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Vijayawada:  The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Andhra Pradesh, on Monday, began probe into the alleged phone-tapping by the Telangana government by summoning phone service providers.

A team of SIT officials gathered information from service providers at Bhavanipuram  Police Station in Vijayawada.

Officials from two service providers reached here from Hyderabad and furnished the details sought by the SIT. According to sources, SIT has issued notices to 12 telecom companies to appear before it.

The investigating officers gathered information including the list of people whose phones were tapped and the names of those who ordered tapping.

The SIT also wanted to know if the permission was taken from the authorities concerned before the phone tapping.

Andhra Pradesh government had last week constituted SIT, headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Iqbal,  to probe the alleged phone tapping and other cases booked in Andhra Pradesh against Telangana Chief Ministe,r K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The allegations of phone tapping were made after a television channel in Hyderabad on June 7 aired an audio tape of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s purported telephonic conversation with Telangana’s nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson.

Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and Telangana legislato,r Revanth Reddy,  was arrested by Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on May 31 while he tried to bribe Stephenson to induce him to vote for TDP-BJP candidate in legislative council election.

The TDP government of Andhra has also taken up the issue of phone tapping with the central government, seeking a thorough probe.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government of Telangana has denied the allegations of phone tapping and alleged Naidu is making baseless allegations to escape from law in cash-for-vote case.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh’s Director General of Police J. V. Ramudu on Monday reviewed the probe into the cases booked against Chandrasekhar Rao in Andhra Pradesh.

Intelligence chief Anuradha, CID chief Dwarka Tirumala Rao and DIG Iqbal attended the meeting held in Hyderabad.

The Andhra Police chief reviewed all cases including one booked on a complaint by Jerusalem Muthaiah, an accused in cash-for-vote scandal.  Muthaiah, who is absconding, lodged a police complaint against Chandrasekhar Rao and his supporters, alleging that he was being coerced to name Naidu in cash-for-vote scandal.

CID last week took over investigations into the case booked in Vijayawada on Muthaiah’s complaint.

Many cases were booked against Telangana CM at different police stations in Andhra Pradesh after an audio tape was aired on ‘T News’, a television channel said to be partly owned by Telangana CM’s family.

Andhra Police on Friday served a notice on the channel asking it to reply within three days as to  why legal action should not be taken against it for airing the defamatory audio tape.

(IANS)

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In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS