Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella, visited India after Modi's election victory, is interested in e-education and e-health.
Another objective is to turn India into a technology manufacturing hub, as rules on mobile-phone spectrum trading and sharing are due by the end of the year, and the government also considers whether mergers and acquisitions rules in the telecommunications sector need adjusting.
Kerala NRI voters can register online
Report dated 31/10/2014 @ 5:19 PM
According to the chief election commissioner Nalini Netto, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, any Keralite anywhere in the world who has a computer and the Internet can now register their names online at www.ceo.kerala.gov.in and carry out their online registration for the upcoming special summary annual revision of electoral rolls.
Netto said once this is done a registration number will be sent through an SMS, and once the application is processed the result will also be intimated through an SMS. Voters can also indicate their preferences on if they wish to receive the elector photo ID card through the post.
All non-resident Keralites whose names did not figure in the electoral list, can avail of the service. The latest online registration of voters list begins Nov 1 and will continue till Nov 25. NRKeralites names will appear under the NRI category in the electoral list and if they are in the state when a poll is taking place, they can cast their votes.
According to a recent study the number of emigrants in 2014 from Kerala is 23.63 lakhs. 90 percent of the state's diaspora live in Middle East countries.
US Court summons Amitabh Bachchan over 1984 Sikh riots
Report dated 31/10/2014 @ 5:17 PM
A US district court in Los Angeles has issued a summons to Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation case filed by New York based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and two alleged victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots Babu Singh Dukhiya of Delhi and Mohender Singh of California.
Per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the court has directed Bachchan to respond in 21 days after he is served with the summons that also states if he failed to respond, judgment by default will be entered against him for relief demanded in the complaint.
Over the years the SFJ has unsuccessfully tried to drag several Indian leaders to US courts in alleged human rights violations cases. Bachchan has been denying allegations of any role in the anti-Sikh riots, and in 2011 he even wrote a letter to the Akal Takht pointing out that his maternal grandparents were Sikhs.
India, Oman agree to cooperate against crime
Report dated 30/10/2014 @ 1:52 PM
India and Oman have signed an agreement on legal and judicial cooperation in matters related to crime and anti-terrorism.
The agreement was signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and visiting Oman Commerce and Industry Minister Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.
A home ministry statement said the agreement provides for engagement in the areas of pursuing and eliminating transnational crimes and terrorism in its different forms. The agreement contains provisions for transfer of documents, records and assistance in investigations.
The agreement will also be a deterrent to those who directly or indirectly benefit from the proceeds of crime.
On NRI woman’s death anniversary Irish activists defy abortion ban
Report dated 30/10/2014 @ 1:39 PM
On the death anniversary of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion twice and died from septicaemia and a rare strain of E coli, after she was refused a termination and miscarried, a historic march was held with pro-choice abortion activists and an Irish politician popping abortion pills in Dublin in defiance of the republic's ban.
MP Rugh Coppinger and 30 other pro-choice activists bought tablets form a clinic in Belfast and took them to Dublin to defy the continued ban on most terminations in the Republic which still bans abortion pills.
Activists say the action takes place two years after the death of Savita and months after the effective torture of another pregnant woman, a migrant rape victim, who could have been given the pills.