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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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Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Babu Sheikh detained in Dubai

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Mumbai, Dec 15 : The D-company received a major blow as  Gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Shaikh, who is wanted in Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was arrested from Abu Dhabi Airport on Friday.Chhota Shakeel is considered the trusted right hand of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Sheikh, who is wanted in Mumbai and Thane in connection with several offences including the March 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Among other things, Sheikh is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating the Mumbai serial blasts from a location abroad.

After the Mumbai serial blasts red corner notice has been issued against him  and Indian authorities are trying to seek Anwar’s custody.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police are understood to have recovered a Pakistani passport from Sheikh, raising questions on his extradition to India.

Both Indian and Pakistani embassies in the UAE are said to be in touch with the Dubai authorities seeking his deportation to their respective countries.

 

Mumbai and Thane police sources said that Sheikh is linked to Pakistan’s ISI and was involved in several terror acts in India before he fled this country.

Earlier this year, Thane Anti Extortion Cell chief Pradeep Sharma had nabbed couple of persons for illegally keeping AK-56 Army assault rifles in their Mumbai suburban home in Goregaon.

 

 

 

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Priority is to eradicate terrorism from J&K: Governor Satya Pal Malik

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Jammu, Dec 15 : Asserting that terrorism prevails in the “minds” and “not in guns”, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik chaired review meeting of security-related issues at Raj Bhavan in Jammu  on Saturday and said his priority is to eliminate terrorists but to eradicate terrorism in the state.

The Governor, who was here as the chief guest at Sarvoday Inter College in Jawli village, said the whole scenario in Jammu and Kashmir is “different” now.

Malik expressed grief over the loss of 7 civilian lives following an encounter in Pulwama today.

” Arrangements will be done for IAS, KAS, NEET, JEE coachings. Additional 1,000 cr will be given for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In health, we’re giving Rs 100 Crore for equipment & Rs350 cr for building. Rs 300 cr to be given for balancing work in Power,” Malik said.

“Budget doubled for agriculture, horticulture&animal husbandry.For education, we’ve approved a new University in Leh named Ladakh University. 40 new colleges will be established in the state in Rs 250 cr. Benches, desks, drinking water will be provided in all schools,” Governor said.

” Our total budget is of Rs89,000 crore.Deficit is in control.Wasteful expenditure has been stopped. Development Expenditure is highest at approx Rs10,000 crore. We’re giving Rs130 cr to Tourism dept which is an addition to Rs2000 cr from PM’s Development Package,” Governor said.Senior officers of J&K and of Central Police Forces were present in the meeting.

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Kushwaha meets Ahmed Patel, set to join grand alliance

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha met Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel here on Saturday amid indications that the former’s party will join the grand alliance in Bihar soon.

RLSP spokesperson Madhav Anand told that Patel came to meet Kushwaha at his residence and they discussed political issues concerning Bihar.

He said there was a possibility of Kushwaha also meeting Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the coming days.

Party sources said that an announcement of RLSP joining the grand alliance is expected soon.

Kushwaha had resigned as a Minister in the Narendra Modi government on December 10 and his party had also quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) are part of the grand alliance in Bihar.

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