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I am not a dictator, I am the President, says US President Barack Obama WASHINGTON: Defending his efforts to stop the sequester or the automatic spending cuts, US President Barack Obama today blamed Republican after his last minute meeting with the Congressional leadership, saying he is not a dictator who can force things on others. "I am not a dictator, I'm the President," he told White House reporters after nearly half an hour meeting with the Congressional leadership including House Speaker John Boehner. "They're elected. We have a constitutional system of government. The Speaker of the House and the Leader of the Senate and all those folks have responsibilities. What I can do is I can make the best possible case for why we need to do the right thing. I can speak to the American people about the consequences of the decisions this Congress is making or the lack of decisionmaking by Congress," he said. "But ultimately, it's a choice they make, this idea that somehow there's a secret formula or secret sauce to get Speaker Boehner or Mitch McConnell to say, you know what, Mr. President, you're right; we should close some tax loopholes for the well-off and well-connected, in exchange for some serious entitlement reform and spending cuts in programs we don't need if there was a secret way to do that, I would have tried it. I would have done it," he said after the meeting. Obama said at a time when US businesses have finally begun to get some traction, hiring new workers, bringing jobs back, one shouldn't be making a series of dumb, arbitrary cuts to things that businesses depend on and workers depend on, like education and research and infrastructure and defense. "It's unnecessary, and at a time when too many Americans are still looking for work, it's inexcusable," he said. Not everyone will feel the pain of these cuts right away, he noted.

Need to boost India-Russia trade: President aiita offers knowledge of 3D Technology NEW DELHI: Pointing out that the level of bilateral trade and investment between India and Russia was below its potential, President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon the two countries to make concerted efforts to take their two-way trade to $20 billion by 2015. Mukherjee, who met a parliamentary delegation from the Russian Federation, led by Chairperson of the Council of Russian Federation Valentina I. Matvienko, said India-Russia ties were strong in diverse areas such as energy, defence, space, trade and economics, science and technology, culture and people-to-people ties. He said the level of bilateral trade and investment, however, remained below potential. "Both countries need to make sincere and concerted efforts and take specific measures including in thrust areas to achieve the target bilateral trade figure of US$20 billion by 2015," Mukherjee said. According to an official press release issued, the president said Russia was a key partner and friend of India for many decades, and that

the India-Russia privileged strategic partnership was a unique and multi-dimensional relationship, characterised by stability and warmth. "Russia remains a key priority for India's foreign policy. From Soviet assistance in India's early industrialisation and defence consolidation to a strong symbiotic relationship in joint design and development in strategic sectors, the India-Russia Strategic Partnership reflects our remarkable convergence of interests in bilateral spheres as well as on the global stage," the president said. The president said parliamentary exchanges were an important element of bilateral relations. "India would like to see greater parliamentary exchanges between our parliaments at all levels. Frequent exchanges between the federal legislatures of both the countries can add another dimension to our vibrant and dynamic relationship," the president said. The leader of the Russian parliamentary delegation said India would remain a reliable and true friend of Russia, and the bilateral relations had stood the test of time. "Russia is happy over the growth in status and influence of India because our views and interests converge and we will together be able to better influence global events".

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INDORE: The President of All India IT Association (aiita) Shri Santosh Shukla, Advocate said about the ongoing series of monthly seminars proposed by aiita studies centres to enhance the all round development of students as well

as faculty staff. Shri Shukla told that aiita is proposing 3D Technology as a core subject of Monthly Seminar Series of March. The details and core contents have been sent to all concern aiita study centres in this regard.

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Gates, Zuckerberg champion computer programming in new nonprofit video SAN FRANCISCO: When Hadi and Ali Partovi immigrated to America from Iran in 1984, they slept in the same cramped bedroom as their parents, who exhausted their life savings on the teenage boys' education. Nearly 30 years later, the twin brothers are firmly planted in the tech industry's elite circles, after selling companies to Microsoft and News Corp's MySpace, and tapping the rare connections to invest early on in Facebook , Dropbox and Zappos. Hadi Partovi says the arc of his own successful rise in the tech world was shaped by an early interest in computers and a formal education in writing software, or coding, which enabled that spark to flourish into a career. Along the way, the twins made influential friends. Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey - three people who became billionaire tech industry luminaries thanks to their computer programming abilities - appear in a new video released by the Partovi brothers as part of their new computer science-education nonprofit,

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Code.org. The goal of the online video campaign is to encourage parents to demand more schools to teach computer programming - a potentially lucrative skill that "equalizes opportunity" but is only available to a fraction of U.S. high school students, Hadi Partovi said. "Computer programming, right now, is the best embodiment of the American Dream," Partovi said. "The American Dream is to be the next Mark Zuckerberg." "The tragedy is the skills it takes are not hard to learn, but only 10 percent of schools offer (computer science) courses, and these are usually the privileged schools." After graduating with computer science degrees from Harvard in 1994, the Partovi brothers founded LinkExchange and sold it to Microsoft in 1998 for $250 million. Hadi helped cofound Tellme Networks, a telephony company, while Ali went on to found iLike, a music service that became one of the first apps to integrate with Facebook.

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India will have cyber security policy soon: Sibal NEW DELHI: India will soon have a cyber security policy that will ensure preventive measures against cyber crime and fraud, the government said. "We are working on a cyber security policy... we need more work to curb cyber crimes," Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour. "It's a new medium. we need to understand it and take preventive measures," he said. According to the minister, the computer emergency response team in India, CERT-In, was monitoring any suspicious move on the internet in order to checkmate potential cyber attacks from hackers. The minister said that if any instance of fake calls on

mobiles or emails promising a big award in exchange of personal information of a user is reported to his ministry, it will take action. Sibal stressed the need for international agreements, saying that the intermediaries of various internet service providers were located outside India, making it difficult to seek information from them. He supported the demand made by Congress MP Jai Prakash Agarwal that more public awareness campaigns must be run on the issue. Mentioning also the misuse of Section 66-A of the IT Act (pertaining to sending messages on communication services that are false or offensive), the minister said the police were not aware of it. "We are for freedom of speech but it should not hurt others," Sibal said, mentioning the misuse of social networking sites like Facebook, on which people post offensive text and pictures.

Samsung to unveil its next Galaxy S smartphone on Apple's turf SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will launch its new Galaxy S smartphone on March 14 in N e w Yo r k , taking its fight for market supremacy to Apple Inc's doorstep after reportedly being inundated with requests from U.S. mobile carriers. The Galaxy S IV model will heat up competition in the crucial U.S. mobile phone market, where Apple surpassed Samsung Electronics as the top mobile phone seller for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012. It will be the first U.S. launch of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone in three years, company spokeswoman Chenny Kim said, and comes amid a Samsung advertising blitz in the United States that has including light-hearted jabs at Apple's fans. "We introduced the Galaxy S III in London last year, and this time we changed the venue (to New York)... as we were bombarded with requests from U.S. mobile carriers to unveil the Galaxy S IV in the country," Samsung Electronics' mobile division chief JK Shin

was quoted as saying on the Edaily news website. The new Galaxy S model is expected to feature a h i g h e r resolution display and camera than its predecessor, as well as a faster quad-core processor, media reports said. S a m s u n g Electronics unveiled its first Galaxy S during the CTIA mobile trade show in the United States in 2010, followed by the Galaxy S II at the MWC fair in Spain in 2011 and the Galaxy S III in London last year. Samsung Electronics may have lost its lead in the U.S. handset market but globally the $210 billion South Korean giant is expected to widen its smartphone advantage over its Cupertino, California-based rival this year, helped by a broad product line-up. Apple investors have grown anxious about the company's prospects amid intense competition from Samsung's cheaper, Android-powered phones, and signs the premium smartphone market may be close to saturation in developed markets.

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is 28 years to China's 38; so we will have a more youthful, dynamic workforce, when the rest of the world is ageing," the minister added. The former UN diplomat however cautioned that if the youth are not equipped with skills that 21st century offers, the results would be "horrendous" to contemplate. "We all know mobs, Maoists and insurrections are full of frustrated unemployed young men who feel they have no stake in society." Tharoor said that higher education holds the key to the country's bright future for creating a knowledgebased society. Expressing worry at the high drop out rates at secondary education level, Tharoor noted that as the classes became senior, the drop out rates became greater. The minister said the government expenditure for education increased in last nine years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) from three per cent of GDP in 2002 to 4.8 percent currently. "Our education system caters to about 600 million people, it is one of the highly capitalized sectors in India with an annual government spending of $30 billion, and an annual private spending of $43.2 billion." He sought more Private-Public Partnership (PPP) in education. Vijay Thadani, chairman CII national committee on school education, said that drop out rates at the secondary level can be tackled by introducing more vocational courses, partnerships and greater engagement with NGOs.

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Young India has clear advantage over ageing China, US: Tharoor NEW DELHI: In another seven years, India will overtake China with the youngest workforce in the 20-24 age bracket, positioning its demography as its strongest competitive advantage over developed nations, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said. Speaking at a CII-sponsored event, Tharoor said the youth is India's "key national resource" and their importance should be recognised. "By 2020, India will have a 116 million strong workforce in the bracket of 20-24 years, while for China it will be just about 94 million at the same time. This could be the strongest competitive advantage India will have in the years to come. "What is also striking is that within two decades, the average age in US will be 40, it will be 46 in Japan, 47 in Europe and almost 50 in China, but we will still be at 29," Tharoor said at the national conference on secondary education titled "Is Secondary Education on Track?' at the Indian Habitat Centre here. He emphasized that the country should translate the demographic advantage to yield productive results. "Our youth are obviously our key national resource It needs to be cherished, nurtured and developed with vision, determination and engagement. And to achieve all this we need to get our education right." "At the time when our neighbours China, Japan are facing demographic squeeze we have 516 million individuals under 25 years of age, 225 million between the ages of 10-19, and today the average age

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aiita centre Organizes Vetenary Next iPhone could PRESIDENT VIEW Checkup Camp at Gohana Gaushala be launched in Aug-Sept 2013: Report WASHINGTON: The next generation Apple iPhone is likely to be launched in August or September 2013, an analyst has predicted. Accordin g to This Week In Apple Rumors, Barclays analyst Kirk Yang predicted that the next iPhone would land in August or September, along with a cheaper iPhone aimed at emerging markets. That August/September prognostication puts him in line with a growing squad of Apple-watchers calling for a July/August/

September release, including Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster and Peter Misek of Jeffries, the Huff Post reports. K u o a n d Horwitz are t h e t w o prognosticat ors-towatch as they've proven to b e accurate in the past, the report said. According to the report, if the rumour turns out to be true, then the new iPhone would be launched about a year after the introduction of the iPhone 5, on September 12.

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GOHANA: Vetenary Checkup Camp was organized on 1 Mar 2013. Camp was inaugurated by Mr. Bharat Luthra Chairman of Extreme Educational Society. In this camp team of specialized doctor of animal husbandry Dr. Suresh Malik(VLDA)with their team visited the Gaushala Gohana and checkup about more than 50 cattles. Sh.Ramesh Kumar Luthra Chief MD of this society observe the gaushala management about the prevention of the cattles from

various diseases. All the cattles of the gaushala were given medicines. Chairman EES Bharat Luthra Thanks the doctor and their department on this occasion. CMD Ramesh Luthra thanked the Gaushala management for the support & co-operation. This vetenary checkup camp had completed successfully with help all the members of EES Mr. Kapil Luthra, Naveen, Harsh Chawla, Rakhi, Shagun, Deepa, Sanjeev, Deepak, Prince, Sahil, Rahul Ahuja, Rohit.

Budget 2013 lays roadmap for Spain sees renewed investor investment: PM Manmohan Singh confidence: Minister MADRID: Foreign investors will regain their confidence in Spain this year, while the country's nationalized banks will start repaying the funds they received, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said. "The future looks much better than it did a year ago," De Guindos told EFE in an interview. "The Spanish economy's foundation is solid." If the doubts about the euro's survival continue to dissipate and the reforms implemented by the government bear fruit, the risk premium on Spain's bonds - the difference between the interest rate on Spanish 10-year bonds and similar German government instruments - will fall below 300 basis points, De Guindos said. Spain's economic meltdown started with the bursting of the real estate bubble in the wake of the financial crisis caused by the failure of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008. The fallout from Lehman's failure battered economies across Europe and caused Spain to plunge into a severe recession that sent the unemployment rate soaring to a record 26 percent. Spain's economy will contract 0.50 percent in 2013, but the trend this year "is going to be positive", De Guindos said.

NEW DELHI: Hailing the budget, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said it would reverse the pessimistic mood and lay the roadmap for investments as he expressed confidence of returning to eight per cent growth within three years. Singh listed fiscal deficit, inflation and current account deficit as three barriers that can affect the realisation of the growth potential of the economy. "Given the formidable challenges facing our economy, the Finance Minister has done a commendable job," the Prime Minister said in an interview to Doordarshan soon after the presentation of the General Budget for 201314. "The Finance Minister has taken important steps to reverse pessimistic mood with regard to investment climate, with regard to the growth potential and possibilities of our economy," he said. Singh said India needs to accelerate the tempo of growth to create jobs for its growing labour force to the extent of about

10 million persons every year. "We need, as the 12th five year plan has mentioned eloquently, a growth rate of about eight per cent. This is a growth rate which is consistent with our underlying potential," he said, adding it was a difficult task which cannot be achieved in a single year. Singh said the Finance Minister has laid out a roadmap which has "plenty of food for every ministry to chew there". Expressing confidence that India could return to eight per cent growth within three years, Singh said all ministries needed to work together to convert the challenges identified by the Finance Minister into opportunities. "It is up to the collective wisdom of my council of ministers to convert these challenges into opportunities to accelerate the tempo of growth, to make it more inclusive, to make it more sustainable," Singh said. Noting that the economic survey had pegged the growth rate between 6.2 and 6.7 per cent, Singh said "in three years' time, if we work hard and the world economy also improves, we should get back to 8 per cent growth rate in two to three years time".

GIC Conlave 2013 Conference A radically restructured economy has made organizations step back and re-think their goals and strategies. The quest for re-envisioning has got businesses to think, work and connect in entirely new ways. They now demand more value from technology in the form of speed, agility and flexibility. However, this doesn't come without the impending fear of exposing itself to the risk that any new technology brings about. Global majors are required to tread the line between

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sharing what's necessary and divulging too much, very carefully to ensure they stay ahead in the game. In this pursuit of becoming the best in the world, global businesses have expanded their sourcing and innovation footprint throughout the world through Global In-house Centres (GICs). A GIC has to go through the maturity curve, take correct sourcing decisions , get a f o o l p r o o f National Association of Software governan and Services Companies ce model in place and have a leadership team that can help achieve business success through excellence. What started as a center to do operational work, has now transformed into Centers of Excellence. GICs today have managed to deploy new and innovative services that help in attaining the strategic business objective. However, to rest on the past achievements would mean committing hara-kiri. The Global In-house Centers need to ensure that an ideation environment is built and sustained for continuous growth. With emerging economies becoming the hotbed of innovation, developed countries are leveraging the advantage each such center has to offer. Innovation, by far has to be in the forefront of handling the change in the environment and sustenance. While ideation would be the key, it would also be important to keep an eye on cost effectiveness. As

the GICs move up the value chain, they start to add value beyond delivery through business process improvements. Delivering high skill services by leveraging domain specific knowledge and capabilities would help them in creating a sustainable value proposition. However, all the above would come to a zilch, if the organization doesn't have the right talent to deliver value. Creating a global leadership pipeline has to be a constant on the agenda of GICs. Attracting and retaining the talent continues to be high on the agenda of GICs. Industry and analysts would come together at the NASSCOM GIC Conclave 2013, April 5th, Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore, to discuss how to Globalize, Innovate and Collaborate. Since these topics resonate with yourbusiness interests, ensure you don't miss on the 3 rd edition of this GIC focused cost effectiveness. As the GICs move up the value chain, they start to add value beyond delivery through business process improvements. Delivering high skill services by leveraging domain specific knowledge and capabilities would help them in creating a sustainable value proposition. Themes to be discussed: · Attributes of a world class GIC · Changing landscape · Evolving with the maturity curve · Why innovation must become hygiene · Having a value matrix

A Positive Attitude Increases Productivity and Employability According to Connie Podesta, Employees constantly find themselves in situations where they simply cannot let their internal feelings influence their actions. Put yourself in these situations. Would you like your surgeon to be all thumbs because he was upset with his wife? Or a fireman to drive slowly when you called in an alarm because he was tired? Or your lawyer to argue your case poorly because she didn't feel like talking today? Or the lifeguard to daydream about getting a new job instead of paying attention while your child was swimming? These people are required to behave in a certain, prescribed way regardless of their attitude. And we certainly expect them to do that-no matter what. But how do you stay enthusiastic and excited about your job if you've been at it for a while and things at work or at home are not going perfectly? Remember, when actors are on stage, they know they must be so good at what they do that their performance will set them apart from the rest of the cast and make them memorable. No matter how famous and successful an actor may be, he or she is always aware of an understudy waiting in the wings, eager to take over the role the moment that actor begins to deliver a performance that is less than top quality. In today's world of downsizing and layoffs, we all have understudies-people who would love to take our place and play the part the job requires. To remain employable, you must make sure you are one of your organization's "star performers." Your customers also have the right to a star performance because they are your audience. After all, that's really what your paycheck is: a reward for playing your part well. Can your organization count on you, as a professional, to be a star performer? Now, this doesn't mean you should be phony or just go through the mechanical motions of acting out your part. No employer wants an office full of robots, but they also don't want people who bring their negative feelings to work every day. Think of what a different workplace we could create if everyone came to work and focused on the job at hand instead of allowing our internal attitudes to affect our performance. To Stay Positive, Avoid Negative People: Is attitude, whether positive or negative, contagious? You bet! From your own experience, think about how you feel when you have to work with a negative person. Do you remember times when someone else's negativity influenced your own performance that day? Even though you may love your job and you're proud of the products and services you deliver, you probably felt that you and your organization weren't doing their best. And if you had to work with a negative person for a long period of time, their poor attitude may have even made you want to quit your job. That's the power a negative attitude can have on us.


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M E M O R A B L E S N A P S German lawmakers back Internet

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Ex. IT Minister Madhya Pradesh Shri Bala Bachchan along with President Shri Santosh Shukla, Advocate.

BERLIN: German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday that aims to protect publishers' copyright on the Internet but critics branded it too weak for failing to make search engines such as Google pay for displaying news snippets. The bill, which follows years of debate, comes as the newspaper i n d u s t r y i n G e r m a n y, a s elsewhere, struggles to find new sources of revenue as readers and advertisers move online in droves. Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition, which faces an election in September, watered down its original plans amid pressure from Internet lobbyists, lawyers and others who argued that it undermined freedom of information. Google launched an ad campaign in German newspapers and set up a web information site called "Defend your web" to lobby against the proposals, saying they would

mean less information for consumers and higher costs for companies. The "ancillary copyright" bill now makes clear that search engines can publish "individual words or small snippets of text such as headlines" without incurring any costs. They will have to pay for use of longer pieces of content, though opposition parties said the wording of the bill was vague and could lead to courts having to rule on individual cases. The opposition parties could still block the bill in the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, where the government has no majority. "It is not at all clear who is now meant to be protected from whom and why there is this law," said the opposition Greens on their website on Friday, saying the bill served neither cash-strapped publishers nor the free flow of information. Google echoed such criticism.

Tata AIA looks to Apple iPhone 5, iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy strengthen base outsold SIII in 2012 Q4: Report

Vice President BJP Shri Kalraj Mishra lighting a lamp in a Social Function.

Members of Nepal delegation along with President Shri Shukla.

GUWAHATI: Tata AIA Life plans to strengthen its reach in the Northeast by empowering its sales force with stateof-the-art tools and quality training, with an eye on providing optimum insurance solutions to customers. "We have been operating in the Northeast for a decade now and intend to take new initiatives. One of them is to empower the sales force with smart tools and convenient solutions for serving o u r customers, " Mukesh Dhawan, deputy c h i e f executive officer, Tata AIA L i f e Insurance Company Ltd, told reportersThe private sector insurance major also launched eLife, a mobile electronic solution that simplifies the process of buying and selling life insurance solutions, in the city. The key features of eLife include a secure digital process, an easy-to-use interface on an Android tablet (with or without access to Internet), mobility, completeness of information and ease of documentation and reduction in use of paper. "Tata AIA Life believes that providing the 'right' advice the 'right' way will bridge the protection gap and also facilitate longterm saving habits among people. Towards this end, we had launched Premier Agency that aims to create a formidable distribution force of productive advisers. In fact, we are the first to implement 'Career Choice', a talent selection profiling tool, to improve the overall quality of the agency force," Dhawan said. Premier Agency, launched in 2011, has a network of over 160 branches across the country. Tata AIA Life currently has a Premier Agency force of 2,400 in the Northeast. "We intend to double this number in the next three years," he added.

LONDON: The iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S each outsold the Galaxy SIII in the last quarter of 2012, refuting suggestions that consumers are getting bored of the Silicon Valley company's products.

The figures showed Apple's current smartphone models soared ahead of Samsung's flagship mobile to become the first and second biggest sellers toward the end of the year. Nevertheless, figures from tech market research firm Strategy Analytics showed Apple sold 27.4million iPhone 5s in Q4 and 17.4million iPhone 4S handsets, the Daily Mail reports. That compared to sales of 15.4million for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, a whopping 12million fewer shipped than Apple's top-of-the-range smartphone, the report said. According to the paper, with the Galaxy due for an update, it perhaps does not seem surprising that the latest Apple device outsold it.

Unlike West, publishing growing in India NEW DELHI: The printed book is still sought after by readers in India. The publishing industry, valued at nearly $2 billion, is witnessing a healthy growth despite the slump in the international market and threats from digital mediums.

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Experts say the millennia-old tradition of written texts, conservative Indian mindsets, vigorous event-based promotions of the reading culture, the sudden spurt in national and state-level literature festivals and competitive pricing are keeping the industry on the move, drawing new segments of readers. This was evident at the World Book Fair 2013, which clocked heavy footfalls and transacted several international deals. According to recent projections by the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Indian publishing industry was registering a growth rate of 15 percent annually and is estimated at nearly $2 billion. "Publishing is in a healthy shape in India. The good news is that there is a proliferation of publishers," said Shashi Tharoor, minister of state for human resource development and writer. Shedding light on Indian publishing, Tharoor said "the country today was seeing a number of world class


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Mind melds' move from science fiction to science in rats NEW YORK: The scientists call it a "brain link," and it is the closest anyone has gotten to a real-life "mind meld": the thoughts of a rat romping around a lab in Brazil were captured by electronic sensors and sent via Internet to the brain of a rat in the United States. The result: the second rat received the thoughts of the first, mimicking its behavior, researchers reported on Thursday in Scientific Reports, a journal of the Nature Publishing Group. Adding to its science-fiction feel, the advance in direct brain-to-brain communication could lay the foundation for what Duke University Medical Center neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis, who led the research, calls an "organic computer" in which multiple brains are linked to solve problems solo brains can't. If that sounds like an ethical minefield, several experts think so too, especially since Nicolelis is now working on brain-to-brain communication between monkeys. "Having non-human primates communicate brain-to-brain raises all sorts of ethical concerns," said one neuroscientist, who studies how brains handle motor and sensory information, but who asked not to be named. "Reading about putting things in animals' brains and changing what they do, people rightly get nervous," envisioning battalions of animal

Turkmenistan to gift women $14 on Women's Day MOSCOW: Women in the former Soviet state of Turkmenistan will receive 40 manats (around $14) as a gift from the state ahead of the International Women's Day, celebrated

March 8. According to a decree signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, all women regardless of their age and occupation will get the bonus, turkmenistan.ru website reported. In addition, a total of 174 mothers of large families in the country will be honoured ahead of the holiday.

soldiers - or even human soldiers - whose brains are remotely controlled by others. That could make drone warfare seem as advanced as muskets. Nicolelis's lab received $26 million from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work on brain-machine interfaces, as this

field is called.The linked rat brains in the study built on 15 years of research in brain-machine interfaces. These interfaces take electrical signals generated from the brains of severelyparalyzed people and translate them into commands that move a mechanical arm, a computer cursor or even the patient's own arm. Such work led Nicolelis to ask, can one brain decode the electrical signals generated by

another? The answer - at least for rats - was yes. CODED SIGNALS In one experiment, the Duke researchers trained rats destined to be message senders, or encoders, to press a lever when a red light above them turned on. Doing so earned the animals a sip of water. Rats intended to be message receivers, or decoders, were trained to press a lever when the scientists electrically stimulated their brains via implants. The scientists next connected the rats' brains directly, inserting microelectrodes roughly one-hundredth the width of a human hair. Now when an encoding rat saw the red light and pressed the lever, its brain activity sped directly into the brains of seven decoder rats. The decoders did not see a red light. Nevertheless, they usually pressed the correct lever and earned their after-work libation. The encoder rats got the same treat, reaping the rewards of their partners' success. The encoder rat did not get that reward if a decoder rat goofed. In that case, the encoder rat, apparently realizing what had happened, seemed to concentrate harder on its task: it decided more quickly to choose the correct lever and quashed extraneous thoughts so as not to muddy the signal with, perhaps, daydreams about escaping the lab or pressing the wrong lever.

India's big leap in space biz Sriharikota.: With the successful launch of an Indo- French bird, along with a bunch of six foreign satellites, on Monday, the Indian space agency reaffirmed its growing clout in the global launch market for small- tomedium weight satellites. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PLSV) mission accomplished from the Satish Dhawan Spaceport in Sriharikota was challenging as it involved injection of one primary and six auxiliary satellites into their respective orbits one after another. While it was fuelled by less propellant than usual because the combined weight of satellites — 760 kg — was lower than that carried in earlier missions, additional technology of ' dual launch adapter' was deployed for sequential injection of satellites into the space. One of the satellites — Britishmade STRaND- 1 — carries a smartphone to space in order to study its performance in harsh space environment. The launch was originally scheduled for the

rhythmic date of 12- 12- 12 in December last, but the date was not approved by the Launch Authorisation Board. Monday's lift- off was textbook- like, but for the departure of five minutes from the scheduled time of 5.56 pm. The change was due to last minute analysis to avoid any possible collision with near- Earth objects with any of the satellites, officials said. The presence of President Pranab Mukherjee to witness the launch came as an additional booster to the space agency, which is now preparing for the big ticket inter- planetary mission to Mars later this year. Describing the mission as a “ remarkable launch”, Mukherjee said “ PSLV has now become a household name in India.” The launch capability of ISRO, he said, was now recognised all over the world. The SARAL satellite launched on Monday is the second Indo- French space mission in two years. Megha- Tropiques was launched by PSLV in October 2011.

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Allin Interactive embeds Aspera fasp high-speed transport Creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world's large data at maximum speed, and Allin Interactive, (http://www.allin.com/) a leading interactive television (ITV) systems and platform provider for the hospitality industry, today announced that Allin has embedded Aspera's faspÔ (http://asperasoft.com/technology/trans port/fasp/) transport technology into its applications to move large movie files from studios to Allin's labs and on to its customers at maximum speed. Allin specializes in developing applications that deliver encrypted payper-view films and other in-room programs such as restaurant reservations, games, event ticketing and promotional messaging. Allin built an end-to-end digital supply chain from the studios to their labs and on to the hotels using electronic file transfer. Allin installed Aspera Enterprise Server (http://asperasoft.com/software/transfer -servers/enterprise-server/) software in their office and incorporated Aspera's E m b e d d e d C l i e n t (http://asperasoft.com/software/clientoptions/embedded-client/) into their own application, which was installed at each hotel. Allin was able to leverage existing commodity hardware to deploy Aspera's transfer software at their own facility as well as at clients' properties, avoiding the need for expensive hardware installations at each location. Aspera's faspÔ transport technology fully utilizes the available bandwidth for each property, regardless of network conditions, leading Allin to garner a 30 to 35% increase in transfer speeds even on the slowest, unreliable connections at remote locations. The technology does not impede other network traffic at the hotels, thus maintaining the guests' internet browsing experience. Selecting Aspera has also enabled Allin to leverage the ecosystem of Aspera customers within the media industry to develop business opportunities that have led to additional revenue. “Aspera has enabled us to license higher quality, newer content from the studios because they know and use Aspera, so they trust that our transfers are 100% secure,” said Eric Immerman, Senior Vice President of Software Development at Allin. “We are one of the first ITV companies in the United States authorized to offer firstrun high-definition movies from many of the Hollywood studios. Aspera added to our credibility to make this happen.” “Media distribution platforms such as Allin often experience a wide variety of network types, bandwidth, and conditions at their distribution sites, often times with high latency and packet loss,” said Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera. “Aspera maximizes bandwidth and achieves maximum transfer speeds on even the most challenging networks, with complete security and reliability ensuring Allin's customers get the content they need for their guests.”


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Small cells go large to help meet data demand BARCELONA: Small cell radio equipment that boosts network coverage is providing big opportunities for telecom operators as they face growing demand for smartphone Internet access in busy streets, shopping centers and stadiums. The devices - small radio nodes which provide network coverage over a range of between 10 and 200 meters - have been used by businesses a n d consumers to provide a signal in areas of poor coverage for years. N o w operators are using them to b o l s t e r public broadband networks and ease pressure on traditional base stations, as they struggle to meet exploding data demand from customers wanting to access the Internet via smartphones and tablets on the go. Nicola Palmer, chief technology officer of Verizon Wireless, said the U.S. carrier would deploy up to 300 4G small cells this year and "a lot more in 2014". "I view small cells as a complement to the rest of the network especially in areas of intense demand such as business districts or shopping malls, but they won't replace the traditional mobile tower," she said at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Small cells, which are around the size of a shoe box, can be clustered in streets between tall buildings - canyons where mobile reception can be poor - and where demand is high. Telecoms consultancy Informa predicted

the deployment of public small cells would generate 2016 revenues of $16.2 billion, creating an opportunity for network gear providers like Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks, which make them. "Public access small cells in busy urban areas are set to be one of the defining mobile network trends in the coming years," said analyst Dimitris Mavrakis in Barcelona. "The vendors who succeed in this space are going to win the lion's share of small cell revenues." The installed base of small cells was set to grow from almost 11 million today to 92 million in 2016, with a total market value of over $22 billion, Informa said. Telecoms gear maker Alcatel-Lucent said as demand for data soared, the capacity of the main network would run out of steam, and small cells would be part of the solution. HERE AND NOW "It's no longer an 'if small cells', in fact in my mind it's no longer a 'when small cells', it's here and now," said Michael J. Schabel, the company's vice president of small cells. Companies including AT&T and Vodafone UK as well as Verizon, have announced plans to roll out more small cells in their networks, as consumers increasingly expect a seamless data service. Mike Flanagan, chief technology officer for network software firm Arieso, said the networks were coming under pressure from a small group of users who consume a huge amount of data, often for video or gaming.

No green signal for eBiz portal 'Budget will spur investments NEW DELHI: The environment ministry has thrown a spanner in the works of the commerce ministry's initiative to launch an online single window for making it easier to do business in India, a move that is reminiscent of its earlier solitary resistance to the National Investment Board.

the official asked. A senior environment ministry official expressed surprise at the developments. The environment ministry had presented its view at a meeting of the environment and commerce ministries called by the prime minister's office last year and its views were accepted, he said.

An official familiar with the matter told that the ministry of environment and forests is not willing to comply with the concept of singlewindow clearance under the eBiz portal, which is designed to provide a platform to businesses to apply for licences from and pay the application fee to all ministries and departments concerned at one go. "With the environment ministry asking for a separate application, the entire purpose of single-window clearance will be defeated. It is really unfortunate. We are in talks with them," said the official, who did not wish to be named. The environment ministry has offered a link on the portal, which is expected to debut in April, to direct the applicants to its own website where they will be required to apply separately. "What is the point of having a single portal when businesses will have to apply separately for another set of clearance?"

Principal Secretary to PM Pulok Chatterji had even written to the two ministries confirming that commerce ministry's portal will provide a link to the environment ministry's portal, he added. "As a regulator, it presents a conflict of interest to be a part of a business portal. We have a separate portal ENVIS and a link will be provided to this portal on the commerce ministry portal," environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan told. The portal has been designed to obviate the need to fill in multiple forms to avail services from various government agencies. In the first year of the portal's three-year-long pilot phase, 29 services are set to be linked in Andhra, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. India is ranked 132nd on World Bank's rankings of 185 countries on the parameter of ease of doing business because of the tedious process of seeking clearances.

in electronics industry' BANGALORE: The Indian electronics and semiconductor industry is upbeat on attracting large investments, promoting entrepreneurship and domestic manufacturing, riding on the slew of incentives proposed in the union budget for fiscal 2013-14. "We believe steps outlined for the electronics sector by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in his budget will help attract large investments, promote entrepreneurship and boost domestic manufacturing," India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) president P.V.G. Menon told IANS here. For instance, the 15 percent investment allowance in addition to depreciation benefits will a t t r a c t investments into the fledgling s e c t o r, h e said. S i m i l a r l y, l e v y i n g higher import duty on set-top-boxes will boost domestic manufacturing and address the unfair advantage imported set-top-boxes get in one of the fastest moving electronics products in the country. "There is a potential for about 100 million settop-boxes over the next two-three years in view of the digitization of the Cable Act," Menon asserted. Hailing zero customs duty on import of equipment to set up a semiconductor chipfabricating (fab) facility, IESA chairman Satya Gupta said the proactive step would help in improving the viability of such projects to investors. "Similarly, the Rs.200-crore fund to help

innovators and inventors scale up inventions and develop products for masses will promote increasing localization and boost manufacturing for volumes and sales," Gupta observed. The association, however, termed the proposed higher excise duty on mobile phones above Rs.2,000 as a blow to domestic mobile handset makers. "Raising excise duty to six percent from one percent on mobile handsets made within the country is a retrograde step as it will affect their manufacturing," Gupta lamented. Lauding the 17 percent increase in the education outlay, Menon said the Rs.10,000-grant for youth taking up skill development course at the National Skill Development C e n t r e ( N S D C ) would create a huge talent pool for ready absorption by t h e manufacturin g sector, including the electronics industry. "Similarly, investments in incubators at academic institutions as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and recognition to angel investor pools will help grow this segment and encourage high net-worth individuals (HNIs) to turn into angel investors and enable the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across the country," Menon said. As a premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, the 176-member strong IESA promotes growth of the domestic hardware sector as a bridge between academia, industry and the government.


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IT bellwethers term budget pragmatic, growth-oriented BANGALORE: Indian IT bellwethers Infosys, TCS and Wipro termed the union budget for fiscal 2013-14 pragmatic, progressive and growth-oriented. "Looking at the current global uncertain economic environment, the budget 2014 is a pragmatic one," Infosys executive cochairman S. Gopalakrishnan told IANS here. Terming the projection of fiscal deficit at 4.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2013-14 as a positive indicator, he said key reforms to boost investment in infrastructure, and skill enhancement for job creation would revive the economic growth. "Increased focus on leveraging IT in the public sector will help drive growth for the domestic industry. Similarly, angel fund incentives will help drive innovation and entrepreneurship besides job creation," the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-president designate

asserted. Echoing Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) chief executive N. Chandrasekaran said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's intentions were very clear - to move India back to a higher growth plane despite constraints. "The FM's intentions are very clear: to move

India back to a higher growth plane. And given his lack of runway, he has taken lots of small measures which together could boost growth. "From a technology perspective, allowing funding for incubators located within academic institutions to qualify as CSR (corporate social responsibility) expenditure as per new the Companies Act will give a boost to entrepreneurs and start-ups and increase the engagement of the corporate sector," Chandrasekaran said in a statement from Mumbai. Observing that the budget proposals were prudent and progressive, Wipro executive director Suresh Senapaty said reforms had progressed towards the introduction of the Direct Tax Code (DTC) and Goods and Services Tax (GST), which not only simplify procedures but also rationalise taxes and increase collections with greater transparency and compliance.

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Iceland may become Doping-IOC plans Worldwide mobile phone sales fell first European country to ban web porn to conference on in 2012 - Gartner WADA role amid LONDON: Sales of mobile phones around the percent to 1.75 billion units in 2012, Gartner said. save kids from filth

strained ties BERLIN: The International Olympic Committee is planning a conference on the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to improve the drugs in sport

world fell last year for the first time since 2009 as consumers shunned cheaper feature phones, research company Gartner said. " To u g h e c o n o m i c conditions, shifting consumer preferences, and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market," Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta said on Wednesday. Smartphone sales, a category dominated by Samsung and Apple , continued to rise, he said, and the higher-end devices would account for more than half the market for the first time this year. Total worldwide mobile sales to end users fell 1.7

watchdog's deteriorating ties with international federations and national Olympic committees. WADA, created through an IOC initiative in 1999, has been highly critical of several federations, including the international cycling union (UCI), over what it claims is a poor doping record. The row with the UCI has been especially bitter following the admission of doping by retired American rider Lance Armstrong, who had his seven Tour de France titles stripped. The two sides have been locked in a war of words over the past few months, with WADA questioning the UCI's commitment for transparency in an affair that sent shockwaves through the entire world of sport. "The date has not yet been fixed and no agenda agreed," an IOC official told Reuters of the conference plans on Saturday. "It is the NEW DELHI: India and Japan resolved to idea that has been agreed." WADA chief John strengthen cooperation in tourism sector at a Fahey last week also urged other sports, meeting between the visiting Japanese Senior Viceincluding tennis and soccer, to do more to battle doping.

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the market, with the Korean company selling 385 million phones in 2012, of which 53.5 percent were smartphones, with Apple selling 130 million smartphones. In the fourth quarter alone, Apple and Samsung accounted for 52 percent of smartphone sales, up from 46 percent in the third quarter. Chinese company Huawei reached third spot in worldwide smartphone sales for the first time in the fourth quarter, Gartner said. It sold 27.2 million smartphones to end users in 2012, up 74 percent.

India and Japan to strengthen cooperation in tourism sector Minister of Tourism, Hiroshi Kajiyama and Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi here. It was also decided that both the countries will identify areas for working together and explore new opportunities in tourism sector especially in the field of human resource development, exchange of tour operators, investment in the tourism sector and exchange of information related to tourism sector. The possibility of signing a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between both the countries was also discussed. Japan is one of the top ten tourist generating markets for India as for as inbound tourism is concerned and there is a strong interest of Japanese tourists in places connected with Buddhism in India.

India emerging one of world's best Pilots take DGCA to court over workload Legal Process Outsourcing centres

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice on a contempt petition filed by an association of pilots alleging that the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) had not fully implemented the 2011 flight

duty time limit (FDTL) guidelines which are a must to prevent crashes due to flight fatigue. A bench asked the DGCA to file its response to the allegations by the Society for Welfare of Indian Pilots (SWIP) within three weeks. The bench exempted the director general from appearance. The SWIP had filed a contempt petition as their writ seeking regulations in this regard was disposed of by the SC in 2011 after the DGCA submitted that a new civil aviation regulation to regulate FDTL would soon come into existence.

NEW DELHI: Legal services in India have steadily grown in the last five years and the country has become one of the best Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) destinations in the world, the government's annual economic report card says. The Economic Survey 2012-13 that Finance M i n i s t e r P Chidambaram presented in parliament showed legal services had grown at 8.2 percent annually from 2005-06 to 2011-12. The Indian legal profession consists of nearly 1.2 million registered advocates and there are about 950 Law schools. Every year approximately 60,000 to 70,000 law graduates join the legal profession. India ranked 45 with a score of 4.5 in terms of judicial independence in the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13. This is an

improvement from 2011-12 when it was ranked 51. As regards efficiency in the legal framework in settling disputes, India has moved from 64th position in 2011-12 to 59th in 2012-13. India is regarded as one of the best LPO destinations on account of the low cost of legal professionals (which is 50-80 percent more cost competitive than the US and Britain, geographical advantage (Indian Time Zone allows it to offer legal services round the clock), language proficiency. This is also because the LPO industry in the country makes use of advanced means of communication technology, and legal support in the form of research document reviews, drafting of documents, making applications for patents and various para-legal and administrative services. Also, the Indian legal system is largely inspired by the British and American systems.

Iceland is considering banning web pornography in bid to save young kids from it's damaging effects, and by doing so it would become the first western country to block filth available online. Fears about the detrimental effects on children have led the government to work on legal measures to try and stop the flood of graphic sexual material reaching the island's shores, the Daily Mail reports. Iceland Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson has set up working parties to find the best ways to stem the tide of online images and videos being accessed by young people through computers, games consoles and smartphones. A study by the Iceland government suggested that children, who are exposed to violent pornography at an early age, showed similar signs of trauma to those who had been actually abused Methods under consideration include blocking porn IP addresses and making it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to access xrated sites. The argument that porn violates the rights of both women who appear in it and children who are exposed to it is the cornerstone of the new proposals under discussion. Alarm over the harmful effects of internet sex were raised in Iceland in 2010 when the Government launched a wide-ranging consultation process on how rape cases are handles in the justice system, the paper added. The investigation was followed by a further consultation on porn, which included teachers, law enforcers and organisations working with abused children and it concluded that the extremely violent nature of the material now freely available on the web was increasing the intensity of sex attacks. Jonasson, who is from the country's Left Green Movement, claimed the safety of children must be a priority. Jonasson said filtering out porn is not a question of censorship, adding that they have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which they all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime.


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INDORE: Darjeeling Study Centre of aiita has recently conducted aiita monthly seminar series topic for which was Cyber Crime. Centre Head Shri Titus Mukhia told that the seminar was successful. There were more than 60 students and Mr. Praveen M. Titimus (Head of Deptt. Department of Computer Sc. & Application, St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling) was the resource person. He gave expertise knowledge on Cyber Crime. He congratulated aiita staff for cooperating and guidance. aiita monthly seminar series started by aiita for last 6 months has been getting a huge response across the country with

NEW DELHI: Introducing the Commodities Transaction Tax (CTT) in a limited way, union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram proposed to levy it on nonagriculture commodity trades at 0.01 percent of the price of the trade. The CTT levied on the futures contracts of non-agro commodities such as gold, silver and crude oil will be at the same rate of the securities transaction tax (STT) levied on the purchase and sale of equities in the stock markets. "There is no distinction between derivative trading in the securities market and derivative trading in the exiting zest of centre heads and their faculties to conduct it. This is informed commodities market, only the underlying asset is by the President of aiita Shri Santosh different. Hence, I propose to levy CTT on nonShukla, Advocate. Shri Shukla further told that the seminar on Cyber Crime got positive response from student community as well as faculties. aiita got number of snaps and reports of conducting Cyber Crime seminar across the country. This series NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief would be continued with new topics Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday and advanced technologies that matter said that her government was a lot in respect of academic scenario. committed to making Delhi a role Shri Shukla expressed gratitude to all model of governance. She said her centre heads and their faculties to codream of making Delhi a worldoperate the ongoing series with oodles class city was coming true. of oomph and verve. "Our government is committed to making Delhi a role model of

agricultural commodities futures contracts at the same rate as on equity futures, that is at 0.01 percent of the price of the trade," Chidambaram said during his budget speech for 2013-14. "Trading in commodity derivatives will not be considered as a 'speculative transaction' and CTT shall be allowed as deduction if the income from such transaction forms part of business income. As I said, agricultural commodities will be exempt," he added. MCX Stock Exchange, India's new stock exchange, however, gave a thumbs down to the minister's proposal of introducing CTT on non-agro commodities. "Any tax which could impact trade is not desirable," the exchange's vice president Arindam Saha told. Asked what kind impact of it is expected on trading on the commodity burses, he said: "Any comment now on that would be futuristic.

Delhi is becoming a world-class city: Sheila Dikshit

Robot to care for elderly developed LONDON: A robot designed to help take care of elderly people has been developed at the University of Salford. "Carebot" P37 S65 can be programmed to remind elderly people to take medication and exercise, a n s w e r questions and even tell them jokes, the BBC reported. Researcher A n t o n i o Espingardeiro , w h o developed the robot, said that the robot could help improve residents' quality of life. He said that the robot can recognise

Chidambaram levies 0.01 percent CTT on non-agro commodities

governance. The government has taken many measures in this direction. Our efforts in introducing egovernance, computerisation of civil supply offices, sub-registrar offices, e-court fee system, interconnecting all zonal transport officers, computerisation of education department, etc. testify to our intentions of bringing a positive change in the work culture," Dikshit said. Dikshit was speaking at a function to mark her completing 14 years as chief minister of Delhi.

faces and recall the requirements of each patient. It can also be programmed with speech therapy and object recognition exercises to help people, who are suffering from dementia. The robot is also capable of acting as a video link to keep in touch with doctors and family, playing games and giving updates on the news.The robot, which stands at about the height of a person, can also carry meals to residents.

Britain and India to agree cyber crime joint taskforce MUMBAI: Britain and India are expected to agree to set up a joint task force to fight cyber crime, a move London hopes will help it safeguard the personal banking and mobile phone data of millions of Britons, much of which is stored on Indian servers. The agreement is expected to be sealed at a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi, one of the highlights of Cameron's three-day trade and investment trip to India. "The two leaders are expected to agree a substantial strengthening of practical co-operation between British and Indian authorities to increase the security of British and Indian computer networks and to help defend them against cyber attacks by terrorists, criminals and hostile states," Cameron's

office said in a statement. It said India was set to have one of the biggest online populations by 2015 with an expected 300 million users larger than the United States and up from the 137 million users already in India. Cameron told reporters: "I think why we're forging these partnerships with other countries - including trusted partners like India - is twofold. "One is, other countries securing their data is effectively helping us secure our data. Secondly, I think this is an area where Britain has some real competitive and technology advantages."

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