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ISRO postpones launch of PSLV-C27 with IRNSS-1D due to technical anamoly

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today said that the launch of India’s fourth navigation satellite IRNSS-1D onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C27), scheduled for March 9 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, has been postponed due to a technical anamoly.
 
"During the integrated electrical checks of launch vehicle along with satellite after the closure of heat shield on March 3, 2015, an anomaly was observed in one of the telemetry transmitters of the satellite," a press release from ISRO said.
 
"In order to resolve the technical anomaly through further test, simulation and analysis, the launch of PSLV-C27 with IRNSS-1D has been postponed," it added.
 
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SABIC to collaborate with CIPET, CSIR to strengthen research in Indian chemical industry

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Saudi Arabia's SABIC, one of the world's top petrochemical companies, today said it had entered into strategic collaborations with India's Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to strengthen academic and research capabilities in the Indian chemical industry.
 
The agreement in this regard was signed in the presence of Mr Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary, Chemicals & Petrochemicals and President, CIPET, Dr G Anupama, Joint Secretary, CSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology and Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Delhi Saud Mohammd Alsati.
 
"These partnerships, while paving the way for close collaboration with both the organisations in multiple research areas, are testimony of SABIC’s commitment to partner in the government’s ‘Make in India’ vision by strengthening the chemicals and Plastics industries’ research ecosystem in the country, boosting skills development and contributing to India’s growth story," a press release from SABIC said.
 
Dr. Ernesto Occhiello, Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation said, “Collaborative projects with well-established scientific organisations and research centres are essential components of SABIC's global research programme. As Government of India’s two top academic and research institutions, both CIPET and CSIR are natural partners for SABIC. Through these partnerships, SABIC will be able to leverage these institutions’ multidisciplinary research capabilities to achieve research excellence for SABIC that will greatly benefit the nation. It is also our desire to see that today’s collaboration will create a value-added ecosystem involving science and technology institutions, talents, industry, customers to benefit the people of India.”
 
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Mr Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President, SABIC South Asia & ANZ said, “We firmly believe that the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative rooted in the two strategic advantages of  research and human capital will be the next growth driver for India. SABIC’s strategy in India is aligned with India’s economic growth plans and we endeavour to provide customers the products, services and solutions they need in their rapid growth path. We are very proud of signing these partnerships today with India’s premier institutions”
 
SABIC’s Master Umbrella Advisor Program Agreement with CIPET will leverage its expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities for an increased pace of research in specific areas of polymer processing Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing /Computer Aided Engineering and mold design for plastics and allied industries. 
 
The collaboration agreement also supports skills development to drive industry growth through an academic research partnership that provides for an annual scholarship for Ph.D. students researching in the area of SABIC’s interest; support in designing of CIPET’s curriculum to include the latest technology developments; guest faculty from SABIC and providing a six-month internship opportunity to CIPET’s Plastic engineering students at the SABIC Technology Center, Bengaluru, one of India’s most premier, state-of-the-art research facility.
 
The Master Research Alliance Agreement with CSIR paves the way for collaborative research leveraging competencies of CSIR laboratories, in particular, the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune; the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun; and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad. 
 
CSIR has some of the best chemical laboratories in the country, focused on catalysis, polymer rheology, reaction engineering and petroleum processing amongst others. The tie-up also provides for funding to CSIR for Chemicals / Petrochemical / Polymer research in a consistent way over a period of time, as they bring in unique areas of expertise.
 
SABIC currently has research collaborations with IIT Mumbai -Monash in India and similar collaborations with several universities in Saudi Arabia – King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – and with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, Cambridge University in the UK, the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the National Research Council in Italy and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany.
 
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Close shave for two Flying Bulls planes during aerobatics display at Bangalore air show

 
Close shave for two Flying Bulls planes at Bangalore air show
Two aircraft from the famed Flying Bulls aerobatics team from the Czech Republic had a close shave when they scraped against each other while performing a stunt on the second day of Aero India 2015, the international air show.
 
Both aircraft, who were part of a three-plane formation, landed safely and nobody was injured, sources said.
 
The two planes were flying at a height of about 500 feet when the wing of one appeared to touch the head of the other while performing a loop.
 
As the crowds let out a collective gasp, the two pilots managed to steady the aircraft and land safely, much to everyone's relief. The wings of both aircraft were damaged.
 
The Flying Bulls were major draws at the the 2011 and 2013 editions of the air show, too.
 
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Amazon.in launches Car and Motorbike store on its online marketplace

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E-commerce major Amazon.in today launched a Car & Motorbike Store on its online marketplace, offering more than 22,000 products from over 150 Indian and international brands.
 
The products on offer include engine oils, additives, filters, car shampoos, polishes to headlights, seat covers, car covers; from helmets, fenders, wind deflectors, car vacuum cleaners to spark plugs, car electronics, riding gear and more. 
 
"The new store provides customers across India an easy and convenient access to thousands of car and motorbike care products from over 150 Indian and international brands including 3M, Meguiar’s, Shell, Vega, K&N, Hella, Philips and many others," a press release from the company said.
 
“We are excited to launch the Car & Motorbike store on Amazon.in. This category is highly unorganized in India with limited distribution reach. With our vast selection of genuine parts and accessories, a trusted and reliable shopping platform and quick & fast delivery services, customers across India can now shop for all their car and bike care needs with ease and convenience,” said Mr Samir Kumar, Director Category Management, Amazon India.
 
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For easy navigation and customer convenience, the new Car & Motorbike Store on Amazon.in has been curated into four sub-stores - Vehicle Care, Motorbike Accessories & Parts, Car Accessories and Car Parts. 
 
Mr. Ninad Gadgil, Vice president, 3M Automotive After Market Division said, “We are delighted to be associated with Amazon India, as the Car Care category has been rapidly growing with increasing involvement of car owners in maintenance and upkeep of their 'priced' possession. Our online partnership gives us a great opportunity to penetrate metro and non-metro markets through unconventional distribution channel.”
 
With detailed product information, customer reviews and buying guides for products such as wiper blades, engine oils, filters and helmets, the store enables customers to make informed purchase decisions, the release said.
 
Many prominent third party sellers including TAMS, Vheelocity, Diosstore, Pegasus Premium, Olympia Industries Ltd. and Autofurnish India have signed up on the Amazon India marketplace to offer their selection to a wider customer base across India for the new departments.
 
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Modi dedicates Centre for Nano Science Engineering at IISc, Bangalore to nation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Centre for Nano Science Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) here today.
 
The centre is considered to be the most sophisticated and comprehensive cluster of micro and nano-tech laboratories in India, benchmarked against the best in the world.
 
The centre is designed to provide research and technology leadership in the areas of nano-electronics and nanotechnology, which is key to the `Make in India` initiative, in the field of electronics.
 
Mr Modi, who was on a day's visit to Bangalore and had inaugurated the 10th Aero India here earlier in the morning, also unveiled the foundation stone of the Centre for Brain Research at IISc. This is being established as an autonomous centre of IISc. 
 
He witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ONGC and Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd. The MoU envisages development of new technology for drilling of oil and gas. 
 
He was given an overview of the research activities being carried out at IISc, including in areas such as solar energy, water management and agriculture.
 
Mr Modi also visited the Institute for Stem Cell Research, National Centre for Biological Sciences and interacted with scientists there. He visited the Stem Cell Laboratory where scientists explained the research being conducted there. 
 
Later, he interacted with young scientists for over half an hour. The subjects discussed included research on traditional Indian medicine, progress being made towards finding a cure for sickle cell anaemia using gene therapy, wildlife conservation through gene banks, and the `Make in India` initiative. 
 
The Prime Minister urged the scientists to interact with schoolchildren and motivate them to build careers in this field.
 
Mr Modi aso delivered the convocation address at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) here and exhorted the graduating students to treat patients with empathy, and to work towards eradication of superstition regarding mental illness in society. 
 
He welcomed as special guests poor school children from different schools in Bangalore, who were present at the convocation. He encouraged the  students who were being awarded degrees today to interact with these children, saying the occasion could prove inspirational for their young minds.
 
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The Prime Minister urged the graduating students to keep in mind people from various sections of society who had contributed in any way towards their success. He said they should always attempt to live and work for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged sections of society. He said this was the way to find inner happiness.
 
He told the graduating students that they had made a conscience call, and answered an inner desire, in choosing this profession. He said their task was tough, but he was confident that their education, and their spirit of service would help them accomplish what they had set out to do. 
 
The Prime Minister said superstition often blocked proper treatment and cure for the mentally ill. He said that the field of mental health faced the triple challenges of lack of knowledge, lack of awareness and superstition. He said people had to understand that mental illness could be treated and was curable scientifically.
 
He said that, along with skill and education, a certain empathy was also required from doctors while treating patients suffering from mental ailments.
 
Mr Modi also inaugurated the MR-PET Centre at Nimhans.
 
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India's first Web Observatory launched at IIIT, Bangalore

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India’s first Web Observatory was launched at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) today.
 
The Web Observatory was launched by Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT-B and Prof. Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, at a workshop on Web Science attended by UK and Indian scientists, and organised by IIIT-B and the British High Commission.
 
The Web Observatory provides a global, distributed analytics platform that not only provides access to datasets of various sizes but also in helping analyse the web, a press release from the British High Commission in New Delhi said.
 
The observatory has been set up in partnership with the Web Science Trust, the University of Southampton and other global Web Science laboratories. It is planned to be a world-wide grid, hosting datasets relevant to Web Science research.
 
IIIT-B will host the first such node of the grid in India and will be managed by the Web Sciences Lab at the Institute. At the launch, Prof. Sadagopan, stressed the growing importance of Web Science research. He noted that the web is increasingly impacting people in a comprehensive fashion - be it in business, governance or in their personal lives. 
 
"Web Science is a new discipline that aims to understand the web in all its dimensions. For a growing economy like India, the web can act as a much needed game-changer that can empower both individual liberty and collective good. To enable this, we need a comprehensive understanding of the web," he said.
 
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"The web has changed our lives irrevocably and it is so important that we understand how this is happening, so that we can better forecast what might happen in the future. The Web Observatory is crucial to providing the data and data analytics to support evidence based policy making and business intelligence in the future," Prof. Dame Hall said.
 
"It is also crucial that this is a global effort and it is wonderful to see the development of the observatory at IIIT-Bangalore as the first step of the evolution of a network of Web Observatories throughout India. Similar Web Observatories exist in European, SE Asia and US universities," she added.
 
The Web Science Trust (WST) is a charitable body with the aim of supporting the global development of Web Science through a network of world class laboratories known as WSTnet. It is hosted by the University of Southampton. 
 
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Infosys to acquire automation technology provider Panaya

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Information technology services major Infosys Ltd today said it had signed a definitive agreement to fully acquire Panaya, Inc., a leading provider of automation technology for large scale enterprise software management, in cash, for an enterprise value of $ 200 million. 
 
The acquisition reflects Infosys’ execution of its Renew and New strategy to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of current service lines by leveraging automation, innovation and artificial intelligence, a press release from the company said here today.
 
Panaya’s CloudQuality suite uniquely positions Infosys to bring automation to several of its service lines via an agile SaaS model, and helps mitigate risk, reduce costs and shorten time to market for clients, it said
 
“The acquisition of Panaya is a key step in renewing and differentiating our service lines. This will help amplify the potential of our people, freeing us from the drudgery of many repetitive tasks, so we may focus more on the important, strategic challenges faced by our clients.  At the same time, Panaya’s proven technology helps dramatically simplify the costs and complexities faced by businesses in managing their enterprise application landscapes," Dr. Vishal Sikka, CEO and Managing Director of Infosys said.
 
Mr. Doron Gerstel, CEO, Panaya, Inc. said, “We are excited about leveraging Infosys’ global reach, service footprint and broad customer base to deliver compelling, simplifying, value to clients. I am confident this integrated proposition will uniquely position Infosys as the services leader in the enterprise application services market.”
 
The transaction is expected to close before March 31, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, the release added.
 
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List of victims in Bangalore-Ernakulam train accident

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The South-Western Railway today released the list of passengers who died or have suffered injuries in the derailment of the 12677 Bangalore City-Ernakulam Inter-City Expres near Hosur this morning.
 
List of dead passengers (Bodies kept at Victoria Hospital, Bangalore)
 
Sl. No.  Name  Age  Seat
 
1 Aman M 09 D8...14
2 Ittira Antony M 57 D8...12
3 Punithavathi F 61 D8...18
4 C.R.Venugopal M 53 D8...6
5 Vipin.V.V. M 23 D8...17
6 Naseem Khan F 67 D8...8
7 George M 70 D8...19
8 Aayesha khan F 24 D8...10
9 Irsha Munaf M 24 D8...11
 
List of grievously injured passengers
 
Sl. No. Name Age Seat  Hospital
 
1 Vamadevan M 70 D8...22 Sanjay Gandhi
2 Sharmila F 38 D8...13 Sparsh
3 A Ryzczak F 24 D8...28 Sparsh
4 Naga vishnu M 27 D8...5 Sparsh
5 Vasanthamani F 48 D8...4 Sparsh
6 Vipin UN M 23 D8...20 Narayana Hridayalaya
7 Salim M 42 D8...23 Narayana Hridayalaya
8 Prashanth M 26 D8…25 Narayana Hridayalaya
9 Ashok Jain M 40 … 
10 Shashidharan M 50 …
 
List of passengers with simple injuries
 
Sl. No Name Age Seat Hospital
 
1 Mohandas M 47 ... General Hospital, Aanekal
2 Devasia M 75 ... General Hospital, Aanekal
3 Baby Sebastin M 42 ...... General Hospital, Aanekal
4 Lizy Joy F 42 .... General Hospital, Aanekal
5 Bhaskaran M 45 D8...49 General Hospital, Aanekal
6 K.P.Rajappa ... Sparsh
7 K.K.Klebanski M 33 D8...27 Sparsh
8 Farah Tseema F 44 D8...9 Narayana Hridayalaya
9 Kalyani Roy F 82 ... Narayana Hridayalaya
10 Selvaraj M 58 D8...3 Sparsh
 
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Kerala CM sends Minister to scene of Bangalore-Ernakulam train accident

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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today asked his Cabinet colleague Arayadan Muhammad, who is in charge of railways, to visit the spot of the derailment of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express near Hosur in Tamil Nadu this morning.
 
At least ten people have died and about 50 others suffered injuries in the mishap.
 
The Kerala Government has opened a control room at Thiruvananthapuram with telephone number 0471-2331639.
 
Other helpline numbers in the state include: Thiruvananthapuram 0471 2321205, 2321237, 09746769960, Ernakulam Junction: 0484 2100317, 0813699773, 09539336040, Ernakulam Town: 0484 2398200, Thrissur:  0487 2424148, 2430060, Aluva: 0484 2624143.
 
There were 24  24 passengers bound for Thrissur, 14 for Ernakulam and 11 for Aluva in the D8 coach, which was the worst affected, an official press release from the state government said.
 
Apart from Minister Aryadan Muhammad, Malappuram District Collector and Ernakulam range Inspector General of Police Ajithkumar will go to the spot, it said.
 
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7 killed, 40 hurt as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails near Hosur

At least seven passengers were killed and about 40 others suffered injuries when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu on Friday morning, official sources said.

 
7 dead, 40 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails
At least seven passengers were killed and about 40 others suffered injuries when the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, this morning, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 7.45am between Anekal Road and Hosur stations on the Bangalore-Salem section of South-Western Railway, they said.
 
The train had left Bangalore at 6.15 am for Ernakulam in Kerala. Nine coaches and the engine of the train had gone off the rails, but one coach, D8, a second class chair car, was badly affected, they said. The derailed coaches included two air-conditioned chair cars and six second class chair cars, but they did not suffer much damage.
 
A pantry car and four second class chair cars were not affected by the derailment, the sources said.
 
South-Western Railway spokesperson Chandrasekhar Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that five bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches and efforts were on to retrieve two more.
 
He said some more passengers were trapped inside the coaches and efforts were being made to reach them by cutting through the mangled iron and steel with the help of gas-cutters.
 
He said ten of the injured passengers had suffered severe injuries and were undergoing treatment in the Narayan Hridalaya, Sparsh and Anekal General hospitals.
 
Police and emergency personnel from nearby areas in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment. The Railways have rushed medical vans and accident relief vans to the spot.
 
The cause of the accident could not be immediately ascertained. Efforts were being made to restore rail traffic on the section, the sources said.
 
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In Delhi, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was rushing to the scene of the accident and that he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board, the General Manager of South-Western Railway and other senior officials to reach the spot.
 
He said all possible help would be rendered to the affected passengers and families. He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 200,000 for the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
  
Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, a former Minister for Railways and former Karnataka Chief Minister, was among those who reached the scene of the accident. He said rescue operations were still on, but indicated that eight or nine people may have lost their lives.
 
"I am personally monitoring it and in touch with State and local administration. All Sr rail officials are directed by me to be on job," Mr Prabhu said.
 
"Condolences to all the  unfortunate members of the families who lost lives. Directed to provide best possible medical care to the injured," he said.
 
"Ordered enquiry to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such unfortunate accidents. Monitoring action regularly," he added.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines to provide information and assistance to victims and their relatives: 0948090599,  08022371166, 09731666751.
 
Besides, the Railways have set up the following helpline numbers in Kerala:
 
Trivandrum: 0471-2321205, 2321237, 09746769960
Ernakulam Jn.: 0484-2100317, 0813699773
Ernakulam Town: 0484-2398200
Trichur: 048772424148, 2430060, 04842624143
 
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Three dead, 15 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express derails near Hosur

 
3 dead, 15 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails
At least three passengers died and about 15 others suffered injuries when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed this morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 7.42 am between Anekal Road and Hosur stations.
 
The train had left Bangalore at 6 am for Ernakulam in Kerala. Eight coaches and the engine of the train had gone off the rails, but one coach, D8, a second class chair car, was badly affected, they said.
 
South-Western Railway spokesperson Chandrasekhar Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that three bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches.
 
He said nine of the injured passengers had suffered severe injuries and were undergoing treatment in the Narayan Hridalaya, Sparsh and Anekal General hospitals.
 
A few more trapped passengers remained to be pulled out of the affected coaches, he added.
 
Police and emergency personnel from nearby areas, including in Tamil Nadu, have rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment. The Railways have rushed medical vans and accident relief vans to the spot.
 
The cause of the accident could not be immediately ascertained. Efforts were being made to restore rail traffic on the section, they added.
 
In Delhi, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said a boulder had fallen on the tracks in the ghat section and the train had hit it.
 
Describing the accident as "unfortunate", he said on micro-blogging site Twitter that he had directed all senior officers to rush to the scene and offer full help to the affected passengers.
 
Mr Prabhu said he was on his way to Bangalore to visit the site of the accident. He said all possible help would be rendered to the affected families.
 
He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 200,000 for the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
 
Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, a former Minister for Railways and former Karnataka Chief Minister, is also rushing to the scene of the accident.
 
"I am personally monitoring it and in touch with State and local administration. All Sr rail officials are directed by me to be on job," Mr Prabhu said.
 
"Condolences to all the  unfortunate members of the families who lost lives. Directed to provide best possible medical care to the injured," he said.
 
He said the Chairman of the Railway Board and other senior officials, including some Members of the Railway Board, had been directed to rush to the scene.
 
"Ordered enquiry to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such unfortunate accidents. Monitoring action regularly," he added.
 
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Two dead, 15 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express derails near Hosur

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At least two passengers were reported killed and about 15 others suffered injuries when the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed this morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
 
According to initial reports reaching here, the mishap occurred at around 7.48 am near Hosur. The train had left Bangalore for Ernakulam in Kerala at 6 am. Several of the coaches had gone off the rails, they said.
 
Railway officials told NetIndian that initial reports suggested that two people had died in the accident and about 15 others had suffered injuries.
 
Police and emergency personnel from nearby areas, including in Tamil Nadu, have rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
 
Several people from nearby villages also rushed to the scene and helped to extricate the passengers from the derailed coaches.
 
The cause of the accident could not be immediately ascertained. Efforts were being made to restore rail traffic on the section, they added.
 
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Six coaches of Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express derail

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Six coaches of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed this morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
 
According to initial reports reaching here, the mishap occurred at around 7.48 am near Hosur on the border between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The train had left Bangalore at 6 am.
 
Police and emergency personnel from nearby areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment.
 
The sources said information about injuries to passengers and other details were awaited.
 
The cause of the accident also could not be immediately ascertained.
 
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SpiceJet resumes service to Hubli from Bengaluru, Mumbai

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it would resume flights to Hubli in Karnataka from March 1 with daily flights connecting the city with state capital Bengaluru and Mumbai.
 
The airline will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on these routes, a press release from the company said.
 
SpiceJet had earlier suspended its Hubli operations as the runway there was under maintenance since October 2014. The runway has since been declared to be completely functional.
 
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Infosys inducts Roopa Kudva as Independent Member of its Board

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IT services major Infosys Limited today announced the appointment of Ms Roopa Kudva, Managing Director and CEO of credit rating agency and analytical company Crisil, a subsidiary of Standard & Poor's, as an Independent Member of its Board of Directors.
 
Ms Kudva has led Crisil's evolution from India’s leading credit rating agency to a diversified analytical company with clients ranging from the largest investment banks of the world to tens of thousands of small firms spread across India. 
 
Under her leadership, Crisil pioneered the rating of mid-sized and small Indian companies, launched a unique Financial Inclusion Index for India, set up research centers in Argentina, China, and Poland for global clients, and made an entry into proprietary research outside India by acquiring UK-based Coalition Development Ltd.
 
She has worked with Standard & Poor’s, Paris, as Director, Financial Institutions Ratings covering the Middle-East, Eastern Europe, and Mediterranean countries.
 
Ms. Kudva is a member of several policy-level committees relating to the Indian financial system, including committees of the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India. She has also been a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM. 
 
Ms. Kudva holds a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and has received the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ from her alma mater.
 
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Infosys, Cornell University’s Center of Hospitality Research to collaborate on industry research

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IT services major Infosys today said it had entered into a research agreement with Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in the United States.
 
As part of this one-year partnership, Infosys will join the School of Hotel Administration’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) advisory board. 
 
"With its deep domain knowledge and an understanding of the problems that clients in hospitality industry face, Infosys will be able to play a significant role in shaping high quality research," a press release from Infosys said.
 
According to it, Infoss will actively participate in the research process at CHR and work with leading hospitality researchers and CHR partners to make the research agenda more relevant to the industry’s current needs.
 
Infosys will also participate in judging the annual Industry Relevance Awards. These awards recognize faculty research at Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
 
Mr Michael C. Sturman, Associate Dean and Academic Director, Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, said, "Infosys is a tremendous addition to CHR’s partner group. Their business solutions operate at the nexus of the hospitality and leisure industry’s transformational efforts to blend technology with personal service, which is a particular focus of CHR’s research efforts. I greatly appreciate the addition of Infosys to our Advisory Board.”
 
Mr Manish Tandon, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Life Sciences and Services, Infosys, said: “Today, the hospitality industry is experiencing technology-driven disruptions, forcing providers to find new ways to engage with customers and at the same time reinvent their core business. The scale of this challenge requires industry and academia to partner to find the best solutions. By combining our track record of providing cutting-edge technology solutions in the hospitality industry and the best-in-class talent at the Center for Hospitality Research, we hope to identify the right problems and define solutions that can reinvigorate the industry.”
 
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Google Maps to provide Indian drivers with lane recommendations

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Internet search and advertising giant Google today said it had introduced a new lane guidance feature for Google Maps on Android and iOS in India. 
 
With the Google Maps app for iPhone/iPad and Android, users will now be able to see and hear voice-guided instructions signaling which lane they should stay in or move to while in navigation mode, a press release from the company said.
 
It said lane guidance within Google Maps for mobile will be available for major roads across 20 Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam. 
 
Drivers will also be able to receive lane guidance on major Indian expressways, including the Mumbai-Pune expressway, it said.
 
"Starting today, drivers in India can enjoy the turn-by-turn, voice-guided instructions in English as well as Hindi. Hindi speakers can choose to set Hindi as their preferred language by selecting the Hindi option within the 'Language and input' menu found in their phone’s Settings menu. In addition to the English and Hindi voice guidance, users can also opt into the English (India) language preference on their phones to hear the voice-guided instructions spoken back to them in English in the Indian accent.
 
Suren Ruhela, Director Product and Program Management, Google said, “Our goal is to continue making Google Maps for mobile into a handy travel companion for your daily commutes and trips around India, and we hope the new lane guidance will help make road travels easier to navigate for English and Hindi speaker across the country.”
 
Today’s launch of lane guidance within Google Maps for mobile is the latest effort in a series of initiatives to make Google Maps more useful for users in India.
 
In July 2014, Google launched Google Maps in Hindi so that people could see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools, on Google Maps.
 
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BHEL wins Rs 1202 crore order for 370 MW power project in Karnataka

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had  bagged a contract for setting up a Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Karnataka on EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) basis, involving supply and commissioning of a fuel-efficient state-of-the-art advanced-class gas turbine.  
 
Valued at Rs.1,202 crore, the order for the 370 MW Gas Turbine-based CCPP to be installed at Yelahanka on the outskirts of Bengaluru city, has been placed on BHEL by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL). 
 
Significantly, this will also be the first gas-based utility power project of KPCL, a press release from BHEL said.
 
The plant will replace the old diesel generator-based power plant of 128 Mw, which has not been operating for some time due to environmental issues. The  Yelahanka CCPP will not only address environmental concerns but also improve the power supply in Karnataka and specifically Bengaluru city, it said.
 
BHEL supplied sets account for 74% of KPCL's installed capacity. Another 3,100 MW of projects are presently under construction by BHEL at Bellary, Yeramarus and Edlapur. Significantly, BHEL is the JV partner of KPCL in Raichur Power Corporation Limited (RPCL) and is constructing the 2x800 MW Yeramarus TPS and 1x800 MW Edlapur power projects of RPCL.
 
BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing & commissioning of the EPC package comprising an advanced-class gas turbine-based combined cycle power plant. The key equipment for the contract will be manufactured at BHEL’s Hyderabad, Tiruchirapalli, Haridwar, Bhopal and Jhansi plants, while the company's Power Sector - Southern Region shall execute the civil works and erection and commissioning of the equipment, the release added.
 
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Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister to visit Bengaluru, Chennai

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Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will visit Bengaluru on January 13 and Chennai on January 14 as part of an ongoing tour of India during which he had attended the Vibrant Gujarat summit at Gandhinagar.
 
In Bengaluru, Mr Alexander will officially inaugurate the visa office at the Consulate General of Canada. He will be accompanied by the High Commissioner for Canada to India, Mr. Nadir Patel.
 
“Canada has welcomed generations of newcomers from India who have helped to build a pluralistic and prosperous Canada. In 2013, we issued more than 130,000 visas to Indian citizens, an increase of 14 percent since 2008. Canada’s network of visa offices is fundamental to these achievements, and in providing valuable services to Indians who wish to visit, study or do business with Canada. I’m delighted to be here to highlight the expansion of that network to South India," Mr Alexander said.
 
Mr Alexander will meet with high level government officials, business leaders and academicians in both Bengaluru and Chennai, while highlighting Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s programs in India, such as the Start-up Visa, Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program the newly-launched Express Entry. 
 
Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government of Canada to be more flexible and respond better to Canada’s changing labour market needs, a press release from the Canadian High Commission said.
 
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New generation electronic warfare equipment integrated on Tejas LCA

File photo of India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
File photo of India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), a DRDO laboratory specializing in avionics and electronic warfare systems for combat aircrafts, flew for the first time onboard the Tejas-PV1 light combat aircraft (LCA) at Bangalore today.
 
In addition to the radar warner, the EW suite tested today is also equipped with jammer.  It gives to the pilot an additional capability of nullifying the effect of detected radar threat by appropriate mode of jamming. 
 
Existing EW systems fitted on various combat aircrafts are basic EW equipment known as radar warner receiver to provide warning to the aircraft pilot in case of detection of a radar threat. 
 
After obtaining due flight clearances and certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational, took place today. The equipment was noted to be detecting radar signals operating in and around the flight path. 
 
Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and head of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), congratulated the team on the achievement. “This warfare suite adds an important capability to our LCA," he said.
 
Mr SS Sundaram, Distinguished Scientist and DG (ECS) called it a “new generation electronic warfare equipment integrated on Tejas aircraft".
 
Ms J Manjula, Director, DARE said, “LCA is the first fighter aircraft of India fitted with a radar warner and jammer equipment. It has capability for both radar warning and jamming using a Unified EW Technology. Over the coming few months, ADA and DARE will be scheduling further sorties to evaluate the system in various signal scenarios."
 
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Infosys reports 13% y-o-y rise in net profit to Rs 3250 crore in Q3 of FY15

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IT services major Infosys Limited beat market forecasts today by reporting a 13 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in net profit at Rs 3,250 crore for the third quarter (Q3) ended December 31, 2014 of the current fiscal year.
 
A press release from the company said the quarter-on-quarter(q-o-q) growth in net profit was 5 per cent.
 
The company said it had achieved a q-o-q volume growth of 4.2 per cent, the best in three years, while the y-o-y growth was 11 per cent.
 
The company maintained its FY15 revenue guidance at 7%-9% at September 30 exchange rates.
 
It said its revenues were Rs 13,796 crore for the quarter, for a q--o-q growth of 3.4% and y-o-y growth of 5.9%.
 
The company said liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents, available-for-sale financial assets, certificates of deposits and government bonds were Rs 34,873 crore as on December 31, 2014 as compared to Rs 33,616 crore as on September 30, 2014.
 
The company has expanded its Innovation Fund from the current $ 100 million to $ 500 million to support the creation of a global eco-system of strategic partners.
 
Infosys has pledged Rs 254 crore for FY 15, towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is primarily being carried out through the Infosys Foundation, its philanthropic arm. 
 
The company and its subsidiaries added 59 clients (gross) during the quarter. There was a gross addition of 13,154 employees during the quarter, taking the total number of employees at Infosys and its subsidiaries as on December 31, 2014 to 169,638 employees.
 
The company said it had made a 100 per cent variable payout for the third quarter.
 
“We are excited by several breakthrough results in Q3. Our 'renew and new'  strategy, is being received well by our clients and our ecosystem and we are already seeing its early adoption," Infosys CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka said.
 
“Based on our strong performance, we are intensifying our efforts to deepen
employee engagement, client ecosystem and strengthen our foundation of education as we build a nextgeneration services company that innovates for consistent profitable growth," he said.
 
“During the quarter, we saw broad-based volume growth, increased utilization and strong client additions," said U. B. Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer. “We have made 100% variable payout for Q3 and have seen a further decline in attrition as a result of multiple initiatives taken over the last few quarters.”
 
“Our sequential revenue growth in Q3 was adversely impacted to the extent of 1.8% due to USD appreciation against other major currencies," said Rajiv Bansal, Chief Financial Officer. “We made required investments keeping in mind short-term priorities and long-term aspirations."
 
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Broadband speed in India lowest at 2.0 Mbps against 4.5 Mbps global average: Report

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Average broadband speed in India continued at 2.0 Mbps in the third quarter (Q3) of 2014 while the global average connnection speed remained for the second consecutive quarter above the 4 Mbps "broadband" threshold, according to latest State of the Internet Report from Akamai.
 
India's average speed compared poorly with Korea's 25.3 Mbps, Hong Kong's 16.3 Mbps, Japan's 15 Mbps, Singapore's 12.2 Mbps, Taiwan's 9.5 Mbps, China's 3.8 Mbps, Indonesia's 3.7 Mbps and 2.5 Mbps in the Philippines and Vietnam.
 
Akamai’s Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report: said global avrage connection speed saw a slight decline in Q3 of 2014, dropping by 2.8% to 4.5 Mbps.
 
The report is published every quarter by Akamai, a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications.
 
According to it, six of the top 10 countries saw increases in global average connection speeds, and all of the top 10 remained well above the 10 Mbps “high broadband” threshold. 
 
Among those increasing in average connection speed quarter-over-quarter, Singapore experienced the largest rise (12.2 Mbps), an 18% improvement. The smallest growth was in Japan (15 Mbps), which was only up 0.8% from the second quarter. In addition, Ireland (13.9 Mbps) joined Singapore in seeing an increase of 10% or more from the previous quarter. 
 
Yearly increases were seen in 129 qualifying countries/regions, with rates ranging from 150% in Jersey (9.7 Mbps) down to a modest 0.2% in Ecuador (3.6 Mbps).
 
Similar to the average connection speed metric, the global average peak connection speed also saw a slight decline in the third quarter, dropping 2.3% to 24.8 Mbps. Hong Kong once again had the highest average peak connection speed at 84.6 Mbps, followed closely by Singapore (83 Mbps). All 10 countries/regions saw significant increases in average peak connection speeds compared to the previous year. 
 
Uruguay (58.6 Mbps) led the group with a year-over-year change of 334%, and Luxembourg (54.4 Mbps) saw speeds more than double, up 130%. A total of 135 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the third quarter of 2013.
 
India had the lowest peak connection speed in the Asia Pacific region during the quarter at 13.9 Mbps, it said.
 
Global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rates fell 0.5% in the third quarter, after seeing strong quarterly growth earlier in the year, the report said.
 
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In contrast to previous quarters, changes among the top 10 countries/regions were limited, with increases ranging from a half a percent in Japan (55% adoption) to 8.4% in Sweden (44% adoption). Among the 63 qualifying countries/regions for this metric, just 28 saw quarter-over-quarter increases. The global high broadband adoption rate was up 22%, which was lower than the 65% increases seen in both the first and second quarters of this year. Among the top 10 countries/regions, Japan was the only one to see a year-over-year change below 10%, while both Romania (49% adoption) and Israel (44% adoption) saw adoption rates more than double. Across the other 62 geographies, yearly increases ranged from 6.3% in Japan to a massive 3,015% in Uruguay (7.3% adoption).
 
The global broadband (>4 Mbps) adoption rate reached 60%, an increase of 1% quarter-over-quarter. Ninety-nine countries/regions qualified for inclusion for this metric, 55 of which saw quarterly growth in broadband adoption rates. Israel (92% adoption) was the only country in the top 10 country/regions to see its adoption rate increase more than 1%. South Korea remained the country with the highest level of broadband adoption at 96%, with Bulgaria following at 95%. 
 
The global broadband adoption rate increased 12% from the third quarter of 2013. While still positive, the yearly growth rate has continued to decline over the last several quarters. Broadband adoption rates were also up-year-over-year across all of the top 10 countries/regions, with increases ranging from 1.3% in Curacao to 18% in Bulgaria. All but nine qualifying countries saw broadband adoption levels increase over the past year with growth rates ranging from 0.7% in the Czech Republic (83% adoption) to 1,884% in Indonesia (35% adoption).
 
In Q3 2014, India had broadband adoption rate at 1.1 percent.
 
4K Readiness
 
Following the introduction of “4K Readiness” in the First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, Akamai has again identified candidate geographies that are most likely to sustain connection speeds above 15 Mbps, as Ultra HD adaptive bitrate streams typically require bandwidth between 10 and 20 Mbps. The findings do not account for other “readiness” factors, including availability of 4K-encoded content or 4K-capable televisions and media players.
 
In total, 52 countries/regions qualified for inclusion this quarter, and 12% of the global connections were at or above the 15 Mbps threshold. While down 2.8% quarter-over-quarter, readiness increased 32% year-over-year. South Korea remained the country with the highest level of 4K readiness, with two-thirds of its connections to Akamai at or above 15 Mbps.
 
Attack Traffic and Security
 
In the third quarter of 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 201 unique countries/regions, which was up significantly from 161 in the second quarter, and more in line with the 194 seen in the first quarter. As demonstrated in past reports, the highest concentration of attacks (50%) came from China, nearly three times more than the United States, which saw observed traffic grow by approximately 25% quarter-over-quarter. China and the United States were the only two countries to originate more than 10% of observed global attack traffic. Indonesia was the only country among the top 10 to see observed attack traffic decline, dropping from 15% of global attack traffic in the second quarter to 1.9% in the third. The overall concentration of observed attack traffic decreased slightly in the third quarter, with the top 10 countries/regions originating 82% of observed attacks, down from 84% last quarter. Furthermore, 64% of attack traffic originated from the Asia Pacific region, down from 70% last quarter, while the lowest volume (1%) originated from Africa.
 
The volume of observed traffic targeting Ports 80 (HTTP/WWW), 443 (HTTPS/SSL) and 880 (HTTP Alternate) dropped significantly in the third quarter, with all three ports seeing a fraction of the attack volume seen in previous quarters. Port 23 remained the most popular target of attacks observed to be originating in China, accounting for more than three times more volume than Port 80, the second-most attacked port within the country.
 
Reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Traffic
 
In addition to observations on attack traffic, the report includes insight into DDoS attacks based on reports from Akamai’s customers. Akamai customers reported 270 DDoS attacks for the second quarter in a row. Overall, this represents a 4.5% reduction in attacks since the beginning of 2014 and a 4% decrease in comparison to the third quarter of 2013.
 
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In contrast to the second quarter’s report, the number of attacks fell in both of the Americas, with 142 attacks, and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with 44 attacks. However, the number of attacks in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region rose by 25% from the previous quarter to 84. The distribution of industries did not change in comparison to the previous quarter; commerce, enterprise, high tech, media and entertainment, and the public sector all saw the same number of attacks as the previous quarter, even though the actual targets of these attacks changed. Compared with the same quarter of 2013, enterprise attacks have fallen by more than a third from 127 to 80. At the same time, attacks against high tech companies have tripled from 14 to 42.
 
Akamai saw an increase in the number of repeated attacks against the same target in the third quarter, returning to the 25% chance of a subsequent attack targeting the same organization. This represents a drop in unique targets from 184 in the second quarter to 174 in the third.
 
IPv4 and IPv6
 
In the third quarter of 2014, more than 790 million IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform from more than 246 unique countries/regions. The global number of unique IPv4 addresses making requests to Akamai grew by nearly two million quarter-over-quarter, a nominal increase after a loss of seven million in the second quarter. Looking at the top 10 countries in the third quarter, the unique IP count in the United States saw a small gain of approximately 20,000 addresses. In addition to the United States, Brazil, France and Russia saw nominal increases in unique IPv4 address counts, while the remaining six countries saw unique IPv4 address counts slightly decline from the second quarter. Fifty-eight percent of countries saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in unique IPv4 address counts, with 28 countries/regions growing by 10% or more.
 
Cable and wireless providers continued to drive the number of IPv6 requests made to Akamai, many of which are leading the way for IPv6 adoption in their respective countries. Verizon Wireless and Brutele saw more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6, with Telenet close behind.
 
Mobile Connectivity
 
In the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, 54 countries/regions qualified in the mobile section. South Korea continued to have the highest average mobile connection speed, growing from 15.2 Mbps to 18.2 Mbps in the third quarter. Iran had the lowest average mobile connection speed at 0.9 Mbps, and was the only qualifying country with an average speed below 1 Mbps. Slovakia joined South Korea above the 10 Mbps “high broadband” threshold at 10.9 Mbps.
 
Average peak mobile connection speeds again spanned an extremely broad range in the third quarter, from 98 Mbps in Singapore down to 3.3 Mbps in Iran. Nine countries/regions had average peak mobile connection speeds above 50 Mbps, while another 40 saw speeds above 10 Mbps.
 
China and India had among the highest average page load times of above six seconds.
 
The report also examines the percentage of connections to Akamai from mobile network providers at “broadband” speeds (more than 4 Mbps). In the third quarter, Sweden moved ahead of Denmark for the top position at an adoption rate of 94%, whereas Iran, Paraguay, Croatia, and Vietnam all had mobile broadband adoption rates below 1% in the third quarter.
 
“One need only look to the sheer number of connected device- and smart home-related announcements that came out of the 2015 International CES to see that consumers are continuing to adopt and expect more from connected technology and services,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “The strong year-over-year growth trends illustrated in this quarter’s report show that the Internet is evolving and expanding to meet the growing demands of our increasingly connected lifestyles.”
 
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Infosys Prize conferred on six eminent scientists

The six winners of the Infosys Prize 2014 -- Prof. Jayant Haritsa, Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Prof. Shubha Tole, Prof. Madhu Sudan, Prof. Srivari Chandrasekhar and Prof. Esther Duflo -- with trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation in Bengaluru on January 5, 2015.
The six winners of the Infosys Prize 2014 -- Prof. Jayant Haritsa, Prof. Shamnad Basheer, Prof. Shubha Tole, Prof. Madhu Sudan, Prof. Srivari Chandrasekhar and Prof. Esther Duflo -- with trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation in Bengaluru on January 5, 2015.
Six eminent scientists, including Prof Jayant Haritsa of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Prof Shubha Tole of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai received the prestigious Infosys Prize 2014 at a ceremony here today.
 
Prof Haritsa is Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) and Chair, Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA) at IISc. He has been awarded the prize for his contributions to the design and optimization of database engines.
 
Prof Tole is Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR. She has been chosen for her significant contributions to studying the hippocampus and amygdala – centres of learning and memory in the brain. Her work can lead to a better understanding of human behavior, cognition and emotions.
 
Mr Shamnad Basheer, founder and Managing Trustee, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), Bangalore and Founder – SpicyIP, India was awarded the prize in Humanities for contributions to the analysis of a range of legal issues, including pharmaceutical patent injunctions and enforcement.
 
In the area of Life Sciences, the prize was presented to Prof Madhu Sudan, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England and Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) department and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was awarded for his seminal contributions to probabilistically checkable proofs and error-correcting codes.
 
Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar, Scientist G, Organic Chemistry Division, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), Hyderabad, received the prize for his contributions in the general area of synthetic organic chemistry with a special focus on the synthesis of complex molecules from natural sources.
 
In the category of Social Sciences, Prof Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founder & Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), United States, has been chosen for the prize for her pioneering contributions to development economics, especially work related to countries such as India and Africa.
 
Nobel Laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen, the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, felicitated the winners, who received a purse of Rs 65 lakh (over $ 100,000) each, a 22 karat gold medallion and a citation certificate describing their winning work. 
 
The prize purse was increased from Rs 55 lakhs to Rs 65 lakhs this year.
 
The members of the jury, Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla ? Engineering and Computer Science, Justice. Leila Seth – Humanities, Prof. Inder Verma – Life Sciences, Prof. Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan – Mathematical Sciences, Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni – Physical Sciences, and Prof. Kaushik Basu – Social Sciences, cited the work done by the winners.
 
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The prizes are given every year by the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) in the six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. 
 
The prize honours high-calibre researchers for impactful contributions to their fields. In a span of six years, the prize has recognized and awarded 38 researchers and scientists for their outstanding contribution to their fields of expertise.
 
The ceremony was attended by eminent scientists and leaders from different industries. Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, President of the Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) and other trustees of the ISF - Mr. Mohandas Pai, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Mr. S. D. Shibulal, Mr. Srinath Batni, Mr. K. Dinesh and Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys were also present.
 
Congratulating the winners via a video recording, President Pranab Mukherjee thanked them for the contributions to the world of knowledge. "I am confident that their achievements will inspire our youth to dedicate themselves to the service of science and society," he said.
 
“A scientific culture must determine the choices and decisions made by individual societies and nation. Research endeavors must advance the realm of knowledge and improve the lives of the common man. It must bring about social, environmental and economic betterment of our people. I am convinced that India’s future is inexplicably linked to the progress we can make in establishing strong foundation for scientific research within our country," he said.
 
Prof Sen, who has been associated with the award since its inception, said it had both a celebratory and facilitating role.
 
“In a historic year for our country, the successful launch of the Mangalyaan in 2014 made India the first nation to reach the Mars orbit on its first attempt. This is an example of engineering excellence under constraints and challenges. Through the Infosys Prize, the Infosys Science Foundation celebrates the incredible talent of researchers who overcome and solve various challenges – scientific, social and economic. I hope the younger generation will take note of their accomplishments and be inspired by their work and its recognition," Mr Narayana Murthy said.
 
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Omkar Goswami to retire from the Infosys Board of Directors

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IT services major Infosys Ltd today said that economist Omkar Goswami would retire as an Independent Director on its Board effective today.
 
A press release from the company said that this was in accordance with the retirement policy of its Board of Directors. Dr Goswami had joined the Infosys Board in November 2000.
 
Mr K. V. Kamath, non-executive Chairman of the Board, said, “Dr. Goswami has been a part of the Infosys journey for more than a decade and the company has benefitted from his rich experience as a professional economist. The Board is sincerely thankful to Dr. Goswami for his contribution to the company’s growth and wishes him the best for his future endeavors.”
 
Dr Goswami said, “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Infosys. I joined the Board in November 2000, when the company's annual revenues had just crossed the $ 200 million mark. I am demitting office at a time when revenues are exceeding $ 8 billion. Throughout the progress of this iconic company, some things have not changed: its commitment to transparency, to strong corporate values and to integrity. These are what make me proud of Infosys, and confident of its future."
 
Dr. Goswami is the founder and chairman of Corporate & Economic Research Group (CERG) Advisory Private Limited. He has served on committees of several organizations as well as of the government, including the CII Committee on Corporate Governance and the Vijay Kelkar Committee on Direct Tax Reforms. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development.
 
A professional economist, Dr. Goswami obtained aMaster’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1978 and a D. Phil (Ph.D) from the University of Oxford in 1982. He taught and researched economics for 18 years at various universities in India and abroad. In March 1997, Dr. Goswami became the editor of Business India.
 
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Infosys to expand CSR activities in Americas through Infosys Foundation, USA

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IT services major Infosys Limited has announced it would expand its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in the Americas through its philanthropic arm, the Infosys Foundation, USA.
 
The initial outlay for Infosys Foundation, USA, would be $ 5 million per annum, a press release from the company said.
 
The release said the company would focus on making quality computer science education widely and easily accessible across communities in the Americas. 
 
The company also announced the appointment of Mrs. Sudha Murty, Mrs. Vandana Sikka and Mr. Sandeep Dadlani as the trustees of Infosys Foundation, USA.
 
Mrs. Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, said, “I am delighted at the expansion of our CSR initiatives in the Americas. Infosys Foundation has always supported the cause of promoting quality education and empowering individuals. I am confident that we will leverage Infosys Foundation’s experience in India of imparting technical education to enhance employability.”
 
Mrs. Sikka, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, USA, said, “Every day we see how computing technology is reshaping the world around us. Computing literacy is becoming increasingly important for an average person to be more productive and valuable to the economy, while purposefully contributing to our future. Through Infosys Foundation, USA, we want to ensure that lack of resources, prior skills and STEM proficiency are no longer barriers for individuals, in the Americas, seeking to advance their computing skills. From enabling computer education in K-12, to supporting research in computer science and empowering adults with IT training that enhances their employability, we will help bring computing literacy to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.”
 
In India, Infosys Foundation supports several programs aimed at alleviating hunger, promoting education, improving health, assisting rural development, supporting arts and helping the destitute.
 
For the fiscal year 2015, Infosys Foundation plans to deploy approximately $ 40 million towards these initiatives in India, the release added.
 
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