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Bengaluru, March 7, 2017: The Karnataka government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive web-based platform to showcase its performance and achievements to the people of the state and the country.

“Through the website – Pratibimba (Reflections), we will inform the citizens about the promises made and fulfilled during the past four years, performance of 27 key departments and achievements so far,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters.

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Also dubbed ‘Chief Minister’s Dash Board’, the bilingual (Kannada and English) portal – pratibimba.karnataka.gov.in – will also post updates on the various welfare schemes and programmes and development projects of the state government.

“The updates will be on monthly and quarterly basis with details of the flagship schemes and programmes offered and projects implemented or underway, funds allocated and spent, their outcomes and beneficiaries,” said Siddaramaiah.

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The portal will also serve as an important tool to improve efficiency in governance and allow citizens to assess the performance of the departments across the state.

“Pratibimba will be a reflection of the state’s development and its growth story,” said the Chief Minister.

Pratibimba will be expanded and diversified to include district-level performance, integration of solutions on the dash board and feedback from citizens.

The website will enable departments to be transparent, accountable and efficient, allowing the government to fulfill its commitment to inclusive governance. (IANS)

 

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  • Microsoft completed its first renewable energy deal in India
  • The deal took place in Bengaluru
  • The deal took place to encourage investments in local solar energy operations

Microsoft on Tuesday said it completed its first renewable energy deal in India which will help power its new office building here with solar power.

As part of the deal, the tech giant will purchase three megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Bengaluru-based renewable power producer Atria Power.

The deal took place in India's IT hub, Bengaluru.
The deal took place in India’s IT hub, Bengaluru.

This will meet 80 percent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility, Microsoft said.

“Investing in local solar energy to help power our new Bengaluru office building is good for Microsoft, good for India and good for the environment,” said Anant Maheshwari, President.

This deal is part of the Karnataka government’s programme to encourage investments in local solar energy operations, and in line with the larger Indian government goal to ramp up solar power generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

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“We are proud to be deepening our long history of partnership and investment in India with this agreement. This deal will help us grow sustainably and supports the growth of the Indian solar energy industry, so that the entire country can more easily and reliably access clean electricity,” Maheshwari added.

This is Microsoft’s first solar energy agreement in India, and one of the first in Asia — the company completed a new solar agreement in Singapore last week.

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This deal is a part of encouraging the use of renewable energy. Pixabay

Once completed, this project will bring MS’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to nearly 900 megawatts.

“Microsoft, like India, has ambitious commitments to use more renewable energy,” said Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft. IANS