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Hyderabad: Aiming to make Hyderabad the country’s top information technology destination, the Telangana government will launch four new policies for IT, innovation, gaming and animation and hardware on December 28 during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s visit.

Telangana Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao told reporters on Saturday that they plan to hold a big event during Nadella’s visit to T-Hub, billed as India’s largest technology incubator.

The government has requested Nadella to unveil policies for IT, innovation/startups, Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment (IMAGE) and Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM).

The minister announced this while inaugurating incubator for IMAGE, developed by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in collaboration with the state government.

Referring to the floods in Chennai which hit the IT sector, the minister said Hyderabad has the unique opportunity as no other city is as safe as Hyderabad.

“No other city is shielded from natural calamities like cyclones, typhoons and earthquakes. We have to seize this opportunity and work for it,” he said.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said with the initiatives taken by the government during last 16 to 18 months, Hyderabad had re-asserted itself as one of the premier destinations of IT in the country.

“But we are not completely content with this. We have bigger plans. Multiple initiatives have been taken and with the kind of planning and policy support, we hope that Hyderabad will be the top destination in the country in a couple of years,” said KTR, who is the son of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

(IANS)

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Plans To Visit India This Month

Later, Microsoft India issued a statement on behalf of Nadella

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"Yes, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, will be visiting India later this month to address customers, partners, young innovators and developers," Microsoft said in a statement. Pixabay

Around the time US President Donald Trump will be visiting India this month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will also be in the country.

“Yes, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, will be visiting India later this month to address customers, partners, young innovators and developers,” Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday.

Nadella is expected to attend a company event on February 24 and 25.

His visit comes barely a month after he had voiced his opinion on the new citizenship law (CAA). Nadella, who hails from Hyderabad and became the Microsoft CEO in 2014, said last month whatever was happening in India on this new legislation was just bad.

Talking to editors in New York in January, Nadella said he would like immigrants to come and set up startups in India. “I think what is happening is sad. It’s just bad. I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or becomes the next CEO of Infosys,” tweeted Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of buzzfeednews.com, who asked Microsoft CEO about the CAA at the meeting.

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Around the time US President Donald Trump will be visiting India this month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will also be in the country. Wikimedia Commons

Later, Microsoft India issued a statement on behalf of Nadella. “Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. In democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds,” said the India-born CEO.

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“I am shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the US. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to set up a prosperous startup or lead a multinational corporation, benefitting Indian society and the economy at large,” Nadella said. (IANS)