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Indian Government to open a Website to facilitate time-bound public services

To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India

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New Delhi, November 10, 2016: To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India.

The main purpose of the website will be to inform the people about various services offered by the central as well as state governments. It will also inform about the procedure for taking them and the timeline for grant of such services.

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According to PTI report, “A national portal is being developed on public service delivery. It will have information of all the services being offered by various central and state government departments.”

“People will be able to know all information like requests regarding issuance of passport to other such documents through this website,” said C Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

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This proposal is one of the Centre’s efforts to ensure that all the public services are delivered timely.

He further said that there are about 1,700 services that are provided by various state governments in a timely manner and the number is may go up to 4,000.

“The website is being developed by National Informatics Centre and it will be made functional by May. By clicking a button, one would be able to know what services are being offered by which state,” Viswanath said.

The Secretary said regional conference are being planned in order to inform state and other stake holders to strengthen the already functioning system by putting in place an efficient public service delivery system.

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According to PTI, “A highest of 750 such services are provided by Karnataka, 497 by Goa, 369 by Maharashtra, 361 by Delhi, 324 by Odisha, 278 by Gujarat, 260 by Chhattisgarh, 200 by Jharkhand, 197 by Haryana, 164 by Madhya Pradesh, 153 by Rajasthan, 139 by Uttar Pradesh, 116 by Himachal Pradesh, 80 by Jammu and Kashmir and 50 by Bihar.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Chinese Authorities Suspends Website for Black Hole Copyright: Report

Founded in June 2000, VCG had collected revenues to the tune of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million) in the first three quarters of 2018

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Chinese authorities have suspended the website of the country’s largest stock images provider after it was found to have put its copyright mark on the first ever photo taken of a black hole, state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on Friday.

Visual China Group (VCG) has been alleged to have published with its watermark the black hole photo soon after it was released on Wednesday, leading the cyberspace affairs authority in Tianjin (north) to suspend its website, Efe news reported citing the daily.

The incident led to the National Copyright Administration in China announcing that it would launch a campaign to regulate the image copyright market, underlining that firms should set up mechanisms to uphold copyright as per legal requirements.

The copyright claim over a picture, which was released by Event Horizon Telescope and was not meant for commercial usage, meant that users downloading the image from VCG were required to pay for it.

All images provided by organizations like the European Southern Observatory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are available for free as long as users cite the source.

The photo of the black hole, located 53.3 million light years from the Earth and taken by the Event Horizon Telescope, also fell under this category.

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An image of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times that of the sun.
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The Chinese company issued a statement saying they had obtained the rights of the image for use in the media and not for commercial use such as advertisements.

However, ESO – which holds the rights over the image – has denied having received any message from VCG, and said it was illegal for the Chinese firm to ask money for the use of the photo.

The incident led to protests in social networks in the Asian country, some of them from other companies and organizations that found their own content on the VCG website.

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Moreover, the Communist Youth League Central Committee, on its official handle on Weibo – Chinese equivalent of Twitter – criticized VCG for making users pay for photographs of the national emblem on its website.

The authorities at Tianjin decided to suspend the website in the wake of the controversy, even though VCG released another statement with an apology and admitting that many of its images came from third parties without any ties to their company.

Founded in June 2000, VCG had collected revenues to the tune of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million) in the first three quarters of 2018. (IANS)