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Jalandhar: The Indian Army on Saturday honored two railway employees who averted a major tragedy by spotting live bombs planted by terrorists on a railway bridge near Dinanagar town in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on July 27.
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General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt. Gen. K.J. Singh, felicitated the two brave hearts – Darshan Kumar and Satpal, at a function in the Tiger Division near Jammu.

Satpal also received the Army Commander’s Commendation Card, an army spokesman said.

“On 27 July, during anti-terrorist operations at Dinanagar, Gurdaspur, these two ‘Jagruk Hindustani‘ were instrumental in saving the lives of train passengers by detecting five planted IEDs (improvised explosive devices) on the railway track from Dinanagar to Pathankot.

“Had it not been for their swift alertness and sense of responsibility, the local passenger train would have crossed over the IEDs,” the spokesman said.

Three terrorists, who had besieged Dinanagar town from 5.30 a.m. on Monday, had planned more casualties by wiring five live bombs on the railway track on a small bridge on the Pathankot-Amritsar railway section.

A tragedy was averted as alert railway staff detected the bombs just five minutes before a train loaded with passengers was to cross the bridge, five km from here. The bombs were planted near Parmanand railway station, five km from Dinanagar.

The passenger train was carrying over 250 people and the bombs were wired to the track on a small bridge over a rivulet.

All trains on the Pathankot-Amritsar section were stopped immediately by railway authorities.

Seven people, including a police officer, three home guard personnel, and three civilians lost their lives in the terror attack. The terrorists had a 11-hour long gun battle with security forces at the Dinanagar police station complex on Monday.

(IANS)

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“We are seeing double-digit growth (on an average) in the country. In fact, that’s both in our NetSuite business as well as our enterprise business.

“The India Cloud business is really booming. Overall, the double-digit growth has been there for the last three years in the country, which has been the best-performing region in the Asia-Pacific for us,” Shaakun Khanna, India SaaS GTM Lead, Oracle, told IANS in an interview.

The company competes with major Cloud players like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure and provides services such as SaaS, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).

According to Oracle, as a corporation, the firm is on track to become the top SaaS company in the world.

The company offers innovative and proven Cloud suite of SaaS applications that enable customers to transform their business with the latest intelligent technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).

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Larry Ellison, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Oracle, in October unveiled the second generation Oracle Cloud with autonomous capabilities, improved security and upgrades for enterprises at the company’s annual user conference “Oracle Open World 2018” in San Francisco.

According to Khanna, autonomous is probably the biggest thing because, with autonomous, the ability to engage technologies like AI, ML, UI-UX, is there.

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“If you look at the way Oracle built its first set of Cloud infrastructure is very similar to how Google built it, how Amazon built it, how Microsoft built it, almost everyone built it and we are doing exactly the same.

“Larry and the other founders who started Oracle — they were working for a CIA project and then they came out and started Oracle. So we understand security from our DNA,” said Mitesh Agarwal, Vice President, Key Accounts, Oracle India.

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