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Patna, (IANS): At least 80 children fell ill on Wednesday after taking their mid-day meal at two government schools in Bihar, officials said.

At least 50 children fell ill after eating the meal at a school in Samastipur district, around 100 km from Patna, while 30 children fell ill at a school in Bagaha district, about 200 km from here.

The children complained of uneasiness after eating the meals, followed by vomiting and loose motions, officials said. They were admitted to hospitals.

“All the children are out of danger and their medical condition is stable,” an official said.

In 2013, 23 students died after eating the mid-day meal at a primary school in Saran district.

In Bihar, 16 million students in 72,000 schools daily get food under the mid-day meal scheme.

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India Post Partners TCS to Modernize its Services

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day

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India Post has partnered with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become a multi-service digital hub, modernize the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience and launch innovative services.

TCS on Monday said it has implemented its Point of Sale (PoS) solution across 24,000 post offices with over 80,000 PoS terminals, making this among the largest such implementations in the world.

Additionally, it has built a web portal with consignment tracking capabilities and set up a multi-lingual call centre for customer support, the company added.

To enable India Post to benefit from the burgeoning e-commerce opportunity, while fulfilling a vital social obligation, the web portal has an e-marketplace to help rural artisans, self-help groups and women entrepreneurs reach out to buyers throughout the country.

“In a digital era, postal services across the world are reinventing themselves to stay relevant to a new generation,” Debashis Ghosh, Business Group Head – Public Services, TCS, said in a statement.

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Tata Consultancy Services, Vadapalani. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Posts in this pioneering, mission mode initiative to build a world class, future-ready digital platform that the nation can be proud of,” Ghosh added.

At the heart of this transformation is the Core System Integration (CSI) programme designed and implemented by TCS, the company said.

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This involved deploying an integrated Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to mail operations, finance and accounting, and HR functions, and connects its vast network of more than 150,000 post offices.

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day, TCS said. (IANS)