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New Delhi/Kathmandu: On Sunday, as Nepal adopted a new constitution, India declared that it has always supported a federal, democratic, republican and inclusive constitution in the Himalayan nation, but voiced concern over the unrest in parts of the neighbouring country bordering India.

In a statement, India extended good wishes to the people of Nepal on the promulgation of the much-awaited constitution, and urged that Nepal should resolve through dialogue the issues on which differences remain.

The statement said Indian envoy Ranjit Rae spoke to Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala about India’s concerns regarding the unrest in the border areas.

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Ranjit Rae, www.news.civilserviceindia.com

“Throughout the process of constitution-making in Nepal, India has supported a federal, democratic, republican and inclusive constitution. We note the promulgation in Nepal today of a constitution.

“We are concerned that the situation in several parts of the country bordering India continues to be violent. Our ambassador in Kathmandu has spoken to the prime minister of Nepal in this regard.

“We urge that issues on which there are differences should be resolved through dialogue in an atmosphere free from violence and intimidation, and institutionalised in a manner that would enable broad-based ownership and acceptance.

“This would lay the foundation of harmony, progress and development in Nepal. We extend our best wishes to the people of Nepal,” the statement said.

In Nepal, President Ram Baran Yadav promulgated the constitution, endorsed by most members of the Constituent Assembly, at a function in the assembly building in Kathmandu. Nepalese people lit lamps in their homes to celebrate the occasion.

The occasion also saw violence, as one man was killed and many other people were injured in clashes between police and protestors, mainly comprising the Madhesi minority, in the south Nepal town of Birgunj.

Under the constitution, 14 districts in the southern plains would be joined with provinces dominated by hill dwellers.

The plains-based political parties boycotted voting on the new constitution as they fear they will be under-represented.

(IANS)

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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)