eGovWatch: Parkash Singh Badal wants Punjab to be included in ‘Digital India’ programme

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to include the state in the country’s flagship ‘Digital India’ programme. Badal today urged the Prime Minister to fund the state government’s ambitious programme for establishing 2,174 Unified Citizen Service Delivery Centres at a cost of nearly Rs 550 crore under integrated…

‘ICT in e-Governance Can Spur Rural Growth’

The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in e-governance can bring about revolutionary changes in rural development, said  Prof P Narasimha Rao of Kakatiya University, Warangal. Addressing a one-day national seminar on ‘Role of Information and Communication Technology in Rural Development’ here at SDM Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala (women’s college) here Wednesday, he said efficiency,…

Rights abuse rampant in India: Amnesty

Amnesty International has pulled up India, saying impunity is widespread for human rights abuses by state and non-state actors in the country. In its annual report, to be released on Wednesday, the global human rights watchdog has said state authorities often failed to prevent and at times committed crimes against children, women, dalits and adivasi…

U.S. names first-ever LGBT human rights envoy

The United States Department of State on Monday named its first-ever special envoy to advocate globally for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Randy Berry, an openly gay senior diplomat, has served as U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam since 2012. His earlier foreign service postings included Nepal, Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda,…

‘Digital India to Prepare Nation for Tech-Based Transformation’

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said Digital India programme would prepare the country for technology-based transformation. “My government has envisioned an ambitious umbrella programme — Digital India– to prepare the country for technology-based transformation and citizen-centric transparent governance with service orientation,” he said, addressing a joint session of both the houses of parliament on the…