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Sushma Swaraj meets relatives of 39 ISIS captives in Iraq

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday assured the relatives of the Indians who are being held captive by the Islamic State in Iraq that the government was working towards locating them.

368001-sushma-3As manay as 39 Indians were kidnapped by the IS in June last year and are being held in captivity since then.

Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet: “EAM meets with families of 39 Indians held captive in Iraq. Assures them that our efforts continue to locate them.”

Sushma Swaraj had met the relatives many times since June last year. She had assured them that the government was doing its utmost to locate the men, who hail mostly from Punjab and were employed as laborers in Mosul.

Besides the 39 men kidnapped in Iraq, three other Indians are being held in captivity by Islamic State militants in Sirte in Libya.

While two men were kidnapped in July, another man was kidnapped earlier this week.

(With inputs from IANS)

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India Post Partners TCS to Modernize its Services

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day

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The cyber security lab was inaugurated at the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy. IANS

India Post has partnered with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become a multi-service digital hub, modernize the delivery of mail and packages, enhance customer experience and launch innovative services.

TCS on Monday said it has implemented its Point of Sale (PoS) solution across 24,000 post offices with over 80,000 PoS terminals, making this among the largest such implementations in the world.

Additionally, it has built a web portal with consignment tracking capabilities and set up a multi-lingual call centre for customer support, the company added.

To enable India Post to benefit from the burgeoning e-commerce opportunity, while fulfilling a vital social obligation, the web portal has an e-marketplace to help rural artisans, self-help groups and women entrepreneurs reach out to buyers throughout the country.

“In a digital era, postal services across the world are reinventing themselves to stay relevant to a new generation,” Debashis Ghosh, Business Group Head – Public Services, TCS, said in a statement.

Tata Consultancy Services, Vadapalani
Tata Consultancy Services, Vadapalani. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We are proud to have partnered with the Department of Posts in this pioneering, mission mode initiative to build a world class, future-ready digital platform that the nation can be proud of,” Ghosh added.

At the heart of this transformation is the Core System Integration (CSI) programme designed and implemented by TCS, the company said.

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This involved deploying an integrated Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to mail operations, finance and accounting, and HR functions, and connects its vast network of more than 150,000 post offices.

It supports the HR needs of over 500,000 employees, services over 40,000 concurrent users and processes over three million postal transactions a day, TCS said. (IANS)