Amidst a global lockdown, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s tech industry has shown resilience, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The pandemic was a bend in the path, not the end. The amount of tech adaption that would not have happened in the decade happened in just a few months,” he said at the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020.
At the peak of Covid-19 lockdown, it was the technology that ensured India’s poor received quick and proper assistance, said PM Modi. “The scale of this relief has few parallels. If India is successfully operating the world’s largest healthcare scheme, it is due to a big role of technology,” he added. India as a country is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era with the availability of the best minds and the biggest markets, said PM Modi. “Can we make a conscious effort to take our product level and innovation to the next level? A framework level mindset has the potential to build an ecosystem of multiple successful products,” he added.
Technology is setting the pace for the defence sector to evolve. PM Modi said, «Earlier wars was determined by who had better elephants and horses. Then came the era of firepower. Now, technology is playing a very important role in global conflicts. From software to drones to UAVs, technology is redefining the defence sector.»
India’s fintech industry is doing very well and millions of people are doing transactions without any fear because of people›s trust, which is to be preserved and made stronger, said the Prime Minister.
“A sound data governance framework is also our priority,” he said.
India has a clear advantage when it comes to innovation because of the talent of the Indian youth and their zeal to innovate, added PM Modi.
“The potential of our youth and the possibilities of technology are endless. It is time we give our best and leverage them,” he said.
The Prime Minister informed that the number of internet connections in India has recently crossed 750 million milestone and half of that number have joined in the last four years only.
India›s governance model is technology-first. The Indian government is providing support to the country›s vibrant startup community, whose skill and success are now world-famous, said PM Modi. ‹Work from anywhere› has become the norm and is going to stay. «We›ll see a high amount of tech adaption in education, health, shopping and more,» he added.
PM Modi said that the Central government has used the power of data analytics to ensure better service delivery and efficiency.
Using technology on such a large scale has brought about several life-changes for the citizens. «The benefits are for everyone to see. Our government has successfully created a market for digital and tech solutions. It has made technology a key part of all the schemes,» he said. PM Modi added, «Today, we›re able to provide electricity to almost all households and technology has played a key role in it.» When it comes to technology, the way ahead lies in learning and growing together. Inspired by that approach, several incubation centres are opening in India, he added.
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Forest Department rescues leopard hit by moving vehicle in Nashik
Nashik (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): A leopard was hit by an unidentified moving vehicle when it was crossing a road in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, the forest department said on Wednesday.
However, the animal has rescued by the forest department.
“The leopard was rescued by our team and the treatment of the animal is underway. Though it is in a critical condition, we are trying our level best for its recovery,” said the Deputy Conservator of Forest.
Earlier in February, a leopard died after being hit by an unidentified moving vehicle on Manor highway in Palghar district. The carcass was handed over to the forest department.
Three held with 265 gm brown sugar in Odisha’s Bhadrak
Bhadrak (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): Three people were arrested for allegedly peddling 265-gram brown sugar and cash and mobile phones were recovered from them in Odisha’s Bhadrak, police said on Wednesday.
Additional Superintendent of Police Jatin Panda said, “We have arrested three persons and recovered 265 grams brown sugar, 12 mobile phones, cash and a Scooty from them.”
Further details are awaited. (ANI)
Odisha cancels MoU with Vedanta for constructing beds for medical college
Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India] March 4 (ANI): The Odisha government cancelled the MoU signed with Vedanta Ltd for constructing a 500-bed teaching hospital for the medical college due to an inordinate delay in project execution, said a release on Wednesday.
According to the state Health and Family Welfare Department, the MoU was signed in March 2018 between the state government and Vedanta Ltd for the construction of beds for medical college at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Now, the government has handed over the project to Worked Department and it will construct 650 bedded Teaching Hospital as required under the guidelines of the National Medical Commission for the establishment of Kalahandi Medical College and Hospital. (ANI)
Bugin Ho school imparts education to tribal children in interesting ways in Odisha
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): A school at Godibari near Chandka in Odisha provides education to tribal children through story-telling, songs, dance, book reading and skits.
Bugin Ho, which means a place for good people, is an educational institute for indigenous school dropout children that encourages them not to drop out of regular schooling.
Speaking to ANI, the chief advisor of the school Sabita Patnaik said: “Women workers of the village set up Bugin Ho Siksha Kendra with the help of an NRI woman, Bandana Patnaik who lives in Bangkok for the education of these children. I have taken over the institute in 2012, and have been running it since then.”
She said that besides regular classes, students are given lessons on tribal language, art, and culture.
“We are conducting sessions in the morning and afternoon. It began with 10 to 12 students, but now the school strength is 60, with more girls. In fact, NGOs from neighbouring villages have also shown interest in replicating the model. The school has its gates open for all–both school-going students who seek remedial classes and those out of school,” Patnaik added.
Talking about COVID-19, she said: “During the pandemic, the children were facing issues as classes had turned online. But the institute had facilitated online learning and also created awareness about the coronavirus.
The students are also taught to take care of the kitchen garden in the school backyard. The lessons are taught through innovative methods. (ANI)
Kerala BJP announces state election panel which includes Metroman Sreedharan
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Kerala BJP president K Surendran on Wednesday announced a 16-member state election committee which included Metroman E Sreedharan, who recently joined the party, said a party statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the decision was taken with the permission of the party national president JP Nadda.
Apart from Surendran, the Committee includes Union Minister V Muraleedharan, national vice president AP Abdullakutty, former state presidents Kummanam Rajasekharan, O Rajagopal MLA, CK Padmanabhan, PK Krishnadas, state general secretaries MT Ramesh and Metroman E Sreedharan.
Meanwhile, the candidates selection is progressing in the party and a crucial discussion is expected ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on March 7, where he is expected to attend the concluding function Vijaya Yatra led by Surendran in the state capital. (ANI)
Shakti Mills juvenile rape convict arrested again for stabbing man in Mumbai
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Akash Jadhav, a habitual offender was arrested again by Mumbai Crime Branch for allegedly stabbing a man in the Bandra area on February 28.
A team of Crime Branch has arrested Akash, 23 who was convicted in Shakti Mills gang rape case in 2013, along with his accomplice Ankit Naik.
“Akash, who was 17 then, was released from juvenile jail and committed crimes after that. He has many cases registered against him–kidnapping, extortion, murder, attempt to murder,” the police said in a statement. (ANI)
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