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Washington: Mixing business with pleasure, Sanjay Govil bought an Indian badminton team, The Delhi Acers, which ended up being crowned the champion of India’s Premier Badminton League.

Now the Indian-American entrepreneur, who hails from Delhi, would like to translate his success mantra to bring cricket to America in a big way.


“It would be really amazing to see players here in the US compared to the greats of the sport across the world,” said Govil, chairman of Infinite, a Silicon Valley computer solutions company he founded with only a $1,000 investment in 1999.

Govil, a “big fan of cricket” who has “played this game my whole life”, joined a recreational cricket league in the American capital forming a team called the Infinite Eagles.

“Cricket has an interesting history in the United States, elbowed out by baseball, but there is a rich cultural history that I’d love to see a start again,” Govil told agencies in an email interview.

“Sports is a great unifier and equalizer,” said Govil, when asked why a successful businessman like him delves into sports.

Working on a team together to accomplish the same goals transcends “race, religion, experience and gender”, he said.

“The idea to merge my passion for sports with business was definitely a mixing of business with pleasure, but I anticipated that it would be a good business decision as well,” said Govil.

He decided to purchase Delhi Acers because he “grew up in Delhi and there is always the sentiment of home team pride”. More importantly, “badminton is rapidly growing to be one of the most popular sports in the global arena.

“Even in a cricket loving nation like India, badminton has gained national interest ever since the badminton league was launched a couple of years back.”

With such growing popularity of the game, Govil “saw it as the perfect chance to put Infinite on a global platform that is outside of the sphere of business.

“This partnership with the league has allowed Infinite to be a part of an international community of sports-loving individuals and has even inspired our employees to adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

As of now, Govil is “completely dedicated to building the legacy of the Delhi Acers team, who are on a roll after having finished in first place in the last season of the Indian Badminton League.

“However, if and when an opportunity like Delhi Acers presents itself, I will certainly be open to the possibility,” he said when asked about his plans for further involvement in sports in India.

“Being involved in the local scene has helped me to connect with my employees in DC in a way that I would not be able to do as quickly in a meeting room.”

Turning to business, Govil said for its Indian clients Infinitely focusses on its “smart and highly integrated” messaging suite of products and platforms that enable “communities to connect across states – at a complete level than what was possible before”.

Another USP of Infinite is its healthcare platform, he said.

“Healthcare is changing and evolving in India – as awareness around health grows our patient centred healthcare platform has remained an important part of the business for our India-based customers.”

Govil said his company was also helping clients bridge the gap between their customers with a faster and more secure background system.

“We are a collaboration tool,” he said. “By having faster go to market speeds, we are able to help our customers stay competitive in over-saturated industries.”

Credits: IANS


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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


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