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For a country like India, the hope lies in a visionary leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is aiming to create a Cloud-first approach towards skilling and digital transformation, thus empowering over a billion people, says Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Carlson, who reports directly to AWS CEO Andy Jassy and has been in India twice in recent times to explore the government’s digital transformation initiatives, hailed the return of Modi government to power.
“Leaders like him understand that they require transformative actions and sustainable economic development models to drive the change which would eventually benefit the masses.
“Adopting the secure Cloud-first approach is top priority for governments the world over. Data is like currency because that’s where all the information and the opportunities lie, which can make a real difference in the lives of millions of people,” Carlson told IANS on the sidelines of AWS Public Sector Summit attended by over 18,000 technologists here on Tuesday.
AWS is the Cloud arm of retail giant Amazon. In the first quarter of 2019, AWS reported an annualized revenue run rate of $31 billion, registering 41 per cent (year-on-year) growth.
According to Carlson, who joined AWS in 2010 and organised the first Public Sector Summit with just 50 people participating, it is high time for the Indian government to deploy Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-driven Cloud models to make sense of humongous sets of data — analyse it, share it and parse out the key insights to researchers and related stakeholders who could then better help communities.
“I strongly feel that the Indian government can unlock the potential of data-sets across the domain with the help of AI and ML and use the models in ways that actually help citizens in solving their real-life problems,” emphasised Carlson, who would be to New Delhi for the AWS Public Sector Summit in September.
Cloud today has become the new normal, she said, adding that when she started the public sector Cloud business, customers didn’t even really understand what Cloud computing was.
“But today, not only do they understand it, they actually choose it as their first choice. They’re making massive acquisitions around Cloud computing and understand their ability to move quickly and scale up the workloads,” Carlson told IANS.
Since launching AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has seen the client list growing from state, local and central governments to educational institutions, ed-tech companies and non-profit organisations.
Over 28,000 non-profit organisations globally are building a better world for millions on AWS Cloud.
“The customers today are using the Cloud-based technologies to experiment, try out things and then scale it. They may face failures but this helps them become builders. And that’s really what has changed in the last few years,” she added.
In a bid to add more customers in the growing Indian market, AWS last month announced the third availability zone in its Mumbai Cloud Region.
The company launched AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region with two availability zones in 2016 and has seen tremendous growth in adding new customers in the region.
The AWS Cloud spans 66 Availability Zones within 21 geographic Regions around the world, with announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more Regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta and Milan.
According to Carlson, once the governments have Cloud-first policy in place, “they need strong leadership to take steps to push it forward.
“We’ve learned through experience that unless you have leaders that really drive things forward for all the right reasons like security, cost reduction, scalability, privacy and rapid acceleration of citizen services, peoples’ lives won’t transform,” Carlson told IANS. (IANS)
The Centre on Wednesday directed all Union Ministries and Departments to clear Air India's dues immediately. An office memorandum from the Finance Ministry's Department of Expenditure said: "Recently, the Government of India has decided to disinvest Air India, and the process of disinvestment of Air India and Air India Express is ongoing.""Air India has stopped extending credit facilities on account of purchase of air tickets. Therefore, all Ministries or Departments are directed to clear Air India's dues immediately." "Air tickets from Air India may be purchased in cash till further instructions."
In 2009, the Centre had mandated that Central government officers travel via Air India for all official purposes including availing of LTC. On Monday, conglomerate Tata Group entered into a share purchase agreement with the Central government for buying out the latter's stake in national carrier Air India, Air India Express, and AISATS.
Earlier, a Letter of Intent was issued to the Tata Group. After the SPA, Tata Group would need to fulfill the conditions precedent in the agreement before taking over the airline. The rest of the transaction is expected to be completed by December.
Tata Sons' subsidiary Talace emerged as the highest bidder for the national carrier under the divestment process. Talace had quoted an enterprise value of Rs 18,000 crore for 100 per cent equity shareholding of the Centre in Air India along with that of Air India Express and AISATS. (IANS/ MBI)
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Sports betting has been around for centuries for the audience to not only watch the sport but to get more deeply involved in the match. It is a fun and often profitable activity for the viewer to win some extra fortune or simply get some extra sweat while watching the game. At first glance, sports betting may look like it's pure luck, but when you indulge deeper into the activity you realize it is more of a calculative and research activity than just pure luck. We must note that yes, luck does play a certain role to some extend but a win is not completely dependent on luck, if you're putting your bets on a certain team you have to make sure to do some research about the players on the team, history of wins and losses of the team and compare the probability of winning and then place bets.
Even though sports betting has existed since the ancient era, it was not until recently that it became increasingly popular among the youth. This happened due to the legalization of the activity and the rise of online sports betting. The technological revolution has expanded the sports betting industry, offering the bettors new markets and ways to bet. The only major difference between online bookmarkers and traditional brick-and-mortar venues of sports betting is that now you can place bets online from your mobile devices, laptops, computers etc.
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Online sports betting allows the sports enthusiastic bettors to place their sports bet online from wherever they are on real-life happening sports events. For instance, if there is a match between Chelsea F.C. and Machester United in the English Premier League, you can place wagers on either of the team to win from your comfort space, on your device and if you correctly predict the outcome, you'll win money.
How to Bet on Sports?
Sport betting gives more thrill and involvement in the sport to the bettor.Istockphoto
Now that you understand the basic mechanism of sports betting, how and where should you place your bets? For new bettors, sports betting can be a little intimidating because you're putting real money as stakes and no one wants to lose it. Here are the steps to place your sports bets online:
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It is indeed good news that the book showcasing the wisdom of India in the eyes of Western intellectuals is getting due recognition and appreciation from other states and abroad. After Karnataka and Punjab, the Government of Assam has recently consented to translate the research-based book by Shillong-based author - Shri Salil Gewali titled "Great Minds on India". The Chief Minister of Assam - Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma was amazed to know that so many top western scientists and philosophers have drawn a considerable amount of inspiration from ancient scriptures of India, particularly in the studies of modern physics, linguistic and astronomy. In the recent meeting with the author, the Chief Minister had highly appreciated Gewali's book and promised to read it thoroughly. Gewali's book was also approved for translation in the year 2020 by the former Chief Minister – Shri Sarbananda Sonowal but due to COVID-19, the translation work was delayed.
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Furthermore, the two scholars from Canada --- Dr Hema Murty -- Air Space Engineer at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Harsh H Thakkar of Sheridan College of Brampton, Ontario have sought permission from Mr. Gewali for the translation of 'Great Minds on India' into the Sanskrit language. After the translation, the Sanskrit edition will be published and circulated and utilized by Samskrita Bharati of Canada, besides its other branches in India, USA and UK. Gewali says that the book that has been praised by countless scholars and publication by the Government of Karnataka and Punjab has so far been translated into thirteen languages, including German.
'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdomFile
A university scholar from Winchester, United Kingdom - Ms. Janet Murphy remarks:
" 'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdom, thought and way of life had an impact on western minds, especially those who are of great historical significance, such as Voltaire, Albert Einstein, Ralph Emerson, Julius Robert Oppenheimer, Mark Twain, HG Wells et al. It is hoped all right-thinking scholars will find Gewali's work extremely applaudable."