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Bhopal: A number of farmers in different parts of Madhya Pradesh are today faced with a life they cannot comprehend. They say they have suffered loss of crops, and received no relief — barring through the embrace of death.

Lalan Yadav of Damoh district on Friday committed suicide by pouring Kerosene and setting himself on fire in his fields as he found the crop loss was too much for him to bear.

Surender Lodhi in Sagar city was another. He had taken a loan before sowing his crops. But after his crops were ruined this season due to scanty rains, his hope to repay the loan lay shattered. He hanged himself to death.

Hardly any day passes when there is no report of a farmer committing suicide in the state.

Farmers contend that the leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party make big promises of helping them but nothing happens in reality. Besides, many politicians make such hurtful statements after visiting them that it appears they are making a mockery of the farmers’ plight.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured all possible help for the farmers, but assistance or debt relief is yet to come.

“Due to dismissive attitude of the government towards farmers’ plight, these people are compelled to commit suicides,” Congress leader Ajay Singh said.

Badal Saroj of the Communist Party of India-Marxist here says: “The reason behind rising number of farmers’ suicides is that the person (Shivraj Singh) who claims being son of a farmer does not understand the agony of farmers.”

Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson Alok Agarwal said the assurances of relief given to farmers sound fraudulent. Farming has turned a loss-making business as farmers fail to recover even the basic in-put costs and their debt keeps on rising.

“The government should fix price of crops one and half times the cost calculated as per Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations. Effort should be made to reduce farmers’ debts,” he added.

As many as 141 tehsils (sub-districts) have been declared drought-affected in the state. The Madhya Pradesh government has sought Rs 15,000 crore help from the central government, which is yet to come, officials say.

(IANS)

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Cloud major Oracle, which is seeing high demand in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), telecom and manufacturing sectors in India, has witnessed double-digit growth in the country for the past three years, a top company executive has said.

Start-ups and small and medium businesses (SMBs) are fast adopting Oracle’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the country.

“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).

“From a perspective of completeness of our enterprise applications, there’s no one who can compare with us. So, that’s pretty much our objective and vision in India as well,” Khanna added.

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According to the company, going “autonomous” gave it an edge over rivals in the country.

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.

“I think the other advantage is our diversity, because if you look at it, we are the only company of our stature in the world that has everything — it’s not just the applications that are ours, the hardware, the infrastructure, the database, everything is Oracle,” Khanna noted.

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The Oracle Autonomous Database now has the capability to automatically scan for security threats and apply security updates while running to help prevent cyberattacks and data theft.

“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.

“Almost all of our competitors have never managed to move an enterprise workload to the Cloud — not a single one of them. They all have peripheral applications that have moved to the Cloud. That’s still only about 5-6 per cent of the workloads in the world,” Agarwal informed. (IANS)