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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
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  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


TN government to supply 5.36 lakh laptops for students

Covai Post Network

The Tamil Nadu government under its free laptop for students scheme will supply 5.36 lakh laptops during the academic year 2016-17 said M Manikandan, IT minister.

Speaking at Connect 2016, an annual conference and exhibition on information, communication technology (ICT), organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Manikandan said the AIADMK government, during its previous tenure, supplied around 32.35 lakh free laptops to students in the state.

On the e-governance initiatives of the government he said 10,486 e-seva centres are functioning in the state enabling people to transact online, to obtain getting birth/death certificates and such.

The Global Investors Meet, held last year by the previous AIADMK government, attracted Rs 10,950 crore investments in the IT sector, he said.

Speaking at the event, Kris Gopalakrishnan, one of the founders of Infosys, said that the Indian IT sector is growing at 10 per cent rate, with the potential to create one lakh jobs.

Vijay K Thadani, vice chairman and managing director of NIIT, said digitisation is the next wave of specialisation and that the education system should rise to that demand, just as IT companies are now reskilling their workforce in digital technology.