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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


EDII and city-based FORGE enters MOU for funding innovative ideas

Covai Post Network

Entrepreneuship Development and Innovation institute (EDII), MSME department, Government of Tamil Nadu today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with city-based FORGE to plan,finance, operate and manage a five-year strategic programme called StartupActivation and Acceleration Program (SAAP).

This state-level program is aimed at discovering, nurturing, and funding innovative ideas that have the potential to become innovative products and successful enterprises, EDII Additional Director Sanjevana told reporters here today.In order to activate a strong pipeline of innovative ideas that aim to solve the most pressing problems faced by consumers, citizens, government, industry and plant, EDII and Forge launched the Tamil Nadu Student Innovators (TNSI2017) to seed the next generation of breakthrough ideas that apply the power of technology to offer innovative solutions, she said.

TNSI program has been operational for the past six months beginning with a massive campaign for outreach and awareness covering 12 cities over 100 institutions, she said.In the process the programme has engaged over 5,000 students in higher technical and engineering education, Sanjeevana said.

On the programme, Co-founder and CEO Forge Accelerator Vishawanathan Sahasranam said that over 700 innovative ideas from students were registered and shortlisted 36 ideas. The juries selected top six ideas, who are offered admission to the Forge Fellows programme, a full time residential pre-incubation program that support prototyping of innovative ideas with infra, mentoring and grant of Rs.five lakh,he said.