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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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Facebook Announces its First Data Centre in Singapore

The 11-storey facility will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, Facebook added

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As governments the world over including in India aim to store data of their people within their boundaries, Facebook on Friday announced to build its first data centre in Asia that will be located in Singapore.

The 170,000-square-metre data centre will be built with more than 1.4 billion Singapore dollars (over $1 billion), opening hundreds of job opportunities.

“We are excited to announce that Facebook’s first custom-built data center in Asia will be located in Singapore. It will support hundreds of jobs and form part of our growing presence in Singapore and across Asia,” Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook’s data centres are currently located across the US and in Europe.

In India, a government panel is currently working on the guidelines to ensure that data generated locally must be stored within the country.

The social media giant said it selected Singapore for robust infrastructure and access to fibre, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board.

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“Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting,” Facebook said.

The World Bank recently named Singapore as top country in Asia to do business.

The Singapore data centre will be the first to incorporate the new “StatePoint Liquid Cooling” system.

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This technology minimises water and power consumption and can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20 per cent in climates like Singapore’s, said Facebook.

The 11-storey facility will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, Facebook added. (IANS)