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LONDON: A 28 year old woman was found to be kept as a slave in a domestic environment by an Indian origin couple in the East Midlands region of the UK. The couple was accused of slavery offenses.

They are blamed of keeping a person in domination and knowingly possessing a person in slavery between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2015.

Minu Chopra, 47 and Sanjay Chopra, also 47, were arrested by Greater Manchester police on February 11 charged under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 on suspicion of slavery and forced labor offences.

The apparent victim is supposed to be of Indian origin too.

“Minu Chopra has been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between 31/07/2015 and 11/02/2016, intentionally arranging/facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery/servitude between 01/01/2011 and 30/07/2015,” a GMP statement said.

“Sanjeev Chopra has been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between 31/07/2015 and 11/02/2016, intentionally arranging/facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery/servitude between 01/01/2011 and 30/07/2015, following his arrest on Saturday 13 February 2016,” the statement added. (pic courtesy: independent.co.uk)

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Avaya All Set to Enter Domestic Market in Big Way

We will launch Cloud-based services in India by 2020. It is just a matter of paperwork and legality

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India is a global innovation hub for Avaya and the company has built a sizeable R&D team in the country. Pixabay

After making India its research and development (R&D) hub, US-based business communication solutions provider Avaya is all set to enter the domestic market in a big way with its Cloud-based offerings.

Avaya provides contact centre solutions for almost every leading BPO in India.

India is a global innovation hub for Avaya and the company has built a sizeable R&D team in the country.

According to Nidal Abou-Ltaif, President, Avaya International, India is an advanced market for the company.

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Avaya provides contact centre solutions for almost every leading BPO in India. Pixabay

“We will launch Cloud-based services in India by 2020. It is just a matter of paperwork and legality. We are ready for the Indian market and will continue to invest here,” Nidal told IANS.

“India is our leading front for R&D and we do provide a lot of solutions to the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country,” he added.

To enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, Avaya has collaborated with Microsoft to bring contact centre services to the Cloud.

The service will be introduced initially in the Gulf region with plans to expand it to other global regions, including India, in the future.

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When asked how 5G will affect the consumer experience services, Nidal said it will have a positive impact.

According to Vishal Agrawal, Managing Director, India and SAARC, Avaya, India remains one of the top 10 markets for the company.

“We have seen customers adopting new technologies. Cloud adoption is picking in India. When it comes to proving digital transformation, we are strongly poised to deliver that,” he told IANS.

Cloud computing has also created thousands of high-end jobs in India, he added.

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According to Nidal Abou-Ltaif, President, Avaya International, India is an advanced market for the company. Pixabay

Avaya’s virtual cloud infrastructure has over 3.6 million cloud seats deployed to date. It is a market leader with 145 million seats worldwide, making it uniquely positioned to help enterprise customers’ transition to the cloud at scale.

There are challenges towards achieving digital transformation, like the requirements of customers that are changing at a rapid pace, while security is the topmost concern.

Ahmed Helmy, Chief Technology Officer at Avaya International, said that security is a multi-faceted discipline that impacts every area of the corporate network.

“We are completely ‘infosec-certified’ and compliant; this is part of our general security assurance for customers and comes following a lot of investment in security and compliance,” Helmy noted.

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“We provide security by design and default in our solutions. Plus, many of our products include features that assist our customers with their compliance requirements,” he explained. (IANS)