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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Hyderabad: On Wednesday, India’s leading mobile app for personal transportation, Ola signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government, committing a Rs 150 crore investment over the next three years.

Ola, as a partner with the state for its vision of ‘smart Andhra’ will enable technology to bring support to over 50,000 vehicles in the state within the next three years. It will ensure smart, reliable and safe transportation in the cities.

Tourists visiting Andhra Pradesh will be able to avail the benefits of Ola’s technology and best in class service to visit some of the most prominent tourist destinations across the state, with a single tap on their smartphones.

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Pranay Jivrajka, Ola’s chief operating officer, said that Ola will use its expertise to provide technology for more than 50,000 vehicles across the state ensuring a convenient and safe experience for users. “Ola will be investing over Rs 150 crore towards training, opportunity creation and technology deployment across the state,” he said.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also stated, “Mobile technology driven transportation apps like Ola can play a major role in creating job opportunities for hundreds of thousands in the state as well as in providing timely and efficient transportation for all. We are confident that this tie-up will benefit the entire transportation ecosystem in the state.”

Presently, Ola has over 10,000 vehicles on its state platform and it plans to increase this number to 50,000 in the next three years. The company, in addition will provide free skill development training to drivers during this time.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Microsoft takes ‘Project Sangam’ to Middle East and Africa

"Project Sangam" was commenced from Andhra Pradesh

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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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“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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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

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