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New Delhi, In a bid to boost cyber security and promote digital economy, India and the US have committed themselves to robust cooperation on cyber issues, an official said on Friday.
This was decided at the 2015 US-India Cyber Dialogue held at the US State Department in Washington on August 11-12, according to a joint statement issued after the meeting.

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“The whole-of-government Cyber Dialogue, fourth in the series, was led by the US Cyber security Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Michael Daniel and by India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta,” the statement said.
“Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for Policy Planning, Counter-terrorism and Global Cyber Issues Santosh Jha co-hosted the dialogue.”
It stated that the US side was represented by the departments of state, justice, homeland security, treasury and commerce while India was represented by the national cyber security coordinator at the National Security Council Secretariat and ministries of external affairs, home and communications and information technology.
“The delegations discussed a range of cyber issues including cyber threats, enhanced cyber security information sharing, cyber incident management, cyber security cooperation in the context of ‘Make in India’, efforts to combat cyber crime, internet governance issues, and norms of state behavior in cyber space,” the joint statement, issued by the external affairs ministry said.
The two sides also “identified a variety of opportunities for increased collaboration on cyber security capacity-building, cyber security research and development, combating cyber crime, international security, and internet governance, and intend to pursue an array of follow-on activities to bolster their cyber security partnership and achieve concrete outcomes”.
“In addition to the formal dialogue, the delegations met with representatives from the private sector to discuss issues related to cyber security and the digital economy,” it stated.
The Indian delegation also met US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter-terrorism.The next round of Cyber Dialogue will be held in Delhi in 2016.

(IANS)

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Flipkart Revamps its Seller Onboarding Process to Help MSMEs: Report

These regional teams, based in cities such as Lucknow, Coimbatore and Jaipur, cater to sellers in over 4,30 pin codes

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Flipkart on Monday announced it has revamped its seller onboarding process to ease the first-time e-commerce experience for medium and small businesses (MSMEs).

The e-tailer has also stationed 13 regional teams across the country to help onboard sellers in person, by meeting with them at their premises.

These changes to the onboarding process will make it easier for small sellers, who may not have prior digital expertise, to list their products on the platform and access Flipkart’s pan-India base of over 150 million customers.

“By revamping our onboarding process and simplifying the number of steps, we are making it easier for any seller, no matter the size, to list on our platform and get started from day one,” said Nishant Gupta, Head of Flipkart’s Marketplace business.

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Currently, e-commerce accounts for less than three per cent of India’s overall retail industry. Government estimates suggest there are roughly 60 million MSMEs in India, many of whom are restricted to their local markets due to difficulties in accessing resources.

Flipkart has also added regional teams in various Tier II and beyond cities to help sellers sign onto the platform.

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These regional teams, based in cities such as Lucknow, Coimbatore and Jaipur, cater to sellers in over 4,30 pin codes.

“As a home-grown company, we know that the future of e-commerce lies in bringing more MSMEs and smaller businesses online which, in turn, will generate employment and investment, and will meaningfully contribute toward the country’s socio-economic development,” added Gupta. (IANS)