July 2012


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e-Voting compulsory for top 500 Firms : SEBI
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) declared it mandatory for top listed firms to provide for electronic voting facilities wherever shareholders need to vote through postal ballot.This will enable accuracy in counting of votes, elimination of postal ballots getting lost in transit and sufficient time for shareholders to vote till the end of voting period.

Railways :: Locate your Train Via Mobile Phone
Locating a train is made easier than ever as now trains can be tracked via mobile phone. A joint team of railways and IITKanpur has developed a technology – the real-time train running information system – which enables a mobile user to access information about the exact location of a train. The train number has to be texted to 09415139139 or 09664139139 for knowing the exact location of a train on real-time basis. The service is currently available for 36 pairs of premier trains, including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto.

Rural development :: PMO sets `20000 crore for broadband rollout at village level
The Government is set to speed up the National Optical Fibre Network distribution to provide broadband connectivity to two and a half lakh gram panchayats. A coordination committee headed by the Telecom Secretary has been set up by The Prime Minister’s Office for the purpose. It is believed that the initiative will benefit nearly 25 crore people. The programme will cost `20,000 crore. Bharat Broadband Network Ltd, a company set up for the purpose on February 25 this year will implement the project.

Infrastructure :: SIDCO takes measures to improve e-Governance
The Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation Limited familiarly known as SIDCO is taking measures to computerise its activities, a significant move to foster industrial development. Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has proposed to revamp the district industries centres in all the 32 districts by taking up appropriate civil works in various district headquarters. The DIC would be provided with modern IT enabled communication facilities and those centres functioning from rental buildings would have their buildings.

urban development :: BMC e-Governance Project to Start in July
Municipal Administrative System (MAS), an e-Governance project, will get functional from July this year. The project is being implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It is aimed at improving services of the civic body such as facilitating online payments of property taxes, water cess, registration of birth and death and building permissions.


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