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Indian govt’s IT spending to hit $8.5 bn in 2018

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New Delhi, Nov 15: Picking up the boost after note ban and a drop in industrial production, IT spending in the Indian government sector is projected to reach $8.5 billion in 2018.

This is an increase of 8.9 per cent from the 2017 estimated spending of $7.8 billion as software and IT services continue to exhibit strong growth along with spending on devices, Gartner said on Wednesday.

“Spending on devices, which includes printers/copiers/MFPs, mobile devices, PCs and tablets, is estimated to see the highest growth in 2017, with an increase in spending by nearly 21 per cent to reach $1 billion,” said Moutusi Sau, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner.

“This will further increase by another 9.4 percent to reach $1.1 billion in 2018,” Sau added.

Software spending is projected to increase by 15.6 per cent in 2017 and will grow another 15.1 per cent in 2018 to reach $1.2 billion.

IT services spending is on pace to grow by 15.3 per cent in 2017 to reach $2 billion in 2017 and increase by 13.8 per cent in 2018 to reach $2.3 billion.

“The Indian government sector is picking up pace again after the brief slowdown in the past two quarters due to effects reverberated by demonetisation and a drop in industrial production,” said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Managing Vice President at Gartner India.

The new electronics policy, software product policy and data security and protection policy will have a positive effect on government IT spending in the near future.

“The ‘Digital India’ programme will be the key driver for the IT spending growth in the Indian government sector over the next five years,” Ramamoorthy added.

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Nagaland: Two Assam Rifles jawans killed in gunfight

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Imphal, June 18: Two Assam Rifles soldiers lost their lives, while four were injured in an ambush by suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) terrorists in Nagaland’s Mon district bordering Myanmar.

A gunfight erupted between the Assam Rifles jawans and suspected NSCN-K Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place when the soldiers were on their way to collect water from a river between Aboi- Mohung.

Following the information of an encounter, more reinforcements of security personnel were moved towards the site. Nagaland Police was also rushed to the spot.

Further details are awaited and an investigation in the matter is underway.

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Sri Ram Sene Chief Muthalik likens Gauri Lankesh to a dog

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New Delhi, June 18: While hitting back at critics for demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s statement on  Gauri Lankesh’s murder , Sri Ram Sene founder-president Pramod Muthalik triggered a controversy by comparing slain journalist killing to a dog’s death.

The opposition has been questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘silence’ over Lankesh’s killing.

Pramod Muthalik said, “Two murders took place in Karnataka and two in Maharashtra in Congress rule. No one questioned Congress govt failure. Instead, they are asking why is PM Modi silent and not speaking on Gauri Lankesh’s death. Is Modi responsible even if any dog dies in Karnataka”.

According to reports the 26-year-old Parshuram Vaghmare is said to have told the SIT that he did not know who he was killing when he pulled the trigger on Lankesh.He, however, reportedly claimed that he committed the murder to “save” his religion.

Muthaik’s statement came a day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) summoned Rakesh Math, the Vijayapura district president of the Sene, for questioning in the case.

Muthalik later defended from his statement, saying he didn’t directly compare Lankesh to a dog, and that he was clarifying that PM Modi cannot comment on every death in Karnataka.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari slammed Muthalik for his comments on

“Disgusting, nauseating, revolting…vigilante group Sri Ram Sene’s Head Pramod Muthalik compares assassinated journalist Gauri Lankesh to a dog. Mr Prime Minister @narendramodi you did not condemn Gauri Lankesh’s murder are you now going to condone this too,” tweeted Tewari.

He further said added that Parshuram Vaghmare, who allegedly pulled the trigger on the veteran journalist, was not associated with his organisation.

Lankesh, 55, the Editor of ‘Lankesh Patrike’, was shot dead outside her residence in the city’s suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5 last year.

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Telangana: Local body chief kicks Woman in chest over property dispute

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New Delhi, June 18: In a shocking incident, president of Dharpally Mandal (a rural local body), Immadi Gopi kicked a woman in the chest, after she hit him with her footwear over a land issue on Sunday. 

In the video that has gone viral on social media, Gopi can be seen kicking the woman.

The incident took place at Indalwai village in Telangana’s Nizamabad district.

According to the Indian Express report, a case has been registered against Gopi under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the woman’s complaint.

On the related note, Gopi also filed a counter complaint following which a case was registered against the woman and some of her relatives over trespass and damaging his property.

In the complaint, the woman said that last year Gopi sold her a plot which also comprised a house for Rs 33.72 lakh for which registration was done in her name.

Gopi had demanded an additional Rs 50 lakh “in view of rise in land rates in the area,” police stated.

As per the police, s0 far, he had not handed over the property and had been threatening her.

Following this on Sunday,  the woman along with her relatives, went to Gopi’s house to demand that the property be handed over. Later, a heated argument broke out after which the woman allegedly hit him with her footwear.

Reacting to this, Gopi then allegedly kicked the woman, police said.

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