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November 2011

Draft National Policy on IT released.

The minister for communications and information technology, Kapil Sibal, released the draft National Policy on Information Technology, 2011, in New Delhi on October 7.

Speaking on the occassion, Sibal said that information technology was a key driver of an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, and given its current global position in the IT and information technology enabled services (ITES) sector, India is well positioned to enhance and leverage its exsisting IT capabilities for a leadership role.

The minister added that the information technology had a transformational power and was a great leveller of opportunities within and accross economies. With the righ policies and investment in infrastructure, he said,"We have the oppertunity to strengthen and enhance our position as a global IT pwoerhouse. On the domestic front, use of IT in all sectors can transform our economy, enhance equity and help the nation to reapidly improve its development indices."

Sibal said that the Draft National Policy on IT-2011 envisaged increasing revenues of IT and ITES industry fro $88 Billion at present to $300 Billion by 2020. In this context, he underlined the significant contribution made by the IT sector to the growth of Indian exonomy that registered a growth rate of 8% per anum in the last ten years.

The new policy, therefore, proposes to encourage growth of indigenous demand. The policy also aims at formulating fiscal and other incentives to attract investment in the sector in Teir-II and Tier-III cities. The indian IT and ITES sector currently employs over 2.5million skilled people. The focus on IT policy in on deployment of information communication technologies in all sectors of the economy and providing IT solutions to the world.

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PSLV Launch: Leap of a Half Century

India's most successful rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSVL), on October 12th exceeded a half century of satellite launches when it slund four satelittes into orbit.

The Megha-Tropiques satellite makes India only the second nation in the world to launch such a space mission. As for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket went past the half-century mark of satellite launches since 1993.

The PSLV-C18 - standing 44 metres and weighing 230 tonnes - soared toward the heavens from the first launch pad of the Sriharikota spaceport, 80km from Tamil Nadus Capital Chennai,ferrying four satellites together weighing 1,042.6kg. "The PSLV-C18 had been a grand success. Very precisely, four satellites were injected in circular orbit,"ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said.

He termed the Megha- tropiques mission as the beginning of a new ere of cooperation between India and France. "It's a truly global mission," he added. Hailing ISRO for the successful launch of Megha- Tropioques, a scientist of the french space agency Centre Nationatial d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) described it as a "professional launch". "ISRO's launch is unique. It's very good" he added.

CNES has built three instruments of Megha-Tropiques: SAPHIR, SCARAB and GPS-ROS. tThe fourth, MADRAS, is a joint effort of ISRO and CNES. Megha-Tropiques with its circular orbit inclined 20 degrees to the equator will enable climate research and also aid scientists seeking to refine prediction models.

The previous such effort, the Tropical Rainfall measuring Mission - a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall was launched on November 27, 1997. the three small satellites that were ferried by the PSLV-C18 were the 10.9kg SRMSAT built by the students of SRM University neat CHennair, the three-kg remote sensing satellite Jugnu from the Indian Institue of Technology-kANPUR (IIT-K) and the 28.7kg VesselSat From LuxSpace of Luxembourg to locate shiops on high seas.

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