India News: April 2010

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Employment News Website Among Best in Government Sector 

India News: April 2010The interactive website of employment news, providing job-related information, has been rated as one of the most popular website in the government sector, attracting an average three lakh page hits per day.

The website has interactive features such as online career counselling, information about job vacancies and a search engine facility. The revenue of employment news up to December, 2009 was Rs 5,568.60 lakhs while its surplus stood at Rs 4,265.86 lakhs.

CERT-In to look into cyber attacks affecting IT Dept, banks 

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a technical and cyber security department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has initiated a probe into complaints of Income Tax (I-T) department, banks and other financial bodies that have reported a spurt in cyber attacks and fake mails, which was affecting their operations.

CERT-In is taking pro-active measures to prevent phishing attacks as huge monetary transactions are involved.

The CERT-In is working on incident reports sent by the I-T department and various banks who have complained about phishing attacks on their servers.

Remote Controlled Street Lights in Delhi

Country’s first remote-controlled street lights has been launched that can be switched on and off using an Internet-enabled main server located in the heart of the city. The first phase of this street light upgradation project, under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), will become operational on March 9, 2010 and will cover a distance of 101 km on 52 roads.

The system is based on global satellite monitoring (GSM) and general packet radio service (GPRS) on which the mobiles work. In the event of any fault or a power theft from a feeder pillar, the alarm will go off in the main server and an SMS will be sent to the area’s maintenance staff for correction.

The project is being implemented by a consortium of companies —Phillips Electronics, BP Project and Sweka Power-Tech Engineers. Delhi-based Sweka is responsible for developing software and related technology.


A smart card, incorporating the muchtalked about unique identity number, willIndia News: April 2010 be launched in the city by 2011 to primarily help the poor and illiterate easily avail the benefi ts of various welfare schemes.The incorporation of unique identity number will help authorities in online verifi cation and authentication of the benefi ciaries and make it “more effective and foolproof. The smart card will cover services of as many as nine departments that include departments of food and civil supplies, labour, education, child and women development, among others.


Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa, launched an e-Payment facility for commercial taxes as part of citizen centric services in Orissa through the  State India News: April 2010Bank of India (SBI) portal. Work is going on for introducing e-Filing of return, e-Registration, e-Generation of statutory forms and e-Refund through its own portal by the Commercial Tax Department in future.

No Cheques or Drafts are required nor any Bank Challan to fi ll up for the purpose. This facility is available round the clock, no service charge and tax payers can get instant e-Challan . The tax payers can also print the e-Challan on a subsequent day.

The requirement for payment of Commercial Tax Department is to have an account with any branch of State Bank of India along with Internet facility.


Chennai Municipal Corporation has launched an Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) for property tax inquiry, payments and complaints. The assesses can now dial 1913 and using credit cards pay their property tax.

It will enable citizens to inquire about property taxes, lodge complaints regarding civic amenities and pay taxes. People can even lodge complaints through SMS by sending it on 9789951111 and they would be provided with a reference number for monitoring the progress of their complaint.

IVRS would ask for the credit card number, validate the card and collect the amount. Consumers would also get a voice response that the amount has been paid. The time taken for this depends on the transaction and phone network, he explained. Within a week the receipt would be posted to the assesses.

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