In a bid to ramp up its IT infrastructure, the Jharkhand government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based technology major Oracle to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.“We are ramping up IT infrastructure in the State and have initiated programs in this direction. We are undertaking continued efforts to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens through use of IT,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, said at an event in New Delhi.He added that the government of Jharkhand and Oracle will jointly explore and identify areas in which Oracle’s cloud-based technologies can be used to support entrepreneurship.The CM also asked Oracle to explore the option of opening a state-of-the-art software development centre in the State.“We will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle cloud-based platforms to operationalize citizen services and startup centres that would further the vision of the CM to increase employment and alleviate poverty,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.Stating that India is one of the “greatest possible opportunity”, Ms Catz said that cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry and will drive change and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance, the Jharkhand government said, adding that the tech giant’s expertise in areas of ICT infrastructure, real estate, health, education, housing for Ranchi smart city project will also be utilised.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s administration, on Saturday registered an FIR against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of the J&K Bank and State government officials for “misappropriating subsidies worth crores of rupees to benefit Imran’s firm, the Kehwa Group”.A spokesman for the ACB said the FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.”“An enquiry revealed that to usurp the subsidy component under the garb of promoting horticulture, with the connivance of the Horticulture Department officers and bank officials, the proprietor and his partners declared the facility as a non-performing asset without paying even a single instalment towards the bank. The cost of the project assessed was found much lower than the projected cost,” said the ACB. The project was submitted by Mr. Imran, also the director of Kehwa Square Private. The FIR said the company “inflated the project cost in connivance with the officers to misappropriate government subsidy of ₹16.50 crore”.The ACB said the group got its loan of ₹138 crore from the J&K Bank restructured to ₹78 crore. After a one-time settlement, surreptitiously approved by bank officials, the group’s second instalment of ₹55 crore was further reduced to ₹27 crore, the Bureau added. “The involved bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores from the State exchequer,” ACB officials said.
Kolkata: The couple murdered at Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas were strangulated to death.On Wednesday, the autopsy surgeon opined that the duo was hit on their heads with some heavy object and then strangled. During the investigation, police questioned the neighbours of the couple identified as Pradip Biswas (55) and Alpana Biswas (45) and the owners of the house and land where the couple used to live as caretakers. From sources police came to know that recently there were a plan to set up a factory in the vacant land. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt is suspected that there might be some conflict with the proposed factory owners and the deceased persons which resulted in killings. On Wednesday experts from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) visited the murder spot and collected samples such as pieces of cloth, a pillow, scissors and blood stains inside the house. It is suspected that 4-5 persons are connected with the murders. Also on Wednesday police found an envelope of a mobile phone SIM card. The police are trying to find out the owner of the SIM card. Also, the lost mobile phones of Pradip and Alpana are yet to be traced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is suspected that the couple has been murdered by professional killers as the style of murder was gruesome. On Tuesday police, stated that only a TV was missing from the house which is suspected to be a trick by the murderers in order to make the situation complex for the investigators. On Tuesday, and bodies of Pradip and Alpana were found stuffed inside two suitcases in the washroom of the house where they were working as caretakers since 1997. One of the relatives of the couple went to the house as he was unable to contact the duo killed since Monday morning. It is suspected that Pradip and Alpana have been killed on Sunday night.
State Rep. Phil Potvin today encourages families to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend June 13-14.Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives the requirement for a fishing license for the weekend, enabling those who do not fish regularly to try it out. All fishing regulations are in effect during the weekend.“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone,” said Rep. Potvin. “Whether you are a beginner who is trying out fishing for the first time, or you already have a fishing license and you want to take a friend or family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day, it is a great way to enjoy what Michigan has to offer.“For many, the annual Free Fishing Weekend has become an annual event to come together for some fishing fun. Experienced anglers who offer a child the chance to take their first fishing trip can provide a rewarding experience for all.”Rep. Potvin said Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams.The Natural Resources Commission recently released updated fishing regulations for the year, including season changes for certain species and hook restrictions. The details are now available online at www.michigan.gov/fishingguide. Categories: News 09Jun Rep. Potvin encourages residents to cast a line for free this weekend