National News: April 2009

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Certified Course on Internet Surfing For Just Rs 125

Learn internet surfing for just Rs 125 at 2,000-odd Sify cybercafes through the country in just a ten hour course. Participants completing this course will be issued a certificate jointly by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and Sify Technologies. NIXI along with the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is simultaneously spreading the concept of ‘smart and safe surfing’ in urban and rural schools (both English and vernacular medium).

Rural IT Training For Youth of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu (TN) government has launched a Statewide Rural IT Finishing School programme to help students who had completed Standard X and above to become BPO employees, free of cost. Furthermore, in association with the Electronics Corporation of  TN, Nasscom, FOSTeRA and Sun iTech, the TN Government has proposed to set up at least one such finishing school in each district to train more than 7,000 students over the next six months.

Servers of MEA Hacked

Servers of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) have been hacked. Though the government does not have any specific idea about who the hackers were, the IP addresses left behind suggested the hand of Chinese. No sensitive information is believed to have been accessed during the hacking, which was detected during one of the regular checks by the intelligence agencies.

VoIP Services in Bihar Through Swan

One of the biggest benefit that Bihar is receiving through its setting up of statewide area network (SWAN) and secretariat local area network (SecLAN) is the use of VoIP (voice over internet protocol). VoIP phones have allowed free of cost phone connectivity among different government offices. Offices of ministers, departmental secretaries and other senior officials in the state capital have been fitted with VoIP phones.
Beltron is the nodal agency of the state government for implementing the e-governance project in Bihar under which SWAN and SecLAN have been set up. A data centre has also been set up in Patna where data generated from all offices across the state are stored.

Pay Your Insurance Premium at Post Offices

Indian Post has entered a tie-up with ICICI Prudential for collection of insurance premium through Post Offices. The service is now available at more than 200 Post offices in Gujarat, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra Postal Circles. There will be no additional cost involved for the customer. The premium amount realized will be sent to ICICI Prudential through ePayment system of Indian Post.

e-Kendras Inaugurated in Jharkhand

Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAPIT) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) has launched an e-Nagrik service.The plan is for 300 Pragya Kendras or e-kendras out of which 106 are already operational, spread out across Ranchi. Herein citizens can submit all details of the applicant online after which the request is expected to get processed in two days on a payment of Rs 15.

TRAI Brainstorms on Growth of Rural Telephony

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released draft recommendations on an Approach to Rural Telephony

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