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Singapore, Rajasthan sign two MOUs to make desert state Global Tourist Destination

Singapore will also share its expertise in areas like inter-modal transport integration, waste management solutions and affordable wireless connection

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October 6, 2016: Rajasthan and Singapore on Thursday signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to jointly market the desert state as a global tourist destination and also provide advanced urban solutions.

Visiting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Singapore’s Industry Minister S. Iswaran were present on the occasion. Lee, who came to India on October 3, is on a visit to Udaipur on October 5-6.

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“The tourism MOU with Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) will aggregate the city-state’s expertise through tripartite collaboration between the government, tourism institutions and industry partners to strengthen Rajasthan’s knowledge capabilities,” a Rajasthan government statement said. Besides, Rajasthan plans to utilize Singapore’s public and private sector proficiency in tourism development.

The second MoU with International Enterprise (IE) of Singapore focuses on enhancing Rajasthan’s international appeal and connectivity, facilitation of private sector participation to rejuvenate the state’s heritage areas and critical urban and smart solutions.

Singapore will also share its expertise in areas like inter-modal transport integration, waste management solutions and affordable wireless connection. Later, a Centre of Excellence for Tourism Training (CETT) was inaugurated in Udaipur by Raje in the presence of the Singapore Prime Minister and other state and foreign dignitaries.

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CETT, set up by the state government in collaboration with ITE Education Services of Singapore, aims to provide skill and vocational training in services related to travel and tourism. (IANS)

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Nearly Half Of Government Takedown Demands on Netflix Comes From Singapore

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, YouTube, and even Wikipedia often receive and comply with requests from government bodies to remove content from its platforms in those countries

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The media streaming behemoth Netflix revealed the details in its first report, named "Environmental Social Governance", which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures. Pixabay

Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority — five of such requests — came from the Singapore government.

The media streaming behemoth revealed the details in its first report, named “Environmental Social Governance”, which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures, ZDNet reported on Sunday.

The takedowns all occurred between 2015 and 2020.

The streaming giant said in its report: “We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world. However, our catalog varies from country to country, including for [broadcasting] rights reasons [and] in some cases, we’ve been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.”

It is pertinent to note that government takedowns aren’t a new phenomena for online media platforms.

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Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority — five of such requests — came from the Singapore government. Pixabay

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, YouTube, and even Wikipedia often receive and comply with requests from government bodies to remove content from its platforms in those countries.

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The reasons for such requests often range from local laws banning certain kinds of content to the publishing of unauthorised material to straight up attempts of censorship, according to Mashable. (IANS)