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US, India, and Global Connect: Partners in making affordable internet a reality

Updated: Sep 15, 2016 16:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 15 (ANI): The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers today hosted a workshop here with leaders from government, development banks, the IT sector, civil society and private industry to discuss digital connectivity and broadband access as part of the Global Connect Initiative.

In September 2015, the Department of State launched the Global Connect Initiative which aims to bring an additional 1.5 billion people online by 2020.

This full-day event featured interactive discussions and working sessions with a focus on finding sustainable solutions and models for digital inclusion, including on how GCI can complement Prime Minister Modi's Digital India initiative.

U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma delivered opening remarks along with Secretary J.S. Deepak from the Government of India Department of Telecommunications.

"We view internet connectivity as essential infrastructure, the same as roads, bridges, and ports," Verma said.

"Since the launch of Global Connect, the United States has announced more than $1 billion dollars in worldwide financing through our development agency partners, such as USAID. In India, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation is providing $141 million in financing for a low-cost, rapidly scalable wireless broadband network, which will help bring affordable internet to unconnected villages. By leveraging our technological prowess and shared values, we can enable affordable internet access for those without it and strengthen international cyber norms to ensure an internet that is resilient, open, and secure," he added.

The intent of such workshops is to provide a platform to discuss regional challenges and opportunities when it comes to connecting the unconnected and to raise the saliency of internet access as an economic priority. A strong partnership with India is crucial to achieving the GCI's ambitious goal of connecting 1.5 billion people by 2020. (ANI)

Kerala: Moral policing victim ends his life

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:54 IST

Palakkad [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A 23-year-old man, who was harassed by a group of youth for allegedly indulging in immoral behaviour with his female friend, committed suicide on Thursday here.

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PM Modi greets nation on Maha Shivratri

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the nation on the holy occasion of Maha Shivratri.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): After meeting President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday, DMK working president M.K. Stalin will meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today in the national capital to discuss the current political turbulence in Tamil Nadu.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Lashing out at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for her remark likening BJP Chief Amit Shah to Mumbai attack terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said that the former is resorting to such statements in clear desperation, as she could foresee her impending loss in the state Assembly Elections.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): After suffering a rout in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the Congress party on Friday said it will introspect on the reasons for the loss and added that course correction will be undertaken by the grand old party.

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BJP claims BMC results prove boon for them

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 07:30 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that the results of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election turned out to be boon for the saffron party along with Shiv Sena.

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Kolkata[(West Bengal) [India], Feb. 24(ANI): Taking a swipe at 'Kasab' comment made by Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) supremo Mayawati, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Friday said that former has lost her mental stability.

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Nation celebrates Maha Shivaratri

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 06:48 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24(ANI): Maha Shivaratri which means the 'Great Night of Shiva' is being celebrated today as it is a festival celebrated annually in honour of lord Shiva.

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New Delhi [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Hitting back at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for referring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah as a terrorist, the saffron party on Friday said that those who give tickets to gangster-turned politician like Mukhtar Ansari should not talk about terrorism.

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Kampala (Uganda) Feb. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing the bond between India and Uganda, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, on Wednesday, said that the bond between the two countries is beyond commercial as it has risen to relationship of heart and mind.

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India- Uganda condemns all forms of terrorism

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 01:31 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb.24 (ANI): India and Uganda, in a joint statement on Friday, condemned terrorism in all its forms and stressed on the importance of international efforts to prevent and fight the menace.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Describing terrorism as a menace, Afghan Ambassador to India Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali on Thursday said that both India and Afghanistan is sincere towards fighting terrorism, adding that rather than blaming other countries Pakistan should focus on fighting terrorism the way it is required.

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Bhopal [Madhya Pradesh], Feb. 23 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious by securing 470 seats in the Maharashtra civic polls; Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti on Thursday declared there is no rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Thursday called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and briefed her on the recent developments in India-Bangladesh relations.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): One person was on Thursday arrested from Uttar Pradesh' Pratapgarh district in connection with a fake Rs. 2000 currency note which was dispensed from an SBI ATM in Delhi.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday deferred the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case till March 16 after defense protested for the non-appearance of approver, Shyamvar Rai as first witness, who was Indrani Mukerjea's former driver.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): As the Congress Party lost the Maharashtra civic polls where it managed to get only 31 seats in Mumbai, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday took the opportunity to take a dig at the grand old party, stating it is losing its credibility by following obstructionist policies in the Parliament.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (India): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave tomorrow for London on a five-day official visit.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Late Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul's first wife Dangwimsai Pul on Thursday withdrew her plea filed in the Supreme Court seeking Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) probe into the former's death case.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Thursday issued an order of doing away with stamping hand bag tags with immediate effect at seven major airports- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

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