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Odisha touches new high in software exports

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Bhubaneswar: Registering a staggering 11 per cent growth against the last corresponding fiscal software exports, Odisha recorded Rs2,564 crore in 2014-15 fiscal, declared the government on Thursday.
“The export turnover of software units registered under Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Bhubaneswar touched Rs. 2,564 crore in 2014-15 with 11 per cent growth,” said a release from the Electronics and Information Technology Department.
It said the growth of such exports from Odisha was higher than the national rate since 2006.
While software exports were worth Rs 2,317 crore in 2013-14, IT units in the state exported items worth Rs 1,945 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 1,610 crore in 2011-12, said the release.
The state government hoped that software exports would further increase in the next 2-3 years.
The US, which accounts for 68 per cent of total exports, has remained the top destination for IT exports from Odisha, followed by other countries like Britain, Germany, Australia, China, Canada, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, UAE and Japan.
According to the release, 45 units contributed to the IT exports from the state during the year 2014-15. Of the 45 units, 44 are in Bhubaneswar and one is in Rourkela.
Large companies contributed 87 percent of the total IT exports, worth Rs 2,232 crore.
(With inputs from IANS)

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Woman IAS officer Gauri Parashar Joshi saved Panchkula when Local Police Ran Away

When violence escalated, Gauri Parashar Joshi went to her office, issued an order to hand over the situation to the Army that helped to reduce the chaos of the situation.  

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  • Gauri Parasher Joshi tackled the ruckus caused by Dera followers
  • She didn’t flee from there even when her clothes got torn and had injuries
  • Had the Army not come in, the residential area would have seen the unprecedented devastation

Panchkula, Haryana, August 28, 2017: Haryana Police ran away from the spot, leaving innocent people in danger when violence caused by Dera followers increased. This happened after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on 25 August 2017.

It was then Gauri Parasher Joshi, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner, IAS officer took matters in her hand to tackle the ruckus caused by Dera followers. When she was trying to calm down the agitators, police guards fled the spot as soon as they saw an angry mob of Dera followers who were coming to attack with stones, sticks.

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Soon violence increased, but she didn’t flee from there even when her clothes got torn and had injuries. She took a wise decision, went to her office along with a PSO and issued an order by which the situation was handed over to the Army. This was a clever move as it helped to avoid further damage in the situation.

A local expressed his disappointment over the cowardly act of the local police.  According to Economic Times report, Satinder Nangia, a local from Panchkula said “Had the Army not come in, the residential area would have seen the unprecedented devastation. We have been serving the local police with tea and biscuits for last few days, but the moment the Dera followers went on a rampage the local police was the first to run.”  It was the Army which prevented further deterioration of the area.

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Gauri Parasher Joshi reached home at wee hours, around 3 am but she went home after going around, checking every place with possible danger in the city and thus making sure that the situation was under control and rioters were not causing any more trouble.

She has served in Kalahandi, the Naxal-affected district in Odisha in the past and may be that helped her in tackling the situation with such competence.Betty Nangia praised the efforts of Joshi, “It’s time the patriarchal state, with abysmally low sex ratio, looks up to such woman and take a lesson or two.” She was disturbed as she witnessed the Army men shooting two Dera followers who were at close proximity from her house, as the locals tried to enter their homes in panic.  We need more woman IAS officers like Gauri Parasher Joshi.


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Maharangajodi Village: The ‘Village of Widows’ in Odisha

The men of Maharangajodi Village are dying of deadly lung diseases, pushing women to battle the misery and survive

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50 men working in mining company of Odisha lost their lives to a fatal lung disease. Wikimedia
  • The Maharangajodi Village in Odisha is increasingly becoming known as the ‘Village of Widows’
  • The men have lost their lives to deadly lung diseases while the women are expected to carry the burden of survival
  • No compensation has been provided to the widows by the government or the mining company

July 22, 2017: In Keonjhar District of Odisha, the Maharangajodi Village has witnessed the deaths of men because of lung disease. Their women are left with no option but to seek ways of survival in this ‘Village of Widows’.

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In 1982 a mining company called Pyrophilites was inaugurated in the village. It was responsible for the production of lime and sand stone.

The 50 men in the village, who worked at this mining site and earned living for their families, saw their health being degraded. Gradually, these men became weak and also faced trouble in breathing. It was discovered that the exposure to silica had an adverse impact on the health of these men.

The men lost their lives to deadly lung diseases they had developed over the course of employment. Silica affected the men with a fatal disease known as Silicosis.

The village was branded as ‘Village of Widows’ as none of the workers survived the disease.

The village was branded as 'Village of Widows' as none of the workers survived the disease. Click To Tweet

Pyrophilites was shut down eight years ago. However, no compensation has been given to the women or the families of the men who succumbed to the fatal exposure.

Sarojini Khuntia told Odisha TV, “The company paid very less wages to the men. Even after exploiting them, the company did not do anything to mitigate the problems of the workers diagnosed with respiratory disease. Neither have we been compensated after their deaths”

Furthermore, the government has remained insensitive to the issue. The party in power had failed to provide any compensation or even assistance for these widows to take care of their families.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Nearly 500 Blind Teachers in Kerala to be trained in various facets of Information and Communication Technology

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Kerala, May 29, 2017: Close to 500 blind teachers in Kerala would be trained in the various facets of Information and Communication Technology, to help them to handle their subjects effectively using technology, in a month’s time said a official of the state’s IT@School Project.

This will be done under the project as part of implementing the Hi-Tech School programme in the state, said project chief K. Anvar Sadath.

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By now more than a lakh teachers in the state-run schools have been trained under it.

Earlier in 2011, IT@School had imparted basic IT training for all blind teachers in the state, and received special appreciation from Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

With the completion of the current training, Kerala would become the first state in the country to have trained all visually challenged teachers in ICT, which focuses on the possibilities of ICT in education, rather than a mere training on computers.

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“The training for the regular teachers emphasise on specific subject wise content, developed entirely on free and open source software platform. The accessibility gaps of the software used for such training are assessed and then new customised packages are being incorporated, for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers,” said Sadath.

The specific training includes activities such as preparation of documents and presentations which would assist in classroom teaching of every teacher, language computing, digital content collection from internet and their legal aspects, audio recording and video editing. The educational applications which are used for the regular training are customised for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers.

“The joy goes up to its peak now as we are learning to apply it in our class rooms. It’s like we are getting our eyes back,” said thrilled learner Sebastian, who is almost fully blind and works as a teacher in a state-run school in Ernakulam district. (IANS)