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Indians are not job stealers in US, they are creators: IT Minister

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Mumbai, March 17: Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday informed that Indian government had raised its concern regarding the H1-B visa issue to the US and said that Indians are not stealers but creators of jobs.

“We have conveyed our concern at the highest level (US administration) and I hope the American administration should know Indian companies don’t steal jobs. They create jobs for a better India and a better US,” Prasad said at the India Today Conclave here.

“Indian IT companies are present in 200 cities in 80 countries, including the US. Particularly for the US, the Indian IT companies have given nearly $20 billion as tax in the last five years.

“They have given jobs to 4 lakh people there. They have given value addition to nearly 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Indian IT initiative is an asset for America,” he added.

The technical professionals of India help the US economy become competitive and boom, said Indian Government.

Talking about India’s digital drive, Prasad said New Delhi was involved in a transformative programme in India with programmes like Digital India and Start-up India to bridge the digital divide.

“Digital India is more for the under privileged,” the minister said.

He said that 1.08 billion Indians have mobile connections in a country of 1.25 billion population.

The government launched the app named Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), helpful in making India cashless, he said it had already witnessed 1.8 crore downloads.

Asked how secure were online transactions in India, at a time when the government was asking people to transact more through digital payments platforms, the minister said all the cyber security mechanisms were in place.

“India’s digital economy will be $1 trillion in the next 5-7 years. We have to trust the enormous opportunity for digital economy.”

The government was against sites showing child pornography and had taken all necessary steps to stop it.

With that, he asked a question to the people whether it was feasible to ban all pornography sites in India.

“If an adult wants to watch pornography site in the privacy of his room, who are you to stop it?” he asked.

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10% hike in placements at IIT Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 13: In comparison to last year, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi witnessed an increase of 10 per cent in the number of placements offered to students this season so far, the institute said on Wednesday.

Till the 10th day of the ongoing placement exercise which began on December 2,  the institute registered a 10 per cent rise in the overall jobs offered to students across streams, while for the Post Graduate (PG) students this increase was 17 per cent against last year.

“While the overall placements have been better than last year, recruitment trends of PG students is very encouraging for the future of engineering research in the country,” news agency IANS quoted, I.N. Kar, Professor-in-charge of Training and Placement at IIT Delhi, wrote in a statement.

“I am hopeful that the overall percentage increase in the recruitment of both UG (Under Graduate) and PG students will improve further”, Kar added.

The score is likely to climb up by the end of this phase of the placement season on December 15. The next phase will commence in January next year.

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Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts extended till March 31

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The deadline to link the Aadhaar number with bank accounts has been extended by three months till March 31, the government announced on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court is set to commence hearing from Thursday on its mandatory linking to various schemes.

The deadline was earlier December 31 for linking the 12-digit unique identification number with both Permanent Account Number (PAN) and bank accounts. However, the government extended the deadline last week for linking it with PAN till March 31.

A notification to link it with bank accounts was later issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry. The notification, however, did not mention the new deadline, leaving it open-ended.

The government later issued a press release which contained the deadline of March 31.

According to the December 12 notification, the words “submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, 2017” have been substituted by “submit the Aadhaar number, PAN or Form No 60 by such date as may be notified by the Central government”.

The release said under the provisions of Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, it was provided that if a client already having a bank account or any other account-based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, “the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and PAN is submitted by the client”.

In case of a person opening a new account, the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number and PAN was “six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship”.

“After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been decided to notify March 31, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity,” the statement said.

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J&K: Army team deployed to trace army jawans missing after LoC avalanche

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Srinagar, Dec 13: The Army on Wednesday deployed a team from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) to trace five soldiers went missing after a snow avalanche hit Mani Post Bagtor Gurez sector of LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The HAWS team from Sonamarg was deployed at the spot on the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipora district following the avalanche on Tuesday morning, news agency IANS quoted citing Defence Ministry sources was saying.

HAWS is the Army’s training camp for special search operations in very high altitudes, glaciated, and snow-bound areas.

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